This is Dave Lumley, apparently skating through a wind tunnel in this mid-70s photo for the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. Lumley was a college man (University of New Hampshire Wildcats) who scored 55 goals in 126 NCAA games. Lumley could score goals (32 once in the NHL) and was known as a good two-way winger.
Lumley was also very effective in the “agitator” role. He had a wide enough range of skills to stay in the NHL for over 400 NHL games and in fact scored one of the memorable goals in Oilers’ history (imagine a puck rolled perfectly from the front of one net into the heart of the net at the other end, and then imagine it taking 11 minutes. That was the goal) on May 19, 1984.
Liam Reddox is almost exactly the same size as Dave Lumley (Reddox is 5-11, 185, Lumley was one inch taller) and he comes to the show with a similar reputation (agitator, some skill).
Reddox is ahead of several Oilers prospects in the callup pecking order for one very good reason: need. The Oilers need a gnat, a tough guy who can get the other side off their game. They have a guy who hugs as often as Barney (Stortini), a bunch of “team toughs” on the injury list (the injury list is too long to list), and guys like Steve Staios and Raffi Torres who are actually tough NHL players.
Reddox has been a player of interest for awhile, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the kid can do at the NHL level. He may play only 5 minutes, but if he’s a true agitator that should be plenty good enough to make an impact.