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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ewanyk becoming nom d'jour for third round or higher?

Edmonton Oil Kings center Travis Ewanyk is getting a lot more attention these days.

He was el automatico on faceoffs during the World Under-18 Championships last month, and for any NHL clubs who may have thought he would slide to the end of the third round or even into the fourth, that dream appears to be over. As we get to the end of the second and early portion of the third round, Ewanyk is going to become more and more of a solid value.

Not all that fast, but skates hard and closes quickly because his motor is always revving on high. A big hitter who embraces physical contact. His skill level and production wasn't anything to write home about, but when he fills out his 6-1, 184-pound frame, he's going to be an even bigger freight train running guys over on his way to the net. We think he's poised to break out with bigger point totals next season and beyond, and with the solid two-way game and physicality, he'll be a leader and character guy for the Oil Kings.

Yahoo Sports junior writer Kelly Friesen has the dope on Ewanyk over at the excellent Buzzing the Net junior hockey blog.

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