Teubert busts his beak
Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency
|Colton Tuebert will have to sit out the rest of rookie camp in Penticton after breaking his nose in a fight. (Perry Nelson/QMI Agency)
PENTICTON, B.C. - When somebody gets hurt in a hockey fight, people who’ve never dropped a glove in their life always get more worked up about it than the people who have.
So Colten Teubert could only roll his eyes and shrug his shoulders when informed of the cyber-bleating that followed his Sunday night fight with Vancouver’s Adam Polasek.
“That’s just people looking into things too much,” he said Monday afternoon. “It’s always going to be a part of the game and I don’t see why there’s any issue about it being in a prospects game.”
Teubert himself won’t be in any more prospects games here — he’ll sit out the last two with a freshly-broken nose — but has no regrets about the scrap that cut his Young Stars Tournament short.
“I opened myself up and he got me on the bell, that’s basically it,” said the 6-foot-4, 198 pound defenceman, who got caught square on the button by the 6-foot-3, 200 pound Polasek. “It happens. It just comes from being a competitive hockey player. Everybody has to do different things to be a good hockey player and that’s just part of my game.
“You’re going to win some fights and you’re going to lose some fights, it’s part of the game. That’s why I love the game and that’s why all the fans love this game.
“It’s obviously frustrating (not playing any more games), but we’re taking the right road with this thing and being safe. We’re going to talk with the doctors back in Edmonton and go from there. There’s no reason to push it.”
Teubert tried pushing it a little on Sunday night, returning to the bench and ready to get back in the mix when the bleeding was under control, but they decided to shut him down.
“I think it comes down to my character and how I was brought up, having a never quit attitude,” he said. “Sometimes you’re going to be on the losing end but having the bravery to stand up and be there is a quality I think I have.”
The Edmonton prospects showed on a lot of fronts Sunday night that the future of the franchise is going to be a lot tougher than the past. With Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk and Andy Sutton added to the NHL team and plenty of big, physical dudes in the system, the days of being easy to play against could be coming to an end.
“Every team needs a bit of everything and right now, with some of the young kids coming up, there’s a void being filled,” said Oklahoma Barons coach Todd Nelson, adding Teubert is front and centre in that category.
“He was exceptional for us in the playoffs last year. Against Hamilton he had two strong games and it was unfortunate that he got hurt in Game 3. That was probably the turning point in the series. Hamilton was looking over their shoulders when he was out there, he was that dominant physically.”
And there’s more where he came from.
“We want to be tough to play against,” said Teubert. “Whether you’re a skilled guy working hard in the corners and bringing it to the net or a big, physical guy like myself playing the body or sticking up for your teammates, it’s definitely going to be part of the future of the Oilers and all of us young guys are definitely getting a taste of it.”