Curtis Lazar

Curtis Lazar

Position: Center

Born:  Feb 2 1995 — Vernon, BC 

Height:  6.00 — Weight:   189 — Shoots:  Right

Games:  72      Goals:  38      Assists:  23      Points:  61      Plus/Minus:  +25      PIM:  47 

Curtis Lazar played this past season in the WHL for the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Curtis is a very good player that was projected to be a Top 10 pick in the the pre-season rankings.  A slow start to the year saw his mid-season ranking come in around the 15-20 range.

 

 Photo by Brian Heim/Portland Winterhawks

Photo by Brian Heim/Portland Winterhawks

Lazar is a goal scorer with an outstanding wrist shot with a pro-level release.  He also has an excellent slap shot.  He plays a rugged game and battles hard along the boards. 

Lazar plays a good two way game and is more of a goal scorer than a play-maker even though he plays Center.  As coaches like to say, he plays a north-south style game and isn’t afraid to stick his nose in the dirty areas to make a play.  Lazar has potential to be a good #2 center, capable of playing big minutes and match-ups at the NHL level.  Some scouts have compared him to a Ryan Kesler style of player.

Curtis Lazar is ranked in the 16-20 range but could go higher.  He is one of the top prospects in the WHL.  I don’t think he would be an too big of an “off the board” pick if he was selected by the Jets.

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