Oilers pick at 71: Troy Hesketh

Not a lot of info on him. High school kids, going to Wisconsin, describes himself as a stay-at-home type. Listed at 6.02, 180.

From Madison (Wisc) Capital Times: Defenseman Troy Hesketh (Minnetonka, Minn.) is a UW recruit for 2011-12 who doesn’t show up in the rankings, but a recent growth spurt has him on the radar screen of multiple NHL clubs.

UPDATE: This later on Saturday (8PM) courtesy Oilers Chick at HF:

He has good size but is very lanky. He’s about 6’2 and when I saw him this year, he looked to be around 165-170 lbs. He’s an excellent skating two-way defenseman. What has really impressed me about watching Hesketh this year is his really smart positional play and the way he sees the ice. He’s very good at being in the right place and having his stick in the right place to take away time and space.

Now keep in mind this is at the high school level, but as he progresses to the higher levels, this aspect of his game will serve him and his future teams exceedingly well. He reads plays well and makes good decisions not only with the puck, but also in defending in his own zone. While Hesketh is very competitive, I wouldn’t necessarily say that he’s of the tough guy variety.

He handles the puck well, has a good shot that should continue to get better with development, but could stand to shoot a little more. If anything, at times he looked to be too selfless with the puck – you know, the ol’ pass-first-shoot-second way of thinking.

Like many of the Skippers, Hesketh has got good speed. At this point, I wouldn’t say that he’ll blossom into an offensive defenseman because even though Hesketh has proven he can score goals, he just doesn’t fit the prototypical offensive defenseman mold.

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17 Responses to "Oilers pick at 71: Troy Hesketh"

  1. Maverick says:

    Not much on him. But here is a link I found.

  2. jon k says:

    Going to Wisconsin.

    Listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Hesketh is a self-described stay-at-home defenseman who has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points and a
    plus-15 rating in 21 games for Minnetonka.


    Hesketh is a tough player who is always in the right position.

    while Hesketh is a hard-nosed positional defenseman in front of goalie Jim Kruger.

  3. doritogrande says:
  4. doritogrande says:

    Great. We've already got conflicting stats. I don't like this pick at all.

  5. doritogrande says:

    So this kid's still got another year of high school hockey before he's going to Wisconsin?


  6. RiversQ says:

    So three picks now that the Oilers can't get their claws into until they're 19-20 at the earliest. I like that anyway.

  7. jon k says:

    No, the article suggests he'll be in Wisconsin in 2009-2010.

    Tom Gilbert redux? USHL defenseman with decent size set to go to Wisconsin. Might have untapped offensive potential.


  8. Lowetide says:

    Seems like a late blossiming defender who grew a little late. Wisconsin is a good school too. Plus of course we're in the third round, but the Oilers seem to have a Colin McDonald hidden gem attitude in the 3rd round. Hopefully they'll pick a better known pedigree with the next pick.

  9. Deano says:

    dg – umm… he went 2-3-5 +8 in 4 playoff games?

  10. Mark-Ryan says:

    No dice on the better known pedigree.

    Cameron Abney.

    4 points in 50 WHL games.


  11. Deano says:

    Like MacT this year, is the scouting staff trying to get fired?

  12. Deano says:

    Abney 6'4" 192#

    Things go better with Coke

  13. jon k says:

    Boo he is indeed not going to Wisconsin for another season.

    That is somewhat disappointing.

  14. uni says:

    Why waste a 3rd pick on an enforcer? Aren't those guys available in numbers in the AHL?

    Why not grab a good skill guy, a Cornet type with potential?

  15. jon k says:

    I like the Hesketh pick after looking into it a bit.

    So far the only point I'm really upset about is the Everett kid.

  16. bookie says:

    I am guessing that the Scouts think they have a hidden gem here. I guess only time will tell.

  17. Ben says:

    Hesketh is supposed to go to Wisconsin in 2011-12 right now it seems. He still has one more year to graduate HS and then I'm guessing the inital plan is to stash him in the USHL for a year after that to develop. It's what colleges do for guys they think that are raw and can't help them immediately.

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