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Future Watch: Liam Reddox

Gritty, hard-working forward continues his journey to the NHL

Thursday, 02.12.2010 / 1:05 PM / Future Watch
By Bob Hersom  - OKCBarons.com
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Future Watch: Liam Reddox
Liam Reddox battles in the corner with a member of the Texas Stars (Photo by Steve Christy / OKCBarons.com)

He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere.

He is Oklahoma City Barons forward Liam Reddox, and that’s how he plays hockey.

“I try to bring as much energy as I can every night and use my speed to my advantage," said the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Reddox. “Being a smaller guy, it’s something I’ve always worked on, trying to get faster, and I think it’s helped a lot."

“Red" has used his quickness, speed and energy to sprint to a fast start in his fifth pro season. Through 23 games he has 12 goals, 20 points and a plus-10 rating. He’s well on his way to breaking his career bests of 18 goals, 44 points and plus-9.

The Whitby, Ontario, native has been a major reason for the Barons’ fast (13-9-1-1) start as well. He leads the team in goals (with Linus Omark), plus-minus rating and short-handed goals, and is second in points.

“He’s a big part of our team. He does everything out there," said Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson. “He kills penalties, he’s on power plays, he creates a lot of scoring opportunities with his speed. He’s just a solid, all-around player."

He also might be the fastest skater in the American Hockey League.

“I don’t know if he’s the fastest, but he’s right up there," Nelson said. “He’s got that ability, he’s got that extra gear where he can pull away from guys."

Reddox has spent parts of the past three seasons in the NHL, with the Edmonton Oilers. He has five goals and 14 points in 56 NHL games.

“There are a lot of fast guys in the NHL and there are a lot of fast guys in this league," Nelson said, “but he’s in the upper echelon of quickness. He can skate, and that’s his biggest asset. He uses that to his advantage, and people can’t keep up with him."

Before Ryan O’Marra was injured Nov. 21, he had centered the Barons’ most effective line, with Linus Omark on the left and Reddox on the right.

Reddox said being on the same line with O’Marra and Omark was “a good combination of skill and smarts. O’Marra is a really good center in the d-zone. He’d turn the puck up quickly on transition and then me and Omark would go to work."

When O’Marra was out, Chris VandeVelde centered for Omark and Reddox for three games, then Reddox played centerman Tuesday night, for the first time this season.

Omark said, “Liam is so fast, it’s easy to play with him. We try to give him the puck, with his speed, and then go in for rebounds."

Reddox, 24, had no goals and just one assist in the first four games this season. Since then, beginning with a four-game goal-scoring streak, he has 12 goals and 20 points in 19 games.

Liam Reddox, the way he plays day in and day out, he’s going to give his best," Nelson said. “We know that’s the kind of effort we’re going to get. That’s what he does, and that’s why he’s successful."


2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS

Forwards
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 25 3 1 4 -4 26 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 16 2 2 4 N/A 4 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 15 0 2 2 -3 2 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 24 7 6 13 -1 28 kootenay ice (WHL)
Alexandre Giroux   29 23 6 14 20 -2 28 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 27 15 23 38 +27 6 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen   20 23 7 4 11 -11 17 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 14 4 3 7 N/A 23 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 22 1 4 5 -7 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 25 6 6 12 N/A 22 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 15 1 3 4 -4 6 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 27 17 23 40 +21 18 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Brad Moran   31 23 8 11 19 +2 8 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra   23 19 0 12 12 +9 23 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark   23 23 12 11 23 +5 28 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 23 3 5 8 -2 23 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 26 2 6 8 +2 12 edmonton oil kings
Tyler Pitlick   19 23 11 12 23 +3 19 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 17 5 4 9 N/A 2 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox   24 23 12 9 21 +10 4 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 18 2 1 3 E 26 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris Vande Velde   23 22 4 3 7 -6 14 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Shawn Belle 
25 20 2 13 15 -9 25 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 5 0 0 0 N/A 22 Stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 13 0 4 4 N/A 38 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 2 0 1 1 N/A 2 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney   23 23 0 7 7 +4 12 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 27 4 20 24 -7 28 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 20 0 0 0 -10 28 chicago steel (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 27 9 21 30 +6 37 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin   21 19 1 2 3 -2 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot   28 15 0 4 4 +3 12 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry   23 23 4 10 14 -9 12 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante   21 22 1 5 6 +2 56 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 17 11 5 1 0 2.57 .913 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Martin Gerber
36 13 9 4 0 0 2.56 .911 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton   22 7 5 0 1 1 1.90 .925 stockton thunder (ECHL)
Olivier Roy   19 19 10 9 0 0 3.05 .903 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)


Author: Bob Hersom | OKCBarons.com

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