by Lisa McRitchie on 02/23/12 at 03:30 AM ET
Looking back at this point in time and to the point of view of Oilers’ fans, the Edmonton Oilers won the trade of Dustin Penner to Los Angeles. In exchange for Penner, the Oilers received the Kings’ first round pick – #19 Oscar Klefbom - and according to Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey “somebody else’s partly finished project” in defenceman Colten Teubert. Teubert himself was a first round draft pick, selected 13th overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft and just 9 spots ahead of close friend and fellow teammate Jordan Eberle.
Colten Teubert #33
Teubert played 4 seasons with the Regina Pats, 18 games with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL, 39 games with the Manchester Monarchs, and took home gold and silver in the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Team Canada teams before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, a team in desperate need of help on the blueline.
With the Oilers, Teubert has played his first NHL game and another 19 after that. As noted in the series Oil Change, Teubert has become quite familiar with the flight up to Edmonton. Teubert would have more than 20 NHL games under his belt at this point, but Teubert didn’t bring his passport with him on Baron’s road trip and so fellow teammate Alex Plante received the call instead.
Currently, Teubert is playing with the Oklahoma City Barons and waiting for his next chance at an NHL game.
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster” Teubert says of his season so far, “I was up for about half of the season due to some injuries and some suspensions up there [in Edmonton] so it definitely gave me a chance to play in the NHL which was nice.”
Since playing in the NHL full time is the goal, of course Teubert would relish every opportunity. But there has to be something to be said of playing with a team at the top of their league versus the bottom. So it was no surprise when Teubert spoke fondly of his NHL experiences on the year and added “But then I got to come back down here and hopefully continue winning going into the playoffs.”
Teubert is well aware of where his shortcomings on the ice are, “Playing consistently and solid defence are something that I need to work on” the rookie defencemen explains “Just as a young player I need to improve every day. I think that we have the good coaching down here to help me with that and give me an opportunity for next year with the Oilers.”
And an opportunity with the Oilers may have been Teubert’s best chance at making it into the NHL. When it came to his trade from the Kings, Teubert explained that he wasn’t “overly” surprised to receive the call from Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi. “They were really prospect heavy back on defence; I was the young guy kind of the odd man out, kind of in and out of the line-up. I didn’t really expect to get traded, but it was a really good opportunity for me and my personal career. I was more than happy to come to Edmonton, obviously I’m Canadian, to come back to home soil is an incredible feeling, and the Oilers have the best fans in the world.”
If nothing else, Teubert has certainly learned what fans like to hear.
Something else fans like to hear is that teammates are also very good friends. After all, Edmonton fans certainly remember how close the boys on the bus were, and then there is also Doug Weight and Bill Guerin.
Currently, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are seen to be the best of friends and it seems as though Eberle just may be a popular fellow, because Teubert speaks very highly of the Oilers’ leading scorer. The two played together for the Regina Pats, Team Canada and of course went through the draft together. Because of that, who better to ask about Eberle.
I had to ask, did Teubert ever think that his dear friend would one day be a top ten NHL scorer?
“You know what, I did. I had a sneaking suspicion. He’s a player that you can always count on to score big goals and I’m used to him so I don’t think that he’s the best player in the world but he’s having an incredible year and I just hope that he continues it.”
And there is no chance that Teubert will let Eberle’s success go to his head, “I’ll keep him humble; I’m like his big brother.”
“Throughout juniors we were always really competitive with each other because we were the top players on our team. I always used to try and play him as hard as I could in practice to make him better, and he always used to try to score on me.
“I think it’s a good friendly competitive atmosphere that we have together, it’s just kind of like a brother relationship, and we’ve been together so long our families are very close. It’s an exciting moment for me and him to just have the opportunity to continue playing together, so I embrace the moment.”
Just what kind of an NHLer Teubert will be is yet to be seen, but his tough, gritty and sometimes mean play along the boards have led some to make the comparisons to someone like Regina Pats alum and ex-Oiler Jason Smith “That’s pretty incredible.” Teubert exclaimed with a face full of shock. “That guy was an awesome defenceman. He led the Oilers all of the way on that cup run. If I could emulate my game in any way like that guy, that would be pretty incredible.”
Smith would score a goal of two every season; much like Teubert’s current scoring. “I don’t know if I will get 20 goals.” But of course, 20 goals is a difficult task for most defencemen. “Maybe if I get better at shooting the puck I’ll get a couple. I doubt I’ll get 20 goals, but if I ever get a couple I’ll be happy.”
“In Stu we trust” has been the motto of Oilers fans through the past few years, and so for this situation again Oilers fans can only hope that MacGregor and the rest of the amateur scouting staff have really done their homework on Teubert and that Teubert has the potential to fill a role the Oilers will so desperately need.
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