In the hours after Edmonton traded for Eric Gryba, I reached out to Travis Yost—a keen observer of the game and a man familiar with the Ottawa Senators. Although we had seen Gryba play for Ottawa, he was never the focus of attention at any time. Such is the nature of the defensive defenseman. (Bulletproof)
ERIC GRYBA 2014-15
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.75 (4th among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Qual Comp: 6th toughest faced among regular D (3rd pairing)
- Qual Team: 4th best available teammates among regular D (2nd pairing)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 46.8
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -4.3
- Zone Start: 41.9%
- Zone Finish: 48.5%
- Shots on goal/percentage: 65 shots
- Boxcars: 75, 0-12-12
ERIC GRYBA 2015-16
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.44 (3rd among regular D)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil (in 2 minutes and 33 seconds)
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 49.5
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 1.4
- Qual Comp: third pairing
- Qual Team: third pairing
- Shots on goal/percentage: 65 shots
- Boxcars: 54, 1-5-6 .107
The Vollman shows Gryba in the less sheltered area (soft parade) but he does not have a blue bubble (blue bubbles are good, especially when they land in the spot Klefbom occupies). Although the numbers above show he was close to 50 percent in possession, Gryba was playing against opposition that could have been dominated.
RE 15-16: 50GP, 0-6-6 .120
ACTUAL 15-16: 54GP, 1-5-6 .107
- What did Yost say? He told us the big man can defend but would not help as a passer. That was extremely accurate.
- Exact words? Travis Yost: “Eric Gryba legitimately improved last two years. Third pairing guy now. He can’t move the puck at all. he’s OK defensively though.”
- He was very popular. Edmonton is a working man’s town, Gryba is a working man’s hockey player.
- How much did he play? He was third pairing at evens, 15:32 per night. He played a lot on the PK—2:17 a night—and was one of the more successful defenders based on corsi rel 4×5.
- Who did he play with? Brandon Davidson was his most common partner, they were very successful—53.7 percent—with Gryba just 47.5 without.
- He sucks! Well, no. It is a team game. Griffin Reinhart (44.5), Darnell Nurse (48.5) and Andrew Ference (45.4) were other partners—rookies and older blue. Gryba would have had solid numbers if he had been with Davidson for the entire year.
- Did he play with better or worse players in Edmonton compared to Ottawa? About the same. If we make a direct comparison between Davidson this year and Wiercioch last season, it is pretty similar. Mark Borowiecki 475 minutes (45.3% Corsi for 5×5 %), Patrick Wiercioch 152 minutes (52.9%), Chris Phillips 139 minutes (46.9%), Jared Cowen 115 minutes (47.6%).
- Should the Oilers sign him? I think they might.
- Should the Oilers sign him? He is somewhat similar in style to Mark Fayne, I think Edmonton should keep Fayne and add two more substantial two-way blue.
- Is it Fayne or Gryba? Maybe. Probably. I don’t think Edmonton can find two RHD better than Fayne this summer, but could find two better than Gryba.
- So, as a 7D? Yes, I think that may be where he lands. Edmonton might prefer Adam Clendening or a LHD in that spot.
- Lots of blocked shots? 78. No. 5 among Oilers, behind all the regular D.
- Regular D? Yes. Sekera, Nurse, Fayne, Davidson.
- How many hits? 132, No. 4 on the team. Behind Hendricks, Nurse and Pakarinen.
- He is going to get a raise. No idea, Edmonton may or may not sign him and I do not know the market for this player type.
- Boston signed Kevan Miller to a deal for $2.5 million. Yes. That is true.
- Gryba’s cap hit was $1.25 million. Also true.
- He should get a raise. He will need to find a team willing to pay. I do not believe Edmonton will sign him at that price. If they trade Mark Fayne and sign Eric Gryba, one of the reasons will be getting a defensive defender for far less.
- In your opinion. Yes. And Fayne is a better player than Gryba, so the roles would not be identical.
- Will he be back? I will guess no. For me, trading Fayne and keeping Gryba would also mean getting three RHD better than Fayne. Cannot see it.
- Why this song? Great tune. Gryba is one of the last of these types of players and I will miss them when they are gone.