Friday, 8 October 2010

King Takes Hot-Streak Into Weekend

It's been a good week for Brandon Wheat Kings' rookie forward Wheaton King.

The 18-year old will take a three-game point scoring streak into Friday's home game against the Red Deer Rebels.

King has two goals and five points in the last three games and the Brandon product says he's happy to be contributing any way possible.

"It's a great confidence boost getting those points, individually," says the 6-foot-2 1/2, 182 pound King, "Hopefully, it carries on with the team getting points this weekend."

King played 10 games with Brandon last season before being assigned back to the AAA Midget ranks but has returned with increased confidence.

David Toews (ankle), Michael Ferland (knee) and Jens Meilleur (hand) are all Brandon forwards all out for lengthy periods with injuries and the fact the King, a former sixth round Bantam Draft pick, can play equally well on the wing or at centre adds some versatility to a Brandon lineup that isn't deep down the middle at this point.

"I told (Wheat Kings' GM/Coach) Kelly McCrimmon I'd be willing to play any role he wanted me to be," says King, "If that means playing centre or on the wing, I know I can do either and I know I can do it at this level."

The Toews injury will give the Wheat Kings a chance to change their 20-year old personnel this weekend and, based on how the team practiced Thursday, it would appear defencemen Darren Bestland and Mark Schneider will both be in the lineup along with captain Shayne Wiebe.

Goaltender Jacob De Serres is the other healthy 20-year old still on Brandon's roster.

Chaff...Minnedosa product Chad Robinson is expected to play for Red Deer tonight. The 17-year old has suited up for six of seven games so far this season, recording two assists and a +1 rating...it could be an offensive show tonight, with Red Deer (30 Goals For, #1) and Brandon (24 Goals For, tied for #3) two of the top offensive teams in the WHL so far this season...F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has points in all seven of Red Deer's games this season (3 G, 10 A).

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