Read: The Way Michael St. Croix Thinks

St. CroixIn his final regular season with Edmonton in the WHL, Michael St. Croix scored 37 goals and added 55 assists.

In the playoffs, St. Croix had 13 goals and 13 assists in 22 playoff games.

In his WHL career, he played 280 games and scored 128 goals and added 192 assists.

In his WHL playoff career, he had 21 goals and 25 assists in 46 games.

St. Croix’s coach with the Oil Kings told the Rangers website that he is a “pure offensive” player who sees the ice well and is a good distributor.

His coach added that St. Croix has started to develop into more of a two-way player and not just someone who can score goals.

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Read: An Update On Michael St. Croix/He Scored Four Goals Last Night

St. CroixRangers prospect Michael St. Croix scored 4 power play goals last night in the Edmonton Oil Kings 8-1 win over the Regina Pats.

Buzzing the Net made him their Number 3 star last night.

The Oil King describe the four goals that St. Croix scored as:

  • Goal 1: “Foster passes the puck back to Dylan Wruck at the point who feeds St. Croix to Hewitt’s right for the opening goal of the game.” The goal is described as coming from a bad angle shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle
  • Goal 2: “Samuelsson sends a sharp cross-crease pass to St. Croix who waits out Hewitt and banks a shot in off a Pats defender for the Oil Kings’ third PPG of the game to make it 3-0.”
  • Goal 3: 12:21 – “St. Croix denied on the hat trick once again as he blasts a power-play shot off the crossbar.10:58 – … and it’s a GOAL! Play finally stops and the officials review St. Croix’s previous attempt. The replay shows the slapshot actually deflects off the crossbar and the back bar to make it 4-1 Oil Kings. St. Croix nets the hat trick with his third PPG of the game.”
  • Goal 4: “The Oil Kings sniper sends a rocket through traffic off the crossbar and in to make it 6-1.”

The goals, in this highlight clip, come at 10 seconds, 38 seconds, 1:03 and 1:28

Gordie Clark told Blueshirts United  that St. Croix was very open to hearing how the Rangers wanted him to get better, “We hoped he would continue where he left off last year. we didn’t want to see a drop off. I thought that he and his team faded in the Memorial Cup last year but he is a big boy and he loved the fact that I went right to him and told him that we thought his game slipped and that he had to do something over the summer to take care of that. He worked out hard and they are going to be one of the teams out in the West to be favored again. He plays a lot, he handles the puck a lot. He is on the power play and he is scoring goals and making plays. That is the kind of player that he has to be.

Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that St. Croix is a potential second line center and can both score and make plays. She does note that St. Croix does need to add more strength to be a productive force in the NHL.

Read: The Lockout Is Stopping Michael St. Croix From Playing For Team Canada

St. CroixAt WHL from Above, CJ writes that Michael St. Croix isn’t likely to make Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, or be invited to the camp, because of the available high end talent that should be in the NHL.

He writes that St. Croix is “extremely talented offensively” but with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark Scheifele and Jonathon Huberdeau not in the NHL, there won’t be a spot for him. CJ writes that he expects St. Croix to spend that time making a run at the WHL scoring title.

Bob McKenzie writes that the top six for Team Canada will likely be Huberdeau, Nugent-Hopkins and Scheifele and Ryan Strome centering Charles Hudon and either Ty Rattie or potential #1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon.

St. Croix is currently 10th in the WHL in points with 14 goals and 23 assists in 28 games.

Could Michael St. Croix Be A Future Star?

Mike S.

Out of all the top prospects the Rangers have drafted over the last decade, perhaps the best prospect capable of becoming a potential top line forward in the NHL could be Michael St. Croix. Since being drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Draft; Michael St. Croix has emerged as a legitimate top prospect with natural scoring ability. His development has been so rampant that many in the hockey world believe that St. Croix has the potential to emerge as a top 6 or even a 1st line forward and scoring threat in the NHL. The Speedy center-man is currently lighting up the score sheet with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL with 25 points (11 goals/14 assist) in the team’s first 19 games. Averaging 1.32 points per game and a team leading 7 PPGs, St. Croix is getting noticed.

The biggest question surrounding Michael St. Croix is his size, or lack of it. At 5’11 and weighing 176 lbs, can St. Croix handle the physical side of the AHL and NHL, despite being ranked as the Rangers top rated center in their organization? Thus far, St. Croix has answered the bell in regards to durability and consistency as a professional as his career stats will suggest:

Year Team League Gms Goals Assists Total Pts
2008-09 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 2 1 1 2
2009-10 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 66 18 28 46
2010-11 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 68 27 48 75
2011-12 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 72 45 60 105
2012-13 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 19 11 14 25

There is no doubt that Michael St. Croix is a gifted player with natural abilities. However; the next couple of years will be very important for St. Croix with his development not only the physical part, but also the mental side as well. All signs and expectations are encouraging as the Rangers Organization couldn’t be happier with the progression of Michael St. Croix.

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Read: Michael St. Croix Has Vision

From Yesterday:

When ranking the Rangers top prospects, both Leslie Treff at Hockey’s Future and Corey Pronman at Puck Prospectus had different opinions on where Michael St. Croix should be placed in the top ten.

Pronman ranked St. Croix second and said that he is a very skilled playmaker with high end vision and “sees everything.” He does note that St. Croix has lots to improve upon though with average skating and a less than desirable physical game. He thinks that Pronman could end up as a “good” second line forward.

Treff writes of St. Croix, “He still needs to add upper body strength to his frame, however, his playmaking ability and ever improving zone coverage should make him ready for the leap to professional hockey in 2012-13.”

He had four points, including a hat trick, over the weekend and was the number one star from Buzzing the Net.

St. Croix has 8 goals and 10 assists in 13 games this season. At this point last year he only had 4 goals and 8 assists.

THIS SECTION is dedicated to St. Croix.

6:19PM St. Croix has been announced as a member of Team Canada for the annual Subway Super Series against Russia

Read: Michael St. Croix’s Shot At Making Team Canada

In a video at TSN, Bob McKenzie says that Michael St. Croix should be in the running for the spot of second line RW on Team Canada’s 2012 World Junior Championship team.

The other choices are potential top pick Nathan MacKinnon, Bruins fifth round pick Seth Griffith and draft eligible Hunter Shinkaruk.

Right now McKenzie gives the spot to Griffth who last season had 45 goals and 40 assists and has seven points in four games so far this season.

St. Croix has three goals and three assists so far this season for Edmonton.

Read: Michael St. Croix Can Do One Thing Really Well

In his season opening game, Michael St. Croix had a goal and an assist as he looks to put up a repeat performance of the 105 points that he put up during the 11-12 season.

At WHL From Above, CJ lists the top 25 players to watch for this coming season and ranks St. Croix 16th.

He writes “The kid can flat out score.  He proved that last year.  That will definitely continue this year as the Oil Kings are poised for another run at the Memorial Cup after winning the WHL title last season.”

He adds that St. Croix possesses a good chance at challenging presumptive favorite Ty Rattie for the WHL scoring title.

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Michael St. Croix Season Preview

Mike S.

In the 2011 NHL draft, the New York Rangers had six selections that year and aside from their 1st round selection of J.T Miller, the Rangers draft received a B- grade by many hockey analysts. One prospect who was particularly overlooked during the 2011 NHL draft was Michael St. Croix, who was rated #25 among the top prospects before the draft. The 5’11/ 176 pound Winnipeg native slipped to the 4th round until the Rangers drafted him with the #106th selection. St. Croix was known for his high scoring ability, but never considered a complete package; which may have caused him to slip to the 4th round.

Since being drafted, St Croix has done nothing but impress the Rangers organization with a solid season for the Edmonton Oil Kings compiling career numbers and leading all Ranger prospects in goals (45), assists (60), and points (105); including 18 PP goals. The Rangers signing of Michael St. Croix to a three year entry level contract (two–way deal) most recently indicates the Rangers commitment to the speedy center as St. Croix will start the 2012 season in Edmonton and if he continues to develop, we could see the young center playing in the AHL sometime this season.

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