Monday, 5 October 2015

Armour Set for Wheat Kings' Debut

Garrett Armour practiced with Brandon for the first time Monday.
  Garrett Armour will make his Wheat Kings' debut Tuesday night when Brandon plays host to the Vancouver Giants (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The 18-year old Winnipeg product has acquired from Saskatoon late last week for a conditional 10th round pick in the 2017 Bantam Draft and practiced with Brandon for the first time on Monday.

  "It was almost a relief when I found out that's where I was going," said Armour after Monday's practice, "I'm coming to an elite team and one of the best club's in Canada so it was a huge moment for me for sure."

   Armour practiced on a line with Brandonites Duncan Campbell and Tanner Kaspick on Monday, and the 6-foot-2, 212 pound Armour said he's got a pretty good understanding of what his role with the Wheat Kings will be.

  "I know I'm not going to come into this team and be an elite points guy or goal scorer, that's not why they brought me in because they have a lot of those guys here," said Armour, "I'm going to be a guy that gets pucks deep, keeps the game really simple.  I'm going to be throwing the body, creating some room for my linemates who can put the puck in the net and be a role guy."

  Armour had one goal and six points in 45 games in his rookie season with Saskatoon in 2014-2015 after producing 13 goals and 30 points in 43 games during the 2013-2014 campaign as a teammate with Wheat Kings' centre Nolan Patrick on the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

  While Armour looks to draw into the Brandon lineup Tuesday, Rihards Bukarts will be out for the second straight game.

  Bukarts was suspended for a checking-from-behind major he incurred during Friday's loss to Calgary and sat out Saturday's game in Regina, with the WHL setting the suspension at three games on Monday evening.

  One disappointment for Brandon fans Tuesday night is that they'll be denied the opportunity to see Tyler Benson in person for the first time.

  The top pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft and top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft remains out of the Vancouver lineup indefinitely after undergoing surgery last month.

Chaff...three Brandon prospects will play in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup later this month Calgary.  It was announced Monday that Caiden Daley and Rylan Bettens will be members of Team Manitoba and Sean Comrie will play for Team Alberta...Manitoba's roster doesn't include Brandon product Calden Addison, the second overall pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft by Lethbridge.  He's sidelined indefinitely after suffering a fractured tibia ten days ago...former Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Pulock has cracked the opening night roster of the New York Islanders...Brandon product Joel Edmundson appears to have won himself a spot on the St. Louis Blues' opening night roster...Bill Meltzer from hockeybuzz.com reports that former Wheat Kings' great Brian Propp has now been released from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Phiadelphia after suffering a stroke last month.

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