Kyle Platzer is my favorite player-type: wide range of skills, several ways to succeed. He’s shown enough to suggest he’ll be able to play on a skill line if he continues to develop—on the Oilers that would be in a complementary role—and there’s substantial evidence that he can be a depth forward at the pro level (we’ll wait and see on the NHL).
- Brock Otten, OHL Prospects (February 2015): Platzer has most definitely taken his game to the next level this year. He looks considerably stronger on the puck and it’s helped to give him more time to operate and use his high end vision/hockey sense to make plays. He’s also been more aggressive in playing in traffic and along the boards. He’ll end up doubling his own personal best in points. Source
The boxcar reflection of those words is obvious:
The progress of Platzer at evens this past season is impressive. As a comparable, Platzer’s .645 EV-per-game total is less than highly rated (and drafted in the vicinity) Nick Paul 58GP, 27-18-45 .775 EV-per-game but there’s an interesting player here.
- Kyle Platzer: “Some people need to work on their skill. My needs were definitely that physical maturity. I added some mobility to my workouts so I wasn’t just a big guy that couldn’t move. When you put on that much weight you still want to keep your speed.” Source
KYLE PLATZER BAKERSFIELD RE 15-16: 60GP, 14-20-34 .567
KYLE PLATZER RE 15-16: 1GP, 0-0-0
- What role will he be playing in Bakersfield? Based on the Oilers’ own past, he’s probably going to get depth minutes at the start of the year, checker’s role. I imagine Platzer will see some power play time and possibly get a push when the callups come. I would not expect him to get 1line minutes at any time this year in Bakersfield.
- Where do you project him on the depth chart? Depending on if he plays center or wing, I can see him behind Draisaitl, Yakimov and in a fight with Khaira for a two-way role at center. I think RW depth chart probably goes Miller, Pakarinen, Matt Ford, Platzer or Chase and then guys like the Jones twins and those AHL/ECHL contracts. I do think there’s a job there for Platzer in the AHL next season, but it won’t be a top job.
- What has changed since his draft day? A lot. One of the reasons Marco Roy wasn’t signed (I’m sure) is the progress shown by Platzer (and Greg Chase). He’s a good prospect.
- What does Platzer need to work on? Strength (as mentioned above) and mobility (also mentioned above). He just needs to fly sorties and have success, we should be patient though there’s a lineup of prospects and he doesn’t have pedigree.
- What one thing will get Platzer to the NHL? Range of skills. He may end up as a (slightly) larger Mark Arcobello and that would be a fantastic success. Seriously.
- What will keep him out? He has no draft pedigree. He’ll earn everything he gets.
- My comment on cut down day TC 2013: Kyle Platzer: In some ways, the most impressive player among today’s cuts. I have no idea what he is, and am not going to add to the confusion. He sure scored a lot for a guy no one talks about, though.
- My comment on cut down day TC 2014: Kyle Platzer: AGAIN this TC he impresses more than a few other 2013’s. I’m going to like him more if he scores in the OHL this season.
- Source for both