HEMSKY THE SNIPER?

While we wait to see if the lockout will actually end, Ales Hemsky is scoring goals at rate he hasn’t seen in 12 years. In the 2000/2001season Hemsky was a rookie with the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL. He scored 36 goals and 100 points in 68 games enroute to being drafted 13th overall.

Since his rookie season in Hull, he has never scored as often as he is this year for Pardubice in the Czech Republic.
In 2001 Hemsky was scoring at a 0.52 goal-per-game ratio, and his highest since junior was in 2011 when he tallied 14 goals in 47 games for the Oilers.

"It’s only the Czech league Gregor, you can’t compare," some of you are likely thinking right now. That is true, but keep in mind that during the 2004 lockout Hemsky tallied 13 goals and 31 points in 47 games for Pardubice. In only 26 games this year he’s already surpassed that with 14 goals and 32 points.

Ladislav Smid has played against Hemsky this year and he talked about his play.

"He’s been dominating the league. He and (David) Krecji have been almost impossible to stop. Hemmer is finally healthy for the first time in a few years and it shows. He is stronger, and looks so much more confident on the ice. One-on-one he is one of the hardest players to defend, and this year finally being healthy, he’s been even harder to stop. Right now he’s sick good."

Smid loves the word sick, but he doesn’t use it unless he thinks it’s warranted. Smid and I discussed Hemsky on my show last week, and after the show was over we talked about Hemsky and Smid was even very complimentary of his play. He told me that Hemsky looked so much more comfortable and Hemsky told him he hasn’t felt this healthy in years.

If Hemsky’s shoulder problems are behind him, he could have a huge year for the Oilers. Much of the focus has been on Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz because we’ve been able to watch their games on line and follow them more closely, but Hemsky looks great according to Smid. His stats back up that claim.

This lockout is beyond annoying, but for Oiler fans it has to be even more frustrating because after six years of losing the Oilers look poised to finally compete for a playoff spot. I still have some concerns about the Oilers overall size, and depth on their blueline as well as an unproven goalie, but I’m also very intrigued to see how they’d do in a short season.

Recently I’ve seen some suggest that Hemsky could be trade bait if the lockout ends, but I’d caution that move. Unless you are going to get a proven top-six winger with size, or a proven top-four D-man there is no way I’d deal Hemsky when the lockout ends. The Oilers need to be competitive this year, and after listening to Smid rave about Hemsky’s health and his play I think he might be more of a factor than some fans believe.

This is just another reason to end this &*(&)@&*)# lockout.

P.S As of today, the NHL has combined for 510 days of lockouts over the past 18 years. Take a bow NHL, you continue reaching new levels of unbelievable stupidity.

FINAL DAY

Today is the 15th and final day in our Month of Giving. Yesterday we raised another $2,500 for Santas Anonymous. Sweet.

We had one final package planned for today, but last night I got a phone call from the GM or the Oklahoma City Barons, Bill Scott, so now we have two packages.

Item One: A signed OKC Barons jersey. The winner will choose whether they want it to be an Eberle, RNH, Hall or J. Schultz jersey. You can pick, that player will sign his jersey and then we will ship it to you. This will be a collector’s item in a few years for sure.

Item Two:  You will be picked up and driven home in a Blue Sky Limo. In between you and five of your friends will dine at one of Edmonton’s best restaurants, Vivo Ristorante. Greg and his staff will ensure it is a very memorable evening.

The Package includes an eight-course meal and includes all your wine and drinks. I will be there to pour your wine and hang up your coats, and you will also have three other special guests join you for dinner: Jason Strudwick, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

Bidding goes from 2 p.m. to 5:55 p.m and you can call 780.426.8326 or text 101260 to bid. Thanks in advance. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

  • book¡e

    Ok, more seriously, Hemsky is a hell of a player who has been injured. I think we will be thrilled at the player and contract if the NHL ever starts up again and he stays healthy.

  • T__Bone88

    Maybe once this lockout ends Tambellini would consider what Smid mentioned and try to acquire Krejci to centre the 2nd line with Hemsky… a boy can always dream. The ultimate kick to the groin for oiler fans is seeing Hemsky playing lights out over in europe but returns back to being injuried Hemsky once NHL starts up again.

    • Surprisingly I’ve already considered that scenario. Boston will have three Centers all making 5 million+. They actually may be looking at moving one, and Krejci seems the most likely, for a lesser contract and a player that would mostly play third line mins but has the ability to be a good second line option. Does that sound like anyone on the Oilers??? Thats right Gagner Omark and a 2nd to Boston for Krejci. And I wouldn’t be willing to bump that 2nd into a first, I’d rather put another 2nd into the deal instead. But hey I’m an arm chair GM, what do I know.

      • GVBlackhawk

        Alternatively, the Bruins might be interested in acquiring Hemsky. They are a bit thin on RW and the Krejci-Hemsky chemistry is obvious. Should be able to fit him under the cap with Thomas’ salary coming off the books.

        • Ya but I don’t see any other players on their team the Oil would want other than Nathan Horton or Dougie Hamilton. And I highly doubt they will be trading either of them anytime soon.

          • GVBlackhawk

            I doubt the Oilers would want Horton with his crazy concussion history. A healthy Horton is another story.

            The Oilers would love to add Jonny Boychuk, though.

  • yawto

    That package, sure wish I had 5 grand to blow. Kids don’t really go to college anymore do they? Lol. As for the hemsky thing, would be a tragedy to ship him out. He always has a great year coming out of a lockout.

  • Man, this story has really been bubbling underneath all the other headlines. There were a ton of question marks this off season, including if Hemsky could return to form. I think he is answering that with a definitive yes. If a few more turn into yeses, the Oilers are going to be competitive. If we can couple that with an upgrade through trade, then the team will be dangerous.

    Question, what are the three question marks that have to be answered yes in order for the Oilers to be competitive?

    Mine would be:
    -Can Dubnyk consistently play like he did after the allstar break for 55 plus games?
    -Will one of or both of Schultz and/or Yakapov meet or exceed expectations ala Nuge at the NHL level?
    -Will Whitney be healthy, or at least back to 90% before he went down a few years back?

    What are your three questions?

  • Guy Lafleur

    I would love to see what a healthy Hemsky can do with these kids. If the stupid nhl would just play hockey maybe we would know. But i think we are on the verge of something great soon. Hey Gregor whats whitney doing. To me he is the biggest deciding factor on how well we do this year or next. Well maybe not the biggest but if he was healthy our chances go way up.

  • Chainsawz

    I’d love to dust off the ol’ #83 jersey on some game nights when things get going again and let the #14 have the odd night off. You won’t see me wearing it at the barn though. I’m going to be a TV/bar only guy for the forseeable future.

  • PutzStew

    You know, it seems like yesterday that the Oilers had a couple kids leading the the AHL and another one Captaining the Canada World Junior team??? Or How about that Russian kid who’s suppose to play a big part of the WJ’s???

    Now we get to hear about some guy that playing decent hockey on a low level professional league and another that MIGHT see some ice time playing in a lower level International tournament (See Lowtide, Smyth, Spengler).

    The future is right in front of you but for some reason people still feel the need this teams CRAPPY past.

    • OilersBrass

      As long as Hemsky is part of the team he is the future. We all know the kids will do well, but it’s nice to read that on of my favourite players is getting back to his original form. Don’t read the articles if you don’t like them.

  • Based on his play of late, I’m willing to give Hemsky a chance…….as long as he drops the continuous sulking routine behind.

    If he can play and dominate on the third line, then give him the chance on the top-six otherwise let him play with players who don’t expect a pass.

    When he is one he is a good one-man show.

  • Time Travelling Sean

    Sulking routine?

    Also if Hemmer isn’t on the top 6, who is? Who is his replacement? Smyth? We saw how well that worked out down the stretch last year.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    This really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    His inflated goal-scoring is off-target (and unsustainable), but the fact that he is back to form and putting up points is hardly out of the Hemsky-norm.

    Looking forward to seeing that healed shoulder do some NHL time.

    • OilClog

      Oh he’s ripping it up, where are your biased stats to unprove this? Maybe yourself and Willis could create a new stat category. How about a NHLE that is just involving the “you’re a oiler” factor.

      Hemsky will produce at a 4g 18a per 82game average

      And Jordan Eberle will fall back to earth only shoot at about a 7.6%. Scoring a pitiful team leading 7goals.

    • NHLE is not very informative. What would joe thorton’s NHLE be this year? Or Evander Kane’s? Ovechkin as a 19 year old had 26 points in 37 KHL games. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t translate to 52 goals and 106 points NHLE. The point is that Hemsky seems healthy, seems confident. He is only 30 years old so he’s still got several years left and at his best he was a 70 point player.

  • DSF

    1. Damien Brunner RW Zug NLA 27 23 25 48
    2. Jaromir Jagr RW HC Kladno Czech 27 18 25 43
    3. Tomas Plekanec C HC Kladno Czech 28 20 22 42
    4. Evgeni Malkin C Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 29 13 28 41
    5. Nick Bonino C Neumarkt/Egna Italy2 13 17 21 38
    6. Tyler Seguin C/RW Biel NLA 24 23 14 37
    7. Jan Mursak RW Olimpija Ljubljana Austria 21 12 24 36
    8. John Tavares C Bern NLA 22 14 21 35
    9. Erik Condra W SC Riessersee Germany2 16 18 16 34
    10. Henrik Zetterberg C Zug ET 18 14 17 31
    11. Ales Hemsky RW HC Pardubice Czech 25 14 17 31
    12. Pavel Datsyuk C CSKA Moskva KHL 25 9 22 31
    13. Alex Ovechkin LW Dynamo Moskva KHL 24 13 17 30
    14. Ilya Kovalchuk LW SKA St. Petersburg KHL 24 12 18 30
    15. Joe Thornton C Davos NLA 27 7 22 29
    16. Patrice Bergeron C Lugano NLA 18 11 17 28
    17. Patrik Berglund C Vasteras Allsvenskan 25 18 9 27
    18. Mikael Backlund C Vasteras Allsvenskan 20 11 16 27
    19. Sergei Kostitsyn LW Avangard Omsk KHL 21 9 18 27
    20. Anze Kopitar C Mora Allsvenskan 25 9 18 27
    21. Daniel Briere C Eisbaren Berlin DEL 17 6 21 27
    22. Jason Spezza C Rapperswil NLA 25 8 18 26
    23. David Krejci C HC Pardubice Czech 22 14 11 25
    24. Drew Miller LW Braehead Clan EIHL 17 13 12 25
    25. Marek Zidlicky D HC Kladno Czech 25 3 22 25

  • nuge2drai

    Oiler Domination To Follow

    The only people who question Hemskys desire to win or work ethic are the ones who havent watched him play during his career. For years he was the only reason I watched Oiler games, the One Man Show, with absolutely no help, and no one on the team that could match his talent.

    The reason hes had so much injury trouble in his career is because of his wreckless play.

    For years he had Horcoff fanning on his empty cross ice passes, I replace Horcoff with Yakupov on the second unit and the team is set.

    Glad to see him healthy, he will be a big part in getting this team to the playoffs. Domination to Follow….

  • nuge2drai

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if The oilers would gave up yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago since he’s put a full year in. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • nuge2drai

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if The oilers would gave up yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago since he’s put a full year in. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • nuge2drai

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if the oilers gave up yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago since he’s put a full year in. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • nuge2drai

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if the oilers traded yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago since he’s put a full year in. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • GVBlackhawk

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if the oilers traded yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that cant skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if the oilers traded yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    The Oilers will have cap issues after this year if we play in 2013. Right now our thirdline is Smyth, Hork, ?. Aging vets that cant skate anymore and this club is still missing grit for this club to be a playoff team. Also why would u spend 5millions dollars on a player that only scores 14 goals. Maybe if he was a centreman. We are also in a Salary cap era people and the cap going down to 60million. Would the fans be happy if the oilers traded yakupov to keep hemsky. Wow that’s why this franchise hasn’t moved forward. Hemsky has the stats but that’s still fours years ago. I understand the loyalty but next year u have Ebs hall Hork Hemsky maybe whitney. Half of our cap used up on 5 players and two have had serious injury issues plus Nug has to resign. Tough decisions need to be made.