by Lisa Brown on 08/11/11 at 01:30 PM ET
There are several Oilers prospects that will add up to make for an excellent Oilers team going forward. One of my favourite prospects is Tyler Bunz. Bunz is a favourite for various reasons. For starters, he is from Edmonton and was fortunate enough to be drafted by his favourite team. Bunz also has an excellent work ethic and has persevered to rise to a position at the top of the WHL goalie list. Some will say he was the second, and some the third best goalie but ultimately, he was tops in the league.
This year has been tremendous and yet busy for the young netminder.The Medicine Hat Tigers, Bunz’s WHL team made it to the WHL Eastern Conference Finals, then Bunz was invited to the Team Canada goalie camp in Calgary and made it through to the top four selection. Next Bunz attended the Oilers development camp at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park. The next step was the Team Canada development camp in Edmonton and Fort McMurray. There, Bunz did all that he could to make an impression on head coach Don Hay and the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff. If Bunz can continue his next season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL where he left off, Bunz could very likely be representing his country in his hometown for the IIHF World Juniors tournament.
There are other aspects to Bunz that set him apart from other prospects, at least in my mind. One of the easiest to describe has to be how personable he is. Bunz has risen up the popularity ladder, but still remembers the little people. In any interview, Bunz is always well spoken and eloquent, I am never editing out long pauses or a lot of ums and ahs. Also, he doesn’t require a lot of lead in before answering, and he always has something insightful to say. Sometimes, as with a question in this interview, I only needed to say one or two words, then Bunz already knew what I was asking. This may be partly due to the fact that not only is Bunz an excellent hockey player, but he has also won the Tigers’ Scholastic Player of the year award not once, but twice. It could also be due to the fact that Bunz has likely done more interviews this summer than the rest of his hockey career.
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