Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here's a break down of his stats last year vs. this year to date.
'08-09 57gp. 7-32-39
ES 3-15-18 (10-1st, 5-2nd assists)
PP 4-17-21 (8-1st, 9-2nd assists)
'07-08 78gp. 23-53-76
ES 9-25-34 (14-1st, 11-2nd assists)
PP 14-28-42 (11-1st, 17-2nd assists)
As you can see, his numbers are down across the board, the biggest hit are his goals/game numbers and his PP points/game numbers. Obviously the Falcons PP is far worse this year and that certainly has something to do with every Falcons lack of production on the PP. The goals per game is a worrisome stat. He still isn't looking to shoot the puck enough, and the Oilers should get him the number of Shawn Horcoff's sports shrink from 2 years back.
He reminds me at times of the way that Ales Hemsky used to seem anemic to shooting earlier in his career. Both players can shoot the puck well, so it leaves you scratching your head. While it is rather obvious that he has underachieved this season in the AHL (as has just about anyone wearing a Falcons jersey) the positive to come out of this season if that for the first time he looked like an NHL player in his brief 4 game stint.
No matter what happens from here on out, Schremp needs to go back to the drawing board, continue to focus in on strength and speed, and get back to shooting the puck. I'm not sure if Rob is the type of player that engulfs himself in the stats sheets or not, but his massive drop in goals this season stands out like a sore thumb. In all likelihood he will finish the year with the lowest goal total of his professional career.
It is my humble opinion that right now besides the coaching staff in Edmonton, Robbie's biggest hurdle is the one that he has to clear between his ears. He needs to play with more confidence, he needs to shoot the puck more, and he needs to keep working hard to force his way into the NHL next year no matter what organization he ends up with.
Seeing a players production drop like this, there are only so many reasons or excuses that can be tossed out there. This season is a wash, however next season is a fresh start, Rob Schremp has to look at it that way or else the soured relationship between him and Craig Mactavish could cost him more than his potential career in Edmonton.
Mactavish is the equivalent of a girl that a guy dates that leaves him and then turns into a lesbian. Basically a mind fuck and a confidence killer. It's up to Rob if he wants to try to turn the situation into a menage a trois or if he wants to be scared of chicks breaking his heart and turning lesbo the rest of his life, or something lol!