Investigating Abney

On draft day there wasn’t much on the Oilers pick at #82 and searching the Al Gore for more is just no fun at all. Assuming you’ve read the tome I posted on draft day, here are a few other items on him: he’s one of the better fighters in the WHL, no one on the planet thought he’d be drafted where the Oilers selected him.

Here’s what Abney says about his playing style: “being a bigger player, I’ve gotten into a grinder type of role. Stumping in the corner, going to hit guys, get the team going with big hits and fights.”

Here’s what he says about adjusting to the WHL: “The biggest challenge is the speed. I’ve got to keep up with the guys. And the strength of the players.”

His nickname is “Abs” and he’s a Canuck fan. He’s 6.04, 192.

Stu MacGregor: “(Scout) Bob Brown had an extreme passion for him. He’s a big kid who had a huge growth spurt in the last couple of years. A kid that has to improve skating, obviously, when you grow that much you’re going to have to improve your skating. We needed to try and get some physicality and he’s a young guy who we think is going to be a huge advantage for us.”

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