Edmonton Oil Kings looked like a returning champion in the game last night, and predictions of another huge season appear to be on target.
Keegan Lowe (Carolina) had a big game, filling all of the columns on opening night (1-2-3, +2 amd 9pims). For Oiler fans, there was some encouraging news early–Mitchell Moroz can keep up on a skill line (1 assist very early) and got some PP time. If you’re into prospects progress, Moroz is a player to follow this season.
Oiler pick Travis Ewanyk also had a good game, 0-1-1 and plus 2.
Among draft eligibles, Lazar played a solid game but did not impact the scoresheet; Ashton Sautner and Cody Corbett were solid too and got bigger minutes than a year ago.
I think we should prepare ourselves for some bad news about Martin Gernat. Based on what the Oil Kings brass have said publicly, this thing isn’t ‘day to day’ and we might be looking at something that impacts career development. Should Gernat lose half a season or the entire year–and we have no evidence but the silence is deafening–history tells us that will impact him.
As we go through the fall, I’m going to spend quite a bit of time profiling the OKC Barons. I know it has been done, but this is the league we’ll focus on in 12-13 so getting to know these players better is the next logical step. I’ll even throw in an RE.
Happy Friday, everyone!