February 17 2014 04:56PM
Mitchell Moroz scored the 30th goal of his season today. And then, he scored 31. That's a solid total for the physical winger, a number many didn't think he'd reach in a single season. I'm sure Moroz is feeling good about himself—and he should—because 30 goals in a season among big tough wingers is a pretty rare thing. Or is it?
30-GOALS AT 19
How often do big forwards with a physical edge score 30 goals as 19-year olds? Here's what I did: took all of the Oiler-drafted CHL forwards since 2000 into a group, and the plucked out those who scored 30 in a year with 100 pims. How many did it in those years? Here we go:
- Dan Baum, 19, 2002-23 72GP, 32-41-73 218pims
- JF Jacques, 19, 2004-05 69GP, 36-42-78 56pims
- Mitchell Moroz, 19, 2013-14 57GP, 31-27-58 133pims
I included Jacques because he had over 100pims earlier in the junior career, but not at 19. He fits the description, so it would be silly to exclude him. A lot of good players scored 30 (Stoll, Brodziak, Pouliot) and a lot of these guys had lots of pims (Stortini) but among Oiler CHL picks since 2000 this is it.
Jacques made the NHL but couldn't score at all, Baum lost his career to injury.
That's a pretty rare feat as Oiler prospects go, 30 goals and 100 pims in season. I'm thrilled for the young man, it can't be easy being an Oil King and an Oiler prospect in this city. Allow me to congratulate Mitchell Moroz for a splendid accomplishment. 30 goals. One season. Something to be proud of forever.