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2013 Draft Prospect Profile #20: Curtis Lazar

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Our next DPP takes a look at physical, two way C Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings, a top WHL prospect with a promising NHL skill set.

Photo Courtesy of the WHL

Curtis Lazar

Position: Centre
Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Age: 18
Date of Birth: February 2nd, 1995
Place of Birth: Vernon, BC (Canada)
Ht: 5'11" Wt: 194 lbs
Shoots: Right

2012-2013 Regular Season Stats

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

72

38

23

61

47

25

2012-2013 Playoffs Stats

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

+/-

22

9

2

11

20

-2

I'll be honest - I didn't know Curtis Lazar from a hole in the ground when I started to write him up, but the more I look, the more I like what I see. Regarded as one of the best defensive forwards in this draft, he's slightly undersized, but seems to be growing into his frame and flourishing in the Dub. He's got a package of skills and talents that make me think he's going to be a solid NHLer before too long, and he's the kind of player you could see taking a Patrice Bergeron style role - a skilled shutdown player who can also contribute some significant scoring.

Scouting Reports:

Lazar is a well-rounded forward, with the benefit of having one of the smallest risk factors in this draft (in terms of probability of becoming an NHL player). He is an above-average skater who can flash plus ability in that area. He covers a lot of ice due to his tremendous work ethic, as he is always moving his feet. He can change gears quickly, and he picks up speed well. Despite being a tad undersized, he is a solid, physical player who is good on the forecheck

Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus

Stylistically Lazar reminds us of Ryan Kesler. He plays the effective two way game and is much more a goal scorer than a playmaker from the centre position. A very straight ahead north-south style, and the ability to work in the dirty areas of the rink are his hallmarks. As far as potential goes, Lazar, if he reaches his ceiling can be an effective #2 centre, capable of playing big minutes and matchups in the NHL.

Ben Kerr, Last Word On Sports

Why He'd Be A Good Fit In Columbus:

The recent wisdom is that you don't find Centres through trade. You have to grow them through the draft. The Blue Jackets are blessed with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner, but it never hurts to stock up on skilled, two way players who can manage the game from either end of the ice.

Even if his size is a bit of a concern, it's clear that Lazar has the skating ability and vision to play in the NHL, and all reports are that he brings the kind of leadership and character that we want to see in a first round pick. If Columbus hangs on to the #19 pick and Lazar is on the board, don't be shocked to hear his name called.

Lazar In Action:


Video courtesy YouTube user "DumbassShello"