When the Edmonton Oilers signed Taylor Fedun in early March of this year, we took note of it and then discussed more pressing issues.
In my post about the signing, I mentioned how encouraging it was that the organization was using this means of procurement (signing undrafted college free agents to reasonable pro contracts as they finish school).
I mentioned that not much was known about Fedun as a prospect aside from the fact that he had NHL size (6.01, 210) and was an older prospect (22 at the time). I also did a quick comparison between Fedun and Jeff Petry at the same age (NCAA numbers) and found them to be similar.
I always wait awhile to find out about these players because there was so little info available when he signed. A few months later and we know a few things. We’ve heard about hovercrafts and we know he was the captain at Princeton and that they play in a lesser NCAA division.
We also know his situational stats from a year ago:
- Overall: 29gp, 10-12-22 +8
- Even strength 29gp, 3-6-9
- Powerplay: 29gp, 7-6-13
- Penalty kill: 29gp, 0-0-0
We also know that he’s a local boy, played for the Spruce Grove Saints (wore an A) and we even have a couple of words about his style of play.
- Fedun talking about Fedun: “I think the positives in my game are good first pass out of the D-zone and, this year, I had a chance to play the power play.”
- Rick Olczyk talking about Fedun: “We’ve been targeting Taylor for a couple of years … strong kid, fierce competitor, good leadership on and off the ice. And he’s obviously a smart kid. He’ll be fine (if he doesn’t make it to the NHL) coming out of that school. We’ve got room for him in Oklahoma City, the rest is up to him.”