Grading the 2010 Flyers: Oskars Bartulis

LONDON CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Kris Versteeg #32 of the Toronto Maple Leafs reacts after being hit by Oskars Bartulis #3 of the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game on September 23,2010 at the John Labatt Centre in London Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Flyers 3-2 in a shoot-out. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Grade:  A-
09/10 Salary: $500,000
10/11 Cap Hit: $600,000
10/11 Salary: $600,000
Linemates: 34.74% Ryan Parent
Depth Chart Ranking: #7 Defenseman

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2009 - Oskars Bartulis 53 1 8 9 -12 28 0 44 67 13:58 26 3.8

TOI/60 QualComp QualTeam G/60 PTS/60 GFON/60 GAON/60 OZS% Fen% Cor% PTake/60 PDraw/60
AdvancedStats 13.35 -0.033 -0.155 0.08 0.68 2.37 3.14 45.5 0.457 0.456 1.1 0.1

As the new semester is set to officially begin, it's time to get out those last few report cards from the previous year's work.

Oskars Bartulis is just about everything you could ever want in a depth player.  He's cheap ($600,000), he's got an awesome name, and he comes from an awesome place (Ogre, Latvia).

Indeed it was his Latvianness that won him much of his acclaim here on Broad Street Hockey.  By leading the 2010 Latvian Olympic Hockey team, Oskars gave us here at Broad Street Hockey a chance to fall in love with Latvia, and it's pirate-heavy musical scene.  As the team's magical run through the Olympics continued, Bartulis' consistently dirty play affirmed his place in our Orange & Black hearts.

But it wasn't just at the Olympics that Oskars' excelled.  He also did big things on the ice, including scoring a goal.



Bartulis did not dress for most of the playoffs, but finally saw some ice time in the Stanley Cup Finals once the Flyers finally picked up on how completely terrible Ryan Parent was.  He played solidly in the finals, justifying the masses of fans who begged for him throughout the playoffs.

While he didn't necessarily impress in standard statistical categories, Oskars Bartulis does lead the Flyers (and the entire NHL) in shirts bearing his likeness in the BSH Store, with three (at least two of which you should own by now). 

Other important factors to consider when assessing the Wolf's year include his prowess at arcade games and his incredible skill at dressing his Wolf Cub.  Those are skills that come in handy when it matters most, for sure.

So what can we expect from Oskars this season? Another goal? Probably.  Two goals? Maybe.  Awesomeness radiating from either the bench or press box and coursing throughout the Wells Fargo Center? Guaranteed.

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