too bad Grabner is involved... but the Canucks finally get a legit top-pairing dman finally, who can play in every situation.
and Victor Oreskovich could be a good pickup as well... big player, right handed right winger - likely replacing Bernier or filling the 4th line, with Hansen moving on to the 3rd... former 2nd rounder by the Avs in 04.
ASSETS: Plays a power game and loves to work the boards. Is strong on his skates and a load to move from the front of the net.
FLAWS: Needs to continue rounding out his offensive game, including his quickness and reaction time. Must hit people more often to be make more of an impact.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Big-bodied winger.
Oreskovich played 50 gms with FLA last season. 2 G 4A. 55th pick in 2004
65 - RW
Date of birth: August 15, 1986
Place of birth: Whitby, Ont., Canada
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215
NHL Seasons: 1
Drafted by Colorado in 2004 (2/55).
Acquired as a free agent in 2009
Victor Oreskovich, RW
6’2, 216 lbs. DOB: Aug. 15, 1986 – Whitby, Ontario
Acquired: 2nd Round, 55th Overall 2004
Victor Oreskovich battled injuries and struggled with his motivation early in the year. After taking a week off in November, he put up 28 goals and 60 points in 62 games, good for third on the team in goal scoring and second on the team in points. Oreskovich saw significant time on the top line and top power-play unit, and produced well when skating on a line with Peter Tsimikalis and Nick Spaling (2007).
Oreskovich continued to use his size, skating ability and shot to his advantage. Being the biggest forward on the team, Oreskovich hassled opposing teams, especially on the power play, by setting up camp at the front of the net or relentlessly doing the dirty work in the corners. He showed throughout the season that he is good one on one, but has trouble finishing from time to time.
Oreskovich has shown signs of being a bit weak mentally, and getting down on himself when things do not go well, but his confidence improved as the season progressed. Oreskovich must avoid the injury bug, as he injured his knee in a collision against London in early March. He is expected back for the second round of the OHL playoffs.
If he can stay healthy and continue to improve his mental toughness, Oreskovich has the size and hockey smarts for a pro future. Too old for juniors next year, he’ll need to turn pro in 2007-08.
I should add, I am still pleased with the deal if this is it as it is. Oreskovich is a big, physical presence who is likely slotted into the bottom six. Ballard immediately improves the defense. It sucks to lose Grabner, but you have to give to get.