UPDATE — Oilers Abroad

Feb 6, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid (5) plays the puck out from behind the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

At the end of October I wrote an article detailing the stats of the 6 Oilers playing overseas in Europe. Hemsky, Ladi Smid, Sam (8points) Gagner, Corey Potter, Lennart Petrell, and of course this year’s first overall pick Nail Yakupov are still across the pond. I thought it would be time to update you on how these guys are doing. We hear all the time about how well the young guns are doing down in OKC, but news from overseas seems to be a little bit sparse.

 

Sam Gagner is still enjoying things in Klagenfurt. In 9 games played he has managed 3 goals and 5 assists with a + 2 rating. When I wrote about him in October he had 2 points in 3 games. Since then he has manage to keep that pace going. 0.89/ppg is something we would love to see out of Sam here at home with the Oilers.

 

Ales Hemsky, playing with Pardubice, is still lighting it up in the republic. He’s played 18 games and has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points. Great stuff from the flashy forward, I think the biggest surprise is that he has more goals than assists. Maybe he has learned to shoot more when he dangles himself in to the good scoring areas instead of trying to force a pass and turning a good opportunity into a turn over. Something most of us have become far too used to.

 

Ladislav Smid is playing with Liberec, also in the Czech league. He must feel right at home on a team that is in last place. The big difference between Smid there and Smid back in North America, He is third, that’s right third on his team in scoring. In 17gp he has 2g and 9a for 11pts.

 

Corey Potter’s team the Vienna Capitals are 16-5-1. Potter has just 1 assist, for a total of 3, since the first update in October.  Can’t really say much about Potter, I am not able to find any TOI stats for him, or any of the Europeans actually. He was in the line-up for the Oilers quite a bit last year, but honestly I think it is going to be hard pressed for him to keep a spot with the big club if we ever have a season.

 

Lennart Petrell started the season on fire with HIFK Helsinki, recording 7 goals with 0 assists in his first 11 games with the team. He has played 3 games since the first update, while still registering a big fat zero in the assist category he did manage to pop one more puck in the back of the net for a grand total of 8g 0a in 14 games.

 

Nail Yakupov spent much of the last few weeks in Canada as the captain of Team Russia during the Subway Super Series. The Russians took the series over the 3 CHL teams. During the series he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in 6 games. He was very tightly checked for most of the series and didn’t really have any scoring support from his teammates. In the KHL for Nefthekhimik Nizhnekamsk he has a total of 10 goals and 4 assist. He is also seen as the best player night in and night out for his team and is giving them a chance to make the playoffs.

 

What does all this tell us you ask? Well not really anything, most of the Oilers players in Europe are producing and that is a good sign, but we can’t get too excited over these numbers because well, let’s face in Europe is not the NHL. I only hope that I don’t have to continue writing these overseas updates for much longer, and we can start cheering for these players when they are actually wearing the Oilers blue and orange.

 

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  • Will

    Even though you hate writing these for the right reasons, I sure do appreciate these articles. I think it would be funny if when Hockey resumed, the one player who ended up exceeding everyone’s expectations for the year was Smid. I think fans and media seem quite happy with the player he has developed into, but what if he wasn’t done there and started chipping in on offense? Potting say 8-10 goals a year and landing in the high 20′s in terms of points. Or what if Petrell carried over his play and we discovered our hard forchecking winger that can play with skill has simply been buried on our fourth line for the last few seasons. I guess what I’m asking is amongst all the question marks on the team (Yakapov and Schultz living up to the hype, Hemsky and Whitney, returning to form, Smyth not running out of gas, Dubnyk being a legit starter, Hall and Nuge having a full season without injury, Eberle maintaining his scoring totals from last year, Petry continuing his development), which one do you think no one will see coming?

    • Dave Gordon

      Sorry I missed your comment until now, I appreciate it for sure.

      I somewhat agree with you, I think Smid can be the biggest “Surprise” per se, The thing with Ladi is he was a hightly touted prospect that came over in the Pronger deal, I think his development curve is right on par. I also believe that with all the firepower up front and Smid in a top 4 roll he should be able to contribute 20-30 points with reasonable ease. As for the rest of your comments, I think the lockout may help whitney and hemmer having bounce back years.

      Thanks again for the comment and keep them coming,