The Edmonton Oilers have a plethora of young forwards in the CHL this season trying to make their way through the system to pro hockey. Some have signed their pro contracts (most recently Mitchell Moroz) and others are still in the starting blocks. Here’s a look at the boxcars.
CHL SCORING 2013-14 BY OILER DRAFT PICKS (FORWARDS)
- Greg Chase (WHL) 55, 29-34-63 1.15
- Mitchell Moroz (WHL) 54, 29-24-53 .981 (draft year + 2)
- Marco Roy (QMJHL) 26, 7-17-24 .923
- Jackson Houck (WHL) 55, 27-15-42 .764
- Jujhar Khaira (WHL) 43, 14-18-32 .744 (draft year +2)
- Kyle Platzer (OHL) 52, 14-11-25 .481
Interesting numbers here. We don’t have TOI and we can’t factor in how much offense Kevin Konstantine’s system costs Jujhar Khaira. We know Kyle Platzer’s offense has increased since he was traded to Owen Sound, but we can’t factor that either. That said, the boxcars do indicate nice seasons for Chase and Moroz, with Roy doing well before injury and less so since returning.
CHL EV SCORING 2013-14 BY OILER DRAFT PICKS (FORWARDS)
- Mitchell Moroz (WHL) 54, 23-21-44 .815 (draft year +2)
- Greg Chase (WHL) 55, 21-22-43 .782
- Jackson Houck (WHL) 55, 23-10-33 .600
- Marco Roy (QMJHL) 26, 3-12-15 .577
- Jujhar Khaira (WHL) 43, 8-11-19 .442 (draft year +2)
- Kyle Platzer (OHL) 52, 8-9-17 .327
This is just even-strength points. Interesting that Chase continues to show so well, and that Moroz isn’t getting a lot of his offense from the power play even as a senior. Roy lost a lot of offense to that injury, I’ll be interested in seeing where he ranks at the end of the year. Houck hasn’t received a lot of attention, but is one of three players on this list to have score more than 20 EV goals. Impressive.
NHLE FOR CHL FORWARDS (OILER DRAFT PICKS) USING VOLLMAN METHOD (per 82gp)
- Greg Chase 13-15-28
- Mitchell Moroz 13-11-24
- Marco Roy 7-15-22
- Jackson Houck 12-7-19
- Jujhar Khaira 8-10-18
- Kyle Platzer 7-5-12
Chase is the class of the forward group. He was a late pick, but that and $1.50 will get you a small double double. Chase is more productive than Roy offensively, is slightly ahead of Moroz and doing it a year younger (and that’s a big deal) and is NOT pumping his numbers with Rob Schremp sugartits minutes on the PP.
With due respect to Bogdan Yakimov, Greg Chase wasn’t born to follow. He’s the best forward prospect in the system. Now.