Turner Elson
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Turner Elson

Hometown:

St. Albert Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-09-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Turner Elson scored 11 goals with 12 assists in 33 games for the St. Albert Raiders midget AAA team in Alberta and was third on the team with 77 penalty minutes. He was scoreless with 2 PMs in the Raiders two playoff games.

2009-10: Elson had a solid rookie WHL season with the Red Deer Rebels scoring nine goals with nine assists and an even rating while taking 94 PIMs (12 fighting majors) in 66 games. The I7-year-old showed his specialty teams skills by scoring three power play goals and four short-handed tallies. In four WHL playoff games, the young forward would be a minus two rating while taking four PIMs and failing to contribute offensively for the Rebels.

2010-11: Elson improved his offensive output in his sophomore season in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels. He scored 16 goals with 15 assists and a very good plus 27 rating while taking 124 PIMs (12 fighting majors) in 68 games. The physical winger continued to contribute on specialty teams, scoring five power play goals and three short-handed markers. In nine WHL playoff games, Elson generated only four assists along with a plus four rating but took 23 PIMs (three fighting majors) trying to lift the energy level of his team.  Elson went undrafted in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft when the Flames had only five picks at their disposal. He impressed them enough to receive invitations to first, the Flames' development camp, second, their rookie training camp and Young Stars Tournament, and finally the NHL training camp where the young physical winger was able to play a pre-season game. Elson was assigned back to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels but not before being signed to an entry level contract.

2011-12: Signed to a free agent contract by the Flames in August after passing through the 2011 NHL Draft without being selected, Elson made his pro debut with AHL Abbotsford in April following his third season with the WHL's Red Deer Rebels. Elson appeared in one game for the Heat and had no points with 2 penalty minutes. Elson displayed both scoring ability and toughness during the regular season with Red Deer. He was the Rebels' fourth-leading scorer with 21 goals with 25 assists in 55 games and was minus-seven with 59 penalty minutes. Red Deer missed the WHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Central Division.

2012-13: Elson joined Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford following his fourth WHL season with Red Deer. He was scoreless and -2 in two games with the Heat, who missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division. Elson was Red Deer's second-leading scorer as a 20-year-old. He was second on the Rebels with 26 goals, one behind team leader Rhyse Dieno, and had 31 assists; finishing +26 with 60 penalty minutes in 64 games. Red Deer was second in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Elson scored 5 goals with 4 assists in nine playoff games and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Elson has good hockey sense and can play well in all three zones of the ice. The physical winger plays a high energy, aggressive game and isn't afraid to drop the gloves with anyone. He can play on both the power play and penalty killing units with solid scoring success on either unit. The young forward needs to improve his offensive skills, skating speed while adding more muscle mass to play his physical style at the pro level.

 

Future

Elson will be spending time in Abbotsford as the 2013-14 begins. The 5’11 forward will have a full season in front of him playing as a pro with the Heat. Elson is another prospect that has a solid all-around game that will elevate the competition with other left wingers going forward. However with the increased competition and the amount of prospects in the system, he will have to outperform and produce in order to remain with the Heat this season and going forward.

 

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