Dysin Mayo of the Edmonton Oil Kings has reached his draft year and with it, he has hit new heights in his playing career.
Mayo, a 6’1, 180 pound defenseman, is in his second season with the Oil Kings, currently playing in the WHL playoffs.
Not only has Mayo increased his regular season point total by 30, he has also increased his plus-minus by 21, to end his regular season with at +17. He has also upped his physical game, with 50 penalty minutes in the regular season.
The Oil Kings are in the second round of the playoffs, leading their series 2-0 against Brandon. This is Dysin’s second postseason with Edmonton and, from last year, he believes that it’s a different team.
“It’s a different team for sure, maybe a little less skilled than last year,” he said. “We had a lot of skilled forwards. Just their work ethic is still there and we’re a really hard working team. We had a rough start this season but we figured it out and we’re doing really good.”
With the changes to the team due to many of the veterans from last season being called to their respective NHL affiliates, Dysin has been given more ice time, all while building his own confidence.
“Definitely getting a lot more ice time, more and more opportunity and I got a lot more confidence now so I’m rushing the puck and adding offensively when I can, jumping up in the play when I can, go to the net. (I have) just a lot more confidence in the offensive zone with the puck (and I’m) shooting the puck more.”
With being NHL draft eligible in 2014, Mayo is looking forward to that day and preparing for the physicality it will take to be an NHL player one day.
“I’m just trying to get bigger and stronger so I could play at that level. Obviously, they’re a lot older.”
Mayo has also been able to double his number of points in the playoffs in just the half way mark through the second series. He has scored twice and has 6 assists.
With the Oil Kings postseason not expected to end anytime soon, Mayo has full intentions of continuing to give it his all and finish strong.
If the Oil Kings make the Memorial Cup, Mayo will have a month between that series and the NHL draft. During that time, Mayo will have time to prepare for the NHL draft combine.
Dysin Mayo is one of six Oil Kings who will is draft eligible for the first time. The others are Brett Pollock, Brandon Ralph, Mitchell Walter, Lane Bauer and fellow defenceman Aaron Irving.