Edmonton Oil Kings are in action this afternoon, and it is a chance to catch up with the young Oiler prospects on the club.
Oiler picks Mitch Moroz (6, 0-3-3 +1) and Travis Ewanyk (6, 1-2-3 +1) are getting regular minutes and both are involving themselves physically (17 and 23 pims, respectively). Ewanyk is a year older and that makes a difference, but at this point I think they’ll get contracts.
The question for both (imo) involves taking and making a pass. MacT used to call it not letting the play die on your stick (JFJ didn’t get a top line assignment until Pat Quinn took over) and that’s maybe a better way of putting it.
All I know is this: if Mitch Moroz is playing with a skill center and can give and go, hit tape and settle a hard pass on the fly then he’s a player we can talk about as having a nice range of skills.
At the beginning of the season–from what we read–Moroz had some nice things going on. He was playing with St. Croix and Foster and getting PP time.
More recently Moroz has been on a line with Brandon Baddock and Edgars Kulda, youngsters and less likely to get a PP push. Should Moroz play the season with rookies, I would think the Oilers have a down arrow in regard to Moroz and his progress.
Take a pass, make a pass, and push your way up the depth chart. Surely that’s not too much for a 32nd overall selection? Or perhaps there’s a disconnect between the Oilers and Oil Kings?