Mitchell Moroz fits a need going back a long while if he can deliver in all areas required for a big, physical forward who can complement skill forwards. It’s a really difficult job, and it takes awhile to find the range. When we discuss a player-type like Moroz, the temptation to compare him to the outer markers (I’m not going to name him, so you can forget it) is overwhelming. How about we let Mitchell Moroz be Mitchell Moroz, and see where that takes us?
MITCHELL MOROZ RE 14-15
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This is a reasonable bet for Mitchell Moroz based on the ice-time he’ll probably get in Oklahoma City. The club has several Barons they’ll want to give playing time in the AHL this season on the left side.
BARONS DEPTH CHART (FORWARDS)
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|RYAN HAMILTON (300k)||JASON WILLIAMS||MATT FORD|
|CURTIS HAMILTON (75k)||WILL ACTON (100k)||STEVE PINIZZOTTO (225k)|
|MITCHELL MOROZ (70k)||BOGDAN YAKIMOV (70k)||ANDREW MILLER (90k)|
|KALE KESSY (65k)||JUJHAR KHAIRA (70k)||IIRO PAKARINEN (70k)|
|KELLEN JONES||TRAVIS EWANYK (60k)||MITCH HOLMBERG|
|JOSH WINQUIST||CONNOR JONES|
REDLINE REPORT DRAFT DAY
- Redline Report: Big, edgy power forward plays an in-your-face style and looks to initiate hard contact all over the ice. A feared enforcer who picked up 20 fighting majors, yet skates and handles the puck well enough to take regular shifts. Coaches eventually rotated him into the top six to give scoring lines a boost – gives smaller, skilled linemates more room to work with his physicality. Has surprising offensive tools with a heavy snap shot. Puckhandling confidence is soaring and he’s willing to try things with the puck now he wouldn’t have dreamed of six months ago. Skating enables him to play in open ice and even has decent lateral agility. Spins off checks to find space and gets to open ice. Emerging force uses great size/strength to dominate below the circles and is impossible to move around crease. Development curve is heading straight up and has upside.
- What role will he play? Likely a checking role, maybe (as the season rolls on) a two-way role. He was part of a shutdown line in Edmonton, but that’s probably for the future at this level.
- Will he get power play time? Moroz did in junior, scoring 9 of his 35 goals last season in the WHL with the man advantage. I don’t think he’ll get heavy minutes on special teams this season, but we’ll see.
- Craig MacTavish wants these kids to play. Sure, but a feature role at 20? Offensively? Nah, that’s too rich.
- Do you like Moroz to make the jump? The Oilers haven’t been very successful getting their forwards from the AHL to the NHL since arriving in OKC. Many of them (Hartikainen, Omark, others) spend time in the NHL but are found wanting. That may be a prospect problem, but it may also be a flaw in the system (as you asked about above). Moroz, I would think, is a pretty big test for the AHL coaching staff. Edmonton drafted this young man out of order because they liked the cut of his jib, and certainly want to see return on their investment.