Greg Chase, a current forward on the Oklahoma City Barons (ATO Contract) has proved to be quite a hidden gem for the Edmonton Oilers. A seventh round pick (188th overall) in the 2013 NHL draft, Chase has turned heads after producing at a fairly higher rate than his draft year. Noted for his pest-like play, he added an offensive flare to his physical skill-set this past season in the WHL.
Posting 85 points (35 goals, 50 assists) in 70 games this season with the Calgary Hitmen, Chase nearly missed doubling his point total from the 2012-13 season (69gp-17g-32a-49pts), by 11 points this past season. So, what’s up with this? How has Chase’ production increased? Simple. Increased ice time.
This past off season, with older players on the Hitmen moving onto pro hockey, Chase moved up the depth chart in the Calgary Hitmen organization. Chase was given more responsibilities by the coaching staff this season, which lead to more ice time. His points in all areas of the game raised significantly.
Chase doesn’t qualify to play in the AHL next season, which means he’ll rather be in the NHL or back in the WHL in the 2014-15 season. I put my money on the Sherwood Park, Alberta native returning to Calgary to develop further. It puts pressure on a player to produce even more after a successful season, although I think the forward will be up for the challenge. Let’s hope he stays a stud and develops into a effective player.