Thanks to the Equivalency Ratings Data now available, we can attempt to predict the points totals that each import will put up in the upcoming AIHL Season. First up, Kyle Mariani – who signed with the CBR Brave.
Kylie Mariani has participated in two leagues that are measurable via the Equivalency Ratings Data; the Central Hockey League & Elite Ice Hockey League. In the 2012-2013 CHL Season, Mariana posted 10 points (1G, 9A) in 43 Regular Season games with the Tulsa Oilers. The following season (’13-’14) he ventured to the United Kingdom, where he participated in 54 Regular Season games with the Hull Stingrays in the EIHL; posting 15 points (3G, 12A).
It may not seem it, but the more impressive numbers were actually during his 2012-2013 campaign, as the CHL is a much higher rated league than the EIHL. Mariani’s 10 points in 43 games give him a points per game ratio that would translate to being able to put up an impressive 45 points in a single AIHL season!
Unfortunately, for CBR Brave supporters, Mariani’s recent production hasn’t been nearly as impressive. After moving to the EIHL, Mariani would have had to produce points a much higher rate to still be considered an elite scoring threat in the AIHL – to put his production into perspective I feel like it is important to note that the last player to post 15 points in 50-or-so EIHL games didn’t turn out to be an offensive dynamo in the Australian League. That player was the infamous Jeff Smith, who shares no other similarities to Kyle Mariani other than production totals, but provides a bit of perspective in regards to what to expect from players who posted those kind of numbers in the U.K.. With that being said, Mariani’s production in the EIHL is projected to translate to roughly 26 points in a full AIHL Season – which will be production the CBR Brave will happily take, especially if Mariani is used primarily as a blueliner.
All being said, Mariani is sure to be a great player for the CBR Brave – as I am sure there is something management knows about the player that the stats aren’t telling me. But before you get too excited, thinking StatMan is just being negative, have a look at his Eliteprospects profile where you can see that he was a woeful -41 in 109 CHL games between 2011 and 2013.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading – see you next time.