And With The 18th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Curtis Lazar

Curtis Lazar
Age: 18
Position: Center
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 191lbs
Junior Team: (WHL) Edmonton Oil Kings
Stats: 72 GP / 38 G / 23 A / 61 P / 47 PIM

The last of the Octopus Thrower profiles of draft eligible players who may be dawning a Detroit Red Wings jersey and cap at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30th.

Curtis Lazar is ranked 20th among North American players by Central Scouting and 12th by International Scouting Service.

I was high on Curtis Lazar before I started to watch tape and read up on him, now he should only be an option if everyone else we have previewed is off of the board at pick 18.

Lazar is a solid 2-way player, but he does not possess the ability, in my eyes, to become a top 6 forward.

He would be a solid option as a third line center if/when Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson, and Cory Emmerton are moved or no longer with the Detroit Red Wings.

Could develop into a great penalty killer and a  player who will provide second tier scoring for an NHL team.

Curtis Lazar’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Defense - Knows where to be in his defensive zone to close off scoring and passing lanes. Could be the best defensive forward in the draft.
  1. Production – With 38 goals this past season he could be a solid 2nd tier scoring option.
  1. Leadership - He was an alternate captain for the Oil Kings last season.

Flaws:

  1. Size - At 6 foot 191 pounds he needs to bulk up before making it to the NHL.
  1. Offensive progression - His progression has not increased as much as hoped.
  1. Not a top six player - Limited potential in the NHL.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Cory Emmerton - A defensively minded play who can produce points, but is not counted on to do that.
  1. Joakim Andersson - While he is smaller than Andersson, he is solid in the face-off dot and defensively.
  1. Justin Abdelkader - Not a super skilled player, but he can pull the piano if needed, might not be able to hold his own on a top line though.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

The Red Wings do not need another bottom 6 forward, but with Darren Helm hurting and other forwards contract being up soon he could be a solid addition to the team in a couple years.

Career Potential:

A third line center who will be able to shut down opposing players and produce second tier scoring for the Red Wings.

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