PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Mitchell Moroz, 32nd overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers, speaks to media during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Getting the jump on the day, Steve Tambellini called Mitch Moroz with the 32nd pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Oof. It's a bit of a reach.
A raw power forward prospect with some good offensive upside. Skates very well for his size with a nice wide stride. Not the best out of the gate but is very quick at top speed. Impressive balance on his skates and his ability to shield the puck while skating with it. Goes into the dirty areas and has the knack for finding the soft spot in offensive zone. He is good on the forecheck/backcheck. Is physical, takes the body and isn’t afraid to take a hit. Willing and very able to drop the gloves with a calm fighting style and that utilizes his long reach. Has impressive ability to shield the puck while skating with it and is able to shoot in transition in one smooth motion.
ISS had him 170th, noting
Aggressive and gritty power forward in the making
Has some minor offensive upside as well
Plays with toughness and passion
First steps need improvement
Popular with teammates
Central Scouting had him 72nd overall in their final ranking.
Moroz scored 16 goals in 66 games for .24 goals per game on the best team in the CHL. The next CHL player taken, Matt Finn, defenseman Matt Finn, scored 10 goals in 61 games. The next run of CHL forwards scored Lukas Sutter had 28 in 70 (.40), Mitchell Heard 29 in 57 (.51), Raphael Bussieres 21 in 56 (.375), Brock McGinn 12 in 33 (.36), Martin Frk 16 in 34 (.47), Mike Winther 32 in 71 (.45), and finally, Chris Tierney scored less. After that it's back to Justin Kea in the middle of the third round to find a low-scoring player like Moroz.