1. KEL D. McKinlay (5) (J. Lees) 8:50
|1. EDM H. Samuelsson (7) (M. St. Croix, T. Foster) 16:45 (PP)|
|1. KEL Z. Franko (7) (J. Lees) 19:11|
2. EDM M. St. Croix (9) (T. Foster, D. Wruck) 4:04 (PP)
|2. KEL T. Baillie (4) , 10:25|
3. EDM K. Wilson (2) (M. Moroz) 4:54
|3. EDM D. Wruck (4) 8:51|
|3. EDM H. Samuelsson (8) (C. Benson) 19:41 (EN)|
Jordon Cooke 38/42
Laurent Brossoit 24/27
1. Tyson Baillie RW - Late '95 born and 2014 NHL Draft Prospect showed off his skills tonight. Scored a nice goal on a nice rush and a well placed slapshot. Baillie is playing a secondary role on the Rockets team this season but a player to keep tabs upon heading into next season. Baillie is slightly undersized but has good offensive instincts. Good skater, great shot and is constantly looking in the right places for offense.
2. Jesse Lees D - Lees played the best game out of the bunch on the backend for the Rockets. Was impressed with Lees decision making with the puck and his outlet passes were sharp. Managed to srping Zack Franko on a breakaway for a goal. Lees could stand to get a bit stronger with his body frame but was impressed with how he handles the puck from the backend. Was a team leader with 2 assists and a +2 in tonight's game. Lees is a 2013 NHL Draft Prospect.
1. Dylan Wruck LW - Continues to amaze me on how much he flies under the radar but continues to make big plays. Tonight was no different. Scored the game winner but batting a puck out of mid air skating in on a 2 on 1, toedragging the defensemen and letting go a sharp wrist shot glove side. The whole play was spectacular and clutch. Wruck gets knocked for his size but he's pretty stout and doesn't lose a lot of strength battles. While his skating may not be superb for his size, its above average. Good enough for him to make the type of playes he's made early on this season.
2. Ashton Sautner D - Team best +3 and was his usual reliable defensive self. Doesn't lose too many one on one battles and make good reads with the puck. After spending a couple of games as a healthy scratch, it was wise for the Oil Kings to put him back in the lineup. His play isn't flashy but it is dependable. May never be an offensive force but defensively, he is as solid as they come.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
EVT J. Winquist (5) (R. Murray) 2:32 (SH)
|EVT K. Bauml (3) (M. Mueller, R. Murray) 18:15|
S.C C. Lund (3) (A. Lowry, C. Gordon) 7:21
EVT K. Bauml (4) (R. Petryk, R. Murray), 19:02 (EN)
Daniel Cotton 28/29
Eetu Laurikainen 27/29
1. Kohl Bauml C - Bauml played very well in this specific game, tallying twice and going to the hard areas of the ice despite his smaller stature. Very impressed with the way he navigated through Swift Current bigger, taller defensemen and winning his fair share of battles. May never become a big scorer but impressed with the courage he plays the game with. It's something he will have to keep up if he wants to stay on the radar.
2. Mirco Mueller D - Got my first look at Mirco Mueller tonight and he didn't disappoint. Mueller played a lot of the time with Ryan Murray and as a pair were dynamite. They complement each other very well, with Murray's puckmoving ability and Mueller's length and range. Mueller look very comfortable with the puck tonight and looked to make plays. Mueller should get more exposure as the season goes but I'm starting to think he should make my next top 30, 2013 WHL draft eligible list. Not overly physical but very good with his stick in space.
1. Adam Lowry LW - Lowry is expected to carry the offensive load for the Broncos this season. His team ran hot and cold all night and likely should have scored more than just once tonight but just could not make any plays around the net. Lowry a big body, a power forward in the making. I'm hoping for more from Lowry as tonight he looked good one shift and then long stretches of invisibility. Lowry could use some work on skating and isn't as physical as I would hope he would be, but he does have some soft hands in and around the net.
2. Eetu Laurikainen G - First look at Laurikainen tonight and he did not disappoint. Got beat on a breakaway and on a rebound shot that he could not see the initial shot. Like a typical Finnish goaltender, he looks real smooth, composed and big in the net. Doesn't seem to get rattled and kept the game close for his Broncos team but the Broncos just could not muster a tying goal. I think the Broncos unearthed a gem in Laurikainen and like Mueller, the '93 born goaltender should be heard from a lot more as the season goes on.
Friday, October 19, 2012
EDM C. Lazar (6) (K. Lowe) 3:43
|M.J B. Point (4) 8:44|
|EDM M. St. Croix (6) (T. Foster, D. Wruck) 12:12 (PP)|
|EDM T. Ewanyk (2) (M. Moroz, K. Wilson) 17:16|
2. EDM M. St. Croix (7) (D. Wruck, T. Foster) 11:43 (PP)
|2. EDM M. St. Croix (8) (T. Foster, H. Samuelsson) 16:23 (PP)|
Daniel Wapple 28/33
Justin Paulic 2/2
Tristan Jarry 23/24
1. Brayden Point C - Brayden Point was the only forward that anything going on tonight. Scored the only Warriors goal with a nice fake and quick shot combo. At this stage, Point is tiny as many defensmen tower over him. But his shiftiness and his apt ability of finding open ice make him very dangerous in the offensive zone. Played center tonight but is likely better off on the wing, attacking from the edges. Point is starting to emerge as the go-to forward on the Warriors at such a young age. 2014 Draft eligible.
2. Morgan Rielly D - Rielly was very quiet tonight as the Oil Kings offensive pressure kept him defending for most of the night. Has a couple of dangerous rushes up the ice from the backend but ended up in weak shots toward the goal. Rielly needs space in order to be effective and the Oil Kings did a great job of crowding the ice around him all night. Had some issues with strength battles along the boards tonight.
1. Michael St. Croix RW - Michael St. Croix is the Oil Kings version of Ales Hemsky. When he is on, he looks all world. What seperates him from Hemsky is his ability and his timing in shooting the puck. Had a hat trick tonight, two of his goals on two superb one-time bullets from the high slot. St. Croix now has 99 career WHL goals, one away from being the first modern day Oil King to reach 100 goals. The matchups were right tonight for him to be effective, and he took full advantage.
2. Tristan Jarry G - Jarry wasn't particularly busy tonight but he didn't give up that softy that has been plaguing the Oil Kings through a recent losing streak. He stood tall in the third period as the Warriors outshot the Oil Kings 14-2 but Jarry didn't give them a sniff and kept the game 5-1. I'd expect Jarry to get a few more games as Laurent Brossoit has run hot and cold this season as the Oil Kings starting goaltender. Jarry has the athleticism to carry the ball, all he needs is an opportunity. I have little doubt he will become the Oil Kings starting goaltender in the near future, could be as soon as this year.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
KAM J. Lipon (10) (T. Bozon, B. Gaudet) 6:03
|EDM T. Foster (9) (D. Wruck, L. Brossoit) 15:36 (PP)|
|KAM B. Ranford (5) (C. Smith, J. Lipon) 19:54 (PP)|
2. EDM D. Wruck (3) (T. Foster, G. Reinhart) 10:41
3. KAM R. Trzonkowski (2) (M. Needham, C. Ully), 9:09
|3. EDM M. Moroz (1) (K. Lowe, E. Kulda) 13:24 (PP)|
|3. EDM H. Samuelsson (6) (C. Lazar, D. Wruck) 18:01 (PP)|
|3. KAM J. Lipon (11) (C. Smith, T. Hansen) 18:36 (SH)|
Kamloops Goals - Ranford, Smith
Edmonton Goals - None
Cole Cheveldave 34/38
Laurent Brossoit 16/20
1. J.C. Lipon RW - Lipon did everything but sell the popcorn tonight. 2 goals, an assist and 17 minutes in penalties. Lipon as really emerged as the go-to player on Kamloops early on this season. Scored a big goal to tie the game late, shorthanded no less on a broken play and some sloppy work from the Oil Kings. Does very well in navigating through traffic and finding open seems. Plays a bit of a greasy game as well. Between Lipon, Bozon and Needham, Kamloops is stocked in the agitator department. Greasy skill is the best way I can describe Lipon.
2. Cole Cheveldave G - Cheveldave was great again tonight. Gave up 4 but really kept his team in it as his team was getting blitzed by the Oil Kings. A lot of it due to penalty trouble. Cheveldave didn't have much of a chance on any of the goals, but kept battling right til the end, until his team walked away with 2 points. Like I said before, if Hockey Canada was looking for one goaltender from the WHL for the World Junior team, I would nominate Chevaldave as that goaltender.
1. Dylan Wruck LW - Wruck really brought it tonight, he's a bulldog in a chihuahua body. His gutsy style despite his small frame makes him a fan favorite among Oil Kings observers. Fearless on the ice, but its likely the reason why injuries have plagued him. Wruck chipped with a goal and two assists tonight. His goal was an aboslute dandy as he outwaited the Blazers' defenders and slipped a shot by Cheveldave. Wruck's straight ahead no nonsense style is infectious throughout his team.
2. Keegan Lowe D - Lowe played his usual pain in the backside type game. He has really worked on his puck movement and offensive game to where the other team has to respect it. Lowe is one of the relied upon leaders of the Oil Kings and isn't shy about applying himself in physical play. Lowe continues to be a work at progress but he has come a long way in his time with the Oil Kings and continues to improve on a game to game basis.
Friday, October 12, 2012
CAL B. Macek (4) (Z. Jones, B. Brassart) 3:02
|CAL C. Samoridny (2) (K. Helgesen, D. Henry) 8:41|
|EDM C. Lazar (5) (M. St. Croix, D. Wruck) 15:04 (PP)|
EDM T. Foster (8) (H. Samuelsson, M. St. Croix) 7:46 (PP)
|CAL B. Macek (5) (B. Brassart) 8:03|
|EDM H. Samuelsson (4) (C. Lazar, C. Corbett), 11:18|
|EDM H. Samuelsson (5) (D. Wruck, M. St. Croix), 12:39 (PP)|
|CAL P. Kosterman (1) ( P. Padakin, S.Humphries) 14:40|
Calgary Goals Sylvester, Chase
Edmonton Goals Samuelsson
Chris Driedger 32/36
Laurent Brossoit 21/25
1. Brooks Macek RW - Had one of those games where everything he threw at the net went into the net. Scored twice for the Hitmen and is one of a handful of Hitmen that play a greasy style that helps his team wins games. The style has been very effective for them early this season. Macek has decent hands around the net but his calling card is his agitation and his ability to get under the skin of opposing players.
2. Peter Kosterman D - Scored on a seeing eye shot from the point that tied the game at 4. Was a team high +4 on the night. Kosterman plays a low maintenence game. Reliable and sfae player that doesn't bring a lot of offense, but keeps his own end of the ice fairly clean. The Hitmen defense in general is like that. Defensively stout but not a lot of mobility or offensive acumen.
1. Henrik Samuelsson RW - Samuelsson was fantastic again tonight. Scored twice and tallied again in the shootout. Samuelsson continues to be the johnny on the spot goal scorer the Oil Kings need him to be. Samuelsson is an excellent complementary piece to what the Oil Kings have going on. Does a lot of the board work and battling in front of the net. Does a lot of the mule work. But has a degree of skill that allows him to put up the numbers. His nickname should be "Mini Mule".
2. Mason Geertsen D - Geertsen is slowly becoming a physical presence on the Oil Kings back end. Still a bit raw on his decision making but word is getting out about his toughness and how he is a nasty piece of business to play against. Geertsen will need to mature physically in order to play the style he does, still a little gangly. But all in all, he has a career as being a tough, hard nosed Dman if thats the route he wishes to embrace.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
1. EDM B. Pollock (1) (C. Benson, B. Baddock) 8:48
|1. EDM H. Samuelsson (3) 12:38 (SH)|
|1. EDM D. Wruck (2) (M. Geertsen, M. St. Croix), 14:57|
2. EDM G. Reinhart (1) (C. Corbett, C. Benson), 7:59 (PP)
|2. M.H M. Koules (4) (H. Shinkaruk, D. Busenius) 9:36 (PP)|
|2. M.H E. Pearce (1) (T. Cox, C. Valk) 11:56 |
Laurnet Brossoit 34/36
Marek Langhamer 17/21
1. Henrik Samuelsson RW - Samuelsson had a strong game tonight, being his usual bullish self and going to the hard areas all night. Samuelsson scored a wonderful shorthanded goal by stripping the trailing defensemen and walking in all alone, going forehand, backhand, roof for the 2nd goal of the game. Samuelsson continues to be a big part of the Oil Kings as he is the muscle that combines that with flashes of skill.
2. Laurent Brossoit G - Best game I have seen Brossoit this season. Oil Kings were short 2 men 4 time tonight and got away unscathed all 4 times. Brossoit was reading the play with precision all night. Making great side to side reads and reacting quickly. Brossoit really bailed the Oil Kings out of this one as the defense had a rough 2nd period where Brossoit was called upon often to make big save after big save. Oil Kings played a better 3rd period and the play settled down for them.
1. Miles Koules RW - Koules is the player that is left to pick up a lot of the pieces left by the departed Emerson Etem and his 61 goals tallied last season. While its impossible for anyone player to pick up those pieces, Koules will be expected to pick up a large part of that. Koules tallied again tonight, giving him 4 on the year. Koules plays a game very similar to Tigers star player, Hunter Shinkaruk, but you can tell he has a little less experience at the WHL level. Koules is an excellent distributor with the puck that will get better with time as he gains more experience. Koules will help Shinkaruk out with the goal totals, but who will help them out with the muscle remains to be seen.
2. Dylan Busenius D - Not to be disrespectful but Dylan Busenius was the best of a bad lot tonight and defense looks to be a sore spot for the Tigers going forward. Busenius did well reading the play and distributing the puck on the power play. Loves to shoot the puck but had a hard time getting his shots through tonight. Tigers' defense has no real identity. Lacks mobility and toughness. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers address this issue during the season as the forwards seem to be set for the most part.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Luke Siemens 33/34
Tristan Jarry 17/20
1. Logan McVeigh C- Looks much improved in practically every facet of the game. He's gotten bigger, his stride looks a lot smoother and looks to play much more confident, reliable game. McVeigh got Prince Albert on the board with a sneaky quick wrist shot while driving the slot. McVeigh gives Prince Albert some depth they sorely lacked throughout last season.
2. Luke Siemens G - Siemens is the 2nd goaltender in as many games to stonewall the Oil Kings. Strong game from Siemens as he faced many tough one on one shots, especially early in the game. Siemens had some issues with rebound control but stayed very square to shooter most of the night. Siemens wasn't going to allow the first shot to beat him tonight. Solid offseason pickup for the Raiders.
1. Curtis Lazar C - Best Oil Kings player on the night even though he only has an assist to show for it. Lazar had a strong individual game, driving the net on many occasions, including one rush that ended up in a goal that was waved off due to a premature whistle. Lazar remains on target to become a Top 10 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2. Mason Geertsen D - Geertsen made more of a physical impact tonight. Taking the body every chance he got. It's a style that Geertsen will have to continue to play in order to get noticed from scouts. Geertsen skates well for a big man. His agility allows him to catch up to speedy wingers and make them pay the price. Geertsen will never be known as a point producer, but his big and nasty style should draw him some ire from opposing players.