The Dallas Stars have used their second round pick, 45th overall, to select C Brett Pollock from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.
Brett Pollock is a member of the Memorial Cup Champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings. He's worked his way up the lineup after his rookie year and he's stepped up in a big way.
He's seen as a two way forward who can be responsible in his own zone and also be able to put up the points. He's definitely taken a step forward this year offensively increasing his point totals from four to 55. He has the potential to be a secondary scoring option in the NHL.
|2012-2013||Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)||40||2||2||4||-2||2|
|2013-2014||Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)||71||25||30||55||18||36|
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Pollock is a big forward who does everything pretty well, but nothing elite. He is an average skater with short strides, but that doesn't seem to stop him from getting to his offensive position. Can get a little behind the play when he is pinned down low, and currently does not have the speed to catch up and cover his defensive responsibility.
Pollock is a great example of a player who took advantage of increased opportunity this year with a good team and was able to really showcase what he can do. He benefited greatly from getting minutes with Curtis Lazar during the season. Pollock has good size with a ton of room left to build on his frame. He is a strong and smooth skater who always seems to have his feet in motion and because of this seems to dictate the pace of play from shift to shift.
Hockey Prospect Black Book
Pollock is a big, rangy forward with good skills. He plays up and down the ice and can be used in a variety of situations. He worked his way onto the top line this year and has found success despite being matched up against the league's best players on a regular basis. He works hard away from the puck and is able to create space for his linemates.
highly coordinated, oozing athleticism while wielding a great stick .. able to corral errant pucks through stick resistance, showing good resolve in traffic and 1
on 1's .. pursues direct routes to the net improving upon his physical consistency to work the puck in the offensive zone