The Edmonton Oilers have announced (on their website) the signing of left winger Gregory Stewart. He’s a big winger, here’s the lowdown from the Hockey News:
- ASSETS: Has good size and toughness. Plays a solid up-and-down game and is a very loyal teammate. Will also drop the gloves. Skates pretty well.
- FLAWS: Lacks the offensive ability to see regular ice time at the highest level, and also lacks hockey sense. Isn’t a great defensive player, either.
- CAREER POTENTIAL: Physical depth winger.
That “up-and-down” reference is an old timey one, I used to read those words on role players’ hockey cards as a kid. A typical hockey card write-up on a limited player used to go like “a real ‘holler’ guy on the ice, teammates appreciate him. Plays a solid up and down wing and can be counted on to play hard every shift.”
So he stays in his lane, plays the position well in his own zone and is extremely coachable. He is 6.02, 200, tough and his career high in goals scored (AHL) is 10. He was loaned to the Chicago Wolves by the Habs last season, which suggests he was at least 5th on their LW depth chart in Hamilton (AHL).
He is listed as “Gregory” pretty much everywhere, so I’d suggest he prefers that since hockey usually shortens all names to the easiest-possible moniker. He was taken 246th in 2004, a few picks after the Oilers grabbed Tyler Spurgeon. Stewart is another depth move for Oklahoma City, who should consider themselves very lucky to be entering a partnership with the Oilers at this time. I’m sure Springfield would agree.