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________ 04-05-2009 05:48 PM

Canucks sign Evan Oberg (Official)
 
http://www.areavoices.com/rinkandrun/?blog=48103

Saren 04-05-2009 05:52 PM

Anyone seen this kid play?

Velociraptor 04-05-2009 05:53 PM

I've heard of the kid, from what I hear he's a great young hockey player.

Way to go GMMG two college prospects signed!

I think that's 6 and 7 (Oberg/Walsky) on that top 10 list posted earlier.

pitseleh 04-05-2009 05:54 PM

Here are the top ranked college FAs from McKeens:

1. Matt Gilroy, 6-2/195, D, Boston University
2. Tyler Bozak, 6-0/180, C, Denver Pioneers
3. John Mitchell, 6-5/200, LW, Wisconsin
4. Christian Hanson, 6-3/202, C, Notre Dame
5. Trevor Bruess, 6-0/192, C, Minnesota State
6. Evan Oberg, 6-2/180, D, Minnesota Duluth
7. Eric Walsky, 5-11/194, RW, Colorado College
8. Brad Thiessen, 6-0/180, G, Northeastern
9. Sean Backman, 5-9/170, C, Yale Bulldogs
10. Paul Crowder, 6-2 180, RW, Alaska Anchorage

Nice to get another D prospect in the system. Thanks for the heads up.

Oberg's only 21 as well, so he's probably more raw than guys like Bozak and Gilroy. Should mean he has more room to develop as well though.

MKennedy 04-05-2009 05:56 PM

never heard of the kid but for $65k/year, definitely not an issue.

I'd like to see us make a push for Gilroy too, but I doubt he signs with us.

topheavyhookjaw 04-05-2009 05:56 PM

this team is in dire need of more depth on D, it looks like he can put up some decent offense too, something we don't have on the farm right now. I hope we still have a chance at Gilroy though.

canucksfan100 04-05-2009 05:57 PM

Yes! This kid is going to be a great player, i said to get him so yeah :)

God 04-05-2009 05:58 PM

Now let's get 1 and 3 on that list

Respect Your Edler 04-05-2009 06:00 PM

Good. We needed some more D prospect depth. Anyone have a scouting report on him?

DreamCatcher* 04-05-2009 06:01 PM

Found an article on him:

http://www.areavoices.com/rinkandrun/?blog=43502

Quote:

Evans a smart hockey player with offensive ability and an edge to his game, UMD coach Scott Sandelin said. Hes very competitive and by putting him in a lot of situations, the end result is a pretty good player.

Sandelin moved Oberg to his forehand side on power plays against Denver and the defenseman responded with a goal in a 4-2 victory. He had three points in a 6-5 home win over Western Michigan on Oct. 18.

As hes improved, the undrafted player has drawn the interest of NHL teams.

Hes a heads-up defenseman who makes crisp passes and can find a seam, see the lane and shoot the puck, said UMD assistant Brett Larson, a former Bulldog defenseman.
another quote on him:

Quote:

Evan Oberg, who closed out his Canadian junior league playing days last April by being bestowed with the Top Defenseman Award at the prestigious Royal Bank Cup, has signed a national letter of intent to attend and play hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007-08.

A 6-0, 180-pound native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg helped lead the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoff titleholder Camrose Kodiaks to the semifinal round of the Royal Bank Cup (Canada Junior A championships) while topping all Kodiak blueliners in post-season points with 14 in 16 games.

pitseleh 04-05-2009 06:04 PM

Look at it this way: he outscored Patrick White this year by 11 points.

(Yes, I'm just kidding around).

adamzilla 04-05-2009 06:04 PM

Good to hear. Can never have enough depth on D.

Also sounds like a great team guy.

Quote:

"My improvement is a testament to our coaching staff and playing on such a good team."

Respect Your Edler 04-05-2009 06:11 PM

Ah, Patrick White, you're a punchline already. :cry:

Towelie* 04-05-2009 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pitseleh (Post 18892979)
Look at it this way: he outscored Patrick White this year by 11 points.

(Yes, I'm just kidding around).

But thats ok, because White plays defense and Oberg plays forward, oh wait....

pitseleh 04-05-2009 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KDizzle (Post 18893141)
another ex Camrose Kodiak, eh?

It's nice that we're stocking up our prospect cupboard.

Yeah, I just saw he was named top defenseman at the Royal Bank Cup and was playoff MVP in the AJHL in 2007.

Here's a quote from X-Sharkie on the Sharks forum:

Quote:

Originally Posted by X-SHARKIE (Post 18762928)
I would love to see the Sharks sign one of his teammates, in defenseman Evan Oberg. He's a skilled and smooth skating two-way defenseman that just keeps coming on as the season progresses. All he needs to do is get stronger.


KDizzle 04-05-2009 06:17 PM

another ex Camrose Kodiak, eh?

It's nice that we're stocking up our prospect cupboard.

Red 04-05-2009 06:23 PM

Great signing, he's only an 88 born, put up good offensive numbers, and probably automatically becomes a top 3 defenseman prospect for us.

Seems like he needs to bulk up though?

It's damn nice we're finally signing college free agents again.

Peter Griffin 04-05-2009 06:25 PM

Can't complain about this signing. At the very least it gives the Moose another defenseman going forward who appears to have some offensive ability. All it costs the Canucks is a contract spot and a minor league salary. My guess is his NHL salary isn't outlandish either.

timw33 04-05-2009 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Griffin (Post 18893310)
Can't complain about this signing. At the very least it gives the Moose another defenseman going forward who appears to have some offensive ability. All it costs the Canucks is a contract spot and a minor league salary. My guess is his NHL salary isn't outlandish either.

Yeah, I'm sure his NHL salary would be under 650K or so.



Anyways, adding another young D-man is exactly what we needed.

We add a free young NHL prospect for just money and essentially like getting a free 2nd/3rd round draft pick from the 2006 draft (in which we gave away 2 2nds a 3rd and a 4th at the deadline).

evgeni71 04-05-2009 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pitseleh (Post 18892833)

3. John Mitchell, 6-5/200, LW, Wisconsin

Question, is this the same John Mitchell that's on the Leafs right now?

If so, then Burkie has done a good job signing 3 of the top 5 college free agents.

pitseleh 04-05-2009 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Triguy (Post 18893531)
Question, is this the same John Mitchell that's on the Leafs right now?

If so, then Burkie has done a good job signing 3 of the top 5 college free agents.

No, that John Mitchell was a Leafs draft pick in 2003.

That said, it is easier to sign college UFAs if your team isn't as good because players will want the additional opportunity to make the team. Not to say they haven't done a good job but it's also a bit easier when you can give these players a chance to play right away.

Tim Calhoun 04-05-2009 06:53 PM

a bit off topic, but whatever happened to Shaun Heshka?

pitseleh 04-05-2009 06:54 PM

Heshka's still playing for the Moose.

Saren 04-05-2009 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MKennedy (Post 18892883)
never heard of the kid but for $65k/year, definitely not an issue.

I'd like to see us make a push for Gilroy too, but I doubt he signs with us.

I've read some.. questionable sources stating that the Canucks were part of a 5-team sweepstakes trying to win Gilroy's services.

Unfortunately, since the Vancouver Canucks are cast as one of the possible outcomes for Gilroy, regarding this particular source, it means Vancouver has no chance in hell.

READ AT OWN RISK:


http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklun...ndings/1/20451

El Duderino 04-05-2009 07:06 PM

The question that I ask is why wasn't this guy drafted before? He played decent in the AJHL from what I hear.

Edit: and another question, why is Gilroy so sought after? What kind of a player does he project to be? And what kind of player does Oberg project to be? Thanks in advance to whoever replies.


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