Saturday, 3 September 2011

Meilleur Wants to Contribute More

Jens Meilleur
Training camp isn't all about young players trying to make a good impression.

It's also about returning players trying to prove they're ready for more responsibility.

One such player for the Brandon Wheat Kings this year is 18-year old forward Jens Meilleur, who checked into camp at 185 pounds, about 15 pounds heavier than he was a year ago.

"I tried to work as hard as I could this summer to try and gain some weight and get some more strength so I can try and play a bigger role for the team," said the 6-foot-1 Meilleur after Saturday morning's scrimmage, "When you play with guys like Wiebe, Stone, MacKay and Glennie, they're really good high-end players and when you play behind them, you match them and see what they can do and you want model yourself around them."

Meilleur saw most of his action in a fourth-line, energy role a year ago and finished with respectable numbers of five goals and nine points in 40 games and two assists in six playoff contests.

However, he wants to show he can contribute even more offensively.

"I'm trying to do as much as I can here in camp to show (new head coach) Cory Clouston what I can do," said Meilleur after Saturday morning's scrimmage, "I know I have the scoring touch in me, it's just a matter of bringing it out."

After trimming their training camp roster to 45 players Saturday afternoon, the Wheat Kings have a pair of intrasquad games scheduled to close out camp.

The first games at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night while the second will be Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Chaff...D Ryley Miller participated in Saturday's scrimmage after leaving a scrimmage Friday after a hard hit from fellow veteran Michael Ferland...former Wheat Kings Jon Gaudet and Wheaton King are both in training camp with the Medicine Hat Tigers and trying to make impressions as 19-year olds, according to Sean Rooney of the Medicine Hat News.

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