BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 28: Martin Frk #5 of the Czech Republic checks Erick Gudbranson #5 of Canada during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Canada and the Czech Republic at the HSBC Arena on December 28 2010 in Buffalo New York. Canada won 7-2. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Editor's note: Sometime during September of last season, frequent commenter SumOil came to us with a bright idea. "I'd like to track all of the top CHL prospects for the 2011 draft, plus all of the Oilers' prospects in the CHL and break out all of their even strength production and add in some additional stats. Can I post it here?" Who were we to look a gift horse in the mouth? We wondered about the same information and here was a volunteer, asking if he could take on the daunting task of keeping track of all of this. SumOil posted updates to the numbers every two weeks for the entire season and the end result was this, the 2011 Draft top prospects' stats breakdown, AKA The Bible.
He's back again for the 2011-12 season to do the same work and he needs the community's help. After cramming his brain with %OFF and %ES and ESG/G for Major Junior players for the better part of eight months, SumOil took a break from hockey. He needed some time to decompress. We'll let Sum take it from here:
For the first time in years, I decided to take a summer break from hockey. Apart from the usual summer activities, I filled my hockey timeslot playing some computer games. I played both Mass Effect games for like the nth time. I did the same with the Dragon Age duo. I even gave Starcraft2 a try. After losing my 20th game in a row, I decided to give up on it and moved onto League of Legends. At some point I will play Deus Ex, but I guess I will save that until after the 2011-12 season.
Of course I did not completely abstain from hockey -- I did follow the Oilers news and moves with a close eye. However, any other year, I could name every off-season move made by each team, any given team's cap situation, who the top prospects are (drafted and undrafted). Hence this year, I am going to need some help from you guys as well.
Like last season, I will be tracking all of the Oilers' prospects in the CHL. In addition to that, I will also add a few former draft choices from last 2 seasons and some or all of the following draft-eligible prospects:
Forwards: Nail Yakupov, Alexander Galchenyuk, Martin Frk, Matia Marcantouni, Brendan Gounce, Scott Laughton, Luca Ciampini, Ryan Olsen, Erick Locke, Jarrod (Iron) Maiden, Troy Burke, Matt Campagna, Andreas Athanasiou
Defense: Ryan Murray, Nick Ebert, Morgan Reilley, Matt Dumba, Slater Koekkoek, Derrick Pouliot, Gianluca Curcuruto, Codi Ceci, Jesse Graham.
I will be recording the following stats:
Zero Point Games: Number of games a certain prospect failed to register a point. I think it shows consistency. I've only tracked these numbers for one season, so I dont know how effective this particular stat is, if at all.
Even Strength Goals/Assists/Points; Powerplay Goals/Assists/Points; Short-handed Goals/Assists/Points: pretty standard stuff.
I know that it was only towards the end that I looked into % of offense and other catagories. I think this time I will be posting those stats on a more regular basis. Maybe monthly or every 6 weeks or something like that.
This list is as fluid as last years' compilation. Players will be added and taken out depending on their performances. Also please tell me if I am missing any top draft eligible CHL prospect. I am open to adding USHL prospects as well, but I will have to see how sortable their data is. The first post will be comparing Yakupov and Galchenyuk and a drafted prospect. But I am open to ideas and suggestions from the next post onwards.
So, I put it to you, learned reader, who did I fail to mention above, and who should I consider adding to my prospects' list?