This is Liam Reddox, one of the few players you’ll ever find whose draft day bio is clearly out of time with the actual player. Reddox was listed as 5-9, 175 on draft day, when in fact he was 5-11, 185.
The draft day info I gathered had to do mostly with skill set and footspeed, but Redline Report (one of two outstanding draft guides, along with ISS) had this to say in their 2004 Draft Guide:
Liam Reddox — Agitator extraordinaire. Industrial strength abrasive. Plays like a pit bull — locks on and won’t let go.
Who knows if he’ll make the show, but he’s an interesting player to keep track of this season.
- Jean Francois Jacques (22)- I decided to list him on the AHL team and to keep Nilsson for the Oilers roster stuff I’ll do later in the summer. Both might be traded by then and it’s an open question as to which one will get the roster spot but Jacques could benefit from beating up on Triple A pitching for 20 games or so before getting the call. Huge winger, strong as an ox, hits like a freight train and based on the AHL summaries I’ve read he’s too good for that league. However, he’s layed an egg bigger than Vegreville’s each time he’s played an NHL game. Reasonable expectations: No matter how many games he plays in the show this year, he needs to be better every shift. And it wouldn’t kill him to get a freaking point, either.
- Slava Trukhno (20)- Has a wide range of skills, including size, skill and grit. He’s my pick to be the ‘Patrick Thoresen’ this fall. Reasonable expectations: He’s a longshot to make the big club, but I think he’ll have a better offensive season as a 20-year old in the AHL than any Oiler prospect (at the same age) in recent history.
- Brock Radunske (24)- He’s scored 64 goals in 118 ECHL games, which sounds impressive but really means that he can’t crack an AHL lineup. Big kid who came out of university early and has been wandering the hockey backroads since (Greenville, Grand Rapids, Stockton). Reasonable expectations: A season in the AHL.
- Liam Reddox (21)- Scored only 8 goals in 70 ECHL games this season. Reddox should get a good shot in the AHL this season based on age and skill set. Reasonable expectations: He needs to be a lot better offensively, but he’s an interesting prospect who might be able to play the disturber role.
- Tim Sestito (23 in August)- 2-way winger with grit who hasn’t played much in the AHL since turning pro. He once desribed himself as a player thusly: “I think mainly I’m out there to get things going with a hit or a forecheck and specifically to keep the puck out of our net. I think my defensive part of the game is getting better and if I can chip in with some points, that’s always a plus.” Reasonable expectations: Role player in AHL.