RE 16-17 MATT HENDRICKS: RUN RUNAWAY

Matt Hendricks arrived as a rugged two-way winger and has answered every call—moving to center, moving up and down the depth chart—with workmanlike efficiency and a great deal of enthusiasm. He is a black and white (and blue) player, pretty simple game but very effective when the boots are moving. History tells us Hendricks is nearing the end of his NHL time, as age and erosion have worn away the banks along the shore. I am pleased we got to see him in Edmonton, he is a perfect fit for a working class city. (Run Runaway).

MATT HENDRICKS 15-16

  • 5×5 points per 60: 0.76 (13th among regular forwards)
  • 5×4 points per 60: 0.00
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.6
  • Qual Comp: 11th toughest competition among regulars (fourth line)
  • Qual Team: 15th best competition among regulars (fourth line)
  • Corsi for 5×5 % REL: -9.2
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 62/8.1%
  • Boxcars: 68GP, 5-7-12 (.176)

VOLLMAN SLEDGEHAMMER

VOLLMAN LW

RE 16-17: 30GP, 1-3-4 .133

  1. What the actual hell is this? I think Hendricks probably sees spot duty in the second half of the year, possibly traded depending on how he is playing.
  2. Too old? He turned 35 in June, and that is certainly a point where the red light appears on the dashboard, but I think the reason he gets replaced is overall team speed.
  3. Oilers are slow on LW? The team’s top three left wingers (Milan Lucic, Benoit Pouliot and Patrick Maroon) are all going to play a lot, and there is a lack of speed merchants in the group. Suspect the Oilers ideally would want to run a less expensive 4line LW who can help with overall team speed.
  4. Drake Caggiula? Maybe, or it could be Jujhar Khaira although he is somewhat similar to the others. Either way, I think Hendricks is in a risky spot on the roster, could get traded well before the deadline—and I do think he will be in play at the deadline if he is having a productive year.
  5. What about center? That could keep Hendricks aloft this year—he was 55 percent on the dot and that was in over 450 faceoffs. He did well, and might be a nice match with Letestu on the 4line (Letestu taking RH side FOs, Hendricks on the other side).
  6. Why so little offense? He scored 10 even-strength points a year ago in 68 games, my estimate is a little shy but in the range. I do not think the Oilers will have a strong offensive 4line—pretty sure that is true.
  7. Is 35 really too old? He was 34 last season, posted 68, 5-7-12 for Edmonton. The most similar veterans in terms of boxcars a year ago were Kyle Chipchura, Kyle Brodziak and Jay McClement. I would suggest all of these men are near the end—although Chipchura is a younger man so could hang around a while longer.
  8. Who was a role-playing veteran with those numbers two years ago? Scott Gomez, Jeff Halpern, Patrick Moen, Patrick Bordeleau. This is the period where players fade away, it just is.
  9. But you think Hendricks has another year? I think he could have two or three more, just pointing out this is the period where the forces of age begin to pull these role-playing veterans out to sea.
  10. Did Todd McLellan use him in an usual way? A little, but not often. Hendricks played on a skill line for a brief period (52 minutes with Nuge, 47 minutes with Hall) but that was about seven percent of his total 5×5 icetime.
  11. What is the best thing you can say about him? He played with Letestu and Korpikoski on a line for 214 minutes and they posted a 45.60 Corsi for percentage at 5×5.
  12. That is good? Yes, considering the situation. He was 47.7 without Korpikoski, he and Letestu 47.7 together. I think the Oilers—based on how the 4line was used—may feel Hendricks and Letestu can be an effective foundation for a fourth line.
  13. And yet you have him playing 30 games? And then getting traded.
  14. Why? He is a free agent, the Oilers are extremely unlikely to add, and there are a plethora of kids to look at this season—heading into the expansion draft.
  15. Like? On left wing, I think Jujhar Khara and Drake Caggiula will get time, maybe Jere Sallinen. Anton Lander will play some there too.
  16. What about center? I think the 4Cs are known (McD, Nuge, Leon, Letestu) and Lander plus Hendricks may end up being the extra’s/wingers. This is our final player RE, so I will post the forwards at the end of the discussion if you like.
  17. Mighty kind. You bet.
  18. Will you do an overall RE summary? Yes. The plan this week is to run the McLellan tomorrow morning, and then discuss the overall Monday night. Now, things can change and the Oilers could have some kind of breaking news, but that is the plan.
  19. RE got us through August! Yes!
  20. Although you are miserably wrong on everything and the entire enterprise is ridiculous. Always a kind word.
  21. How far away are they? One of the curious things I have noticed about opinions is that everyone seems to sure of the outcome of 2016-17. Some say playoffs, others say another awful year and management is stupid stupid stupid. I think we would do well to remember that injuries and a ghastly schedule contributed mightily to this poor season.
  22. Meaning? Meaning they would have been better in 2016-17 witout any changes.
  23. And? And so, if Larsson can block out the sun enough and the goaltending stays together with Wrigley’s gum and binder twine wrapped around an old rubber glove, maybe this team pushes enough steam through the pipe to be a contender at the deadline.
  24. Contender?? You are picking them to finish 10th! Yes. Oilers could change that by tweaking the roster, we will see how things go. That said, 10th would represent an improvement.
  25. Why this song? Black and white song for a black and white player.re forwards 2016-17

 

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39 Responses to "RE 16-17 MATT HENDRICKS: RUN RUNAWAY"

  1. newkidpopcan says:

    197 goals? Pretty similar to their yearly totals post lockout. Sounds a bit too reasonable if you ask me. Here is hoping McSaviour can at least drag us above 200.

  2. Lowetide says:

    newkidpopcan:
    197 goals? Pretty similar to their yearly totals post lockout. Sounds a bit too reasonable if you ask me. Here is hoping McSaviour can at least drag us above 200.

    That’s the forwards. 🙂

  3. OilClog says:

    Good chance he plays minimum 30 games as 4C while, while Darn Letestu plays 3rd.

    Craziness.

    Hendricks playing all 82 as the 4C with all the various wingers Pitlick/Beck/Slep yadda yadda trying to force the issue with competition while Letestu is shipped to Detroit for Sproul would be beautiful, saving the coach from the Letestu itch he’ll be trying to scratch.

    Sure trade him to a playoff team if the Oilers are out of it but You want this guy for the playoffs if you reach, utility forward, doesn’t quit on plays, always brings it. 35 smirtyfive

  4. jake70 says:

    OilClog:

    Sure trade him to a playoff team if the Oilers are out of it but You want this guy for the playoffs if you reach, utility forward, doesn’t quit on plays, always brings it. 35 smirtyfive

    One of more than a few reasons I want to see the Oilers make the playoffs is to watch a guy like Hendricks bring the grit.

  5. jake70 says:

    “as age and erosion have worn away the banks along the shore”

    Geez LT, you got to get a book on the go.

  6. Kepler62 says:

    Not So Obvious Prediction: As the resident tough guy and not to be outshone by Lucic, Hendricks manages to cement himself in the top 6 coming out of training camp and manages to hold onto that spot before an injury in February that causes him to retire at the end of the season – still posts career highs in goals, assists, and TOI/gm.

    Wouldn’t that be nice.

  7. LadiesloveSmid says:

    newkidpopcan:
    197 goals? Pretty similar to their yearly totals post lockout. Sounds a bit too reasonable if you ask me. Here is hoping McSaviour can at least drag us above 200.

    I believe LT has Davidson scoring 30 goals as well

  8. pts2pndr says:

    LT

    This is one of the few times I truly hope you are wrong. Hendricks has heart and he is the perfect player to show the young guys what it means to be a professional and what it takes to win. Team first guy! These people are rare in our world today wether it be as hockey players or in life outside hockey. Someone to ride the river with so to speak. I would only move him at the trade deadline if he requests it! He has earned that kind of respect.

  9. haters says:

    Who will kill penaltys ? From the forward group. Give me 2 reasonable Pk lines please.

    When you can’t this is why Horcoff for a year and Hendricks for as many games as he can stomach makes sense.

  10. Woogie63 says:

    Love Henderson, and I see a competition to take his ice time from him.

  11. haters says:

    These re’s are fascinating reads and totally spot on besides the fact they ignore special teams deployment entirely.

    Back to the grill again, Bon chance next year.

  12. Mr DeBakey says:

    pts2pndr:
    LT

    This is one of the few times I truly hope you are wrong. Hendrickshas heart and he is the perfect player to show the young guys what it means to be a professional and what it takes to win. Team first guy! Thesepeople are rare in our world today wether it be as hockey players or in life outside hockey. Someone to ride the river with so to speak. I would only move him at the trade deadline if he requests it! Hehas earned that kind of respect.

    Yeah, now that Andrew Ference is on LTIR….

    Hendricks has been great.
    This season monitor his minutes early and give him a chance at a nice long play-off run late.

  13. haters says:

    Everyone is mad a chiarelli for something. Myself I’m mad at the signing of Kassian. This is a large gamble in my opinion based on his history with refs and overall meatheadedness. Needed to walk away from him and sign someone not so notoriously stupid imo. If we miss the playoffs it will be because of special teams. Lucic, Kassian Nurse Pouliot , Maroon and Hendricks seem to take penaltys because their either slow stupid or mean and that’s fine if you have cover for it. We don’t . Not even a decent Pk1 .

    Be afraid be very afraid.
    Least we got Larrson 🙂

  14. Lowetide says:

    haters:
    Who will kill penaltys ? From the forward group. Give me 2 reasonable Pk lines please.

    I think you have misunderstood the RE. That’s okay, hope you enjoyed reading, and thanks for the kind words.

  15. newkidpopcan says:

    Lowetide: That’s the forwards.

    Once again my reading comprehension lets me down, it is like all those years spent in Grade 3 all over again. So if I am reading correctly now the RE is 226 GF and 226 GA?

  16. Lowetide says:

    newkidpopcan: Once again my reading comprehension lets me down, it is like all those years spent in Grade 3 all over again. So if I am reading correctly now the RE is 226 GF and 226 GA?

    Yes, but don’t tell anyone because I am writing two things tomorrow on it. 🙂

  17. newkidpopcan says:

    Lowetide: Yes, but don’t tell anyone because I am writing two things tomorrow on it.

    Fair enough. And we wait.

  18. Centre of attention says:

    Bear has been unloading his shot during scrimmages with the thunder birds. Scored a couple goals so far.

  19. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide,

    Curious – does this song really meet the Cancon requirements?

  20. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    Lowetide,

    Curious – does this song really meet the Cancon requirements?

    Haha. Well, I am taking some liberties late. 🙂

  21. Woodguy says:

    Lowetide: Yes, but don’t tell anyone because I am writing two things tomorrow on it.

    Right on the line eh?

  22. Gerta Rauss says:

    http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/08/27/college-free-agent-matt-benning-signs-with-hometown-oilers

    A couple of comments from Matt Benning (and others) on him signing with Edmonton

  23. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: liberties

    Tis yer ship, Cap’n.

  24. Jaxon says:

    226 GF and 226 GA puts them in playoff range. Last season that would put them at 6th in GF and 8th in GA. Plus being RE, I think they will probably squeeze more goals out of the roster if they have close to average health this year. Count me in as optimistic.

  25. Bruce McCurdy says:

    11. What is the best thing you can say about him?
    He played on a line with Korpikoski and Hendricks for 214 minutes and somehow he posted the best plus of any full time forward on the team while playing a big chunk of his minutes with the two worst minuses.
    It’s nearly mathematically impossible what Matt Hendricks did.

  26. Woodguy says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    11. What is the best thing you can say about him?
    He played on a line with Korpikoski and Hendricks for 214 minutes and somehow he posted the best plus of any full time forward on the team while playing a big chunk of his minutes with the two worst minuses.
    It’s nearly mathematically impossible what Matt Hendricks did.

    he played with Korpikoski and himself?

    *insert joke here*

  27. OF17 says:

    Jaxon:
    226 GF and 226 GA puts them in playoff range. Last season that would put them at 6th in GF and 8th in GA. Plus being RE, I think they will probably squeeze more goals out of the roster if they have close to average health this year. Count me in as optimistic.

    The goal differential would put them in 9th, but that’s playoff range. Fingers crossed. Man would it be nice to get to the playoffs again.

  28. JDï™ says:

    Woodguy: *insert joke here*

    Mathematically impossible!

  29. Lowetide says:

    Bruce McCurdy:
    11. What is the best thing you can say about him?
    He played on a line with Korpikoski and Hendricks for 214 minutes and somehow he posted the best plus of any full time forward on the team while playing a big chunk of his minutes with the two worst minuses.
    It’s nearly mathematically impossible what Matt Hendricks did.

    Korpikoski and Letestu. Says right in No. 11. 🙂

  30. Bruce McCurdy says:

    JDï™: Mathematically impossible!

    There you go. I had that coming.

    I meant Korpse & Letestu but fucked it up.

  31. Bruce McCurdy says:

    That said, his 2 most common linemates were the 2 worst minuses on the team while he was the best plus** on the team. That is damn tough to do.

    (**except Maroon who played just a handful of games)

  32. JDï™ says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Korpse & Letestu

    Man – he did that with those line mates?

    He deserves a cup for that: http://tinyurl.com/z8nrspa

  33. rickithebear says:

    “I’m more a defence-first guy first…you’re called a defenceman for a reason because you have to defend.”

    You guys need to listen to young MR. Benning!

  34. haters says:

    Lowetide: I think you have misunderstood the RE. That’s okay, hope you enjoyed reading, and thanks for the kind words.

    Your re is 30 games for a main pk. Just disagree is all 🙂 cheers

  35. OF17 says:

    rickithebear:
    “I’m more a defence-first guy first…you’re called a defenceman for a reason because you have to defend.”

    You guys need to listen to young MR. Benning!

    I think every last one of us thought of you when we read that line, Ricki.

  36. Ellis says:

    I like Hendricks but I don’t feel that he gives enough to the team to stay past the deadline. I have a feeling this may be his last year. Maybe he will be signed as an FA as a veteran mentor but it shouldn’t be with Edmonton. The Oilers have some other players that could compete for his spot. Maybe it could serve as some motivation.

  37. Ellis says:

    Would Gryba work as a RD option?

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