WELL DONE, MITCHELL MOROZ

Lowetide
May 26 2014 04:57PM

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In that instant indicated in this photo, Mitchell Moroz' life got complicated. I remember it well, watching NHL network and Peter Loubardias saying kind things about him as the Family Feud 'clang' indicated the selection. Mitchell Moroz the Oil King became Mitchell Moroz the Oiler draft pick, releasing tens of thousands (well, tens) of draft experts to wail about the wasted selection.

THE TRUTH

Facts are the first thing overboard in Oilers Nation. We're all guilty, although some of us will blame shoddy memories as opposed to framing the issue. Having said that, let's look at the draft bible (the Bob McKenzie final list) to see where Moroz was ranked:

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McKenzie had him No. 56 overall, so late second round. Edmonton selected him No. 32, a reach of 24 slots, or about one round. I don't think it's a stretch to suggest it was a reach pick, and I said so at the time.

  • I think Oiler fans would have felt a lot better about this draft if the club had drafted (say) Matt Finn at 32. It’s also true that Moroz is a “trending” prospect. Kirk Luedeke from Redline report tweeted me this evening with the following: Luedeke: if his emerging skill set legit, with his toughness, Oil would have missed boat. We had Sutter higher, yes. But we also should have had Moroz higher, too. Not a bad pick- folks questioned Lucic at 50 in 06.

"Sutter" was Lukas Sutter, who was taken by Winnipeg and has endured a difficult development track. On the day of the draft, the Oilers stated their case to Jason Gregor.

  • Stu MacGregor “You always have to step up if there was a player you like. We liked him, we followed him and his developmental curve is on the way up. He provides some toughness, but not just toughness, he’s a good hockey player. He takes the puck to the net real hard and he shows a little bit of touch around the net. He’s only played one year of junior and I think he’s got an opportunity, with continuous development and drive, to be a good player for us.”

THE REST OF THE STORY


It doesn't matter where they take you, it's what you do about it.

Mitchell Moroz worked hard for two years on a shutdown line (with fellow Oiler pick Travis Ewanyk) and then this season on a more offensive line. It's been miles of hard work, and all of it under the microscope in Edmonton. If you follow twitter, you know it can be vicious and unfair, and for a young athlete like Moroz, the thought of playing in Swift Current or Kelowna or Brandon must have seemed like heaven at times.

Well. Sunday he was a big part of the Memorial Cup win, playing, for my money, the best period of his hockey life in the second. He scored the game winner, made a nice play on the insurance goal, and was tremendous all over the ice.

Stu MacGregor talked about the opportunity, but Moroz took advantage. And on Sunday, he shone like a diamond.

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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The jobs Mitchell Moroz will be applying for at the NHL level are tough to get. There aren't many and every season brings a new contender. The Edmonton Oilers made a bet on him, and he worked his bag off to deliver under a microscope.

The report card came Sunday, and it's A's across the board. Damned if he didn't get it done. A contract, 35 goals and a prime role in a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup.

The critics have turned into fans, at least for this season. What's that old line about what doesn't kill you making you stronger

Wow. Well done, Mitchell Moroz. Well done.


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#1 ubermiguel
May 26 2014, 05:08PM
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"Worked his bag off to deliver"; the Oilers need more guys that work their bags off, although I see a couple of years with the Barons first. What a joy to watch Moroz (and the rest of the Oil Kings) fight for every win this spring. The lessons learned against Portland and in the round robin of the Memorial Cup really paid off this weekend, and will pay off for the rest of their careers. It's going to be tough cheering against any of these guys when they play the Oilers.

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#2 nqmt
May 26 2014, 05:10PM
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if he can be a poor man's Dustin Brown, i would be happy

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#3 nis002
May 26 2014, 05:14PM
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He looked liked a man child in the Memorial Cup, looking forward to his pro start in OKC. Excited to see how Nelson would use him and it's great too that he's in a team with a good mix of Oil Kings teammates.

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#4 BLAKPOO
May 26 2014, 05:23PM
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Really hope he takes the next step. He silenced a lot of critics this year.

Watching his interview after they won the cup made me proud to say he's part of our organization.

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#5 WeridAl
May 26 2014, 05:23PM
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Oil Kings fans will tell you that the OZ was a mark man by the bad Reffing in the WHL He was man amoungst kids, & any Oil Kings fan would tell you this. He had to tone done his play or he was going to get penatized. Time will tell if he will make the NHL, but his leadership skills & grit is what the Oilers are dying for.

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#6 jtkachyk
May 26 2014, 05:43PM
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Now if we could somehow get the man that centered his line this season

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#7 Huh?
May 26 2014, 05:54PM
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Allan, great article but what's with the cheesy pinup photos? Is this website supposed to attract all the pimple faced adults that still live with their parents?

You and Gregor really lose credibility when you do stuff like that.

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#8 michael
May 26 2014, 05:55PM
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I was pushing for Moroz and was estatic when he was picked 32cd. I was not worried about his draft position.Killed me when Samuelsson was taken 28th? by the Yotes.The Oilers probably would have taken him if he had been available on day 2.

Moroz and HS both have developed well in the past 2 years since they were picked.

I really like how the Oilers are building OKC this summer. Players like Moroz,JK,Yakimov,Dillon Simpson all will be added to the likes of Ewanyk and Lander. OKC could have a real physical team come fall.

This draft is going to be a challenge.Without picks in the 2cd and 3rd rounds. Its going to be interesting to see how the team uses those 2 4th round picks.

Looking forward to Wednesday at City Hall.

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#9 blainer
May 26 2014, 06:00PM
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Mentioned this on Lowetide yesterday. To my eye Moroz's comparable to me in the NHL is Ryane Clowe. Their play is eerily similar. Both big boys who look slow and have great reach for the puck that can play physical and take care of themselves and their teammates. He needs to get a bit quicker for the big leagues but we have a player there... One or maybe two years in OKC and he will be ready. He really gained a lot of experience this past year.

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#10 PeOiler
May 26 2014, 06:10PM
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Huh? wrote:

Allan, great article but what's with the cheesy pinup photos? Is this website supposed to attract all the pimple faced adults that still live with their parents?

You and Gregor really lose credibility when you do stuff like that.

In this particular case, Mila Kunis is a metaphor for Mitch Moroz wiggling his way into the conversation, and lookin good doing it.

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#11 PeOiler
May 26 2014, 06:11PM
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Mmmmmila...

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#12 Danger Pay
May 26 2014, 06:14PM
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6'2, 210 and plays tough... Doesn't sound like an Oiler to me. Good grief this re-build is really starting to take it's toll.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPgewHpf-q4

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#13 Wax Man Riley
May 26 2014, 06:16PM
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Huh? wrote:

Allan, great article but what's with the cheesy pinup photos? Is this website supposed to attract all the pimple faced adults that still live with their parents?

You and Gregor really lose credibility when you do stuff like that.

Ummmm.... that is the beautiful and talented Mila Kunis. Ever seen Black Swan? Shes amazing in it.

Do what you do, LT. You and Gregor didn't have any credibility to lose in the first place.

I keed! I keed!

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#15 Oiler Al
May 26 2014, 06:31PM
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The Oilers didnt want Lucic in 2006 draft, now they can develop their own Lucic in Moroz. He could be that player,maybe even better.

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#16 Butters
May 26 2014, 06:38PM
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I was critical of the Mitch Moroz pick. Now, I am rooting for this kid big time. I hope to see Heart and Soul #29 signs at RX2.

Go MM!

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#17 Yardbird
May 26 2014, 06:54PM
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Now if Mac T can swing a deal like our first to the Islanders for Griffen Reinhart Whoopee!!

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#18 bwar
May 26 2014, 06:58PM
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I'll be interested to see how close he is to leapfrogging guys like Joensuu and Pitlick on the depth chart. Seems to have both those guys beat in offensive upside, toughness and defensive responsibility. Can't wait to see him in an Oiler's jersey at some point in the future.

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#19 HardBoiledOil
May 26 2014, 07:05PM
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now *maybe*? Oiler fans can quit whining about taking Moroz at #32 a couple of drafts ago. we have exactly what we need, IMO, not more finesse, but a tough, good skating, hard working, 3rd or 4th line energy guy that can potentially pot some points down the road.

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#20 dawgtoy
May 26 2014, 07:28PM
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Brilliant article LT. Thanks for this.

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#21 Walter Sobchak
May 26 2014, 07:38PM
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Here's to Moroz!

Here's to trading for Samuelsson! yes please!

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#22 Anton CP
May 26 2014, 07:50PM
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Hope that they won’t rush him, let him play in AHL for couple of seasons and he should be a great third-line checker/second line enforcer. For players like him really need to feel out the more physical nature in big league down in minor.

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#23 Shaun
May 26 2014, 08:08PM
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Can't wait to see him in a Oilers jersey!

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#24 Casey
May 26 2014, 08:44PM
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Can't wait what Todd Nelson and his boys can do with this kid. I'm expecting him playing 3rd line minutes with time on the PP

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#25 Oilerfan
May 26 2014, 10:22PM
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lowtide I notice you have used Mila Kunis dance often on your blogs. I enjoy your blogs but you need a new dance video Try this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkgJfe86Y_0&feature=kp

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#26 The Soup Fascist
May 26 2014, 10:52PM
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In watching Mitch Moroz a fair bit over the past three years one thing seems evident.

He is a very effective player when he plays a "hard" game. He is a very good skater and he is not without skill. When he hits, plays with an edge, goes to the net and is a presence in the tough areas he is an exceptional hockey player at this level. When he plays the perimeter, tries to make "cute plays" and leaves the heavy lifting to others - he is very average.

I don't know the kid but he seems like a great teammate. I am pretty sure that the OKC coaching staff won't let him read his own press clippings and get him to focus on the parts of his game that could and hopefully will get him to the NHL. Let's hope he continues to develop and becomes a good pro.

His development has not been a straight line and he is still raw, but there are flashes of what kind of player this kid could be.

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#27 Andrew
May 26 2014, 11:12PM
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I recall the chorus of wailing fans sounding like and bunch of scalded cats. But you will have to cut us some slack L.T. we have had lots to wail about when it comes to Oiler draft picks. As an Oiler fan the odds of failure are pretty good based on record.

Moroz will turn out to be a character and a glue guy in seasons to come.

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#28 Zarny
May 26 2014, 11:28PM
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The concept of the rebuild was to build through the draft. The only pick outside the 1st to contribute since 2006 is Petry; not quite good enough.

Hopefully Moroz tracks similar to Clifford or Bickell. Secondary draft picks have to start filling holes on the 3rd and 4th line for the rebuild to move forward.

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#29 Will
May 26 2014, 11:38PM
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Nice to see more than just our first overall picks trending well.

It will be fun to follow the Oil Kings this upcoming year and see what Tod Nelson can do with this year's draft pick, as well as some heavier forwards who got promoted. It would be nice to see two or even all three of these heavier forward types emerge in a few years as our Bickles, and Versteegs and finally have some guys to build around what should be a core in its prime.

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#30 Oilbaron
May 27 2014, 01:20AM
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well done mitch, beautiful goal in the final

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#31 SmackAttack
May 27 2014, 08:45AM
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Questioned the pick in 2012 and 2013. However, really liked the way he's trending. I do worry, however, how some of our NA players could not translate their game in OKC:

Pitlick

Hamilton

Martindale

Kessey - did score 21 goals in his draft + 2 year

What comforts me is Moroz's hardwork. I just hope he gets top line minutes with Lander or Arco to continue to score. We can't have this guy playing 4th line minutes in OKC. What would've happened if he got scoring line minutes right after he was drafted?

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#32 Spaceman Spiff
May 27 2014, 10:13AM
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I don’t want to sound like a grumpy-Gus here, but all of this speculation on Moroz’s potential is actually kind of amusing. And I count myself in that group of speculators, by the way.

The truth is, none of us really know if this kid is going to be NHL player or not because, quite frankly, few people on this planet are qualified to make that call.

So to say that his stock just went up because he had an excellent Memorial Cup (in his third year of junior, mind you) is quite a reach for any of us to be making. For that matter, so was the claim that many of us made in his draft year when the Oilers took him 32nd overall. People seemed to think he was taken too high … even though few of us had seen him – or the 500 other players drafted that year – play.

When I was in the media, I can remember a scout at the Royal Bank Cup telling me that once you got out past the 20th or 25th pick of ANY NHL draft, the teams are basically making their best guess and are crossing their fingers.

Yes, the media will tell you that it’s in the second and third rounds and beyond that the scouting staffs do their best work, but even the Red Wings will tell you that scouts can project and extrapolate and predict and pray, but it’s always up to the player. And, unlike the NBA or NFL drafts, they’re rolling the dice on 18-year-olds. But, if you like the cut of that player’s jib and figure he’s up to the task, you take him wherever you can get him – 32nd, 74th, 88th – whenever. To heck with Bob McKenzie or the Red Line Report.

Fans, media, draft bloggers, draft nerds like me – we’re the only ones who get hung up on the spots where players are taken.

Was Moroz drafted too high at 32? I’m not qualified to say.

Is he going to be an NHL player? Again, no idea. It’s all up to him now.

We’re all welcome to speculate, of course. It’s a lot of fun. But now, with the Internet and explosion of TV channels looking for content, it’s also become an industry. And what that means is closer scrutiny of every prospect. Twenty years ago, when you watched the NHL draft on TV, you only saw the first round. And there was scant footage of the players that got picked (other than maybe the first eight or 10 guys).

Now, the draft runs two days and every minute is broadcast live. Kids going in the fifth round have a minute-and-a-half of game footage shown, along with a three-minute interview at the NHL Network’s Draft desk, in hat and jersey. It's crazy.

The problem with all that coverage is that it raises unreasonable expectations on the players and the teams that drafted them. Years ago, you never said or heard a word about your team’s fourth-rounder until he came out of nowhere in camp three years after his draft year. Now, they’re scrutinized and measured and argued about two minutes after they’re picked, even though, in most cases, they’ll be out of hockey and shilling houses for Re-Max five years after their draft year.

If Mitch Moroz doesn’t turn into an NHL player, it won’t be a disaster. It won’t be an indictment of the Oilers’ scouting department or a wasted pick. It’ll be the norm. If he becomes a player, it won't be a miracle. It's just how it works.

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#33 blue31
May 27 2014, 10:22AM
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Huh? wrote:

Allan, great article but what's with the cheesy pinup photos? Is this website supposed to attract all the pimple faced adults that still live with their parents?

You and Gregor really lose credibility when you do stuff like that.

Sunshine boys?

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#34 Wanye
May 27 2014, 10:26AM
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Huh? wrote:

Allan, great article but what's with the cheesy pinup photos? Is this website supposed to attract all the pimple faced adults that still live with their parents?

You and Gregor really lose credibility when you do stuff like that.

^^^^ THIS GUY

I for one like SFW pictures of the pretty ladies of today and yesterday Lowetide. Don't ever stop.

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#35 rickithebear
May 27 2014, 11:29AM
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Players drafted at #32 have a 24.6% of being a 200gm playr in NHL. Pick number 56 17.8% chance.

I am quite fine with sacfrificing the extra 6.8% to get him.

Pick #178 has a 6.8% chance of getting a 200gm player.

Ypou know I like to look at similiar historic performances in common leagues to get a rough measure of a player.

Mitch Moroz 19 year old season 30+G 120+pim shows alot of quality players with good Even goal production.

We need 45 EVG from forwards 4-6 and 29 evg From forwards 7-9 to be on par with the best scoring teams in the league.

Moroz performs at a 16EVG 13EVA player NHLE

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#36 ubermiguel
May 27 2014, 11:58AM
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rickithebear wrote:

Players drafted at #32 have a 24.6% of being a 200gm playr in NHL. Pick number 56 17.8% chance.

I am quite fine with sacfrificing the extra 6.8% to get him.

Pick #178 has a 6.8% chance of getting a 200gm player.

Ypou know I like to look at similiar historic performances in common leagues to get a rough measure of a player.

Mitch Moroz 19 year old season 30+G 120+pim shows alot of quality players with good Even goal production.

We need 45 EVG from forwards 4-6 and 29 evg From forwards 7-9 to be on par with the best scoring teams in the league.

Moroz performs at a 16EVG 13EVA player NHLE

So you're saying there's a chance?

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#37 VK63
May 27 2014, 12:04PM
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Mitch Moroz>>>> Lukas Sutter

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#38 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 27 2014, 12:17PM
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Mitch Moroz may also be the first litmus test of the Oilers investment in owning their own player development system (I.e. The Oil Kings and the Barons).

Not sure how much if any input Oilers management has as to how the Oil Kings are run and how players are developed there, but I hope they do. They certainly do in OKC and I was so pleased to hear MacT commit to utilizing OKC more effectively to develop up and coming core talent. It all bodes very well for Mitch and others.

As Ricki the Bear points out, he's got about a one in five shot at being a regular in the NHL...so it's still a bit of a long shot.....but I'm eager to see how his game translates to the pro level in OKC.

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#39 Lochenzo
May 27 2014, 12:31PM
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I'll admit that I was on that wagon of critics on draft day. Today, I'm glad the Oilers picked up Moroz. He'll get a good hard look at the pro-level. Watching him play well at the Mem Cup and playing inspired for KP just made the victory that much sweeter for me as a fan.

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#40 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 27 2014, 12:32PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Ummmm.... that is the beautiful and talented Mila Kunis. Ever seen Black Swan? Shes amazing in it.

Do what you do, LT. You and Gregor didn't have any credibility to lose in the first place.

I keed! I keed!

I was speed reading....and all I picked up was Mila Kunis and edibility.....

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#41 Lochenzo
May 27 2014, 12:36PM
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rickithebear wrote:

Players drafted at #32 have a 24.6% of being a 200gm playr in NHL. Pick number 56 17.8% chance.

I am quite fine with sacfrificing the extra 6.8% to get him.

Pick #178 has a 6.8% chance of getting a 200gm player.

Ypou know I like to look at similiar historic performances in common leagues to get a rough measure of a player.

Mitch Moroz 19 year old season 30+G 120+pim shows alot of quality players with good Even goal production.

We need 45 EVG from forwards 4-6 and 29 evg From forwards 7-9 to be on par with the best scoring teams in the league.

Moroz performs at a 16EVG 13EVA player NHLE

I wonder how that would look if we changed that to reflect not where guys are drafted, but where they were projected to go, pre-draft. For instance, Tyler Toffoli was projected to be a 1st rounder but didn't get drafted until the mid-2nd round. I wonder how those probability numbers would look if we based it upon ISS rankings or something like that.

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#42 Rick Lee
May 27 2014, 12:39PM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

Oz is not the first litmus test, don't forget about LB....yeah he was a Flame for a while but we got him back.

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#43 Pucker
May 27 2014, 12:53PM
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I was disappoint when Phoenix picked Samuelsson and I expect the Oiler's were as well.

I was surprised with the Moroz pick but I believe he would not have been available for the Oiler's next pick and they we're looking for a physical player.

Now I'm good with the Pick. He's got some way to go yet but look like there's a chance he'll turn into the type of player the Oiler's can use.

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#44 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 27 2014, 01:00PM
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Rick Lee wrote:

Oz is not the first litmus test, don't forget about LB....yeah he was a Flame for a while but we got him back.

Agreed. Broissoit and Moroz.

By the way...Broisoitt was a late round draft pick but I think I would take him today over Tristan Jarry.....what's your take? If you could only pick one today who would you take?

Might as well open it up to the group.................TRASH if you'd take BROISOITT .................... PROP if you'd take JARRY

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#45 The Soup Fascist
May 27 2014, 01:21PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

I was speed reading....and all I picked up was Mila Kunis and edibility.....

Milan Kunitz? - left winger out of Poland?

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#46 Wax Man Riley
May 27 2014, 03:21PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Milan Kunitz? - left winger out of Poland?

SIGN HIM!

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#47 The Soup Fascist
May 27 2014, 03:33PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

SIGN HIM!

Problem is will he live up to his first name and be a rugged power forward who unfortunately pouts when things don't go his way?? .....

OR

..... live up to his last name and be a serviceable NHL forward who gravy trains his way to an Olympic berth ??? ....

OR

..... if the Oilers sign him invariably be a small, gravy-trainer who pouts when things don't go his way.

Ding Ding Ding. We have a winner.

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#48 Racki
May 27 2014, 03:46PM
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I was honestly quite happy when the Oilers took Moroz (and I felt quite alone.. Up until maybe this post I still did) . I have been watching the Oil Kings closely for a few years and it's hard not to love the guy. He brings a mixed bag. The way I saw it, at worst we are getting a skilled fighter who is not a detriment to the team. At best.... Hmm.. Not Lucic.. I don't see Brown either.. I definitely see at least vintage Moreau (that year where he got streak scoring and did everything in his power to bring the team into the playoffs.. 04?)... Maybe like a Wendel Clark. That seems like a good comparison.

Edit: I mean Clark is probably the ceiling. As non Leafs fans, most hated him (there's good reason why) .. But that's a good ceiling to me.

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#49 The Soup Fascist
May 27 2014, 06:47PM
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Racki wrote:

I was honestly quite happy when the Oilers took Moroz (and I felt quite alone.. Up until maybe this post I still did) . I have been watching the Oil Kings closely for a few years and it's hard not to love the guy. He brings a mixed bag. The way I saw it, at worst we are getting a skilled fighter who is not a detriment to the team. At best.... Hmm.. Not Lucic.. I don't see Brown either.. I definitely see at least vintage Moreau (that year where he got streak scoring and did everything in his power to bring the team into the playoffs.. 04?)... Maybe like a Wendel Clark. That seems like a good comparison.

Edit: I mean Clark is probably the ceiling. As non Leafs fans, most hated him (there's good reason why) .. But that's a good ceiling to me.

Yikes! I know it was a different time / different game, but.....

... in his 18 year old season Clark went 32G-55A-87P 253PM in 64 games. Moroz went 13G-21A-34P 140PM in 69 games. Moroz was a full 6 months older than Clark.

Moroz improved greatly this year but Clark was in the NHL before his 19th birthday. Moroz is a very nice junior player / Clark was a phenom.

I really like the kid, nobody would be happier to see Moroz be a game changer but I don't see how he ends up anywhere near Clark's pedigree. I know you said that is his ceiling but that ceiling is in a cathederal, Racki.

Hope I am wrong. I think you hit the head on the nail with Moreau. If Moroz turns out to be a bigger Moreau, the Oilers have something.

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#50 Yammer
May 27 2014, 07:14PM
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I always liked the drafting of Moroz and after watching him mature the last two seasons, I am even more excited with the pick and hope that he challenges for a roster spot soon

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