Entries with the tag: 2013 nhl entry draft
While the NHL season is just starting up, the WHL is quickly winding down. And with that, the pressure on young draft eligible players increases. For Vancouver Giant Jackson Houck, this season had its own challenges playing for a team that has struggled more than usual, but to add to that graduating high school and trying to wow the scouts seems a little much.
Somehow, Houck like all other players in his same position are using the challenge to push them further. Will it be enough is yet to be seen.
Trades can never be easy. In order to get something of value, you have to lose something of value and often times more. And so it was for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL in their quest to acquire veteran defenceman and Edmonton Oilers’ prospect David Musil, then of the Vancouver Giants. Many saw this trade as inevitable, as this is Musil’s last season in the WHL, and he was the lone Oiler draft pick that was not playing for the Oil Kings. Going to the Giants was their first round 2013 draft pick (a low pick if the Oil Kings make another Memorial Cup run) and a defenceman who looked to be a key part of the future defence; Mason Geertsen.
The draft rankings can get a little murky once you pass the top five. Even after the top three one tends to see a lot of variation from scout to scout, and so for many teams it becomes a matter of what they value and need the most that will lead them to pick one player over another.
For Edmonton Oil King centre Curtis Lazar bouncing around first round draft ranking has been something everyone constantly reminds him of this season, but somehow remains something he claims he never thinks about.