Travis Ewanyk will suit up on the Oilers fourth line in their pre-season game against the Jets in Winnipeg tonight. It’s an opportunity for the 2011 third-round pick to prove he’s a better player coming off of his first professional season, with the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League.
“I feel it went really well,” Ewanyk said of last season. “It’s obviously a bit of an adjustment coming out of junior where you’re one of the bigger, stronger guys. Then you go into pro and you realize the size and the skill that guys have. But I gained a lot of confidence. (Barons Head Coach Todd Nelson) threw me into a lot of different situations throughout the year. Just this year, coming into my games, I feel so much more confident than I was last year and I know I can play at this level.”
Ewanyk finished the 2013-14 season with 12 points (7-5-12) in 68 games for the Barons, and recorded 100 penalty minutes. He was selected 74th overall in 2011.