Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Seaman Staying Grounded About Draft Status

Tyrel Seaman
The Brandon Wheat Kings have had at least one player selected in the NHL Draft for seven consecutive years.

Tyrel Seaman hopes he'll be the one to stretch that to eight in 2012.
Seaman is the most highly rated Wheat King heading into this weekend's draft in Pittsburgh, being rated 104th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Service's year-end rankings.

However, 2011-2012 was a bit of a tough season for Seaman, as he missed a big chunk of the season (40 games) because of a pair of concussions.

"It's a concern for them but we tell them that everything is 100 per cent now," said Seaman, "It's 100 per cent cleared up, no headaches and working out regularly again and everything."

Seaman had six goals and 19 points in 32 regular season games and added one assist in nine playoff contests this past season.

Despite the difficult season, the 6-foot-2, 210 pound Seaman says he learned a lot about himself during the campaign.

"If you work hard, you'll be able to make it back into game shape after an injury like that," said Seaman, "You learn how to get better and not let yourself get into a situation where your mind limits what you're able to do."

Seaman won't be attending the draft in Pittsburgh and said he may even go fishing on Saturday and but the draft completely out of his mind.

"You can't get too excited and then, if you don't get drafted, then just be crushed," added Seaman, "If I get drafted, I'll be super excited but if I don't, I'll just go back next year and work twice as hard."

Seaman and Alessio Bertaggia at #164 were the only two Whaet Kings rated in the final CSS rankings while Killarney product Reid Gow of the Spokane Chiefs was 185th among North American skaters.

The first round of the NHL draft is Friday night, with the final six rounds taking place on Saturday.

Chaff...the are hosting a special 'Seat Moving Day' Tuesday at the Keystone Centre. It's a chance to upgrade or change seat locations for the 2012-13 season...former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Commissioner of Nunavut, Edna Elaias, on Monday.

Jordin Tootoo with his family after he was awarded
the Diamond Jubilee Medal on Monday
(Photo Courtesy Twitter (@Jtootoo22))

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