Interview with Oystrick posted
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02-03-2004, 03:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: out and about
Whew, busy day.
Comments. Three of us went to this game, and all three of us came away very bullish on him. This kid can play. Exactly how he turns out is a matter for discussion (and it was), but he's got enough skill and drive that he can find his way to the NHL eventually.
Strengths: Almost never beaten. Stands guys up, taking the puck from them. Hits people when given an opportunity. Good skater. I actually said "wow" to a move he made defending a rush. That's always a good sign. Can do everything, no visible flaws.
Weaknesses: Hmm. Well, I didn't see him take any slapshots from the point, I think he always wristed it in. If you fancy yourself any type of offensive defenseman, you need to at least have a slapshot in your arsenal. Maybe he does, but I don't recall seeing it. That's about all I can think of. He does everything well, so there's not a lot to say here. He's 5'11". He's not tall, but he's solid.
At one point in the game he reminded me of Garnet Exelby. I've thought about that comparison a lot now, and while not the best, it's a good tool to at least describe him. I will underline that I'm referring to X as he is this year under Hartley, the calmed down, more well-rounded X who instead of taking himself out of position to go for a hit is playing his position and actually jumping into the play some.
What Oystrick does like Exelby -- he plays a very aggressive defense in which he challenges guys very strongly one on one. This is not a containment, steer them into the corner approach at all. He hits well. He'll fight, though he can't in this league.
How he's not like X: he puts up better numbers, he's a better looking skater (though X gets where he needs to be, he just has bad form). Oystrick is probably a better passer, though I think X makes decent passes. Oystrick probably pinches a bit more and is more comfortable carrying the puck.
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