What does Mark Fistric bring to the Edmonton Oilers?
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenseman Mark Fistric from Dallas in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. I would not recommend picking up Mark Fistric in any type of fantasy hockey format as he recorded two assists in 60 contests last season with the Dallas Stars.Having said this, I’m very excited about this acquisition, Fistric is an Edmonton native, and he will bring home the brand of hockey that was missing from the Oilers defense without him. The 26-year-old former first rounder, (28th overall in 2004) plays hard-nosed defensive minded game. Fistric comes in at 6’2”, 233-pounds, the rearguard finished in the top 20 in the NHL in hits last season, and was 10th in the NHL in 2009-10 with a +27.
I believe anytime general manager in the NHL would have made this trade for a third round pick, Mark Fistric is the ultimate team-first type of player. Fistric will be the steady stay-at-home defenseman that will sure up some of the mistakes made by the young kids. Fistric is drawing comparisons to Jason Strudwick in his prime.
Mark Fistric will be a free agent at the end of the year, however, even with the short season this was a smart move by the Edmonton Oilers great work addressing the need!
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