NHL EQUIVALENCIES AT CHRISTMAS (VOL 2)

Lowetide
December 26 2013 08:08AM

In our second look at NHL equivalencies during the Christmas season, we're off to Oklahoma City in order to find some signs of offense. A youngster like Travis Ewanyk (in photo) is playing 4line minutes, are there any signs he can play someday in the NHL? Let's have a look.

THE YOUNG GROUP (19-TO-22)

I've started to use Rob Vollman's equivalencies for AHL players, he staggers the number based on age. That makes sense, since a 20-year old posting a point-per-game is clearly better than a 27-year old doing the same thing. Here are the NHL equivalencies for men aged 19-22 on the Barons (per 82 games):

  1. C Anton Lander 22-14-36
  2. C Roman Horak 13-14-27
  3. D Martin Gernat 0-18-18
  4. C Ryan Martindale 6-11-17
  5. R Tyler Pitlick 4-10-14
  6. D Martin Marincin 6-7-13
  7. L Curtis Hamilton 0-9-9
  8. C Travis Ewanyk 4-3-7
  9. L  Kale Kessy 3-4-7
  10. D Oscar Klefbom 0-5-5
  11. D David Musil 0-5-5
  12. D Brandon Davidson 0-3-3

Lots of good information here. First, Anton Lander! His final season in Sweden featured some solid offense, but it's been a miserable time for him in North America. He started to turn the corner last season when the NHLers went home, and that is continuing this season. Roman Horak is the new hire, I liked him in Calgary and believe he should get a shot in Edmonton (probably next season). Martin Gernat is beginning to emerge as a viable two-way option for the Barons, and his number at 20 is encouraging. Among the rest, I like the Marincin number but the Klefbom number suggests we might be looking at Smid-level offense from the young phenom.

(Phil Larsen. All photos by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).

THE MIDDLE GROUP (23-TO-26)

This group has added experience to their skill set, and so a little more air is let out of their tires using the Vollman method. Per 82 games:

  1. L Linus Omark 18-19-37
  2. D Phil Larsen 5-32-37
  3. D Taylor Fedun 5-17-22
  4. D Brad Hunt 5-16-21
  5. C Andrew Miller 6-14-20
  6. C CJ Stretch 6-11-17
  7. C Will Acton 9-5-14

No surprise that Omark posts the best number, but a big surprise that Larsen's offense is so mammoth. Now, this is in fewer than 10 games, but the young man has been on a pace in the NHL that would put him past 30 points in a full season. Fedun is a solid AHL player looking for a chance, Hunt is intriguing and Miller, Stretch and Acton are also in photo. In that group, only Acton is a pure defensive forward, so the other two are in a little trouble as prospects.

THE OLDER GROUP (27+)

This is the group that is either trying to find NHL work or at the end of their NHL run before heading to Europe. It's unlikely any of this group ends up in the NHL for an extended period of time. Per 82 games:

  1. L Ryan Hamilton 7-10-17
  2. R Matt Ford 6-8-14
  3. R Derek Nesbitt 6-7-13
  4. D Denis Grebeshkov 3-5-8

Hamilton is a guy I thought might have some NHL impact, but foot speed exposed him and he had poor timing in the injury department. Grebeshkov's skills have eroded since leaving the NHL, I'm surprised he isn't back in Russia.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

It's a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to getting clearance from other prospects, but this season I would suggest that Barons Lander, Gernat, Marincin, Larsen and Fedun have done it. There's a lot of defensemen on that list, but they lack experience. As has been said many times, the odds that Edmonton cashes one or two of these young men for a more experienced player is high.

The CHL, college and Euro group is here.  I'll do a wrap up post in the coming days.

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#51 camdog
December 26 2013, 04:28PM
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Tough year just gets tougher. Not long ago Klefbomb was going to be a saviour, now he's just a replacement for Smid...

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#52 DonDon
December 26 2013, 04:57PM
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Lowetide wrote:

You mean tomorrow's GDT?

Excuse me. Got ahead of myself.

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#53 6 ring circus
December 26 2013, 07:40PM
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As per TSN both Horak and Marincin have been recalled by the Oilers and will be playing tomorrow in Calgary.Good timing with the article Lowetide.

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#54 seanjohn
December 26 2013, 08:43PM
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Lowetide, you think the odds high that the Oil trade one of these prospects for a more experienced NHLer? I am going to have to see that before I believe it.

Also, Klefbom will not reach the level of hype that Oilers' management has been selling, but given their track record, why would anyone be surprized?

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#55 Reg Dunlop
December 26 2013, 09:29PM
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'Smid-like offence from the young phenom'

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#56 NewfoundlandOil
December 27 2013, 06:49AM
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@Serious Gord

But the key here is that he fell onto the Oilers lap and not another team with cap space at the time and the pieces to move.

It is over simplistic to suggest it was a gift from the Blues. Right place, right time for sure but that is probably half an NHL trade anyway. IMO Lowe deserves credit for this acquisition regardless of the current state of the team.

Why not just say, the Oilers acquired Pronger at the perfect time along with other players and put together a Cup run. Which is to say that perhaps they can do that again.

As for now, identify the player and go out and get him and yes please victimize a team in the process.

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#57 Andrew
December 27 2013, 08:14AM
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I realize this comment is about as off topic as I could get regarding 'equivalencies' but here goes.

I just read Staples article in the Journal about how the Oil managed to trip over their own feet and lost Jan Hejda to a quicker thinking and quicker reacting Scott Howson of the Columbus blue jackets and former assistant GM of those same Oil. Hejda also deals with how the Oil management and coaching almost drove him out of Hockey with the way they managed him.

If you want the details of the article I would suggest you read for yourself. My point is that is just one example of the numb skull thinking of Lowe and MacT.

I also read the comments of MacT about how in his opinion the Oil games have been entertaining to the denizens of Wrecksall this season. This was also written by Staples and can be found on the Journal page.

My question is ...is MacT and upper Oiler management on crack? With that mentality running the operation we may never see playoffs again no matter how many first round kicks at the cat these dopes have.

Happy freaking holidays.

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#58 Mikey
December 27 2013, 08:16AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

If you are referring to pronger, He pretty much fell in Lowe's lap as the blues couldn't afford to extend his contract under the new cap restrictions while edmonton had plenty of room.

Sounds familiar....

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#59 Spydyr
December 27 2013, 08:24AM
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Andrew wrote:

I realize this comment is about as off topic as I could get regarding 'equivalencies' but here goes.

I just read Staples article in the Journal about how the Oil managed to trip over their own feet and lost Jan Hejda to a quicker thinking and quicker reacting Scott Howson of the Columbus blue jackets and former assistant GM of those same Oil. Hejda also deals with how the Oil management and coaching almost drove him out of Hockey with the way they managed him.

If you want the details of the article I would suggest you read for yourself. My point is that is just one example of the numb skull thinking of Lowe and MacT.

I also read the comments of MacT about how in his opinion the Oil games have been entertaining to the denizens of Wrecksall this season. This was also written by Staples and can be found on the Journal page.

My question is ...is MacT and upper Oiler management on crack? With that mentality running the operation we may never see playoffs again no matter how many first round kicks at the cat these dopes have.

Happy freaking holidays.

His side burns were too long for Lowe's liking.

The article in question is here :

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/12/26/how-stalwart-d-man-jan-hejda-got-picked-off-from-the-edmonton-oilers-organization/

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#60 Oiler Al
December 27 2013, 12:54PM
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Wonder how long Stauffer and MacT, rehearsed their interview before putting it to tape.

Let a real journalist do an interview, instead of your in-house Kool Aide production.

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#61 camdog
December 27 2013, 03:06PM
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For years I have been waiting for the Jason Chimera story. He's another player that had differing opinions then Lowe and Mact. Has anybody heard his story?

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#62 Oiler Al
December 27 2013, 03:35PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I too think that the main reason for getting rid of Lowe is because of the very bad reputation he has with his peers, agents, and especially players.

Too many players have gone from Edmonton only to become a success on their next team. The list is long and the type of players we now covet, were once Oilers.......it's so sad to see. Souray, Satan, Stoll, Glencross, Hedja, Smid, Smyth, .......you get the idea, were all run out of town for no real reason. It only takes a few players to spread the word that the Oilers organization is toxic to your career. One wonders if players like Riley Nash refused to sign because of all these rumours??

This is why Lowe has to be fired.......the man is toxic, plain and simple!

Rama, and to think all this time he let everyone believe it was the climate and the city that kept them from not wanting to be an Oiler.[ No uglier city than MotorCity, and Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg are not exactlly lining the beachs in December.]Seems these cities attract decent players.

As long as Katz is wearing that old No.4 jock strap over his head,,.. Lowe is here to stay.

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