Read: Michael St. Croix Drives His Team

In the Edmonton Journal,via Buzzing the Net, Evan Daum writes about the Edmonton Oil Kings and their star player, and Rangers fourth round pick, Michael St. Croix.

Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdel says that St. Croix is developing as a player on both ends of the ice, especially on defense, and is the engine that makes the Oill Kings go:

“He’s a player that loves the sport, he loves to have the puck, and he loves to be the centre-piece of your team. He’s exactly that for us – when Mike goes, we go.”

Maybe they found a steal with him. He is putting up nice numbers, as a lot of players in the CHL do in their third year, but the Rangers have dne pretty nice for themselves in the middle rounds lately with Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, Dale Weise, Tomas Kundratek and Ryan Bourque.

Note: Michael St. Croix Is The WHL Players of the Week….Again

St. Croix had six goals and four assists in three games this past week.

He has 31 goals and 46 assists this season.

St. Croix was also the player of the week for the week of November 28th to December 4th.

Read: Michael St. Croix Is An Interesting Fellow

This season, 2011 fourth round pick Michael St. Croix has 25 goals and 42 assists in the WHL for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Earlier this week at Blueshirts United, Gordie Clark said that St. Croix has a high hockey IQ:

“He’s a smart, smart kid with a lot of talent. It’s all about this summer for him—he needs to get that extra step, and then who knows with him? He is an interesting kid for us, for sure.”

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff says that St. Croix projects to be more of a playmaker than a scorer, is very fast and has excellent hockey sense.

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The Rangers love their hockey sense and St. Croix seems to fit into that mold. He has some skills and is putting up big numbers in his third year in Edmonton and should eclipse the 75 points he scored last season very soon. Maybe he makes a run at Team Canada next year for the World Juniors. If anything he adds nice depth to the prospect pool and gives them another piece to either trade or try to build around.