Didn't really need that stick for the photo. - Jamie Sabau
Mitch Moroz was drafted 32nd overall by the Edmonton Oilers, but he's not producing like a 32nd overall pick.
My favorite comment about Mitch Moroz was made on draft day, by Copper & Blue regular dessert1111:
couldn’t wait another round? too worried your fourth line player 7 years down the road might have been gone?
Moroz was drafted because the Oilers wanted size and "some" saw him projecting to the NHL as the next Milan Lucic. He's big and he fights and "some" saw offensive potential. But Moroz came in at #36 (of 42) in our Top 25 Under 25 voting. Why?
Here's a comparison of a selection of players drafted in the second round after Moroz in June. The selection is limited to defensemen in the CHL and forwards in the NCAA.
|Phil di Guiseppe||F||NCAA||32||23||0.72|
The only player Moroz is outscoring is Jake McCabe, a defensemen in the NCAA.
Broken out by NHLE:
|Phil di Guiseppe||F||NCAA||24|
Moroz drops below even McCabe.
And what about that comparison to Milan Lucic? Here is the post-draft year offensive comparison:
What of the other recent centre taken by the Oilers at the top of the second-round?
I could see this kind of pick in the 4th/5th round. They suck then too, but at least then you can say "We saw some good things offensively near the end of the year so we took a shot".
But 32nd overall?
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