And now for some good news..
This isn't usually the place for prospect talk, LT's blog does that best, but I can think I bring this around to something that fits here. I certainly hope I can anyway because fans of the Oilers need good news right now no matter how little it means to the on ice fortunes here on November 9th, 2006.
Someone might have to shorten that link but it sends you to the stats of the WBS Penguins which is the AHL affiliate of, you guessed it, the NHL's Penguins. That's just one of 145 A teams which are housing Oilers prospects in the '07 season.
Young Mr. Pouliot didn't have the best of NHL camp's this past Sept and found himself in the A for his second season in a row. Then he stumbled out of the minor league gate and was even healthy scratched for a game. This wasn't the end of the world but if a guy of his pedigree doesn't start making some noise in his second year in the A then there's not much of a chance he'll have any kind of an impact in the NHL. Sure there are cases to the contrary but by and large the numbers won't support it.
In any case the kid has turned things around and he's also turned the heads of the Oilers brass. Here's a blurb from today's Sun:
"Our scouts have liked him," said assistant GM Scott Howson, who had a scout looking in on Pouliot last weekend. "He's really taken another step since he first got there. He's been very determined."
That was the quote pasted after the article said that MAP would be the first guy summoned from the farm if the Oilers decide help is needed. It's good to see that the kid took the kick in the rear and responded in a positive manner. I don't think he'd make much of a difference in the here and now but down the road he's now in view.
A couple of other things about that look at the Baby Pens stats. Mihknov got his first point in his second game so I guess he's just started the journey that will see him replacing Samsanov's production;) Schremp's putting up nearly a PPG but the Oilers mgmt doesn't seem overly impressed.
Which leads me to my point.
Word from the AHL observes says that MAP's playing the tough min while RS is picking the bones of the PP and the soft matchups. That's not to say that RS can't be successful in that role in the NHL but it's nice to see that the guy who's taking on the toughest assignement is the one who's currently drawing the most praise.