Okotoks Oiler heads to Minnesota in NHL Draft

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The AJHL forward from southern Alberta selected in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft.

Okotoks Oilers forward Rieger Lorenz was selected in the second round of the 2022 National Hockey League draft on Friday morning.

The Minnesota Wild selected the forward with the 56th pick, making the Calgary-born player the 10th former Oilers to be drafted into the NHL.

“He’s a 6-foot-2 winger with strong hands, he does a really good job of boarding with the ability to make checks and go to the net,” said Judd Brackett, director of amateur scouting for the Wild. , during a scrum after the repechage. “More than half the year he was at one and a half points per game of production in a strong league, a competitive league.

“He’s someone whose path we like, we like the development curve. Denver does a great job with their players.”

Lorenz is coming off a strong freshman season with the Oilers, earning top rookie and rookie of the year honors from the CJHL and AJHL, respectively. Throughout the season, the 18-year-old climbed the NHL scout rankings, finishing 17th among North American skaters in the final standings before the draft.

Among the AHJL’s top five in points last season, Lorenz had a franchise-best 85 points in 60 regular-season games as a rookie, adding nearly a point per playoff game, recording 11 points in 14 games with the Oilers. reached the AJHL South Final.

He then scored four points in four games with Team Canada at the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships.

He will wear NCAA University of Denver shoes for the upcoming hockey season.

His selection brings the total of Oilers graduates drafted to ten in team history, joining Dylan Holloway (2020, first round at Edmonton), Quinn Olson (2019, third round at Boston), Jacob Bernard-Docker (2018 , first round in Ottawa), Austin Wong (2018, seventh round in Winnipeg), Rhett Gardner (2016, fourth round in Dallas), Rhett Holland (2012, fourth round in Arizona), Corban Knight (2009, fifth round in Florida) , Derek Rodwell (2009, fifth round at New Jersey) and Brad Eidsness (2007, fifth round at Buffalo).

With files by Remy Greer

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