Chase turnin' heads at Oilers camp

Greg Chase, left, has been making an impression in Jasper. (Mike Drew, QMI Agency)

Greg Chase, left, has been making an impression in Jasper. (Mike Drew, QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

JASPER - For years, Edmonton Oilers fans have been waiting for a sleeper pick.

The kind of pick the Detroit Red Wings or Chicago Blackhawks always seem to make - the guy who comes from about six or seven rounds deep in the draft to become a key ingredient in the NHL.

Greg Chase might be that guy.

In just one year he’s gone from an afterthought selected 188th in the 2013 draft to the leading scorer on the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.

“What round did he go in?” asked Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson, amazed that the 19-year-old lasted until the seventh. “That’s a pretty good pick.”

Nelson got a close look at him late last season, after the Hitmen were done and Chase joined the Barons stretch drive. He liked what he saw then, but can already notice more improvement just a few months later.

“He played five games and scored a big goal for us in our quest to get into the playoffs,” said Nelson. “And just watching him in camp here, he’s in better shape.


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