Jackson Houck has a big season ahead, one that could thrust him into the picture as a possible Edmonton Oiler in the coming years. Houck had a slow start but strong finish in 2013-14, and will play on an emerging team in 2014-15. Houck will have a new coach, as this story from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun details. One quote from Houck is interesting:
- “I think everyone is a little bit nervous and excited to see what it’s going to be like. I mean, we’re all going to have to prove something to the new coach because he hasn’t seen most of us play ever. I met him a couple of years ago when he ran my agency’s camp and he talked about what he likes, the details and stuff like that. But I don’t have a really good grasp on him because I’ve never really been under his coaching yet. So it’s going to be new and exciting and you never know what will happen. I’m pumped. It’s been a long summer. Expectations will be higher. We’re not a rebuilding team anymore.”
This is regard to Troy Ward, the new coach for Vancouver. Houck had been playing for Don Hay—once rumored to be a strong candidate for Oilers head coach—and the uncertainty of the new coach is a factor in Houck’s coming season.
JACKSON HOUCK, BY DISCIPLINE IN 2013-14 (DRAFT +1)
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That is Houck’s draft year +1 and he certainly delivered well considered the quality of team and his draft number.
EV POINTS-PER-60 ESTIMATES FROM EXTRA SKATER
- Greg Chase 3.0
- Mitchell Moroz 2.6
- Marco Roy 2.1
- Jackson Houck 2.1
- Jujhar Khaira 1.9
Houck is 6.01, 193 and if he can establish himself as a two-way player once turning pro there may be a job for him. In recent years, Edmonton has drafted several players who could serve what I call the Pisani role, but most of them are more physical than skilled. That usually means they’re going to fail in that role. Tyler Pitlick is the current contender for the role, with Mitch Moroz and Jujhar Khaira turning pro this fall.
Houck should be right behind them. Moroz is a bigger player, but his draft year +1 numbers are not at the same level as Houck:
MITCH MOROZ, BY DISCIPLINE IN 2012-13 (DRAFT +1)
|MITCH MOROZ 2013-14||GP||G||A||PTS||PPG|
We’re a year away, but Jackson Houck has a chance.