Rob Schremp Returns To Isles Line-Up

Before the 2010-2011 season started, the New York Islanders had announced that Mark Streit would be out for at least six months due to required surgery on his shoulder. The bad news continued to get worse as Kyle Okposo would be the next to join the injured club with surgery on his shoulder as well, putting him in the press box until December at the earliest. The last major piece to be missing from the puzzle was Rob Schremp, who hurt his back during pre-season and was forced to miss the start of the year as well.

But Schremp will be making his season debut tonight when the Islanders visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

Last year Schremp was claimed off of waivers from the Edmonton Oilers as a low-risk move that could pay off greatly for Garth Snow's Isles. He was drafted 25th overall by the Oilers in the 2004 entry draft and had incredibly impressive numbers in the OHL. His best year was in 2006 with the London Knights. In 57 games played, the sniping center-man scored 145 points, a total of 57 goals and 88 assists.

Did that just spin your head a little bit?

If so, then take a look at this goal that he scored last year when the Isles were in Colorado to play the Avalanche. (YouTube video courtesy of user NHL2010er)

Although Schremp soon became a fan favorite, he did not impress the coaching staff as quickly as he did the crowd. After being placed on waivers and picked up by the Isles, Schremp spent plenty of time as a healthy scratch, finding it hard to crack the Islanders line-up. But he was able to find a place where he felt comfortable once things opened up for him, and that was at center in an orange and blue uniform.

He finished the 2010 year with 25 points scored in 44 games played (7 goals and 18 assists) but had his year cut short due to injury. His Junior numbers, as well as his shootout skills and quick hands, show that he has the potential to be a top-six forward for the Isles.

Considering the team has been struggling as of late, hitting a four-game losing streak, Schremp's return couldn't have come at a better time. He did play one game with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a conditioning stint, but it will probably take him a few games until he feels back up to speed.

But to start now is as good a time as any.

-Rob McGowan

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George Prax's picture

I don't know if you remember from last season but I was never too fond of that goal. I think most NHL players could do that, they usually have some pretty good hand-eye coordination, but they don't, that's junior crap. You don't see Crosby doing those flashy goals where he used to lift the puck on his stick like he did in junior, because there's a certain level of respect. I mean if you're in that situation like Shremp I guess you take the opportunity to score a goal for your team, but I'd rather see a nice deke or a hard working type of goal.

That being said, I've always liked Schremp even though he never got a proper opportunity in Edmonton and I do think he will have a positive impact on that team.

Don't you think the Isles are starting to have too many of those players? The underrated players who didn't get a chance with their first teams? Schremp, Parenteau, Moulson... I mean maybe you can't have too many of those, and they're all pretty cheap but it might come as somewhat of a risk if they start becoming the main cogs on your team, don't you think?

Rob McGowan's picture

I think the problem is not that they have too many of those players, but right now they don't have that one guy they can turn too when those type of players aren't producing. They don't have an all-star. Tavares may be a star one day, but he won't be a Crosby, Ovechkin, or Malkin. They need to find that guy in free agency to help this team get through certain struggles...kind of like the one they are going through now.