So there’s been a bit of buzz lately in Oilerland around Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and a few others. One guy that has crept up every now and then is Liam Reddox, but I personally don’t think his name can be mentioned enough.
It seems that since last year, he’s been doing everything in his power to make a name for himself and stay on this roster. Last year, Reddox was just giving us a taste of what he can do in a checking role, but didn’t last past November. An interesting stat of his from last year was his 24 hits in 9 games (only Peckham and Jacques had hits per game for the Oilers last year, although granted that’s a pretty hard pace to maintain).
The thing with Liam Reddox is his biggest issue has always been size. He’s got something to prove every night, and tries his darndest (yes I just said darndest) to prove he is a solid checker, but could never really manage to body guys off pucks effectively. He plays a high tempo game, and isn’t afraid to block shots if needed. He was good for Springfield as well too, being in the top 5 in scoring last year for the team, but at the same time, that isn’t a great feat given the sad display of offense that team put on last year. But this year I see something in Reddox I hadn’t seen before. For whatever reason, he actually seems to have the strength to bang guys off the pucks. I remember hearing last year that he was working on his strength, but we didn’t really get to see it enough. This year though, I’m not sure if he’s been curling soup cans, but I’ve already seen him rock 3 different guys that are bigger than him (isn’t everyone) between the Joey Moss Cup and the game versus the lightning. OK, perhaps “rock” is extreme, but he did either hit them hard enough to separate them from the puck or knock them on their butts, which is pretty good for what we’re used to seeing.
This guy is all heart with limited natural ability (unfortunately). That kind of play is inspiring to watch for not just the fans, but the players. I hope they keep him around for as long as they can, if they end up sending him down. But I would like to see him start the year on the 4th line with Fraser and Stortini. And if and when he does get sent down, I’m pretty sure he’s drawn enough attention to make a case for being a call up. Good on him for battling and overcoming the size issue. Let’s face it.. Gingerballs is 5’10″ and 180lbs with all his gear on. Keep on reppin’ those soup cans, Liam.