Thursday, November 24, 2011

Oil Kings get more offensive but stay small

Edmonton Oil King G.M. Bob Green pulled the trigger on a deal that will give his club an offensive boost but doesn't solve the biggest problem on the team...they're still small.

Green dealt the rights to Griffin Foulk and a 3rd round bantam pick to Everett in exchange for American centre Tyler Maxwell.

The 4 year WHL veteran lit the lamp 41 times last year and has steadily improved his goal total each year from 22 to 33 to 41 and has 11 in 19 games this season.

The small problem I have with this deal is Maxwell measures up at 5.09 and 170 pounds. That doesn't help a forward group with only 5 guys who are atleast 6 feet, one of them being injured forward Travis Ewanyk. The Oil Kings were pushed around a bit in the playoffs versus Red Deer. But the club is hoping you can't hit what you can't catch and Maxwell has pretty good speed.

He is undrafted but did attend the Minnesota Wild's camp as a free agent this year. He's expected in the Oil King line up Friday when they kick off an 11 game homestand against Medicine Hat.

No comments: