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.
Last edited by Holly Gunning: 02-03-2004 at 02:48 PM.
Holly, do you think Oystrick is a good enough prospect at making Atlanta in the future because I always thought that he was a longshot? Has he impoved a lot since drafted/acquired?
Yes I think he can play in Atlanta down the road. Everyone beyond the first round is a longshot, but from what I can tell yes he's improved a lot. As you may have noticed, I'm usually pretty pessimistic about people, so it feels strange to be optimistic here.
dj, I tried to be clear that he isn't an X clone, but reminded me of him in certain aspects. Better to not expect that out of him and be pleasantly surprised if you get it.
Last edited by Holly Gunning: 02-03-2004 at 03:34 PM.