Monday, 28 February 2011

Miller Out Indefinitely

The Brandon Wheat Kings will be short a veteran defenceman indefinitely, perhaps for the balance of the regular season.

Defenceman Ryley Miller suffered an injury to his left hand during a third period fight against Regina on Saturday night and will be sidelined indefinitely.

The frustrating part will be the fact that the fight with Pats' captain Garrett Mitchell happened with the Wheat Kings leading 8-3, making you wonder what the purpose was.

Miller has 11 assists in 55 games this season and had been playing his best hockey of the year as of late, notching seven assists and a plus-12 rating in the last 17 games.

Meanwhile, Ayrton Nikkel is joining the Wheat Kings on Monday.

The 15-year old prospect was acquired by Brandon in the Brayden Schenn trade with Saskatoon on January 10th.

Nikkel is expected to spend the week with the Wheat Kings but it's not known if he'll see any game action.

The defenceman has 13 goals and 41 points in 58 games with his hometown Pursuit of Excellance team in Kelowna, B.C. this season and also helped British Columbia to the gold medal at the recent Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

Chaff...Former Wheat King Matt Calvert is the NHL's third star of the week on Monday. Calvert led the league with five goals scored as Columbus won two of its three games last week. He became the second rookie in Blue Jackets history to score a hat trick, including the deciding goal, in a 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last Friday.

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