Lazar and Jarry Picked Early At NHL Draft

Jun 30, 2013 - 17:26 GMT

Newark, NJ -  A pair of Edmonton Oil Kings have been selected early in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey.  Curtis Lazar and Tristan Jarry were chosen by the Sens and Pens respectively.  Lazar became just the 10th player in modern franchise history to hear his name called at the podium at the NHL Entry Draft.    Lazar was the first WHL forward chosen in the 2013 draft when he was selected by the Ottawa Senators 17th overall.

“Absolute shock!  There’s no way to put it,” said an ecstatic Lazar during his ‘post-pick’ media availability on the draft floor.  “You forget to breathe, it’s almost that exciting.  When you get to the stage, you just think of all the people that helped you get to this point and before you know it, it’s over.  I’m really happy.”

The Vernon, BC product also becomes just the fourth player in the Oil Kings modern era to be chosen in the first round of the NHL draft following in the footsteps of team mates Griffin Reinhart and Henrik Samuelsson from 2012 and former Captain Mark Pysyk back in 2010.

Lazar was quizzed by the Ottawa media gathered on his knowledge of the Senators organization.

“I met up with one of the scouts earlier this year, we met up for lunch, and I sort of had a good feel.  I like what they’re doing with their organization and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

“Daniel Aldfresson is the big one.  I’m really excited that he’s coming back.  I’m looking forward to the experience.  I’m proud right now.”

Meanwhile -  Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry became the second Oil King to be chosen in this year’s draft when his name was called by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (44th overall).

Jarry was just the second goaltender chosen in the draft behind Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads who was selected 8 picks earlier by the Montreal Canadiens.

“I thought I’d go a little later to be honest,”  said a surprised Jarry right after the pick.   “I did talk to the Penguins a couple of times, once at the combine and a couple of times on phone before that.  I didn’t see them trading up for me at all, I just knew they were lower down (in the draft order).  So to have it happen the way it did was unbelievable.”

Lazar and Jarry join the following all-time Oil Kings draft picks:   (Not including players selected in the NHL draft and then chosen by the Oil Kings in the CHL Import draft)

YEAR

NAME

PICK

NHL CLUB

2013

Curtis Lazar

1st Round – 17th Overall

Ottawa Senators

 

Tristan Jarry

2nd Round – 44th Overall

Pittsburgh Penguins

2012

Griffin Reinhart

1st Round - 4th Overall

New York Islanders

 

Henrik Samuelsson

1st Round - 27th Overall

Phoenix

 

Mitch Moroz

2nd Round - 32nd Overall

Edmonton

2011

Keegan Lowe

3rd Round - 73rd Overall

Carolina

 

Travis Ewanyk

3rd Round - 74th Overall

Edmonton

 

Michael St. Croix

4th Round - 106th Overall

New York Rangers

 

Laurent Brossoit

6th round - 164th Overall

Calgary

2010

Mark Pysyk

1st Round - 23rd Overall

Buffalo

2009

Tomas Vincour

5th Round - 129th Overall

Dallas