Later this afternoon, the Oklahoma City Barons will play a game against Charlotte at the Cox Convention Centre. Each player on the ice today will no doubt have pondered a recall to the Edmonton Oilers over the last few days. Barring injury, there is one free recall for the big club between now and the end of the season. Craig MacTavish listed Laurent Brossoit, Brandon Davidson, Curtis Hamilton and Andrew Miller as possibles and fans will have their opinions, too.
Based on merit, who deserves a call? Here are the boxcars since January 1.
- C-R Andrew Miller. Entering this afternoon’s action, Miller is 26GP, 12-18-30 Jan 1+ and that’s during a time when much of the roster is in Edmonton. Miller’s skill set appears to be similar to Mark Arcobello’s, he is an RFA and I think most deserving among current players of an NHL look.
- C Bogdan Yakimov. He is 28GP, 8-7-15 this year (2015) and has shown some nice progress in recent weeks. He could get the call.
- G Laurent Brossoit. He is 21GP, 2.80 .911 and has been playing every game for some time now. I think he deserves a look.
- D Brandon Davidson. 27GP, 1-2-3 during the period after Jan.1, he’s a defensive player so boxcars don’t really tell the story.
- L Curtis Hamilton. He’s 27GP, 5-6-11 since January 1. Hamilton has been getting more of a push since the recalls but hasn’t been able to stand out offensively.
- D Brad Hunt. Chaos blue is 28GP, 8-12-20 since January 1 and based on his defensive showing during his NHL team this season, it’s doubtful he gets that last recall.
Sometimes a player’s offense can be inflated or obscured by posting power play usage, so I thought it might be an idea to have a look at the primary offensive players this year in order to see if there’s something underneath the boxcars. Let’s start with the complete (EV, PP, PK) boxcars:
- Andrew Miller 56GP, 22-30-52
- Brad Hunt 46GP, 15-27-42
- Anton Lander 29GP, 9-22-31
- Ryan Hamilton 32GP, 15-14-29
- Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 17-11-28
- Curtis Hamilton 54GP, 11-16-27
- Bogdan Yakimov 55GP, 10-15-25
- Jordan Oesterle 50GP, 6-15-21
- Dillon Simpson 55GP, 2-12-14
- Kellen Jones 33GP, 5-8-13
- Joshua Winquist 30GP, 5-5-10
- Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10
- Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 3-6-9
- Martin Gernat 50GP, 1-8-9
- David Musil 53GP, 1-8-9
- Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 1-7-8
- Martin Marincin 27GP, 0-7-7
Those are the boxcars, think I have everyone who could possibly benefit from a closer look (let me know if I missed someone). Now, let’s take away the special teams numbers and post the offense in a point-per-game line.
- Oscar Klefbom 9GP, 0-7-7 .778
- Ryan Hamilton 32GP, 10-12-22 .688
- Anton Lander 29GP, 6-12-18 .621
- Iiro Pakarinen 39GP, 13-10-23 .590
- Andrew Miller 56GP, 16-16-32 .571
- Brad Hunt 46GP, 8-14-22 .478
- Bogdan Yakimov 55GP, 7-14-21 .382
- Curtis Hamilton 54GP, 7-13-20 .370
- Kellen Jones 33GP, 5-7-12 .364
- Tyler Pitlick 14GP, 2-3-5 .357
- Jordan Oesterle 50GP, 5-10-15 .300
- Joshua Winquist 30GP, 4-4-8 .267
- Dillon Simpson 55GP, 2-12-14 .254
- Jujhar Khaira 51GP, 4-6-10 .196
- Martin Gernat 50GP, 1-7-8 .160
- David Musil 53GP, 1-8-9 .170
- Martin Marincin 27GP, 0-6-6 .222
Klefbom’s nine games is an extremely small sample size but he showed some offensive promise in OKC this season at even strength. It’s interesting to see that the top four on this list of even-strength scorers (Klefbom, R. Hamilton, Lander and Pakarinen) all spent time in the NHl this yer. The answer to the original question remains Andrew Miller, with Yakimov plus C. Hamilton training by quite a bit. Brossoit is also an interesting option. When will we see that recall? Miller might be an interesting option on Lander’s line?