SUN Hockey Pool

Oilers' Reddox looks to rebound

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

EDMONTON - Liam Reddox took a step backwards last season.

Having won over the coaching staff two years ago, working his way into the Edmonton Oilers lineup on a nightly basis, the 24-year-old forward found himself toiling in the minors last season.

Heading into training camp this year, Reddox is looking to get back on the big team.

“With them making a lot of changes throughout the summer, it’s definitely exciting and I hope to be one of the guys who makes the roster this year,” Reddox said. “Last year was definitely disappointing. I had pretty high expectations for myself coming into the year, having played pretty much most of the previous year up here. Coming into training camp last year things just didn’t work out. They had plenty of forwards up here last year and I didn’t fit into the mix.”

Reddox spent the majority of last season with the Springfield Falcons, scoring 18 goals and adding 17 assists for 35 points in 70 games.

He was called up for nine games with the Oilers, registering a pair of assists.

“When I did get my chance up here, I didn’t take full advantage of it,” he said. “This year I’m just trying to come in with a fresh attitude and try to take the next step and become a regular.”

Two seasons ago, Reddox did become a regular, making the most of an early-season call up to play 46 games with the Oilers, scoring five goals and adding seven assists.

His versatility and dependability made him a valuable asset to the club.

“I don’t think I changed too much in my game, it was more about confidence,” Reddox said. “The first year I was up, I gained some confidence and from there I just grew. Last year I didn’t get the chance to gain that confidence like I did the year before and that hurt my game.”

Having made the move to centre this season from left wing, Reddox is still considered reliable.

And despite the influx of talented youngsters this season, the native of Whitby, Ont., could prove a valuable addition to the club.

“I don’t feel that I’m competing against those young kids,” Reddox said. “I feel as though I’m more of a bottom-six guy. If I can impress the coaching staff and show them that I can be a bottom-six forward that can shut guys down and get under the skin of the opposing team, maybe I’ll have a chance here.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


Videos

Photos