Mitch Moroz will forever be compared to men like Matt Finn, Sebastian Colberg, Pontus Aberg and Lukas Sutter. That’s the Way of the World.
The Oilers were clearly high on Moroz, but what does he have to do in order to cover the draft bet? At #32 in a middling draft year, what would a solid “line in the sand” be for this player? 200 NHL games? That’s the number I’ve adopted, but if Marc Pouliot had played 200 NHL games no one (not even me!) could argue that was a winning selection.
Here are the current stats for the men who were taken 31-40:
- #32 F Mitchell Moroz 18, 4-6-10 (WHL)
- #33 F Sebastian Collberg 16, 0-2-2 (SEL)
- #34 D Ville Pokka 14, 2-3-5 (SM-Liiga)
- #35 D Matt Finn 18, 7-8-15 (OHL)
- #36 F Nicolas Kerdiles (not playing yet)
- #37 F Pontus Aberg 19, 3-6-9 ( Allsvenskan)
- #38 F Phil Di Giuseppe 7, 1-5-6 (NCAA)
- #39 F Lukas Sutter 17, 2-1-3 (WHL)
- #40 D Dylan Bjujus 18, 1-7-8 (OHL)
I’d say the best start in the group belongs to Ville Pokka or Matt Finn. Fair? I’d also say that among forwards it looks about even save for Kerdiles and Sutter (who had better junior numbers a year ago offensively but looks ragged this season), with Di Giuseppe an interesting story to follow.
Moroz has been getting some traction of late and got some attention recently when placed on a tougher minutes unit with Travis Ewanyk and Klarc Wilson. He’s among the top 6 scoring forwards on his team, is playing a physical game and playing an enforcer role with the Oil Kings.
It’s a long road to travel, but Moroz is improving on last season’s numbers across the board. He doesn’t seem to be out of step with other forwards taken directly after his selection. Long way to go but a slight uptick for the arrow.