The Edmonton Oilers have some very nice things happening in the three major Canadian junior leagues, and three of their prospects will be on display tonight at Rexall. Mitchell Moroz (Oil Kings), Ben Betker (Everett) and Jujhar Khaira (photo, by Lisa McRitchie, also Everett) represent some of the many teenagers across the country making their way through the system.
- L Mitchell Moroz (WHL) 7, 7-3-10
- C Greg Chase (WHL) 6, 7-2-9
- C Kyle Platzer (OHL) 6, 4-2-6
- D Darnell Nurse (OHL) 5, 1-4-5
- C Jujhar Khaira (WHL) 5, 2-2-4
- R Jackson Houck (WHL) 7, 2-0-2
- D Ben Betker (WHL) 6, 0-0-0
- C Marco Roy (QMJHL) Injured
Moroz and Khaira are 2011 draft picks, all others from this summer. This is all pretty much good news, Moroz is playing with skill every game and the numbers have been impressive so far; we’ve been talking about him for so long it seems like years but this is only his second season as an Oiler prospect (and his final junior year). He should clear 25 goals and would certainly be on track for a pro career, but he is not yet signed.
The most impressive numbers on the list (among forwards) are from 2013 draftee Greg Chase. He’s on pace for a 90 point plus season and has emerged as a quality player in all areas–even those who are in his corner have to be surprised by the offense (although we discussed this during the summer and a bump was predictable). Darnell Nurse leads the way for the blue, clocking in at a point per game courtesy increased powerplay time (which is also impacting Chase’s numbers).
Kyle Platzer is worth a mention too, and Khaira is doing well not great but it’s much too early to be pressing. One area of concern is Marco Roy, who had a strong pre-season, a good Penticton camp but has disappeared from radar since. We await word assuming injury, but there has been no news from Quebec province.