Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Plethora of 16-year olds Remain with Wheat Kings

The Brandon Wheat Kings have a drove of 16-year old players still on their roster.

Seven players that were chosen by Brandon in the 2009 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft remain with the team including centre Daniel Asham.

The 6-foot-0, 190 pound Asham (left) appeared in both pre-season games with Brandon over the weekend and the Winnipeg product says the pace of the game was a little overwhelming.

"I didn't play too well, but it's a big game-changer," says the 6-foot-0, 190 pound Asham, "It's hard to keep up with them...it's different compared to our league."

An eighth round pick in '09, Asham notched 13 goals and 36 points in 44 games with the AAA Midget Winnipeg Wild last season.

He says he's just trying to soak up as much as he can while he remains with the club.

"I wasn't really expecting to make the team, so even making it this far is great," says Asham, "I just have to practice some of the things these olders guys are doing, like always staying moving, harder passes, all that kind of stuff."

In addition to Asham, other '09 picks still with the club including defencemen Eric Roy (1st Round), Dylan Kuczek (2nd Round) and Ryan Pulock (7th round) and forwards Tyrel Seaman (4th Round), Dakota Conroy (3rd round) and Carter Proft (5th round).

Meanwhile, on the Wheat Kings' injury front, defenceman Darren Bestland has a neck injury and did not practice Monday while Paul Ciarelli is out with a shoulder injury.

Both were injured in Brandon's pre-season games over the weekend.

However, goaltender Liam Liston and forwards Jon Gaudet and Dakota Conroy all returned to practice after being off the ice last week.

Liston has been sidelined with a hamstring problem, Gaudet with a groin pull and Conroy hadn't practiced since having an asthma attack last Monday.

Chaff...the Tri-City Americans signed GM Bob Tory to a four-year contract extension on Monday...former Edmonton Oilers assistant GM Kevin Prendergast has been named HEad Scout of Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.

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