Center Curtis Lazar and his Edmonton Oil Kings teammates made another run to the WHL championship this season, only to be dispatched by the Portland Winterhawks in a rematch of last year's championship that was won by the Oil Kings.
For Lazar, it was a solid season as he was able to nearly double his point total from the 2011-12 regular season. The Vernon, BC native scored 38 goals and added 23 assists for 61 points in 2012-13, a 30-point increase over his point total from 2011-12.
Although Lazar's game is not exclusively centered around his offensive ability, he nevertheless was not able to equal his strong playoff performance of 2012, where he registered 19 points (8G, 11A) in 20 games. In this year's playoff run, Lazar scored nine goals and tallied two assists for 11 points in 22 games.
Central Scouting seemed to like what they saw of Lazar over the season's second half as they moved him up from the 26th position in their midterm rankings to the 20th spot in their final rankings. ISS Hockey had Lazar just outside their top 10 for most of the 2012-13 season, so it seems likely that he'll have his name called in the first round of the NHL Draft later this month.
Lazar took part in the 2013 NHL Combine this past weekend. He spoke with Hockey's Future following the completion of his testing session.
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