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Oilers' hopes high for prospect Colten Teubert

Edmonton's Head Pro Scout comments on the organization's latest acquisition

Thursday, 10.03.2011 / 12:55 PM / Future Watch
By Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com
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Oilers\' hopes high for prospect Colten Teubert
Colten Teubert (Photo by Steven Christy / OKC Barons).

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When Dustin Penner was traded to the Los Angeles Kings 10 days ago, highlighting the packaged return was bruising defensive prospect Colten Teubert. The name was likely familiar to many, considering the 21-year-old native of Surrey, BC had participated in the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Teubert helped Team Canada collect a gold and silver medal, respectively, while serving as an alternate captain in the 2010 tournament. Before his professional career had even begun, Teubert was quickly establishing his name in the hockey world.

Since that time, his path to the NHL has been guided through the Kings organization. Chosen by Los Angeles 13th overall in 2008, Teubert officially began his professional quest this season with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs.

Oilers Head Professional Scout, Morey Gare, believes that Teubert will one day bring a vital element to this rebuilding Oilers squad; an organization that eyes a contender status in the near future.

"We like a lot of things about his game that we're kind of lacking with our organization,” Gare said. “He has good size and strength, good mobility, we like his physical game and his toughness. Most importantly, his willingness to be involved physically in the game and to be hard to play against."

"We see him as more of a defensive defenceman who will be able to contribute some offence. He moves the puck well, too. We're really drawn to the whole package."

With big, physical defenceman now becoming a necessity, Gare commented on what the organization sees, long-term, in Teubert’s unique skill-set.

"His defensive play really stands out. Hopefully he can turn into a shutdown type defenceman that can play against other teams' top lines and be a hard guy to play against. If he can turn into that, then he's going to be very valuable to us going forward"

"We're hoping that his game continues to grow in that area and there's no better place than the American Hockey League to work on that," Gare explained. "[Teubert] has a lot of good attributes, so it’s now a matter of defining that part of his game and making it his calling card."

Although Teubert had been developing with another organization over the past few seasons, Edmonton had been keeping a close eye on the six-foot-four rearguard for quite some time. Advanced scouting opportunities and pre-draft due diligence helped the organization have an excellent understanding of his game. That, in addition to the 2010-11 viewings, helped make Teubert a sought-after commodity in the Oilers organization.  

"We have numerous professional scouts that have had various viewings on Colten. I've seen him maybe two or three times," Gare said. "He was injured in the early part of his pro career this year, but we've had really good background on him through coaches that have coached him through the World Juniors and psychological testing that we had done on him prior to the draft."

"We had a pretty good idea of what the whole package was, so all the things were positive; he has tremendous leadership skills and he wants to be a leader and take charge on the ice. Those are all good qualities that you want in a player; especially one that shows this kind of promise at such a young age."

With an array of positive opinions backing Teubert’s game, Gare believes that the player’s development will ultimately determine his future spot in the lineup; dispelling a rumour to surface on Twitter recently, which said that the organization believed his top-end potential to be a bottom-pairing NHL defenceman.

"Everyone has their own opinion on things and that's fine. We see Colten with tremendous upside," Gare said. "I don't think it's fair to players to project them in any slot at this point. He's still developing as a young player. If he continues to develop, then he will determine where he fits in our lineup."

"It’s basically up to the player. We make those predictions but we keep them in the organization and then we let the player determine where he's going to fit in the lineup through his play on the ice."

Click here to read part one of our Colten Teubert series

Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com

 
2010-11 OILERS PROSPECT STATS

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Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
Cameron Abney   19 55 6 11 17 -6 63 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
mark arcobello
22 9 2 1 3 -2 0 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (AHL)
Alexander Bumagin   23 39 6 5 11 -9 24 Novokuznetsk (KHL)
Philippe Cornet   20 46 5 8 13 +5 4 Oklahoma city barons (AHL)
Drew Czerwonka   18 63 12 29 41 +9 76 kootenay ice (WHL)
Robby Dee   23 34 11 21 32 N/A 26 university of maine (h-east)
Jesse Gimblett   26 40 13 9 22 +2 93 stockton thunder (echl)
Alexandre Giroux  *
29 61 29 36 65 -2 57 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Curtis Hamilton   19 57 24 55 79 +47 22 saskatoon blades (whl)
Teemu Hartikainen   20 63 16 22 38 -3 27 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kellen Jones   20 36 8 14 22 N/A 31 quinnipiac university (ecac)
Milan Kytnar   21 61 7 11 18 +1 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Anton Lander   19 49 11 15 26 -5 38 timra ik (sel)
Matt Marquardt   23 51 3 6 9 -7 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan Martindale   18 61 34 47 81 +37 22 ottawa 67's (ohl)
Colin McDonald   26 63 25 13 38 -1 47 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Brad Moran   31 63 18 36 54 +2 28 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ryan O'Marra
23 48 2 19 21 +11 42 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Linus Omark  *
24 26 14 17 31 +7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Ben Ondrus   28 63 5 12 17 -6 62 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Kristians Pelss   18 60 14 17 31 +14 29 edmonton oil kings (WHL)
Tyler Pitlick   19 56 27 35 62 +4 31 medicine hat tigets (whl)
Toni Rajala   19 43 9 13 22 -4 4 ilves tampere (fnl)
Liam Reddox *
24 37 18 15 33 +14 16 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Gregory Stewart   24 57 6 7 13 -6 90 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Chris Vande Velde   23 62 9 4 13 -19 41 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Defencemen
Name Age GP G A PTS +/- PIM Team
KEVIN MONTGOMERY
22 54 3 18 21 E 36 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jordan Bendfeld   22 25 1 3 4 -1 57 stockton thunder (echl)
Kyle Bigos   21 28 1 6 7 N/A 116 merrimack college (h-east)
Jeremie Blain   18 36 2 33 35 +14 44 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)
Taylor Chorney *
23 46 3 13 16 E 22 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Brandon Davidson   19 67 8 43 51 -7 67 regina pats (whl)
Troy Hesketh   19 25 0 1 1 -11 30 sioux city musketeers (ushl)
Martin Marincin   18 62 13 39 52 -8 61 prince george cougars (whl)
Johan Motin   21 37 1 3 4 -7 32 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Richard Petiot
28 49 1 12 13 +8 36 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Jeff Petry
23 41 7 17 24 -6 18 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Alex Plante * 21 57 1 10 11 +6 112 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Goalies
Name Age GP W L T SO GAA PCT Team
Tyler Bunz   18 53 33 12 8 3 2.48 .919 medicine hat tigers (whl)
Jeff Deslauriers   26 24 10 11 2 0 3.08 .896 Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Martin Gerber
36 37 20 13 4 4 2.50 .915 oklahoma city barons (ahl)
Bryan Pitton 
22 32 18 9 3 0 2.89 .899 stockton thunder (echl)
Olivier Roy   19 42 27 13 1 2 2.85 .909 acadie-bathurst titan (qmjhl)


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