Mitch Moroz was a second-round pick by the Oilers in 2012. He is coming off a Memorial Cup Championship season with the Edmonton Oil Kings, in which he scored 63 points (35-28-63) in 70 games.
Moroz was a little banged up in the playoffs and at the Memorial Cup but fought through to help lead the Oil Kings to victory. Now fully healed from his shoulder and knee injuries, Moroz is ready to hit the ground running in Penticton, a tournament he missed last season while recovering from a different knee injury.
‘Compete’ is the key word for what Moroz is looking to accomplish in Penticton.
“They’ve put a lot of emphasis on coming in and kickstarting the season in Penticton and get the ball rolling in that sense,” Moroz said. “They want to filter that right into main camp so everybody has been asked to compete, to push and win. That’s the message, to win games now and that’s from the top to the bottom.”
Moroz’s offensive game excels when he is physically involved in the game. Coming off of a short summer in which he only had 6-7 weeks of full off-season training, Moroz says he would have been nervous about jumping back into game action a few weeks ago but he’s as ready as he’s going to be and confident there won’t be any hesitation.
“It might have been three or four weeks ago if you had asked me that but I’ve come such a long way that I’m not thinking about those things on the ice anymore. It will be nice just to go in and play and be able to play my game right away. Hopefully I will be able to bang some bodies and create some stuff out there.”