Vernace was never going to be good enough, Wright was rushed by previous management. Kostka seems interesting I suppose and it gives an extra forward place in the Admirals that Panik can fill more often. I suppose this is a good deal. Hard to get excited about a minor league deal though.
Aside from his offensive instincts, Oberg’s value stems from his ability to make a good first pass and to effectively read plays as they develop. He is a slender, puck-moving defenseman who has shown potential both at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and at the AHL level. Unfortunately, his season was cut short by a neck injury shortly after being traded to the Panthers.
Oberg can become a middle-pair defenseman in the NHL if he achieves a full recovery from his injury, and can get his development back on track. He will spend more time at the AHL level, working on positioning and defensive play while continuing to sharpen his offense. Once fully recovered, Oberg is still a couple of years away from playing in the big leagues.
ASSETS: Is a sound puck-moving defenseman with solid offensive instincts. He's also good at positional defense, due to an active stick.
FLAWS: Lacks ideal size for the NHL game and struggles when lined up against bigger forwards, since he's not much of a physical defender.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Puck-moving depth defenseman.
Weight: 210 lbs
Kostka served as a team captain for his college team, and was amongst the team leaders in plus/minus rating and scoring. He has good ability on the power play, having led all NCAA defensemen in that category in his career.
Still developing in Portland, but may have a tough time moving up the ladder.
ASSETS: Has good size for the blueline position. Is a decent puck-mover who limits his mistakes when on the ice.
FLAWS: Isn't a very physical defender. His offensive game, while decent in the AHL, is somewhat limited for the highest level.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Depth defenseman.
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