When the Edmonton Oil Kings acquired David Musil last week, it gave the junior club four current Oiler prospects–Musil, Mitchell Moroz, Travis Ewanyk and the injured Martin Gernat. I think the Oilers may eventually add one or two more players from the current group.
Corbett was passed over in last season’s draft–I wonder if the Oilers would have picked him in the final round (they didn’t have a pick) if the opportunity had presented itself. Corbett is the anti-Laleggia: a reliable defender who can win battles and play a consistent game. Reasons he would have been passed over might include size (6.01, 196 and may end up playing at about same in pro hockey) and lack of offensive potential.
Sautner is a two-way defender (6.00, 198 and with a “projectable frame” which means he can pack on some weight as he matures) with good speed and offensive instincts. His issues have to do with consistency and the finer points of playing his position. Also passed over last season.
I suspect the Oilers would love to get Lazar into the prospect stable. 6.0, 198 and ranked in Bob McKenzie’s pre-season top 10, Lazar would be a nice fit up front.
- Craig Button: Curtis has the puck skills of top scorers. He can beat you with a shot from 35 feet out or by skating past a defender given the opportunity. He has excellent offensive instincts and a great release on his shot. He is very good in traffic and he is a player who bears down in the scoring areas to get his opportunities. His skating is very good and his quickness may be better than his speed, but he’s a guy who can play at a high pace and tempo. He gets involved and will assert physically to win the puck and gain advantages. He is good all around player who finds a way to impact the game in many ways, even physically. He has excellent playing sense and reads and anticipates the play very well, which combined with his skill, makes him very hard to keep in check. Comparable Style: Patrick Sharp
Has played more than expected and been outstanding when given the opportunity. In 6 games so far, he’s 1.51 and .938. He hasn’t played enough for that save percentage to qualify, but it would be 2nd in the league if that were the case.
There are others too–Edgars Kulda is an interesting prospect–but I can see the Oilers taking any of the four players listed above. The Oil Kings have enjoyed a lot of success in the last 14 months, and the talent level on the team is exceptional.
Oil Kings play tonight in Kamloops. It’ll be a tough test.