Saturday, 1 September 2012

Shmyr Impresses at First Wheat Kings' Camp

Braylon Shmyr was Brandon's first round pick
in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft
He didn't have a chance to make the final roster but Braylon Shmyr was still determined to make a solid impression on the Brandon Wheat Kings this fall.

Shmyr was Brandon's first round pick (12th overall) in the Bantam Draft last May and seems to be a nice combination of skill and speed.

The 15-year old Shmyr isn't eligible to play full-time in the Western Hockey League until next season but the Calgary product still wanted to make a solid impression this fall.

"Just trying to get a good impression for the scouts so they can have a good look at me for when I can play so they can see if I can actually play at the high end level," said Shmyr after Saturday's scrimmage at Wheat Kings' Training Camp, "There's older guys out there who are really good so I just try to match up to them, look at them and see what they do and I just try to do the same thing."

The 5-foot-8, 140 pound Shmyr had 38 goals and 69 points in 33 games with the Calgary Bisons of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League last season and is expected to spend this season with the Calgary Buffaloes of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

He knows it's a big year for him if he wants to meet his goal of being a full-time Wheat King in twelve months.

"I really have to focus on training on-ice and off-ice too," said Shmyr, "Just really working hard so I can really gain the weight...be in shape and hopefully be on that team next year."

Saturday night's scrimmage was the last chance for Wheat Kings' fans to see Shmyr in person this season.

He headed back to Calgary Saturday night to begin tryouts with the Buffaloes on Sunday.

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