As the Tuesday night slate of games were completed while the Edmonton Oilers flew home from the six-game road trip which ended in Montreal the NHL's statistical leaders update was posted. Most Assists: 10 – Mark Arcobello. 10 – Sydney Crosby. 10 – Henrik Sedin. 10 – Joe Thornton. Or try it another way. Rookie Scoring Leaders: 10 – Mark Arcobello. 10 – Tomas Hertl. 9 – Sean Monahan. 7 – Alexsander Barkov. 7 – Nathan MacKinnon. Only two rookies have had 10 assists in their first 10 games in the last 20 years. Sidney Crosby had 12 in 2005-06. Patrick Kane had 10 in 2007-08. This Oilers rookie is 25-years-old. But still ... The Oilers returned home for Thursday's one night stand against the Washington Capitals before heading back on the road with three players averaging a point per game. Mark Arcobello (10 in 10). Jordan Eberle (10 in 10). Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (8 in 8). As of Oct. 23 afternoon Season GP G A P +/- S S% FO Regular season 10 0 10 10 4 22 0 53.7% League rank 15th 341st 1st 16th 48th 87th 341st 28th Arcobello is generously listed at 5-foot-8 and 166-pounds in the Edmonton media guide. He's the size of player the Oilers are trying to replace in the organization not add. Three years ago Arcobello was in Stockton in the ECHL. The last two years he was with Oklahoma City in the AHL. Last year he was brought up to play one game in the NHL. No goals. No assists. No points. No penalty minutes. He didn't make the summary in what many figured might be his only NHL game ever. And judging his Twitter bio “Yale grad member of the Edmonton Oilers and Oklahoma City Barons” he hasn't conceded himself a full-time job with the NHL team yet. Arcobello who is mostly from the rookies-are-to-be-seen-and-not-heard school goes into Thursday's game with a plus four second only on the team plus-minus stats to Jordan Eberle's plus seven.
Oilers little guy Mark Arcobello is a league leader
Edmonton Sun | Oct 24