For those of you that feared the Chris Pronger trade might come back to hurt the Oilers, you shouldn't feel worried just yet, or probably ever. Defenceman Doug Lynch was demoted to the ECHL after struggling with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. The Rivermen, who have lost 9 straight, also carry another player from the Pronger trade, Jeff Woywitka, who was sent down to the AHL after making the Blues team out of camp (and apparently almost got sent down to the ECHL himself). Eric Brewer, hampered by injuries, has also struggled with the second worst plus/minus at minus 15:
Eric Brewer.......... 29..... 6.....3......9
Jeff Woywitka...... 10..... 0.....0......0
............................. 23......1.....3......4 (AHL)
Doug Lynch ......... 29......0.....2......2 (AHL)
I've watched a few Blues games this year (the odd Columbus/St. Louis matchups is one of the many glories of the NHL Centre Ice cable package), and Brewer looks as timid as a field mouse. Bad teams can make you look bad, I guess. And anyone who watched the Roadrunners wouldn't be too surprised to hear the news about the younger D, but it is a pretty big step down for the Oilers top two D prospects from 2003.From the Peoria Journal-Star:
"Lynch just needs to play, and he has some things heNot that many people complained when we got Pronger (4 G, 21 A, 25 PTS), but it's always worth keeping track of what we give up in deals. Pronger's been great this season, and if anyone says his offensive numbers are subpar just punch him in the face, even if it's your dad. Su, uh: Kevin Lowe, Huzzay!
needs to work on," Rivermen coach Steve Pleau said of the player taken by
Edmonton in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. "I
think he needs to play a simpler game and be more physical. It'll be a good
place for him to play and work it out."
"I think Woywitka is a good player at this level [AHL]," Pleau said. "He
still has some things in his game he needs to work on. We've had injuries, and
he's had to play in expanded roles, and that has exposed those things he needs
to work on."