Sunday, December 03, 2006

Alexei Mihknov Recalled: Oilers Throw A Curveball, Bring Up A Guy Who Likely Can't Hit One

Everytime I use a baseball analogy I feel like I owe LT money;) but it's funny how most of these comparisons work.

On to the news and today the Oilers officially placed Smyth on IR and in his stead will be the enigma that is Alexei Mihknov.

Big #8 has gone 3-10-13, that's my own personal shorthand for goals, assists and games played, in his AHL travails but has come on as of late. I don't have access to AHL TOI but I try and read the WBS dailies as much as I can and I know that a couple of games back the head coach had him replace Schremp as the guy who was working the PP halfboards.

Speaking of Schremp, don't you think he's a guy that's choked today? In the last week he's seen the Oilers encounter a rash of injuries and fellow Baby Pens MAP, JFJ and now Mihknov get the call to the big club. Meanwhile RS is caught in a slump and his coach has been decreasing his icetime.

Back to the AM callup and I'm super surprised that Kyle Brodziak isn't the one making the trek north. Alexei's a kid who isn't going to help you unless he's scoring and he might have played a few seasons against men in the RSL but heretofore he hasn't been tearing up a league comprised of boys and men. The bras should already be trying to figure out how to unlock the offensive potential of a kid like MAP not to mention also trying to find icetime and a role for JFJ and now here comes another guy who needs to be sheltered.

The only reason I can see AM getting the call is because he's a UFA at season's end and the Oilers only have a few more months to make a decision whether he's in their longterm plans. That being said he's unlikely to being able to help them in the shorterm and now we're looking a roster with a helluva lot of guys that you can't set your watch too.

About the only positives to come out of the arrival of all the new kids is the string of rookie dinners likely to follow;)


Blogger Bank Shot said...

Mikhnov should be capable of carrying the puck across the blueline on the powerplay. That is a dynamic the Oilers are sorely missing right now. Also he'd probably be the most effective guy they have at standing in front of the goalie.

If he can't make an impact in those areas he won't be making one at all.

12/03/2006 2:55 pm  
Blogger Lowetide said...

I swear to you that I posted my Mikhnov item before I read yours.


12/03/2006 3:09 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

No sweat LT:)

12/03/2006 4:31 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Is he a UFA? Jesus, how can that be?

I can't figure out these new CBA rules at all - kid plays one season and he's a UFA.

Five rookies up front now Dennis.


A couple more injuries and its Horcoff, Pisani, Liam Reddox and the Wilkes-Barres Penguins.

12/03/2006 6:44 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

Actually bank shot, I don't think that's a big problem with the PP. In fact I think the Oilers started going away from leaning on Hemsky to carry the puck in before he got injured. It wasn't working.

They do need someone who can settle the puck down on the PP though because they're down to pretty much just Horcoff right now. Sykora's not terrible but he's better suited to shooting the puck. Maybe Mikhnov can give them something there.

12/03/2006 7:42 pm  
Blogger Andy Grabia said...

They really should give him heavy ice time on the PP, and just let him play on the half boards. He's a monster out there; totally impossible to control.

12/04/2006 11:43 am  
Blogger speeds said...

He's not a UFA at the end of the season.

He'll be a UFA in summer 2010.


12/04/2006 12:37 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Damn, that's a lot of kids up front. And some of the guys who aren't rooks are also the kind of guys you'd rather just played against the other team's depth. Damn.

Plus the already thin D has Staios and Bergeron not fully healthy, and Tjarnqvist looking decent by my eyes since returning from injury, but not as strong as before he got hurt. And it looks for all the world that MacTavish is hell bent on breaking in two rookies back there at the same time to boot. Yikes.

Funny thing though, Dennis. The bookies have never lost the love for this club since game 1. Most books have the Oilers as underdogs by .55 goals tonight, or near as dammit to that. And this on the road ( about .35 diff here) with Smyth out (a .25 goal diff guy on this squad) and Hemsky as well (about .15), and obviously the long term injury to Moreau. Granted I don't know the health of VAN right now.

12/04/2006 6:27 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

Cooke missed last game but is back tonight - I think they're healthy other then that.

12/04/2006 7:31 pm  

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