Edmonton sophomore Michael St. Croix has the Midas touch, which is a good thing if you're an Oil King fan. Thanks to a hattrick and one assist in a victory over Calgary Wednesday night, St. Croix now has an incredible 17 points in his last 6 games. Those are Sidney Crosby type numbers. The Winnipeg native has points in 8 straight games, and has amassed 6 straight multi-point efforts including back to back 4 point outings. The hot streak has pushed St. Croix near the WHL scoring leaders as he now has the 9th most points in the league with 18 goals and 20 assists, but is his offensive outburst enough to make him a first round pick?
I've spoken to a number of scouts and even some WHL coaches about the 2011 draft prospect and while all of them have been mighty impressed with the offensive numbers, as well as an improved defensive game and play away from the puck, they were still hesitant to admit St. Croix is a first round pick.
I asked a number of them to choose between St. Croix and his teammate and fellow 2011 prospect Travis Ewanyk and each one said when choosing between the two they would take the more well rounded Ewanyk. The St. Albert product doesn't have St. Croix's flashiness or superior puck skill, but he's a coaches dream as every time you send him over the boards you know exactly what to expect. A tough, hard to play against guy, who is starting to show that he has better hands then most expected. Ewanyk will someday wear the C for the Oil Kings.
However if St. Croix even does half of what he's done lately his offensive game might be to much to ignore for some teams. However in order for him to succeed at the next level, the 17 year old has to improve his skating, especially his first couple of strides.
If you've seen both guys play, then chime in on who you would take, and whether or not either are first round picks?
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