Phil Oreskovic


North York Ontario

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3rd round (82nd overall), 2005 by TOR


217 lbs.

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The rugged Oreskovic threw his 6’3, 217-pound frame around with abandon in 2005-06 in the OHL – and his opponents noticed. In the year-end OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll, the Brampton Battalion blueliner garnered acclaim as the best defensive defenseman and the best body checker.

He chipped in with 12 points in 65 games, but his biggest mark on the score sheet came in the penalty column. Oreskovic played the role of enforcer to the tune of 202 PIM. He continued his thuggish ways in the postseason, racking up 34 minutes in just 11 games.

2006-07: Oreskovic posted his best offensive totals of his OHL career last year in his final kick at the OHL can. He split the year between the Brampton Battalion, the team which he spent his first three OHL seasons with, and the Owen Sound Attack. In 62 games he scored three goals and added 19 assists for 22 points. He also continued to add to his healthy penalty minute resume with 179 minutes in the box.

2007-08: His second season with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) marked his first full one with the club. Oreskovic recorded 10 pints (1g+9a) in 54 games, and added an additional point, as assist, in seven playoff games with the club. He also saw ice time with the Columbia Inferno (ECHL), appearing in 13 games with the club. He added four assists with the Inferno and finished with a +12 plus/minus rating.

Talent Analysis

The towering rearguard is an exceptional stay-at-home defenseman, and an outstanding bodychecker but does not provide much else. The big blueliner excels at clearing the front of the net, playing a punishing corner game, and is able to lay a devastating bodycheck every couple of games. He struggles when he is forced to carry the puck but is capable of making the first pass out of the defensive zone