Curtis Lazar
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Curtis Lazar

Hometown:

Vernon British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

1st round (17th overall), 2013

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Curtis Lazar, the second player taken in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, appeared in ten games for the Edmonton Oil Kings, including four playoff contests. He spent most of the season playing for the Okanagan Hockey Academy and won a gold medal with Team British Columbia at the Canada Winter Games. Lazar had 1 assist in six regular season games for the Oil Kings and scored his first (and only) WHL goal of the year in Edmonton's final game, a 4-1 loss to Red Deer. He scored 30 goals with 37 assists in 51 games for the Okanagan Midget and Prep teams and was the leading scorer for Team British Columbia with 12 goals and 5 assists in six games.

2011-12: Lazar played in 63 games for Edmonton as a WHL rookie and was the Oil Kings' leading scorer during their WHL Playoffs championship run. After scoring 20 goals with 11 assists and finishing plus-15 with 56 penalty minutes during the regular season, he scored 8 goals with 11 assists and was plus-nine in 20 playoff games. In four games at the Memorial Cup he had one assist. Lazar represented Canada Pacific at the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in five games.

2012-13: An assistant captain for the Oil Kings in his second season, Lazar scored a career-high 38 goals with 23 assists and was plus-25 with 47 penalty minutes in 72 games. Edmonton again finished first in the Central Division; tying Kelowna with 108 points for second most in the WHL. In the first two playoff rounds Lazar scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in nine games. He was part of Canada's gold medal-winning U18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in five games scored 3 goals with 1 assist. He also played for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series. Lazar was ranked 26th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and 20th in the CSS final rankings.

 

Talent Analysis

Will work his way onto a pro roster. A battler, power forward in the mold of a Milan Lucic. Very good offensive skills. Leadership skills in spades.

 

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