So the Oilers have picked up Steve MacIntyre off waivers today. Just a little bit about him well he is not little 6’6” and 265lbs. That’s all I knew, so I went to the Oilers web site and Mr. Prendergast had only nice things to say about him, like: “Well he’s big”
“With his size and with background as far as the fighting goes, and as far as being a deterrent it wouldn’t hurt to have a look at him”
“Here is a guy who’s 6’6” and 250lbs and has a reputation as being a super heavy weight and the worse scenario is that we but him back on waivers and see where he goes . . .”
Not one word on any other qualities he has (can he skate, can he hit- I know these are related because it is hard to hit someone whom can skate circles around you, how is his shot). It seems we have a fighter here or in the words of Robin Brownlee “He’s a palooka. A meathead.”
Well how many fighters, agitators, goons, and pest can you have on one team? By my count there is now three in camp (Guillaume Lefebvre, Huggy Bear –aka Stortini, and MacIntyre), as well as three in the AHL (Garet Hunt, Sean McMorrow, and Geoff Paukovich). There cannot be room for all of these players in the Oilers’ system, somethings got to give. Well here is a look at Lefebvre’s, Stortini’s, and MacIntyre’s numbers over their careers as a place to start, but should be noted that MacIntyre plays defense and the other two forward (Lefebvre’s and Huggy Bear’s stats from Hockey-Reference.com, and MacIntyre’s from Hockey Data Base.com):
Lefebvre has better QMJHL numbers:
GP 196, G 62, A 91, PTS 153, PTS/Game 0.78, PIM 343
Then Huggy Bear's OHL:
GP 247, G 55, A 65, PTS 120, PTS/Game 0.49, PIM 746
GP 123, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PTS/Game 0.033, PIM 355
And Lefebvre AHL:
GP 290, G 50, A 55, PTS 105, PTS/Game 0.36, PIM 491
Then Stortini's AHL:
GP 117, G 14, A 16, PTS 30, PTS/Game 0.26, PIM 484
And lastly (and I mean lastly) MacIntyre’s:
GP 90, G 3, A 4, PTS 7, PTS/Game 0.078, PIM 420
It seems clear that both Lefebvre and Stortini have far superior numbers and skills then MacIntyre. His junior and AHL career was also shorter then the other two; he spend more time in the press box and the ECHL. Between the two forwards, these numbers show a stronger offensive game for Lefebvre reflected in PTS/Game, while Stortini seems to have more PIM and is more natural inclined to mix it up (if you can say that from stats).
Also, Huggy Bear's NHL stats:
GP95, G4, A9, PTS13, PTS/Game0.14, PIM306
Are close to the same as Lefebvre's:
GP38, G2, A4, PTS6, PTS/Game0.16, PIM 13
Well MacIntyre does not have any NHL games to his name.
Both Huggy Bear and Lefebvre have similar offensive numbers to each other: expressed best between their PTS/Games. But at this level they are only suppose to bring offensive as a secondly (or possible a lot lower then that). The important stats in this conversation are games played and PIMs both which Huggy Bear dominates. Only going by the numbers, I would say that Stortini is a far superior player at the NHL level.
I would add to that, Lefebvre has played in the Quebec Senior league for the last two years, and MacIntyre has spent another 6 seasons in different leagues (which I didn’t include into the analysis: because those leagues are not as good, and I am trying to asses them at the NHL level).
Since these numbers reflect offensive ability rather then what their role is I thought I would do some calculations and add PIM/Game (I ignored number of penalties drawn since I could not find that data for MacIntyre or Lefebvre, but admit it is as important part of their role):
OHL: 3.02 PIM/Game
AHL: 4.14 PIM/Game
NHL: 3.22 PIM/Game
QMJHL: 1.75 PIM/Game
AHL: 1.69 PIM/Game
NHL: 0.34 PIM/Game
WHL: 2.89 PIM/Game
AHL: 4.67 PIM/Game
It seems that both Stortini and MacIntyre fight and take more penalties a game them Lefebvre does. That both of them seem more inclined to be mean and play a rough game, and that it has always been secondary to Lefebvre (which in all likelihood has changed since fighting and being rough is his only way into the NHL). Still, I like Huggy Bear’s consistency on this stat: he doesn’t seem to change his game all that much and it’s a mean son of a bitch.
MacIntyre and Lefebvre seem to be more a thrower, and less of a hugger, when they’re fighting so that helps them- I base this off youtube fights I’ve seen, never in person. But Zach seems to have a more complete game, at every level he has played at.
I think Stortini has demonstrated his role on the Oilers (that of a pest whom can fight, rather then a heavy weight), and that he is a lock to start the season. He will not be replaced by Lefebvre, but it seems that MacT/k-lowe/tambo would like more toughness in the PB and sometimes on the ice: and MacIntyre and Lefebvre are competing for one position that of a truer fighter. I think based on the numbers (and positions they play) Lefebvre has a better chance of making the Oilers, and may be able to play more minutes when he does.
If MacIntyre does make the Oilers: I think he’ll have to be converted to a LW or a RW, since there is not enough room on the backend. Also, he have to out play Lefebvre in the next few pre-season games, and most likely show that he can hit, be mean as a wolverine on crack, and skate a little too. I just don’t think there is room on the Oilers for a player whom can only play 4 minutes a night and has no upside in the long run; the Oilers would do better keeping Lefebvre and running with two light/middle- heavy weights, if they are playing Dallas, Minnesota, Anaheim, Calgary, Philadelphia, or Vancouver.