Mark Arcobello began his pro career on the lowest rung of show business. We didn’t really talk about him that first season, he got his first bit of mention in April of 2011. He’s worked hard for everything, and he’s far from making it. But by God this kid has some gumption and fire.
MARK ARCOBELLO 13-14
- 5×5 points per 60: 1.82 (4th among regular forwards)
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.65 (7th among regular forwards)
- Qual Comp: 10th toughest among regular forwards (3rd-4th line opp)
- Qual Team: 5th best teammates among regular forwards (2nd line teammates)
- Corsi Rel: 6.4 (3rd best among regular forwards)
- Corsi for % 5×5: 48.1
Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +3.7
- Zone Start: 47.7% (8th toughest among regular forwards)
- Zone Finish: 39.5% (7th best among regular forwards)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 70/5.7% (10th among F’s w/70 or more shots)
- Boxcars: 41, 4-14-18
- Plus Minus: -7 on a team that was -51
RE 13-14: 25, 2-6-8 .320
Actual: 41, 4-14-18 .439
- RE is good. Well, he was better than I thought he’d be, by quite a margin. The key here is GP. Arcobello earned 70 games, he got 41.
- Who’s fault was that? I’m not sure who to pin the early problems on. Sam Gagner came back too soon, and the coach is going to be loyal. But, what? 5-10 games in, there had to be alarm bells.
- So who do we blame? The coach, the GM, I don’t know. Gagner came back, he was not good and there’s a perfectly good player sitting there.
- Mistake? Damn straight. I don’t think there’s any way around it.
- Why didn’t you say something? Well, like the Oilers, I kept waiting. Surely Gagner would turn a corner. He never did.
- So it’s YOUR fault? Nope. That’s the fun of being a fan. Bitch, moan, shake fist.
- Still, it can’t be easy to bench your $4.8 million dollar center. Send him to OKC on a re-hab. Good lord man, he wasn’t close to ready. He had real and legit issues, and it had a major impact on 89 and the team.
- And Arcobello? Sent to the fourth line, which by now was a mess of Tambellini proportions.
- Why? Well, lots of reasons. Ryan Jones wasn’t effective, people were injured, Yakupov was not working in the top six, Hemsky wasn’t posting offense in the bottom six, hell man you saw it.
- When did you think he’d get a chance in the fall? MacT in summer: “When we signed him again to a contract I had a conversation with him and told him that he would get a look at training camp. He hasn’t played in an exhibition game or didn’t last year, so we’ll get a look and the rest will be up to him to prove to the coaching staff that he’s got enough game to warrant a bigger look as training camp goes by. I promised him that opportunity and we’re going to give it to him.“
- They buggered up the RFA/UFA thing to, but covered their asses by signing him. It’s a sweet deal for the Oilers. I think Arcobello made the deal because he sees some daylight here, and a chance to win a career in the NHL.
- He’s made it now! No, God no. Arcobello has a window of opportunity, no more. There’s a chance he’s already played most of his NHL career, but another chance—and this is big—that he can hang around for years if he can make himself useful.
- Well I think he’s made it. I don’t, and I’ll bet you a 2-4 he doesn’t think he’s made it either.
- Like you’d know. You can tell a lot about a man just by looking at where he started and where he hangs his hat today. Mark Arcobello is 5 foot nothing, but he has determination, talent and desire. I never bet against these guys, especially the ones who make it this far.
- Why? Arcobello has overcome tremendous odds to get here, what can life possibly put in his way that he won’t kick in the nuts and send down the line?
- How high can he fly? 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.
- Why this song? I almost chose Dweller on the Threshold, but part of the problem with Van the Man is that we’re going to run out of players without getting to all of the “A” list songs, so Dweller loses there. Also, the song fits on another, better level. Morrison wrote it about an actual place in Belfast, the “other side of the tracks” for a poor kid who perhaps spent much of his young adult life working like hell to find a better place. I think it works for Arcobello, who has seen Cyprus Avenue, and wants to live there for a long time.
- Will he? It’s in the heavens, those aren’t answers we can fill in before the story is written.
- I can. He won’t. Arcobello’s are underdogs, and sure as I’m sitting here they’ve been favorites forever. If Arcobello doesn’t make it, it won’t be due to lack of trying. He’s pushing for a better day, I don’t want to know the person who can’t see that, or value it.
- Why did he sign here? Did you read the MacTavish quote?