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.
I’m always interested in a prospect that ISS or Redline rates higher than Central Scouting. Central Scouting’s list is designed to make NHL teams aware of all players eligible and to serve as a guideline. It was originally created because some teams didn’t have quality scouting departments and drafted horribly and caused imbalance throughout the league.
As a ranking tool, it falls well short of the other two services that are readily available to fans. You will often find players ranked in CSB’s Top 50 North Americans who are never drafted, which is rarely the case with the other two services.
Liam Reddox was loved by Redline Report. On May 21, 2004 RLR wrote Liam Reddox — Was the only forward for Team Canada in Minsk showing any creativity and moxy. Really thinks and anticipates the game well. In that season’s RLR draft guide they said Liam Reddox — Agitator extraordinaire. Industrial strength abrasive. Plays like a pit bull — locks on and won’t let go.
To give you an idea about what RLR gives you, here’s their take on Rob Schremp before the draft 2004: Huge talent level, probably the best of any North American in this draft. Tremendous hands and magic with the puck. Average skating keeps him from being a truly special offensive player, yet still can be explosive. Unfortunately that usually only happens when he gets lots of ice to work with. Solid leg strength and low centre of gravity make him difficult to separate from the puck. Can make good d-men look stupid 1-on-1. Selfish and petulant with an attitude of entitlement; difficult teammate. Always looks to be focus of attention, but wants to make things happen and many times does. Unafraid of traffic. Lacks defensive intensity and off-ice issues are a concern, but abilities are first rate.
Pretty much everything that we’ve talked about since summer 2004 in regard to Rob Schremp is in that scouting report. Skilled? Check. Skating? Check. Needs plenty of room to be creative? Check. That will be a problem moving forward? Check. Petulant? That doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue now as it was before the draft. I was especially impressed he didn’t rip anyone after getting sent down this time.
Liam Reddox is an interesting player not because RLR “saw him good”, he’s an interesting player because along with a couple of 30 goal junior seasons he has more than one dimension to his game. It’s important because if he can turn those 30 junior goals into 15 in the NHL and act as an agitator well then an NHL team can use those skills. We saw Daniel Carcillo play that role for Phoenix the other night and he did some things that had an impact.
Liam Reddox might be such a player. His PIM’s aren’t in Carcillo’s range, but one of the best agitators ever (Hilliard Graves) once spent an NHL season driving the opposition crazy while getting 19 minutes.
Reddox spent last season in the ECHL, but this year he’s in the AHL and having an impact offensively. Last night he was +4 with a goal and 2 assists. In 7gp, he is 4-4-8 with 4pims and ranks 2nd in team scoring behind Patrick Thoresen. Reddox is third in the AHL among rookies to the league, 2 points behind the leader in that department (someone named Teddy Purcell).
There are lots of recent Oiler drafts having nice starts in Springfield this season. None of them has had a better start than Liam Reddox, whose skill set suggests he’s a player of interest for Oilers fans.