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01-24-2007, 01:15 AM
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Rob Schremp Interview - 22/01/07

The former 1st round pick talks about the struggles he\'s going through this year as he makes his pro debut in Wilkes-Barre.

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Thanks Guy, I thought a number of things were pretty interesting in the interview and then post-discussion.

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Thanks Guy, I thought a number of things were pretty interesting in the interview and then post-discussion.
Cool, like what? It would be good to get some discussion going in regards to what he said. Did you like his explanations as to what's hampered his progress so far?

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Cool, like what? It would be good to get some discussion going in regards to what he said. Did you like his explanations as to what's hampered his progress so far?
Yeah, for the first time I thought I heard some real humilty in his voice. He sounds like he's still working, and recognises he has lots to do. Let's hope he figures it out.

I think it would be a disaster to send him to the ECHL.

And, I really do wonder if his development, from an Oilers' perspective, would have been better served having had him play elsewhere last year. But, then again, you need a team that you can put your prospects on and control what happens to them.

I also thought that there was no hint that Mikhnov was bolting imminently was interesting.


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I also thought that there was no hint that Mikhnov was bolting imminently was interesting.
i thought that was interesting as well... especially since they talked about him directly for a very short time

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He isnt making excuses, he seems very positive. He even understands hes there to learn other parts of the game and doesnt seem worried about his offense slumping, a great sign.

Pretty much what most expected him to do, but he is handling it a lot better than most would have thought Id think... heck hes taking it better than a few fanboys around here are taking it.

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First off great interview and then post-interview opinions. IMO Robbie Schremp as as offensive player needs to be thinking offense first. It's great that he's learning defensive responsibility, etc., but the less ice-time that he gets and the less scoring that he does, the more it will grow into a gorilla on his back. If he makes a great defensive play, reward him with a 1st PP unit promotion for 1 PP. Give and take, by most accounts he is better defensively, however his decision making in terms of passing has been less than stellar and it seems to get worse as his confidence dips. His skating will be an ongoing issue until he gets considerably better in that department, that will likely not happen mid-season. So it is what it is right now, and Ronnie will either adapt to the speed of the game with the tools that he has, or he won't. That said, IMO the longer his slump continues the worse it will be for Robbie in the long run. For those that like the fact that he's over-whelmed, was it not already enough that he's been overwhelmed from the get-go??? If anyone thinks that he believes that he's a game-breaker at this level right now, think again. He needs to get his confidence back up, any player whose confidence is down plays worse than usual. See our goalies from last year, do we want to see Robbie get to a point where he stops believeing in himself and his abilities??? IMO it's not that far away. The ECHL is the place for him until WBS gets some space on the top 3 lines for Robbie. Send him down, if there's still no room for him, send him to another AHL team.

On a side note, a caller mentioned that Mac-T is a good Post-season coach, but a poor regular season one, IMO he hit that nail right on the head.

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He isnt making excuses, he seems very positive. He even understands hes there to learn other parts of the game and doesnt seem worried about his offense slumping, a great sign.

Pretty much what most expected him to do, but he is handling it a lot better than most would have thought Id think... heck hes taking it better than a few fanboys around here are taking it.
He should be worried, because he doesn't kill penalties and isn't a checker, so if he's not scoring, he's not playing.

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I remember when Paul Coffey was a rookie he was completely overwhelmed (this was at NHL level, but still).

Anyway, one game on ITV in between periods Tim Dancy (or Spelicy this was a long time ago) interviews him and Coffey says something like:

"I didn't know my role until having a long chat with Glen Sather. Now I know my role is as a defensive defenseman."

I remember him saying it because it was clearly wrong. NO ONE could have mistaken Coffey for a defensive defenseman. I always took it as a kid who had talked to the coach and got it in his thick head he was supposed to be heading south when the coach said head north.

He's 20.

Also, there's this from Peter Gzowski's book THE GAME OF OUR LIVES.

Number 7: the shy, young Coffey. The rookie. Coffey was Edmonton's first draft pick in the spring and they still expect wonders from him. So far, however, he seems bottled up, as tense on the ice as he is reticent off it. He first came to Edmonton over the summer, along with his agent Gus Badali, whom he shares with Gretzky. In the limo that picked them up at the airport and drove them downtown he said not a word, staring at the Edmonton skyline as if it were Babylon.

At training camp he looked unsure of himself, although he is such a fluid skater he is obviously capable at any moment of living up to his promise.


I'm not saying he's Coffey, but I am suggesting that Schremp's struggles in his first year pro are somewhat understandable. He's pretty much always been the best player on his team and now he's playing against men 5-10 years older and not getting the cherry minutes.

It's a learning curve but the interview imo is a breath of fresh air. He didn't do what Mikhnov did, which unless I've completely misunderstood it was to end his NHL career.

The Oilers say they may invite him back in the fall. Why would he come over unless he had a one way deal, and why would they offer him a one way deal?

No. The Oilers AHL forwards are MAP, JFJ, Brodziak, Schremp, Stortini. According to the Journal today Stortini, JFJ and MAP were ahead of Mikhnov and when Schremp puts some solid games together he'll move into the range too.

I'm encouraged by his words. Honestly.

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I'm not saying he's Coffey, but I am suggesting that Schremp's struggles in his first year pro are somewhat understandable. He's pretty much always been the best player on his team and now he's playing against men 5-10 years older and not getting the cherry minutes.

It's a learning curve but the interview imo is a breath of fresh air. He didn't do what Mikhnov did, which unless I've completely misunderstood it was to end his NHL career.

The Oilers say they may invite him back in the fall. Why would he come over unless he had a one way deal, and why would they offer him a one way deal?

No. The Oilers AHL forwards are MAP, JFJ, Brodziak, Schremp, Stortini. According to the Journal today Stortini, JFJ and MAP were ahead of Mikhnov and when Schremp puts some solid games together he'll move into the range too.

I'm encouraged by his words. Honestly.
Nice to see you post here Lowetide.

I'm encouraged too.

I am worried about the thought of him going down to the ECHL, however.

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He reeks of demanding a trade to me.

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No. The Oilers AHL forwards are MAP, JFJ, Brodziak, Schremp, Stortini. According to the Journal today Stortini, JFJ and MAP were ahead of Mikhnov
That is however what I have an issue with lately from the Oilers. Stortini couldn't possibly be "ahead" of him even though they said that...Stortini fits a specific need. Jacques, though having more ppg than Mik in the AHL has done nothing in 20 games in the NHL. Why give him 20 and a more talented guy only 2?

MAP I can understand.

Mik should have been here doing powerskating every second day. That was the most important thing for him this year, and we blew it. Ah well, nothin to do about it now.

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The entire problem still stems from the Oilers not having an AHL team of their own.

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First off great interview and then post-interview opinions. IMO Robbie Schremp as as offensive player needs to be thinking offense first. It's great that he's learning defensive responsibility, etc., but the less ice-time that he gets and the less scoring that he does, the more it will grow into a gorilla on his back. If he makes a great defensive play, reward him with a 1st PP unit promotion for 1 PP. Give and take, by most accounts he is better defensively, however his decision making in terms of passing has been less than stellar and it seems to get worse as his confidence dips. His skating will be an ongoing issue until he gets considerably better in that department, that will likely not happen mid-season. So it is what it is right now, and Ronnie will either adapt to the speed of the game with the tools that he has, or he won't. That said, IMO the longer his slump continues the worse it will be for Robbie in the long run. For those that like the fact that he's over-whelmed, was it not already enough that he's been overwhelmed from the get-go??? If anyone thinks that he believes that he's a game-breaker at this level right now, think again. He needs to get his confidence back up, any player whose confidence is down plays worse than usual. See our goalies from last year, do we want to see Robbie get to a point where he stops believeing in himself and his abilities??? IMO it's not that far away. The ECHL is the place for him until WBS gets some space on the top 3 lines for Robbie. Send him down, if there's still no room for him, send him to another AHL team.

On a side note, a caller mentioned that Mac-T is a good Post-season coach, but a poor regular season one, IMO he hit that nail right on the head.
Is the gorilla on your back or his? he sounded fine and dandy to me.

Hes a top 10 talent in the AHL as far as skill goes, and youre worried about his skill game? Seems like most people are on teh sme page including him BB, a completely different one that youre on.

you're starting to remind me of Carl Lindros. Let him go, hes an adult now, he needs to learn for himself, yadda yadda yadda

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The entire problem still stems from the Oilers not having an AHL team of their own.
No it doesn't.

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The entire problem still stems from the Oilers not having an AHL team of their own.
That is exactly the problem. Do you think for one minute that the coach of that team really cares how Schremp is developing, or working with him? He gets his paycheque from another NHL team, not the Oilers. He is working on their prospects, and giving them the opportunities etc. If one of our prospects has one bad game, he is off the ice. No chance to work on it, get into a groove or anything. Your either hot, or your not. Honestly, I do think its better for Schremp to struggle a little there this season, it will give him a little perspective. Does a guy all of a sudden become washed up? His talent isn't gone, he just needs to get his head in the game, and he's having problems with that simply because he isn't getting the time to work on his game. Rob will be fine, he seems to have the right attitude, and he genuinely wants to be an Oiler.

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That is exactly the problem. Do you think for one minute that the coach of that team really cares how Schremp is developing, or working with him? He gets his paycheque from another NHL team, not the Oilers. He is working on their prospects, and giving them the opportunities etc. If one of our prospects has one bad game, he is off the ice. No chance to work on it, get into a groove or anything. Your either hot, or your not. Honestly, I do think its better for Schremp to struggle a little there this season, it will give him a little perspective. Does a guy all of a sudden become washed up? His talent isn't gone, he just needs to get his head in the game, and he's having problems with that simply because he isn't getting the time to work on his game. Rob will be fine, he seems to have the right attitude, and he genuinely wants to be an Oiler.
You know what, it could really be a blessing in disguise that he gets the breaks in Wilkes-Barret too. Consider that Hunter gave him every chance to dominate, and had him out for entire power-plays at times. Now he's got a coach who has no willingness, expectency, or valid reason to play him unless he plays the game 'the right way' and the right way for Richards is alot different then for Hunter, and a whole new world for Schremp. Robbie has to learn defense, physical play, skating and 'bring up his battle level' as the coach said - it should yield a better finished product when he finally gets to the big city.

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Is the gorilla on your back or his? he sounded fine and dandy to me.

Hes a top 10 talent in the AHL as far as skill goes, and youre worried about his skill game? Seems like most people are on teh sme page including him BB, a completely different one that youre on.

you're starting to remind me of Carl Lindros. Let him go, hes an adult now, he needs to learn for himself, yadda yadda yadda
Skills are wonderful, but if you can't translate them to the NHL game, they are meaningless. Look at a guy like Kilger or Semenov, they have bombs for shots, but can't get them off at the NHL level with any kind of regularity. Robbie needs to be working just as hard on this because his defensive game alone won't get him to the NHL.

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Hey I don't really disagree with dawgbone on this one. Would it help if the Oilers had their own farm team? I'd have to think so but at the same time, from my impressions after speaking with the Oilers, they are very pleased with the coaching job that coach Richards is doing with their guys in WBS.

Schremp has to take responsibility for his situation and I think he is.

It would be better if they had their own team, but I can't say that I feel WBS has been detrimental to any Oiler prospect this year unlike Hamilton and Iowa were last year (in my opinion).

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GOD has spoken.
This isn't a bryan young, or a devan dubnyk or that kind of situation (which are legitimate gripes for not having our own club).

This is a player who is trying to adjust and completely overhaul his game, and who requires (and by all accounts is getting) a lot of special individual attention. Rob Schremp is not being discarded to the side and ignored. That would be a cause for concern.

Schremp, by his attitude and his interviews, knows exactly why he sits in the PB, or why he get his icetime shortened. And the key is he understands it, even if he doesn't necessarily want it to happen.

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Didn't Hunter bench him for the playoffs a few years ago?

He's been through this before and knows how to dig himself out. Let's hope he doesn't have to learn this all over again at the NHL level.

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Hey I don't really disagree with dawgbone on this one. Would it help if the Oilers had their own farm team? I'd have to think so but at the same time, from my impressions after speaking with the Oilers, they are very pleased with the coaching job that coach Richards is doing with their guys in WBS.

Schremp has to take responsibility for his situation and I think he is.

It would be better if they had their own team, but I can't say that I feel WBS has been detrimental to any Oiler prospect this year unlike Hamilton and Iowa were last year (in my opinion).
Hey, totally inappropriate comment on my part -- just a gut reaction to DB's style of conversation.

I think they should have an ahl team they can control or at least a joint affilliate to protect their goalies' development, but I don't think that is RS's problem. As I said above, I think he sounds good and I hope he keeps working and gets better. I don't have a problem with WBS, and I imagine RS is getting benched because of his play and nothing to do with the Pens or Oil.

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This isn't a bryan young, or a devan dubnyk or that kind of situation (which are legitimate gripes for not having our own club).

This is a player who is trying to adjust and completely overhaul his game, and who requires (and by all accounts is getting) a lot of special individual attention. Rob Schremp is not being discarded to the side and ignored. That would be a cause for concern.

Schremp, by his attitude and his interviews, knows exactly why he sits in the PB, or why he get his icetime shortened. And the key is he understands it, even if he doesn't necessarily want it to happen.
That is what I said above. My comment was merely a reflection that I think you spend more time arguing with posters rather than reading what they say.

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