I just want to flesh out a point that I made in the previous post very quickly about the prospect status of Colten Teubert. I give Robin Brownlee a fair degree of grief but he asked a very insightful question today:
Q. Is Teubert somebody that your staff signed out and actively scouted or did he come up in the course of conversations with LA or was he targeted?
A. Yeah. No, good question. That’s why you want your pro scouts to have the depth of knowledge of each organization, not just their current players, but their minor league players, their players playing college, draft picks that are unsigned…we knew once we got into discussions with LA that they’ve done a nice job of acquiring assets so a time comes like this where they think they need to add a piece, they’ve got the requisite assets to negotiate with something. We were aware of him, he’s played with Team Canada at a high level, he’s played with Jordan Eberle, he’s not fun to play against. We need a lot more of that.
Call me cynical, but I’m not convinced that the Oilers know a lot about him beyond “First Round Draft Pick.” Terry Jones followed up with the infamous question about struggling and got this out of him:
I know that he’s a young guy, I know that he’s played in positions Jonesy, in junior, that he’s been counted on for defensive purposes, he’s played PP. A lot of players, I think, they come with a lot of different areas of junior expertise or college expertise at that level but when they get to pro, they have to morph into what really is going to make them a good pro. I think his strengths are going to be one of compete. He has great leadership qualities, he’s a good person…predictable puck moving type of player. We don’t have a lot of that right now
So I’m not entirely sure what that means either. It’s hard to tell very much about how guys are being used outside the NHL but something jumped out at me when I took a look: Teubert doesn’t look to be killing penalties all that often in the AHL. We don’t have access to ice time, so I checked how many PK events (PPGA and SHGF) the various Monarchs have been on the ice for and Teubert is sixth out of their defencemen in terms of PK events, with 4. Andrew Campbell (26), Thomas Hickey (21), Vyacheslav Voynov (13), David Kolomatis (8) and Jake Muzzin (7) all have more.
This suggests that, at best, there are three guys on the Monarchs – none of whom are old guys – who were ahead of Teubert on the depth chart for PK, which is a bit troubling, considering that that’s supposed to be an area of strength. As has been pointed out elsewhere, defencemen taken around him are already in the NHL.
It’s too early to know anything with this guy and I’m certainly not writing him off. Just once though, it’d be nice to get a return in one of these multi-asset deals that wasn’t some guy that was another team’s third or fourth best option.