Sunday, 4 September 2011

Palmer Hoping Sunday Isn't D-Day for Him

Jack Palmer
Jack Palmer is hoping his stay with the Brandon Wheat Kings extends beyond Sunday.

Palmer is one of about 25 prospects who'll suit up for the Wheat Kings' intrasquad game Sunday afternoon that'll bring the curtain down on the club's 2011 training camp (2:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Palmer was Brandon's eighth round pick in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and the 16-year old says this year's camp is a lot different from last year.

"Last year was more of a development year for me," said the 6-foot-0, 170 pound Palmer following Saturday night's scrimmage, "This year, I'm still developing but trying to play well and impress the coaching staff."

A darkhouse to make the Wheat Kings' roster this season, Palmer hasn't looked out of place in Main Camp but the Victoria, B.C. product feels he still has more he can show.

"Camp so far has being going pretty well," added Palmer, "Rookie Camp went well and then Main Camp, I've been trying to get into the swing of things and it's getting better now...I think I'm playing a little better now."

The son of former NHLer Brad Palmer, Jack had 26 points in 37 games with the South Island Thunderbirds of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League last season.

Chaff...Michael Ferland scored the winning and insurance goals and Team White beat Team Black 6-4 in Saturday night's scrimmage...the Wheat Kings' training camp roster has been bumped up by one as 15-year old Liam Gregor played in Saturday's scrimmage. That leaves the team with 46 players -- five goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 27 forwards...F Bruno Mraz (unknown), F Jason Swyripa (knee), F Brenden Walker (head) and G Jordan Papirny (extra goaltender) sat out Saturday's scrimmage.

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