Why O'Sullivan and Comrie Can't Split Up

As it stands right now, the Oilers haven't shown a lot in preseason. Ales Hemsky hasn't done much other than to suggest he's rusty. Penner has been a much slimmer, faster and more lively version of his former self, which is great but he still hasn't produced outside of one easy looking goal; and players like Gagner, Nilsson, Cogliano, Pouliot and others haven't given many signs that they've excelled past their disappointing showings last year. Even Horcoff who has been alright and relied upon as the only faceoff weapon the Oilers have, has seen most of his offense come thanks to the easy scraps left by the production of the following two players.

Patick O'Sullivan and Mike Comrie in one word have been magic. Their chemistry together so far is down right scary, with Comrie having produced 7 assists in 3 games and O'Sullivan 4 goals and 1 assist in the same time frame. It seemed obvious that O'Sullivan was going to bounce back from a poor end to his 2008/2009 NHL season after being traded to Edmonton, but if his pace so far suggests anything (and yes I know it's preseason) he could get 30 goals in his sleep if Comrie and O'Sullivan are pegged together for much of what's left in hockey for the Oilers in 2009/2010.

O'Sullivan in 3 games has taken an amazing 43 shots. 43! I thought I read it wrong and if so, I've wasted a few minutes of your time as the reader here; but when I first saw that, I couldn't help but find out just how many shots that is. 14.3 shots per game puts him at a pace which is more than twice Alexander Ovechkin's numbers from last season.

I know, I know... how can I compare the two? I'm really not trying to here, but if you think about the fact that Ovechkin's shooting percentage last season was 10.6% and O'Sullivan's is 9.3 so far this preseason; if O'Sullivan kept up this pace and shot 14 times a game (which he's doing right now), he'd have 1148 shots in an 82 game season. That's amazing! If I'm not reading or calculating incorrectly with the stats sheet, that's about 106 goals in 82 games.

Dropping his totals to 10 shots per game and 8%, he'd have 65 goals. Even further to 8 shots a game and a 5% shooting percentage, (which is kind of low for goal scorers), that's 32 goals, which the Oilers haven't had in years.

With that kind of production, I wouldn't split these two up with for any reason outside of a trade for Ovechkin himself, who seems to be able to produce similar numbers no matter who he plays with.

I'm more than interested to see just how much this production will drop and who the Oilers choose to put with these two to start the regular season.


This is perfect. The Oilers really need a 106 goal scorer on the roster. Should be a good year. Forget Malkin, Crosby and OV for your fantasy pool Stick with Sully!

September 22, 2009 at 10:56 AM comment-delete

I know the numbers are wack and not a real representation of what O'Sullivan would end up with, but I gotta say; he's not shy about shooting the puck, which was one of my arguments about a month ago for sticking him on as top line LW.

30 - 40 goals would be a nice change for the Oilers who haven't had one in a long long time.

September 22, 2009 at 11:09 AM comment-delete

Sounds good to me. Lets hope they put Comrie between Hemmer and Sully against the flames. Maybe Horcoff between Gagner and Cogs for 2nd line?

September 22, 2009 at 5:43 PM comment-delete

I do like the idea of your second line with the exception of how small it non-physical it would be. That said there are a few line combo's that might see that problem and Jacques with Horcoff and Hemsky is set for the Flames game on Wednesday.

I would suggest more a Horcoff between Penner and Gagner, for the regular season, but JF Jacques on the first line tomorrow again is interesting and poses some real questions.

September 22, 2009 at 6:22 PM comment-delete

Put O'Sullivan/Comrie/Hemsky and you have an elite first line

September 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM comment-delete

I agree. It would be interesting to see if Comrie could once again be a first line center type player, but it might be worth giving a shot to open the season.

Considering Quinn is all about pairings, that being O'Sully and Comrie, Hemsky's not a bad throw in.

I also wonder how well Hemmer responds not playing with Horcoff, who he has a lot of comfort playing beside.

September 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM comment-delete

Didnt Hemsky play with Comrie back before he left EDM

September 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM comment-delete

For one season, and they didn't start together either.

September 23, 2009 at 12:42 AM comment-delete

did they do well together

September 24, 2009 at 3:13 PM comment-delete

go oil go

September 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM comment-delete

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