Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings are proud to congratulate forward Curtis Lazar and goaltender Tristan Jarry on being ranked in the NHL Central Scouting Mid-term Rankings. Lazar is ranked 26th among North American skaters while Jarry is ranked third among North American goaltenders. Both players will participate in the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game Wednesday, January 16th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Lazar is the Oil Kings highest-ever WHL Bantam Draft pick, selected second overall in 2010. The Vernon, B.C. native posted 20 goals and 11 assists in 63 games in 2011-12. He capped his rookie year with a huge playoff performance during the Oil Kings 2012 WHL Championship run. In 20 playoff games, he posted 8 goals and 11 assists to help guide the Oil Kings to their first WHL Championship in the modern era.
The Oil Kings sophomore is on pace for new career highs with 19 goals and 13 assists through 44 games in 2012-13. Lazar notched his first WHL hat trick in a dominant performance over the Red Deer Rebels on September 23, 2012. He posted the first natural hat trick of his WHL career in a 3-0 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 13, 2013. Lazar has participated at several levels in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. He was a member of Team B.C. at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, Team Pacific for the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge was a member of the U18 Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Tristan Jarry is one of the brightest young goaltending talents in the WHL. In just his second season in the league, the Delta, B.C. product currently leads all WHL goaltenders with a 1.68 GAA and boasts a stellar .934 save percentage. Jarry has also set a new Oil Kings’ modern day record and is currently the WHL season leader with four shutouts this year.
Jarry was a teammate of Curtis Lazar for the gold medal winning Team B.C. at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. He also joined Lazar at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge as a member of Team Pacific. This past summer he was invited to Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Selection Camp. He is one of three WHL goalies to crack the Top-10 rankings for North American Goaltenders.
10 WHL players were ranked in the Top 30 North American skaters with the top spot being awarded to Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones.
Both players are expected to return to the Oil Kings lineup later this week as the defending WHL Champions make their return to Rexall Place. The Oil Kings will play host to top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday, January 18th. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. MST and tickets are available at OILKINGS.CA, at the Rexall Place Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information on season seats or flex packs, call 780-414-GOAL (4625). The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.