Reddox more than Oilers had hoped for

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C. -- The Edmonton Oilers got more than they bargained for when they called Liam Reddox's name with the 112th pick at the RBC Center yesterday morning.

In Reddox, 18, the Oilers thought they were selecting a skilled little left-winger who led the Peterborough Petes of the OHL with 31 goals and 64 points last season.

Turns out the Whitby native isn't all that small. He's listed as five-foot-nine and 177 pounds, but Reddox is five-foot-11 and he bends the beams at 187 pounds. He's still got some growing to do.

Any other surprises?

"I think size is a factor. It affects where you go in the draft," said Reddox, who either put on a heckuva growth spurt since the NHL Draft Directory was printed or was not measured properly.

"In the final outcome, size doesn't really matter. It's the way you play and what you do on the ice."

The Oilers think they might have a find in Reddox, who not only led Peterborough in scoring with his 64 points, but was named an OHL all-star and was a member of Team Canada at the Under-18 Championships in Belarus.

Chief Scout Kevin Prendergast likens Reddox to Justin Williams in that he doesn't mind traffic and won't back down in the tough going. He was one of Canada's best forwards in Belarus.

"He's had stats wherever he's gone," concurs assistant GM Scott Howson. "He goes into the OHL this year and he scores 31 goals. What's he going to do next year?

"You'd expect that he'd improve on that and he still has two years of junior left.

"I'm sure he's going to be a top scorer in that league and we'll watch him develop."

Reddox was a teammate of Devan Dubnyk, the goaltender the Oilers took 14th in the first round Saturday, on the Canadian Under-18 squad.

For the record, Reddox's 31 goals was one better than the 30 goals 25th pick Robbie Schremp managed this season with Mississauga and London. He's got some pedigree.

"I thought Ihad the ability to be taken with a pick in the first three rounds, but however it goes you just have to go with it," Reddox shrugged.

"Getting drafted is just the first part.

"I don't know if I can make the jump to the NHL right away, but I feel eventually I will be wearing an Edmonton Oilers jersey."

Reddox was rated 174th by Central Scouting in its mid-term ranking, but he'd jumped 72 spots to 102nd when the Oilers called him yesterday.

CHARACTER KID

The Oilers took Edmontonian Tyler Spurgeon with the 242nd selection in the eighth round.

Spurgeon, a centre with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, was a minor-league teammate and close friend of Mike Fogolin, the son of former Oilers' captain Lee Fogolin who passed away suddenly a month ago. GM Kevin Lowe had some input on this pick.

"Kevin really likes him," Prendergast said. "We like what he brings to the table. He's a heart-and-soul type player who comes to play every night and works hard."

AROUND THE RINK: Roman Tesliuk, taken 44th Saturday, and Max Gordichuk, taken 177th yesterday, are blue-line partners with the Kamloops Blazers ... add Dubnyk, and the Oilers took three Blazers, which should be no surprise, given the ties scouts Bob Brown (former GM) and Stu MacGregor have to Kamloops.


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