Further to my post below, I went and put together a chart of OHL forwards who were drafted in 2004, provided that 2004 was their first year of eligiblity.
It’s pretty obvious how weird Schremp’s year was. He was the second OHL forward drafted that year. Every player who has gone on to have a better career than him (to date, that’s Wolski, Bolland, Kennedy, Kaleta and Reddox) scored more ES points than him with the exception of Kaleta.
An interesting question that the Pipeline Show guys might ask of Kevin Predergast or Stu MacGregor the next time they speak to them is what they make of such a weird split in a guy’s numbers. I would guess that the answer is that they don’t really pay attention to that sort of stuff. It’s a necessary question though, because Schremp was presumably highly ranked because of his work on the PP as opposed to his work at ES and I would further assume that that was the basis for the organization betting $800K or so on him in the form of a signing bonus.
I haven’t shown nearly enough here to support an argument that there’s anything to this but a) it makes sense to me that there would be and b) the two rocks that I’ve looked under so far haven’t dissuaded me. If anyone would care to do other years or leagues on their own, I encourage it and would be happy to provide space for reporting of results.
Update: I inadvertently included another Morrison with Jordan Morrison’s numbers. Morrison should be 11-8-8-27 at ES. A ranking of OHL forwards done purely on the basis of ES scoring would have had a top six of Wolski, McGrath, Garlock, Reddox, Bolland, Kennedy. The NHL saw the top six as Wolski, Schremp, Bolland, Bickell, Garlock and Berti. Bickell and Berti are reported as 6’4″ and 6’3″ in height by hockeydb.com.