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Curtis Lazar Profile

Curtis Lazar
Ht/Wt: 6' 0"/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Edmonton (WHL)

Curtis Lazar's Player Profile

Lazar is a well-rounded forward, with the benefit of having one of the smallest risk factors in this draft (in terms of probability of becoming an NHL player). He is an above-average skater who can flash plus ability in that area. He covers a lot of ice due to his tremendous work ethic, as he is always moving his feet. He can change gears quickly, and he picks up speed well. Despite being a tad undersized, he is a solid, physical player who is good on the forecheck. He is not afraid to drive the net, either. He is one of the best defensive forwards in this draft, and is very good in that area for a player his age. He takes checks very well, knows how to position himself in his own end, and does not tend to hurt his own team. Similar to the prospects preceding him on this list, there is debate over his offensive ability. I see him as a player with above-average offensive skill, but one scout I talked to said that he is shy in displaying offensive creativity, and that he tends to rely on safe plays. He has solid hands, good instincts, and a very good shot, but his offensive progression will determine what kind of NHL player will be.
Submitted by: Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. Click here for Pronman's draft rankings

Has taken on a larger role this year and nearly doubled his production… Very capable goal scorer with a strong release and natural hockey sense… Has a skillset that projects well to a 2nd/3rd line role in the NHL… Capable of playing a shutdown role and playing against top lines.
Submitted by: The Scouting Report

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Curtis Lazar Videos

Sportsnet Feature - Curtis Lazar, Edmonton Oil Kings

Curtis Lazar Highlights

Curtis Lazar vs Colby Cave Jan 20, 2012

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