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EWANYK SEES GROWTH IN ROOKIE SEASON

By Carter Baum, OKC Barons on 06/12/2014

Travis Ewanyk's rookie season was one of continual growth and development for the Edmonton Oilers' prospect. 

In 68 games played with the Oklahoma City Barons in 2013-14, Ewanyk scored seven goals and 12 points, with four goals and seven points coming over his last 25 games. The Barons' center also picked up an even 100 penalty minutes during the regular season. 

"I thought it went really well," Ewanyk said on his first pro season. "Obviously there's a learning curve being a first year guy in the league - and one of the younger guys - but I think as the year grew on, I really grew as a player and grew my game in a lot of the facets that I know I need to develop to make the jump to the next level."

After 49 career playoff games in junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings, the rookie also got his first look at the postseason as a pro - dressing in all three of the Barons' playoff games and picking up one assist. Teammate Brad Hunt said that Ewanyk was one of the team's best forwards in the first-round series against the Texas Stars. 

"Any playoff experience you can take under your hat and carry with you is great," Ewanyk said. "It's a huge benefit and being at the pro level in the playoffs, it just takes that one step up in intensity and physicality."

One area that Ewanyk needed no development in was his off-ice involvement. The Edmonton-area native was quick to embrace the Oklahoma City community, taking an active role in the Barons' community events and involvements.

"I kind of just see that as a privilege and an opportunity to be able to do those events," Ewanyk said. "The fans we have, they make you feel at home. It's just a really unique experience coming a long ways from home, and now I feel like Oklahoma City is my home to me."

Ewanyk is training during the offseason back in his hometown Edmonton, looking to continue his growth as a player heading into next year. 

"I think there's going to be a lot of guys there. I'm working out with (Oilers' Strength and Conditioning Coach) Chad (Drummond) and (Director of High Performance) Simon (Bennett)," Ewanyk said. "Hard summer work, it'll be good."

 

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