When we look back on Dallas Eakins rookie season, one of the major events has to be the Sam Gagner injury. Before that fateful game against the Canucks, Eakins appeared to be putting together a possession team. After? Steve MacIntyre. Luke Gazdic. Matt Hendricks. Mark Fraser.
At the time of the injury, Mark Arcobello received a great opportunity and took full advantage. His WOWY tells us good things happened for Arcobello—as long as Luke Gazdic wasn’t out there with him.
MARK ARCOBELLO PLAYER CARD
This is a very nice player card for Arcobello. He was delivering offense despite a poor shooting percentage (I don’t think we’re dealing with a first-shot scorer here but 5.7% is very low for a forward). His Corsi for 5×5 % is stellar, well clear of Sam Gagner (as a for instance).
In December I wrote:
- His rise through the minor league system was impressive, and his early season showing was a fun curio, but if he can sustain this kind of performance the Oilers will have found this generation’s Rich Peverley. We’ll need to see it over 150 games in the NHL, but Mark Arcobello has beaten the odds over and over again. It’s like I wrote earlier this season, can’t shoot, can’t skate, too small, he’s heard it for so long he’s not listening anymore. He is, however, making a lot of noise.
In ranking him #12 overall among the Oilers prospects in November:
- His ranking on this list reflects his potential as an NHL player: Arcobello’s hurdling is amazing, and his ability to overcome bias exceptional, but this player type rarely makes the NHL this late, and it’s Martin St. Louis-rare to see this player type enjoy a long NHL career when arriving at 25. It happens, but not often, and Arcobello’s skills—while impressive—do not include exceptional speed or strength or power that would have us compare him to Martin St. Louis or a lesser version of same. It’s very, very late for a small forward to begin his NHL career.
Arco is back in OKC, tearing up the blacktop and punishing AHL goaltenders from Maine to Abbotsford. Question: is he Peverley 2.0? or is he Peter Morris?