Schremp vs. Reddox vs. Potulny vs. Brule in the AHL

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Much has been made by some fans over the order in which Craig MacTavish gave minutes to forwards who the Oilers called up from the AHL in 2008-09. In order of games played, they ranked as follows:

  1. Liam Reddox: 46
  2. Gilbert Brule: 11
  3. Ryan Potulny: 8
  4. Rob Schremp: 4

I haven’t included J-F Jacques since his AHL time was technically only on a conditioning stint, so the question I’d like to ask is this: based on their AHL play, do these four players belong in this order?

I’ve decided to look at a number of different statistics to try and answer that question. Since each player spent a different amount of time in the AHL, I’ve divided all their numbers by total games played to give a per game rate. We’ll consider goals, points, +/- and Quality of Competition.

Goals Per Game:

  1. Potulny: .543
  2. Reddox: .357
  3. Brule: .333
  4. Schremp: .101

Points Per Game:

  1. Potulny: .886
  2. Reddox: .643
  3. Brule: .615
  4. Schremp: .609

Plus-Minus Per Game

  1. Potulny: -.157
  2. Reddox: -.214
  3. Brule: -.308
  4. Schremp: -.377

Quality of Competition

  1. Reddox: 1.853
  2. Brule: 1.677
  3. Potulny: 1.552
  4. Schremp: 1.355

Summation

The offensive categories and plus/minus all had exactly the same order: Potulny, Reddox, Brule, Schremp. Quality of competition, on the other hand, had Reddox on top by a fair bit, followed by Gilbert Brule, Ryan Potulny, and Rob Schremp.

It isn’t surprising that of the four players, Reddox got the most games: offensively, he tracked behind only Potulny, and the players he was playing against were better. Of the four, he’s also most suited to a role on the fourth-line and killing penalties, followed by Gilbert Brule. Given that a fourth line role is what was available to most of the call-ups, it only makes sense that Reddox would get the lion’s share of the games, with Brule (the youngest of this group) behind him.

As for offensive games, the only surprising thing is that Rob Schremp got called up before Ryan Potulny, since the latter had a far superior season. The splits explain that a little bit; Schremp was better in the first half of the season than he was in the second half. Regardless, after that point Potulny was the player who deserved – the player who had earned – a cameo with the Oilers.

Looking at their AHL achievements, it’s difficult to fault the order that Craig MacTavish placed these players in.  In fact, the only quibble that I would have is that perhaps Ryan Potulny should have gotten a longer look.

  • Hippy

    Oil hire Wayne Fleming as assistant. Is this fresh off the presses or old news on here. Woulda thought there'd be an article from Willis on it but maybe its in the works and this is fresh news.

  • Hippy

    bingofuel wrote:

    @ Travis Dakin:
    I was joking about refreshing and getting a whole pile of comments and more money. Secretly, I just love watching all the discussion play out, you fabulous webheads!

    You sir have manipulated me for the last time. How dare you!?!?!?

  • Hippy

    smileigirl15 wrote:

    MacTavish proved he played favourites time and again. His love of Reasoner had him sending Reasoner out when his butt should have been on the bench.
    He seemed to have a chip on his shoulder regarding Schremp before the kid ever got here. As long as MacTavish was coaching, Schremp never stood a chance to play with the club.
    Personalities do come into it; you can’t help it but at the same time, they are all paid to play hockey. It’s the coach’s job to get his players to perform at their best. To be a better coach, MacTavish needs to learn to leave his personal opinions of plays at home. The coach is never going to love everyone on the team.

    Hmmm, they get rid of Marty and their PK goes south and he has great year with Atlanta.

    Now everyone is asking for a veteran centre who plays the PK and can win faceoffs.

    Yeah, its all MacT's bias that are coming into play. I think he had a bias towards proper roster construction.

  • Hippy

    Ducey wrote:

    Hmmm, they get rid of Marty and their PK goes south and he has great year with Atlanta.

    Because Marty Sakic was all that and a bag of chips.

    What I am saying is, Marty had his place. It should not be every time we needed an extra guy out on the ice when we pulled our goalie (which seemed like it was every other game). Our PK didn't just go south because of losing Marty. We also lost Stoll. We had Eric Cole on the wrong wing. We had misappropriated players everywhere but our PK was crap because we didn't have Marty Reasoner~~!

  • Hippy

    RossCreek wrote:

    Oil hire Wayne Fleming as assistant. Is this fresh off the presses or old news on here. Woulda thought there’d be an article from Willis on it but maybe its in the works and this is fresh news.

    I'm sure the Voices of the Nation are researching feverishly as we speak, the content depending on whether they like him or not.

  • Hippy

    Fish wrote:

    GSC wrote:

    No need to apologize at all, JW…if anything, it’s me who owes you the apology.
    Love in.

    It's the tiiiiiiime of the seeeeeeeeeason for lovvvvving.

    [/The Zombies]

  • Hippy

    RossCreek wrote:

    Oil hire Wayne Fleming as assistant. Is this fresh off the presses or old news on here. Woulda thought there’d be an article from Willis on it but maybe its in the works and this is fresh news.

    It's news. And an article is coming.

    The short version: I like this hiring.

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:

    Wayne Flemming the comedian or Wayne Flemming the former assistant coach with the Flames?

    Looking at the current state of things, I'd say we could all use a laugh.

  • Hippy

    My wife is concerned that the Oilers' coaching staff has gotten considerably less good-looking (worse-looking?) than the previous staff. I don't know what this Flemming guy brings to the table, but they may be losing her here.

  • Hippy

    bingofuel wrote:

    @ ronaldo:
    You have NO idea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go get “dressed” for my “evening out”

    aka the weekly changing from the spider man pajamas to the superman pajamas

  • Hippy

    The Menace wrote:

    My wife is concerned that the Oilers’ coaching staff has gotten considerably less good-looking (worse-looking?) than the previous staff. I don’t know what this Flemming guy brings to the table, but they may be losing her here.

    if she thought mact and the crew were good looking there was no hope for her to begin with

  • Hippy

    @ cableguy:
    Even as a man with both feet firmly planted in the hetero community, I think I can safely say that moving from MacT to Quinn is dropping a few rungs on the handsome ladder.

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:

    not at all. i was just suggesting hypothetically, and independently of the Schremp situation, what would Gagner's scenario be right now without that tournament? does he make the team that quickly? or do they let him mature more physically and mentally while saying hes Not Ready?