Eizenman’s Patience Paying Off

By Tim Campbell
Winnipeg Free Press

STEINBACH, Manitoba – After attending the New York Rangers’ midsummer prospects training camp, forward Oren Eizenman, who played in 2008 ECHL All-Star Game as a rookie, had a contract offer on the table.

The undrafted 23 year old from Toronto surprised his agent and a few others by not jumping at that first opportunity. Instead, he opted for a tryout with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and AHL’s Manitoba Moose and so far, his instincts are proving something.

“I didn’t think that organization (the Rangers) was the right fit,” Eizenman said Tuesday night after counting one of Manitoba’s two goals in a 6-2 preseason defeat against the University of Manitoba Bisons at the T.G. Smith Centre. “Nothing against them, they have a great organization and I appreciated the opportunity but sometimes you get a feeling where you fit.

“When I spoke to Vancouver and Manitoba, I got the feeling they were interested and were willing to take a chance on me and as an undrafted player, all you can really ask for is for someone to take a chance.

“It’s tough to describe. It’s a number of things. I just felt really comfortable at Vancouver’s rookie camp.”

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