Edmonton Oil Kings forward Brett Pollock wasn't exactly on many NHL scout's radar at the beginning of the year, coming off a 44 game season in which he only scored 2 goals and 2 assists in a limited fourth-line role.
but as his sophomore season progressed, the 18 year old continued to make headway on the NHL's central scouting service, advancing from 71st to 34th among all North American skaters.
The 6 foot 2, 183 pound Pollock's breakout year, which entailed notching 25 goals and 30 assists, came together largely due to his role on the Oil Kings significantly changing, he went from playing sparingly to being a key contributor in the Edmonton top six. This opportunity came about for Pollock mainly because of the Oil Kings lost several forwards to the pros last year, but he also earned it by coming in to camp in great shape and with a motivated mindset,
And its because of this confidence that the Dallas Stars were intrigued by his availability, "Confidence is definitely a huge thing" says Pollock, the Sherwood Park, Alberta native,
much like Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johanson, Pollock is much more of an offensive forward, finding teammates and shoveling the puck right to them, but does play quite hard on the other end of the ice, with a season plus/minus of +9, while it is a flawed stat, it shows the smart decision he makes with the puck.
The Dallas Stars welcome Brett Pollock to the NHL with open arms, and wish a long, quality career for years to come.
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