Young Oilers play for Knights in Euro Can Cup

By , August 29, 2009 2:38 pm

Current Oilers play for Knights in Euro Can Cup

The London Free Press posted an article today about Rob Schremp, who is currently playing for the London Knights Pro team in the Euro Can Cup. In addition to Schremp, the London Knights Pro team features current Edmonton Oilers Sam Gagner and Marc Pouliot (the three play the top PP together), and former Oilers Dan Syvret and Alex Henry. Sam’s dad Dave also has made an appearance in the first game, in which both of the Gagner’s each scored 2 goals. Full London Knights Pro roster here: http://eurocancup.com/londonroster.html
The Euro Can Cup runs from August 25th – August 31st and also includes teams EV Zug, Linz Black Wings, and EHC Munchen. Each team will play a three-game round robin. Looks like the 2nd and 3rd place teams will play a semi-final game on August 30th, and the winner will then play the 1st place team on August 31st to determine the winner of the tournament.
So far, reports have been that Rob Schremp has looked pretty good in the tourney, having scored 2 goals and assist in the most recent game Friday, vs. EV Zug. In 2 games so far, Sam Gagner has 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points, Rob Schremp has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points, and Marc Pouliot has 5 points.
The London Knights roster takes another twist tonight as Detroit Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi is slated to play. http://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articles/Bertuzzi_In_The_Lineup_Tonight_For_The_London_Knights/1077915
"Who's got 2 thumbs and got fucked by MacT last year.... thissss guuuy!!!"

"Who's got 2 thumbs and got fucked by MacT last year.... thissss guuuy!!!"

The London Free Press posted a featurette today about Rob Schremp, who is currently playing for the London Knights Pro team in the Euro Can Cup. In addition to Schremp, the London Knights Pro team features current Edmonton Oilers Sam Gagner and Marc Pouliot (the three play the top PP together), and former Oilers Dan Syvret and Alex Henry. Sam’s dad Dave also has made an appearance in the first game, in which both of the Gagner’s each scored 2 goals. The London Knights roster takes another twist tonight as Detroit Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi is slated to play. Click here for the full London Knights Pro roster.

The Euro Can Cup runs from August 25th – August 31st and also includes teams EV Zug, Linz Black Wings, and EHC Munchen. Each team will play a three-game round robin. Looks like the 2nd and 3rd place teams will play a semi-final game on August 30th, and the winner will then play the 1st place team on August 31st to determine the winner of the tournament.

So far, reports have been that Rob Schremp has looked pretty good in the tourney, having scored 2 goals and assist in the most recent game Friday, vs. EV Zug. In 2 games so far, Sam Gagner has 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points, Rob Schremp has 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points, and Marc Pouliot has 5 points. Of course, since this tournament obviously features the worlds most elite players like Raphael Vassanelli, feel free to get started on the Rob Schremp ticker-tape parade (to Raphael’s relatives: please send all hate mail via the contact form).

Here are some snippets from interviews with Rob Schremp and Sam Gagner during the 2009 Euro Can Cup.

Schremp on the 2009/10 season outlook

I’m hoping it’s an absolutely clean slate. Obviously it was a tarnished one before. Usually it’s a clean slate through a trade but I’m fortunate that I get a clean slate with Edmonton. I don’t have to move anywhere, I can stay in the same spot and get a chance to impress new coaches.

I want a fair chance. I want to be able to play my game. You can take instruction on how to learn play-systems and traps, but I just hope that my game can stay intact . . . (and I play) the kind of hockey I played with the Knights.

Schremp on his play last year

It was frustrating, but you have to build your confidence up. It’s not like they’re going to roll out the red carpet now. They didn’t do it when I was drafted. They aren’t going to do it when I’m 23 and three years in the minors. It’s going to be about having the confidence… to believe in myself.

More on the Schremp interview here.

Gagner on MacTavish and the coaching change

Changes happen when you’re not winning. For me, I learned a lot from him (former coach Craig MacTavish), especially under the defensive side of my game. When I got to the NHL, it was a bit of a role reversal. I was thrown in and you have to be good on both sides of the (ice) if you’re going to be successful. And that’s how you get ice time.

He taught me a lot in that regard on being good down low, faceoffs, which every day I’m still trying to improve on those assets of my game to become a good all-around player.

(The coaching change) is a really excited opportunity for me; for the whole team. Obviously they’re great coaches and have been successful at every level and for me to get a chance to play under them and learn from them is definitely an exciting opportunity. Hopefully the team gets off to a good start this year and can kind of ride the wave through. That seems to be our problem where last year we kind of faltered down the stretch a bit. I think if we get off to a good start it will help the team relax and just settle into our roles. We have to focus on that, and I think everyone is excited and ready to go and hopefully we can do that.

Gagner on the 2009/10 season outlook

We’ve got a great group of guys, and obviously with the new coaching staff we’ve brought in hopefully thats the recipe for success. The new goaltender (Nikolai Khabibulin) has had some great years and everytime we played Chicago last year he really played well, so hopefully he can bring that to us and we can help him out and bring in some wins.

Gagner on his own development/expectations

I feel like I’ve developed every year. Last year, I had a bad start, but I still felt like I was a better player (than) my first year. For me, I just have to continue to develop and try to help the team to win games any way that I can. Obviously you want to be a guy that is counted on to score big goals in big moments and create big plays. And thats what I want to bring to the table this year is just to continue to get better and continue to be relied upon even more heavily as the season goes on. I just want to be that guy that is helping their time win night in and night out because at the end of the day that’s what it’s about – you want to make playoffs and you want to be the guy that plays big in big moments.

I think as a young guy you’re always working to focus on that consistency part of your game. I still felt that I was better than my rookie season and I wasn’t producing for some reason. I think for me, I just have to learn to stay focused on the right things and not let too many negative things bring my attention away from what my real goals are. I just need to focus on the right things and continue to work hard to get better every day, and have fun with the game. I always feel like I’m playing better and producing more when I’m just enjoying myself and not putting too much pressure (on myself). There is going to be a lot of outside pressure, but obviously the only pressure I can worry about is the pressure I put on myself.

15 Responses to “Young Oilers play for Knights in Euro Can Cup”

  1. Horpensky says:

    Lets add more random trade rumors on trading Bertuzzi to the Oilers. Nilsson for Bertuzzi. Nilsson gets to play with Swedes and Bertuzzi gets to play with his Euro Can Cup teammates.

  2. Racki says:

    :lol:

    I’d definitely love to have Bertuzzi here, to be honest. We could use his size. He comes pretty cheap. Yah, he’s not the same Bert as he once was (although that could be a good thing), but he still answers a couple of our needs.

    If ooooonly the Wings would do it. :P

  3. Horpensky says:

    44 points in 66 games isn’t too shabby… that’s 55 points over 82 games… more points than anyone else on this team except Hemsky, and can’t go wrong at that price.

    It seems like after that one free agent frenzy in 2007 where everybody got massive long term paydays (Gomez, Drury, Smyth, Penner/Vanek, Briere, Nylander), a lot of teams now are getting short and sweet deals (Tanguay, Prospal, Bertuzzi, Eaves) later on in the summer.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah, it seems a lot of teams are penny pinching, and the longer they wait, the more those players are going to panic thinking they could miss part (or all) of the season.

  5. LateNightOilFan says:

    A little more in-depth (and colourful) article here, posted by HockeysFuture staff on Schremp’s comments:
    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/11383/schremp_looking_forward_to_clean_slate_with_edmonton/

    He may have a clean slate, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he gets moved or picked up during the year. Just a feeling that it’s not meant to be for Schremp with the Oilers…

  6. Racki says:

    Yah that’s kind of a funny article. You don’t often get the unedited version of interviews, so it’s kind of a funny read ;)

    And I agree that it likely won’t happen with the Oilers. I just have a tough time seeing where he fits in here. There is that ever-so-slight chance they throw together another scoring line, but that’s still kind of reaching.

  7. Racki says:

    UPDATE: 4 goal night for Sam Gagner (including the winner) as the Knights come from behind again and beat Munich 5-4 in OT.

  8. Dallas says:

    4 goal night holy shit. I am pumped can you say Sammy same year he came in outta that Russian tourney except he’s 2 years older now. I’m predicting he is going to have a monster year 70-80pts. Gagner ROCKS I have a huge man crush on that kid.

  9. Racki says:

    We of course have to keep in mind that the level of competition he’s facing there is quite low. But it is a good warm-up for the season playing against some teams that have been together for a little while.

    I’d love to see Gagner hit those totals, but I think realistically, he could get about 60. That would still be a very good year. I think his confidence is starting to grow, and the way he played at the end of the year two years now… he should know that he has it in him to be a big factor. He had a PPG pace in like the last 20 or so last year. Pretty impressive. I think last year was tough just based on that almost everyone on the team was slumping.

    I’m really hoping too that the coaching change can make a big difference.

  10. OilerTyler says:

    Even if Schremp doesn’t make the team, i would expect him to be the first guy to be called up when one of our top six is injured.

  11. chucker says:

    I’m with Racki and LNOF on this one. I don’t see how Schremp can fit in despite the fact he’s likely a decent second line scorer with some defenssive issues. There are lots of guys worse than him in the NHL but I can’t see where he would fit on a very small Oilers team. It would make more sense to me that he gets picked up/traded as there is no room for him anymore.

  12. Racki says:

    Yah it’s unfortunate for Schremp, but his only hope (as far as I can see) to play here is if someone gets hurt. I do think MacT effed it up a bit by not letting him stick around up here longer last year though. But what’s done is done.

    But as they all keep slaying, it’s a clean slate… so you never know what could happen this year with anyone.

  13. Steve-O says:

    He’s not that good of a player…and based on that article he doesn’t seem all that concerned about working on it.

    I say let him play his Rob Schremp hockey elsewhere…there is no way he replaces any of the top two lines unless we run into massive injury problems. I would keep Nilsson over him any day. And I think we should trade Nilsson.

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