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Thread: 2017 Off Season

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    What do you guys think this team needs to do this off season to improve? My wish list would be a new coach but that doesn't look like that will change. I also think they need to find some character guys to bring in . I think this team was lacking some leadership this year. If Patrick does return I hope they trade him at the deadline to build around the 16 year olds coming in this year . That's what I would like to see .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirmel View Post
    What do you guys think this team needs to do this off season to improve? My wish list would be a new coach but that doesn't look like that will change. I also think they need to find some character guys to bring in . I think this team was lacking some leadership this year. If Patrick does return I hope they trade him at the deadline to build around the 16 year olds coming in this year . That's what I would like to see .
    I agree with every thing you say. Kirmel. Don't think you will see a coaching change and I don't think Patrick comes back unless he goes number 2 to Philly. You can see by this year's bantam draft that the team management must have realized that they needed players with more heart and competitivenes. Could use have used more of both this year. I am thinking the team is once again a possible wildcard team this coming season. Don't think they can handle Reg, MJ, SC or even PA, but I hope I am wrong. I guess the development of our 18's into 19's and our 16's into 17's will go a long ways to determining where we finish next year. We need to be more competitive in our overall play.

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    I wonder if all of our drafted players show up this weekend at the prospects camp.That will give us some idea of who is committed to the WHL.

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    no when they sign their whl contract we know and not before .

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    I see a lot of WHL teams announcing the signings of their top draft choices. I hope to hear of the WK signing some of their top picks at the Prospects camp this weekend. When will their website or the Brandon Sun give us some info on the camp?

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    Went to the Prospects intra squad game this morning and was impressed by this group of prospects. The best player on the ice was Braden Schneider followed closely by Ben McCartney. You can tell they had some experience last year in the playoffs with the WK.Others who looked good to me were Vincent Iorio, Jack Zayat, Jayson Szun, Sam Anderson, Anthony Kehrer, Lyndon McCallum, johnny Hooker, Codey Behun, Kolton Shindle and Kyle Bettens-----looks bigger than his older brother Rylan. Both goalies were good Ethan Kruger and Logan Thompson. Some small but very skilled forwards. #1 pick Ridley Greig did not stand out but this is only one game actually 2 periods. Up next import draft and then rookie camp in late August.

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    Some thoughts on the weekend

    Kyle Bettens could make the Wheat Kings draft look like a monster. I think he looks much better then his brother did at this age. He had a very good year with the Wild last year and doubled his brothers point totals. I think he is bigger already then his brother.

    Agree that McCartney and Schneider looked a step above the other prospects. Schneider looks like the type of D man that is going to do it all.

    Nice to see Iorio and Kehrer both there. I think there is a 90 percent chance both are a Wheat King next year. Sam Anderson looked like another really solid 2000 player to me as well. Kolton Shindle looks like a bundle of skill and energy.

    I hear that they are high on Kruger and he could be the back up this year

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    Would not surprise me if Kruger was the backup this year as I do not even know if Arps and Peacock are listed anymore. Kind I'd surprised that the WK did not draft a goalie this year.Sure hope we hear about some prospect signings soon and that some of the prospects not on the 50 man protected list make it on the list, guys like Szun, McCallum, Behun, Wagner and Ott who were not on their list.

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    Thoughts after rookie camp, looking ahead
    If Patrick gets returned, I hope they trade him for picks, prospects and a big forward to protect the young guys. As it stands, the overagers will be Thomson, Jensen and Shearer
    And I hope the coaches start to be more animated, and the leadership group stops taking stupid penalties
    Next season will be a grind with not much 18/19 year old talent, but the defence should be better, forwards will struggle some
    But the future is bright, based on the 2016 draft, that's the players to build around. Have to take a page out of Regina's book, and build like they did, around Steel
    At the camp, Schneider was a man amongst boys. He looks like the next Connor Hobbs, we are going to love this guy, big, rough, aggressive
    Bettens looked great, surprised he hasn't signed yet, Hooker looked good as well, McCartney we know is another jewel, Salame and Ettinger will push for spots on defence as well
    Kruger looked good as well
    Never argue with idiots, they just drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by booboo View Post
    Would not surprise me if Kruger was the backup this year as I do not even know if Arps and Peacock are listed anymore. Kind I'd surprised that the WK did not draft a goalie this year.Sure hope we hear about some prospect signings soon and that some of the prospects not on the 50 man protected list make it on the list, guys like Szun, McCallum, Behun, Wagner and Ott who were not on their list.
    Wagner is listed by the team. Sure hope Szun and McCallum are as well. Yes, with the last two drafts the future does look good for the WK as long as the players sign contracts. In addition I would be really surprised if Patrick (if he comes back) and Clague are not moved at the trade deadline for more assets.

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