|John Quenneville (left) and Jayce Hawryluk should make their|
season debuts with the Wheat Kings on Friday
The duo were returned to the Wheat Kings by their NHL teams earlier this week and, barring any travel issues, should make their season debuts when Brandon hosts the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
"They're anxious to get back and join their team," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon after Thursday's practice, "As much as it's been a great experience for them at NHL camp and an enjoyable experience, I think that, in talking with both players, that they're both really looking forward to the weekend and getting back in the lineup."
Despite the absence of, arguably, their top two forwards, the Wheat Kings opened their 2014-2015 regular season with back-to-back wins over the Regina Pats last weekend.
"We've, I think to our players' credit, done a pretty good job of worrying about the players that are here and not worrying about the guys that are away at NHL camps and I think because of that some guys have taken advantage of opportunities," said McCrimmon, "Now with Jayce and Johnny being returned, it's going to make the team better, its going to make our special teams better, but it only improves our team if everyone keeps playing hard."
The return of Quenneville and Hawryluk leaves the Wheat Kings with only one player away at pro camp in New York Rangers' draft pick Richard Nejezchleb.
Nejezchleb reported to the training camp of the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, earlier this week.
Chaff...Elkhorn product and Flyers' 2014 first round pick Travis Sanheim signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Philadelphia on Thursday...the Blades acquired 20-year old F Sam McKechnie from the Seattle Thunderbirds Thursday for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft...D Eric Roy (upper body, week-to-week) and F Ty Lewis (upper body, week-to-week) will remain out of Brandon's lineup this weekend.