Friday, 2 September 2011

Conroy Hoping to Fill Forward Spot

Dakota Conroy
 The Brandon Wheat Kings are looking for a few good forwards.

The club has just eight returnees up fromt from last year's team including just three of the team's top eight scorers in Mark Stone, Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker.

Dakota Conroy is hoping he's in a position to fill one of the open spots.

The 17-year old Conroy stuck with the Wheat Kings until the start of the regular season before being assigned back to AAA Nidget in Alberta.

In addition to putting up 46 points in 33 games with the SSAC Athletics, Conroy feels he developed into a more rounded player and is better prepared to make the jump to the WHL than he was twelve months ago.

"Just a complete game overall rather than just offensize zone, pretty much," said Conroy Friday morning after competing in his first scrimmage of Wheat Kings' main camp, "That's the main difference I find, at least, is that I'm more of a complete player...I think I'm a little bit more ready this year than last year."

Barring the unforseen, Conroy will stay with the Wheat Kings for at least the pre-season but the 17-year old says he can't take training camp lightly.

"At camp, all the guys my age, we're all battling right now and you have to work off each other and this kind of shows where you are right now," said Conroy, a third round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, "As you get into pre-season, you just have to keep elevating your game."

Brandon's training camp continues Friday night with an evening scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.

Chaff...Mark Stone scored in overtime as Team Black overcame a 4-2 deficit to beat Team Gold 5-4 in Friday morning's scrimamge. Dominick Favreau had two goals for Team Black while Michael Ferland had two goals for Team Gold...Ferland laid a big hit on fourth-year D Ryley Miller during the second half of Friday morning's scrimmage. Miller did not return to the ice...if training camp is any indication, the Wheat Kings will likely be one of the youngest teams in the WHL again this season. Of the 59 players in camp, only seven are 19 years of age or older (11.9%). Last season, Brandon's average age was 17.88.

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