Colten Teubert is the newest Edmonton Oiler prospect and his skill set is an area of need for the organization. Tough stay-at-home defensemen who know what they’re doing in their own end are extremely valuable.
Oiler fans love that player type. Jason Smith remains a very popular figure and the first Oiler of this variety is so loved the organization still retains him in a prominent role.
What do we know about Colten Teubert?
- How good is he? Teubert at this time is a depth defender in the American Hockey League. That’s a typical position for a 20-year old rookie pro. A quick glance at the boxscores for Manchester suggests he was playing on the third pairing with Andrew Campbell, although he did play some with Voynov in the week before the deadline.
- What else? An impressive resume, he was an outstanding junior leading up to the draft. Among other things: Earned a silver medal for Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Collected one point (0-1=1) and a plus-5 rating in six games during the tournament. Earned a gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships. Collected zero points (0-0=0) in six games during the tournament. Earned a gold medal for Canada at the 2008 World U18 Championship. Recorded one point (0-1=1), 30 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in seven games during the tournament.
- What does his AHL coach say about him? Jason Gregor had a nice article up the other day about Teubert will a quick interview from his AHL coach. It is here. One quote of interest from coach Mark Morris: “Like most guys who enter the American Hockey League, the biggest challenge is making the reads. He is a strong skater, so if he makes a poor read he has the ability to eat up ground and shut people down. What I like about him is that he seems to get a piece of somebody every time he is on the ice, and he is a hard guy to play against. At times when he handles the puck, he might not make the best choice, but he keeps the game fairly simple. He is an old school defenceman in my books; the type of guy that everybody will appreciate over the course of time.He’s not going to wow you in the beginning, but I think over time he will prove that he is a force to be reckoned with and he can be a reliable, dependable defender.”
- Was he playing better at the trade deadline? The numbers suggest as much. He was 10gp, 1-4-5 +5 in February, 29gp, 1-4-5 +2 in previous months. He’s never going to deliver a lot of offense.
- Still, plus 7 is pretty good? Manchester is 143-124 at even strength this season (+19) so Teubert’s +7 is about what we should expect. His plus minus ranks 5th among defensemen on the team.
- Do Oiler fans hate him? No. There’s a tremendous amount of disappointment on 2 fronts. First, the Dustin Penner trade is devastating because we’re being sentenced to a long term rebuild. I don’t remember anyone saying the starting point for the rebuild was Taylor Hall’s selection and that is a sour lemon for any fan (especially guys like me who are running out of race track). Also, the return is miles away from helping and the chances of one or more of the assets acquired going sideways is great.
- Is Teubert more valuable than LAK’s first round pick? No. Chances are the Oilers use that pick to trade up and grab a Dougie Hamilton or Duncan Siemens, but even if it’s a 18-25 pick that selection will have more value.
- Where would you rank Teubert on your top 20? The revised top 20 (taking out Hall and the other graduates) is below.
- D Martin Marincin
- D Jeff Petry
- L Curtis Hamilton
- R Tyler Pitlick
- L Linus Omark
- C Anton Lander
- L Teemu Hartikainen
- D Jeremie Blain
- G Tyler Bunz
- D Colten Teubert
- G Olivier Roy
- C Ryan Martindale
- D Brandon Davidson
- C Milan Kytnar
- D Alex Plante
- L Toni Rajala
- L Drew Czerwonka
- C Chris Vandevelde
- R Kristians Pelss
- D Johan Motin
Graduating from the list are Hall, Eberle, MPS, Peckham, Dubnyk and Chorney. That’s a lot of graduating talent.