I was talking about Tom Gilbert with Dennis tonight and how amazing that it was that the Oilers got him for Tommy Salo. I knew that the Oilers got Salo for Mats Lindgren so I went and looked up the details of how they got Lindgren. That’s when I stumbled across just how valuable the 111th pick of the 1981 draft was to the Oilers. Check out the list at Oilfans.
Listening to the local media start to spout the line about how Bergeron had been replaced on the PP, someone needs to point out just how historically bad Toby Petersen is on the PP. He’s terrible. Absolutely terrible. I’ve got a spreadsheet with the stats from 1997-98 to 2003-04. There were 608 guys who played at least 170 minutes of PP time over that span. 601 of them managed to top Petersen’s 1.06 PPP/60. The unlucky seven? Brett Clark, Ian Moran, Jason Smith, Ossi Vaananen, Chris Joseph, Serge Aubin and Niklas Hagman. The media should be calling out the use of Petersen on the PP, not saying “Well, Bergeron lost his spot so he’s expendable.”