Eric Gryba is a big defender who makes life difficult for opposition skill. His penalty total raises eyebrows and he isn’t going to see power-play time, but the fancy stats have some positive things to say about him. The Edmonton Oilers like his experience, his size, wingspan and toughness. Eric Gryba is a veteran NHL defenseman. (Generator).
ERIC GRYBA 2016-17
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.62 (6th among regular defensemen)
- 5×4 points per 60: nil
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 52.2
- Corsi Rel 5×5 %: +2.0
- DFF Elite 5×5 %: 47.4
- DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: 0.4 (27 percent of TOI v. elites)
- Shots on goal/percentage: 45 shots/4.4%
- Boxcars: 40, 2-4-6
- (All numbers via Puck IQ, Natural Stat Trick and hockey-reference)
RE 17-18: 28GP, 1-2-3 (0.107)
- You have him playing less. I’m guessing RHD will be occupied by Adam Larsson, Kris Russell and Matt Benning for much of the season. Gryba could certainly play more, this is my guess.
- The analytics guys don’t appreciate what he brings. 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.”
- That’s a backward compliment. It’s an astute observation and tells the reader about Gryba’s value. That value has him in the NHL. I don’t see your sorry ass in the NHL, so I guess Gryba’s got a few things on both of us.
- He is popular in this city. Edmonton is a working man’s town, Gryba is a working man’s hockey player. He’s also a clever twitter follow. Fits in with most of Edmonton, nothing wrong with it.
- Does Gryba block Mark Fayne? A little bit. It’s strange. I think the Oilers would run Fayne ahead of Gryba if necessary (every night), but Gryba is a better fit for them at 7D.
- What does Gryba bring that Fayne doesn’t? Gryba is aggressive where Fayne is maybe a little passive. Wildly unfair to use that word for Fayne, who is a player I like, but that seems to be the issue.
- Could he move into a regular job? I think it might prove to be too difficult. Todd McLellan usually picks heavy teams for Gryba, giving the smaller blue a breather. Gryba’s job is no walk in the park.
- Who did he play well with? Darnell Nurse and Gryba played 288 minutes together, had a Corsi for 5×5 percentage of 51.6 against all forms of opposition. Nurse was 53.5 without, Gryba 47.3 without. Source
- What about Oscar Klefbom? Just 78 minutes I’m afraid, 50.3 percent. Source
- Anyone else? He and Brandon Davidson always played well together, they were 50.2 percent in 168 minutes together before the trade. Source
- You don’t have him scoring much. One seeing-eye single and a couple of short passes to 97 in the defensive zone. Gryba means leather, Gryba doesn’t mean wood.
- Peter Chiarelli signed him for two years? Makes sense. The Oilers may have some RHD pushing over the next two years and eventually one or more may pass Gryba. Until then, Edmonton has Gryba signed and ready.
- What is the RHD depth chart? With everyone healthy, it’s Adam Larsson, Kris Russell, Matt Benning, Eric Gryba, Mark Fayne, Dillon Simpson, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha. That’s my guess, anyway.
- So he’s holding off Ethan Bear? The young players wouldn’t be replacing Gryba, but could force Russell or another down the depth chart or off the roster. Gryba is an effective NHL veteran who holds the fort and makes the transition possible. That is a valuable player and sometimes organizations have a hard time finding them.
- Why? Gryba has to be ready at a moment’s notice but could get scratched five minutes before a game he’s supposed to play. You need a very confident guy who is also a team player.
- These guys usually make good coaches? True. Two-way centermen and defensive defensemen.
- Is this the end of the defense RE? No.
- Good grief! This is a marathon! One more blue, I’ll have it up Sunday night. Goalies begin tomorrow.
- Why this song? I like the line “I’m the generator, firing when you quit” for Gryba.
RE 17-18 DEFENSE (SO FAR)