Monday, 1 June 2015

Wheat Kings' Prospects Highlighted at Camp

Caiden Daley
  The Brandon Wheat Kings wrapped up their annual Prospects Camp Sunday with a 4-on-4 intrasquad game.

  2015 first round pick Caiden Daley had a hat-trick plus an assist to lead Team Black to a 10-7 win over Team White.

  Ty Lewis had three goals and an assist in a losing cause for the White squad.

  This past weekend's camp was Daley first exposure to the Wheat Kings' organization and the Winnipeg product felt good about what he learned.

  "It was a lot of fun.  The guys welcomed me in," said Daley, "It good competition playing against older guys that are bigger and faster so I just have to try and adapt to that more and just keep getting better."

  All ten of Brandon's picks in the 2015 Bantam Draft, included Daley, participated in the camp.

  In addition to three ice times, the players also had a session wtih Wheat Kings' strength and conditioning coach Jim Frederickson and a seminar for the players and their parents about the Wheat Kings and the Western Hockey League.

  "The fitness stuff, I learned a lot from that," said Daley, "Just different exercises, different stretches I can do before games, after games and just the whole culture of the team was great.  Just learned a lot this weekend."

  While the ten recent draft picks were just dipping their toes into the Wheat Kings' organization, the other 17 prospects in attendance were in a different mode.

  They were all trying to make an impression and show that, perhaps, they'd be ready to challenge for a roster spot this fall.

  Among those that looked like he'll be close to playing in the WHL next season was defenceman Ian Mitchell, a second round in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

Ian Mitchell
  "It's a big difference.  Coming in last year, I was really nervous and not really sure what to expect," said the 5-foot-10, 160 pound Mitchell, "This year, a little more calm and a little more confident knowing that I'd been here before and now I'm trying to make an impression to try and challenge for a spot."

  In order to challenge for a spot this fall, Mitchell says he'll have to have a good summer of training.

  "I need to make sure that I'm putting the right stuff in my body and always going to the gym prepared, knowing that today I have to be better than I was the day before," said Mitchell, "Obviously, going into next year playing against bigger guys, older guys, it's going to be a tough adjustment for me."

  Mitchell had one goal and 11 points in 27 games with the AMHL's St. Albert Sports Raiders in 2014-2015, and also played on Alberta's silver-medal winning team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games with fellow Wheat Kings' prospects Jarrod Gourley and Jeremy Klessens.

Chaff...Wheat Kings' defenceman Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon are among the 120 prospects that'll be taking part in the NHL Draft Combine that begins Monday in Buffalo...the Moose Jaw Warriors announced over the weekend that 2015 fourth overall pick Jett Woo and 2015 sixth overall pick Luka Burzan have both signed a Standard Player Agreements.

All the participants in the Wheat Kings' Prospect Camp pose for a picture at the end of Sunday's intrasquad game.

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