Friday, 9 January 2015

Odd 'n' Ends

Tyler Coulter
  Time will tell if the Brandon Wheat Kings make any further moves prior to Saturday’s Western Hockey League trade deadline.

  The Wheat Kings having already added a pair of veteran WHL players in Morgan Klimchuk and Reid Gow so it would seem unlikely Brandon will make any further major moves prior to the deadline.
  Players are always a little nervous and on edge prior to the deadline, and this season is no different.
  “I think we just try to shrug it off a lot. We don’t try to put too much emphasis on it, if something happens, it happens,” said second-year forward Tyler Coulter after Friday afternoon’s practice in Red Deer, “There’s been a couple of funny jokes happen this year with guys bags being packed up in the room.  I don’t think it’s too serious right now, if something happens we all say our good-byes and move on.”
  The deadline officially passes at 1:00 p.m. (CST) Saturday.
  Speaking of Coulter, the 18-year old Brandon product has been playing some of this best hockey of the season since the Christmas break even if the numbers don’t bear that out.
  Coulter has three assists in six games since the break, all of them coming in Brandon’s New Year’s Day victory in Saskatoon.
  Coulter feels one of the reasons is he’s starting to use his 6-foot-0, 214 pound frame a little more to his advantage.
  “The first half of the year, I started to notice it was coming a little bit.  I think, in the second half, I’ve started to use some speed with my zone and it’s really helping down low.  I’m not losing down there much any more.”
  Overall, Coulter has nine goals and 19 points in 41 games this season while also sporting a +9 rating.
  The Wheat Kings will open a three-game Alberta road trip Saturday night in Red Deer (7:37 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
  Ivan Provorov will return to the Brandon lineup after missing six games while playing for Russia at the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship.
  Rihards Bukarts, who missed Tuesday’s 5-0 home-ice loss to Everett with an upper body injury, practiced on Friday afternoon in Red Deer and will be a gameday decision for the Wheat Kings.
  Additionally, rookie defenceman Kale Clague skated prior to practice on Friday.
  Clague has been sidelined since mid-November with an upper body injury.

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