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At this stage in your hockey development, what are the strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve, Lowry asked him?
“My strengths are my skating abilities and my hockey sense. I’m working hard in all three zones and I think I have good defensive qualities. It’s the offensive part of my game that I want to improve.”
His teammate Angus Crookshank said of him last November: “I think he’s one of the hardest guys to play against in practice, personally. He’s gifted offensively so he does a great job offensively scoring goals and getting to the dirty areas. … Fil’s a specimen, on and off the ice. He’s big, he’s strong, but he can move. He can move really well. For example, if you cut back on him, he does a very good job of staying with you, containing you, but he’ll also use his physicality against you, knock you off the puck. It’s tough to play against him.”
And his coach Mike Souza: “He’s talented. He’s a two-way (player). He’s cerebral. I don’t think he’s going to bring people out of their seats but if you understand the game you’ll have a real appreciation for the way he plays both sides of the puck.”
Here’s what Oilers commentators and fans said on Twitter:
Reid Wilkins @ReidWilkins
Engaras had 8-7-15 in 25 games last season. Listed at 6’0″, 190 pounds. Right shot centre.
Jonathan Willis @JonathanWillis
An overage forward, Engaras was passed over in two previous drafts, then had to sit out all of 2018-19 to be eligible to play for UNH. He’s previously described himself as a good skater and defensive forward with work to do offensively:
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