Saturday, December 08, 2007
I admit I've never been much of a fan of Robbie Schremp. However, his recent streak of 15 points in the past 11 games raises some eyebrows and warrants a closer look.
He had put up strong numbers in junior:
17 year old 60 28 41 69
17 year old (playoffs) 15 7 6 13
18 year old 62 41 49 90
18 year old (playoffs) 18 13 16 19
19 year old 57 57 88 145
19 year old (playoffs) 19 10 37 47
The talent was there. No question about it. Obviously not to the Sam Gagner level:
Sam's 17 year old 53 35 83 118
Sam's 17 year old (playoffs) 16 7 22 29
But talent, nonetheless.
However, there were warning bells surrounding him that lead to him dropping to 25th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
1) Poor attitude
2) Poor skating, which would hurt his ability 5 on 5
3) High % of points on the PP, questioning his ability to outscore at EV
Number 1: We found, was clearly a myth. He's demonstrated ability and desire to become an NHL player. He worked hard this summer, recovering from a season ending lower body injury incurred late last season. He didn't impress at training camp or pre-season play this year, like he somewhat did a few years ago - but the attitude problems were clearly fabricated.
Number 2: He still has an awkward stride, last I saw of him in person at the U of A conditioning camps. Improved over the previous year? I'm not a hockey scout, so despite
the fact that I "saw him good," I'm in no position to make an assessment. However, every man or turtle has his limits. It's very unlikely he'll be a seasoned skater in the NHL - that's simply means he has to improve in other areas of his game to compensate for his weakness.
The AHL numbers are certainly there:
As a 20 year old: 69 17 36 53 (After a slow start) 0.77 PPG
As a 21 year old: 25 6 20 26 = 1.04 PPG
Also mentioned (Credit BBO) is that 15 out of his 20 assists have been of the 1st assist variety.
He sits 13th in the AHL in scoring, a mere 1 point away from 7th, and 2 points away from 5th.
His PP production is 3-11-14. Thus, 54% of his points have come with the man advantage.
Which is, warning bell number 3.
After he was briefly called up to the big league in October (2 games), Oilers coach Craig MacTavish explained why exactly Schremp's ass was stapled to the bench (Quote - Credit Lowetide):
He needs the strength base and quickness. He's got to be strong enough to battle at a standstill because he's not going to outskate many guys...."
Will Robbie Schremp carve a career in the NHL? Could he help his team win hockey games by making a difference on the PP? I believe so. At the same time, I'm not going to expect him to be a guy that will handle tougher minutes. I believe he'll either be a player handling the soft minutes on the 2nd line, while bulking up and not hurting his team like Nilsson has demonstrated in his brief career with the Edmonton Oilers - or, he'll be on the 4th line, limited minutes on ES while logging up time on the PP.
Of course, what I think and what will actually happen is a mystery itself.
Just exactly who are you, Robbie? Who are you?
Posted by PunjabiOil at 9:42 PM