Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oil Kings Draft Twice - add Oiler Pick

The Edmonton Oil Kings have made their two CHL Import Draft selections and have added a Czech defenceman and a Latvian forward to the team, the latter having been chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Draft over the weekend. The two newest Oil Kings are blueliner Marek Hrbas and winger Kristians Pelss.

GM Bob Green will join Guy Flaming on The Pipeline Show this evening to discuss the newest members of the organization.

Pelss is listed by the NHL as a 5'11, 179 lb left winger who played for Dynamo Jr. in Belarus last season. His profile at Eliteprospects.com, an excellent resource for European leagues and players, is fairly barren aside from his stats. You'll notice there that his measurements are considerably greater than the WHL's numbers: 6'0 and 198 lbs.

Pelss was chosen in the 7th round, 181st overall, by the Edmonton Oilers over the weekend in Los Angeles.

Hrbas, a 5'11, 180 lb blueliner, played for the Fargo Force in the USHL last season but must be on the way North after being taken 4th overall by the Oil Kings. Defensive depth was an issue for the team last year when it ran into injury trouble but this addition plus the fact that Griffin Reinhart, among others, will be joining the club on a full time basis this season, that should be less of a concern for Bob Green and his staff. (Photo: USHL Images)

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