Rob Schremp and the Oiler Love/Hate Relationship
Worst Case Scenario
MacTavish - "So, I want you to play with Brodziak and Stortini."
Schremp - "But coach... you can't be serious. I'm a much better fit skill-wise and profile-wise to Robert Nilsson. Damn, even our names are the same."
MacTavish - "Don't make me scratch you and play Ladislav Smid, damn it."
Schremp - "What about Liam?"
MacTavish - "He's playing Bobby's spot on the 2nd line."
Schremp grudgingly accepts a 4th line plugger role, and spends the rest of his Oilers days in obscurity and signs a deal with the Red Wings in the off-season.
Best Case Scenario
Rob Schremp lights the lamp and makes Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish look stupid by not recalling him earlier in favour of playing Sestito and Smid at his position.
As indicated here, I kind of figured that Schremp was going to be the first offensive guy to get a shot at coming up. This would be due to contract and seniority considerations alone. Being a good comparable to Nilsson doesn't hurt.
Plus, I think he has a more useful skillset than either Brule or Potulny right now considering the Oilers could use an offensive catalyst.
Middle of the Road Scenario
The Oilers continue to get outshot in the next game, and fall to another early deficit, and MacTavish mixes up his secondary scoring lineup and gives Rob Schremp no ice time, opting to go with Horpensky and the Usual Suspects.
No harm, no foul, but no risk taken. Rob Schremp makes no progress backwards of forwards on the depth chart.
This is probably one of his best chances to stick with the team. Hopefully he can rediscover the chemistry he had during T.C. and Joey Moss.