Maple Leafs Sign Phil Oreskovic
(June 1, 2007) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed defenceman Phil Oreskovic (oh-rehs-KOH-vich) to a three-year, entry level contract.
The 6-3, 225 pound native of North York, Ontario, was the Toronto Maple Leafs' second choice, 82nd overall, in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He split last season between the Brampton Battalion and the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) collecting 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) with 179 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. Following Owen Sound's exit from the OHL Playoffs, Oreskovic joined the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) for three games and registered his first AHL assist April 14th at Manitoba.
"Phil is a hard nosed stay at home defenceman who's able to control the flow of the game with his defensive positioning and size," said Ferguson. "We've seen him in training camp the past two years and look forward to watching his development with the Toronto Marlies."
During the 2005-06 OHL season Oreskovic played 65 games for Brampton, collecting 12 points (three goals, nine assists) with 202 penalty minutes. He was voted the best body checker and ‘defensive' defenceman in the OHL Eastern Conference by OHL coaches.