December NHLE - Injuries Are Slowing Everyone Down

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 26: Alex Plante #48 of the Edmonton Oilers is attended to by a team trainer after he was hit by Dale Weise #2 of the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in NHL action on December 26, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Weise was assessed a major penalty on the play. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

December was a brutal month for the Oilers' prospect group. Injuries have hit the big club hard, but they're hitting the system even harder. I've been tracking thirty-three Oilers' prospects since October, the total includes nineteen forwards and thirteen defensemen. Of those thirty-three prospects, twelve of them missed at least three games in December due to injuries.

To get a sense of how much those injuries have impacted the prospects and their NHL numbers, we can use Gabriel Desjardins' NHL Equivalency. Gabe's methodologies are described on his translations page:

One way to evaluate the difficulty of one league relative to another is to examine the relative performance of players who have played in both leagues. Players rarely play significant time in two leagues in the same year, but they often play in one league in one year and in another the next. As long as a player’s skill level is approximately constant over this two year period, the ratio of his performance in each league can be used to estimate the relative difficulty of the two leagues.

After the jump is the full list of skating prospects with their NHL Equivalency and full season projections.

Player - League League DOB Drafted NHL82 G NHL82 A NHL82 P Change
Linus Omark AHL 2/5/87 97 5 36 41 0
Toni Rajala SM-Liiga 3/29/91 101 22 13 35 -3
Tobias Rieder CHL 1/10/93 114 17 11 28 -4
Kellen Jones NCAA 8/16/90 202 9 19 28 -1
Gilbert Brule AHL 1/1/87 6 12 14 26 -4
Phil Cornet AHL 3/28/90 133 21 4 25 -7
Teemu Hartikainen AHL 5/3/90 163 13 10 23 -2
Drew Czerwonka CHL 7/1/92 166 10 10 20 -5
Milan Kytnar ECHL 5/19/89 127 12 7 19 4
Mark Arcobello AHL 8/12/88 Und 2 16 18 -5
Kristians Pelss CHL 9/9/92 181 9 8 17 2
Ryan O`Marra AHL 3/29/91 15 7 8 15 1
Ryan Martindale ECHL 10/27/91 61 5 10 15 5
Antti Tyrvainen AHL 4/3/89 Und 3 14 14 9
Curtis Hamilton AHL 12/4/91 48 3 8 11 -3
Tyler Pitlick AHL 11/1/91 31 5 6 11 -2
Chris VandeVelde AHL 3/15/87 97 3 8 11 1
Cameron Abney ECHL 5/23/91 82 2 3 5 -1
Travis Ewanyk CHL 3/29/93 74 Inj Inj Inj Inj
  • Linus Omark is due to have the cast removed in two weeks and will need at least two weeks of rehab and workouts before he can return.
  • Phil Cornet was dinged up as well, but is back in the lineup for the Barons.
  • Teemu Hartikainen returned to the lineup after Christmas and registered one assist in three games.
  • Antti Tyrvainen returned from injury in December after recovering from a broken arm.
Player - League League DOB Drafted NHL82 G NHL82 A NHL82 P Change
Jeremie Blain CHL 3/19/92 91 5 15 20 -1
Kyle Bigos NCAA 5/12/89 99 2 18 20 0
Martin Gernat CHL 4/11/93 122 5 14 19 0
Taylor Chorney AHL 4/27/87 36 6 13 19 4
Brandon Davidson CHL 8/21/91 162 5 13 18 -2
Dillon Simpson NCAA 2/10/93 92 0 15 15 3
Martin Marincin CHL 2/18/92 46 3 11 14 2
Alex Plante AHL 5/9/89 15 1 13 14 1
Colten Teubert AHL 3/8/90 13 4 8 12 -2
David Musil CHL 4/9/93 31 1 10 11 0
Ryan Lowery AHL 9/6/88 Und 1 9 10 -2
Kirill Tulupov AHL 4/23/88 67 0 9 9 -5
Oscar Klefbom SEL 7/20/93 19 0 0 0 0
Taylor Fedun AHL 6/4/88 Und Inj Inj Inj Inj
  • Martin Gernat, Martin Marincin, David Musil and Oscar Klefbom all left their teams for the World Junior Championship.
  • Alex Plante was concussed during his callup and remains with the Oilers while he recovers. He lucked out, if you can call it that, in that he was injured in the NHL. Unlike Omark, Plante will collect an NHL salary while he's on IR.
  • Taylor Fedun took his first steps in December. Let's hope he's skating by next December.
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