Friday, 7 January 2011

Fransoo Looks Forward to Opportunity

Wednesday's trade of 20-year old defenceman Darren Bestland has opened up opportunity on the Brandon Wheat Kings' blueline.

Brandon now has just one defenceman with more than two full seasons of experience in fourth-year Wheat King Brodie Melnychuk.

That is going to open up plenty of ice-time for the five rookies on the back end, including Jordan Fransoo.

"For all of our guys, it's going to make us a lot more competitive on the back-end," says Fransoo, "We're all going to be wanting that ice time so it's going to be a challenge. We're going to have more responsibility with more ice time and it's up to us to see who gets it."

Fransoo has two goals and seven points in 32 games so far this season and he, along with Ryan Pulock, Rene Hunter, Eric Roy and Spencer Galbraith, are now looking to prove themselves even more.

"That's what a lot of the younger guys are looking forward to," says Fransoo, "We want to get up into those situations and have those opportunities. We want to be responsible and take accountability in those chances and they'll come."

Pulock and fellow 16-year old Tyrel Seaman will return to the Brandon lineup on Friday night after the duo missed four games while playing with Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Chaff...G Liam Liston (hamstring, day-to-day), D Rene Hunter (illness) and F David Toews (illness) all missed practice on Thursday...F Matt MacKay, whom was acquired from Vancouver on Wednesday, is expected to make his Wheat Kings' debut tonight.

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