ROB SCHREMP: GLUE FOR ONE-TRICK PONY

Robin Brownlee
August 10 2011 08:54PM

Loving a cocky kid and a good quote, I always hoped things would work out for Rob Schremp in the NHL, but I suspected they would not, which was affirmed today with the announcement Schremp has signed a one-year deal to play lacrosse hockey with Modo of the SEL.

From the moment the Edmonton Oilers drafted Schremp 25th from the London Knights in 2004, his obvious offensive talents were matched only by his swagger, as Jim Matheson and I noted after interviewing the Fulton, New York native minutes after he'd plummeted down the first-round pecking order and fallen into the Oilers lap.

Word on Schremp, who split the 2003-04 season between Mississauga and London, along press row and in the scouting ranks at his draft was that he was a top-10 offensive talent, but that the rest of the game fell well-short of that.

Schremp was a one-trick pony, but a gifted enough thoroughbred that after getting goaltender Devan Dubnyk with the 14th pick, chief scout Kevin Prendergast and the Oilers were willing to roll the dice.

Today, Schremp crapped out.

BRASH AND TALENTED

I always found criticism of Schremp a bit over-blown. Confident as hell? Sure. Willing to talk about it? As a hockey writer and the Oilers beat man at The Edmonton Sun in 2004, all I could say to that criticism of Schremp was "Oh, yesssssssssssssss."

A strutter and a talker was Schremp. So what? Much the same can and has been said about talented Linus Omark. I think a fair bit of that is a bum rap, too.

Are cookie-cutter answers -- "I'm just happy to be here" -- and similar pablum reporters must regurgitate after young players have been beaten into submission with rubber hoses by the respective media departments of teams preferable to the gold Schremp sometimes spun? I think not.

The problem with Schremp is that as a one-trick pony, he failed to turn that trick often enough in stints with the Oilers, New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers to compensate for the holes in the rest of his game.

I can't find a more complete and telling analysis of Schremp than what Jonathan Willis did at Oilersnation oilersnation.com/2009/2/19/ahl-prospect-rankings-8-rob-schremp.

WIDE-OPEN SPACES

In 114 games with the Oilers, Islanders and Thrashers, Schremp scored 20-34-54, which isn't nearly enough sizzle when there is so little steak to the rest of his game -- he didn't skate well for an undersized player and he couldn't check his hat, let alone opposing forwards.

Some people thought Oilers coach Craig MacTavish was the problem during Schremp's time here. It turns out MacT came to the same conclusion then every NHL GM has come to now, so off to Sweden it is.

At 25, Schremp is still young enough that he might find his game on the expansive freeze in Sweden and make some noise. The wide-open spaces, assuming he can move his feet quickly enough to get to them, are made for no-hit, all-hands players like him.

Might lighting it up for GM Markus Naslund in Modo get Schremp back to the NHL? Maybe, but I wouldn't count on it. Schremp might have a nice career across the pond and make a good living wowing fans with his hands and creativity, but I don't see him proving MacTavish or his critics over here wrong.

For one-trick ponies like Schremp, who has been better at filling the notepads of reporters than the net as an NHL player, circuits like the SEL are essentially hockey's version of the glue factory.

Many gifted but obviously flawed players just like Schremp have gone before him and more are on the way.

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#51 Oilchange64
August 11 2011, 06:40PM
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Amazing the general hate that this guy still generates. As has been stated many times, he could not find a job with ANY NHL team. Next please....

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#52 OutDoorRink
August 11 2011, 08:14PM
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Beware the YouTube shootout scoring phenom.

Well, except for Omark that is.

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#53 book¡e
August 11 2011, 08:58PM
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David S wrote:

Dude couldn't find a full-time gig in the NHL and has to find a sucker GM in Europe to take yet another chance on him.

And some people here are STILL pumping his tires.

"Three points in four games!"

"MacT sewered his career!"

"What about Gagner?!"

This calls for a whole new level of facepalm...

http://gbatemp.net/pix/202697/Third-party-facepalm.jpg

I think you mean "What about Gagne?!"

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#54 Wanyes bastard child
August 11 2011, 09:14PM
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David S wrote:

Dude couldn't find a full-time gig in the NHL and has to find a sucker GM in Europe to take yet another chance on him.

And some people here are STILL pumping his tires.

"Three points in four games!"

"MacT sewered his career!"

"What about Gagner?!"

This calls for a whole new level of facepalm...

http://gbatemp.net/pix/202697/Third-party-facepalm.jpg

Or maybe it calls for a...

http://s969.photobucket.com/albums/ae175/teh_pwnerer23/?action=view&current=TacticalFacePalm.jpg&mediafilter=images

I think so eh?

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#55 David S
August 11 2011, 11:20PM
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book¡e wrote:

I think you mean "What about Gagne?!"

"Gagne".

Yeah. I still get migraines when I see it.

But my all-time favorite is "Desjarlais". Comedy gold that one.

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#56 David S
August 11 2011, 11:21PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Or maybe it calls for a...

http://s969.photobucket.com/albums/ae175/teh_pwnerer23/?action=view&current=TacticalFacePalm.jpg&mediafilter=images

I think so eh?

So appropriate.

I wish we had a facepalm button right beside the props button. That would be sweet.

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#57 book¡e
August 12 2011, 07:03AM
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@David S

Wanye - this is the greatest idea EVER. Would a facepalm button be possible?

Please make the world a better place by doing this!

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#58 positivebrontefan
August 12 2011, 08:32AM
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book¡e wrote:

No Doubt. Good sarcasm, parody, and satire do not require ~~ marks. The presence of two obvious spelling mistakes in a three word sentence following the criticism of a spelling mistake should clearly indicate that this is sarcastic in nature.

With that said, the effect of the joke is improved greatly when people respond with indignation.

Gord - I am pretty sure those responding are not English majors - if they are, then I suspect they are the "C's get degrees" kind of English majors.

Sorry man, I couldn't help but take the shot on you when you gave a guy gears for misspelling Gagner and then you misspelled it. (you corrected it after) And no, I'm not an english major, I just had to chuckle.

I personally don't think MacT was great at developing elite talent. Not saying that Schremp was elite, but part of his job was to motivate Schremp to do something that came naturaly to MacT. Grind. Schremp, not a grinder.

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#59 book¡e
August 12 2011, 09:41AM
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@positivebrontefan

Yes, the spelling of Gagner as Gager was an error - I feel shame...

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#60 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
August 12 2011, 10:36AM
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bigguy13 wrote:

RB,

I think you could make the comparison to Dan Cleary, he was drafted 1st round 13th overall and a bust. With the Oilers he played 220 games 31 goals 54 assists 85 points, not a far cry from Schremp. When Cleary moved to Detroit, it was a new found career for him, I am sure if Schremp played on a team with players like Datsuyk it would be different.

Agree?

Cleary has stated many times that it was a wake up call for him and turned his life around when he got to Detroit. If Schremp wasn't smart enough to realize this after the Isles waived him then when is he going to get it?

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