Thursday, 6 September 2012

Gylywoychuk Looking at Compete Level, Hockey Sense Tonight

The Brandon Wheat Kings open their Western Hockey League pre-season schedule Thursday night when they pay a visit to the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

I asked Brandon head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk after practice on Wednesday what he'd be looking for in Thursday's game.

"First and foremost, we want to see what these guys have learned in our two quick days of practice, see what they can comprehend and you can turn that into their coachability and their hockey sense," said Gylywoychuk, "Also, we want to see what their compete level is like. There is the first time in a week and a half that they're going against an opponent and not their teammates."

Gylywoychuk also said they'd like to see the individual skill set, and how the gel as a team.

He added that a positive result would be nice, but it's not everything.

"Every time you go into a game of hockey, you want to try but I think there's some evaluation that has to take place and there's also some opportunity where we may pencil some guys in and see how they fit in certain situations," said Gylywoychuk, "You have to give-and-take and look at the big picture."

The Wheat Kings are expected to dress 13 rookies for Thursday night's contest including centre Kord Pankewicz and goaltender Jordan Papirny, their two first round picks in the 2011 Bantam Draft.

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