Must love six workouts a week, ‘Superbad’, the number 25, and kind-hearted, but dangerous smiles. No, that’s not Greg Chase’s Tinder profile, but it is close.
It was inevitable, really, that Greg Chase and his kind grin would be signed to the Edmonton Oilers. The instigating forward with a great attitude, and genuine offensive skill, has signed a three year entry level contract with the NHL team. Chase, currently playing in the Penticton Prospect Tournament, played five games with the Oklahoma City Barons last season after the completion of his third full season of WHL play with the Calgary Hitmen. In those five games he fared well enough to score a goal.
At 19 Greg Chase will be subject to one more year of WHL eligibility. This isn’t a bad thing, but rather the complete opposite. As a membert of the Hitmen he made a name as an offensive player with an angsty upside. This is a player the Oilers have long said they’ve needed, but have rarely attained (think Stortini, Gazdic, etc.).
134 points scored in the last two seasons seems like a lot, and simply put it is. His PIM totals nearly run parallel to his point totals, and he has become a more potent scorer as time has soldiered on. One more season of “dub” play will only make him a more exciting player, and thus a potential success with the Oilers.
The reasons I like Chase, and this signing in particular, is that it comes at time when the Edmonton Oilers need rough and tumble players whom can also score goals. Rather than attaining said player via years of emotional ups and downs in the trade basement, they’ve gone back to the drawing board, the strengthened draft model, and the nabbing of potentially solid players from the otherwise pool of unfamiliarity. Chase is a prime example of a signing and a player who really could aid the team within a three year cycle of development. The key, like so many, is how fast will he emerge from the pack.
Congratulations to Greg Chase. We are rooting for you here in Oklahoma City. Say cheeeeese! *snap*