MB Bantam Showcase
The MB showcase was a good first glimpse of this years Bantam age group. With limited time and exposure it is difficult to get accurate scouting reports, as there is much more to a player other then stats. While their where several performances worth noting opinions on, here is a report of only some of those player highlights of the weekend.
Winnipeg Monarchs – Carter Halamandaris had a strong showing this weekend. He is a good 2 way forward, with some good edges on his skates. Carter is player that uses his team mates well. Hughie Hooker also had a very strong showing. Smaller in stature however Hooker is a very good skater and is skilled with the puck. He likes to join the rush and has offensive upside. Carter Ullett in net also played well. Ullett is a athletic goalie that moves quick which is necessary as his is not a big bodied goalie.
Interlake Lightning – Colby Bear lead this team offensively. Bear is a big bodied forward, that seems to be in the right location at right time. Bear has a good heavy shot. Michael Crave on defense had a pretty good tourney and likes to play physical as he has size to back it. It will be interesting as this team takes on some stronger competition to see how players fair.
Southwest Cougars – This is a deep team. Braeden Lewis, is a typical power forward that can score and drives the net, he will garner attention by WHL scouts. Brayden Mosset is also a defensemen that had a strong few games. Mosset does not shy away from physical play and plays a pretty defensive game that picks his spots to join the rush. There are definitely other players on this team that will have a good year and we will report more on this team as the year goes on.
Winnipeg Sharks – This is a very deep team. Mathieu Moreira had a good weekend. A shifty player that has a good shot that finds the back of the net. Branden Huminuk also had a good weekend. He can protect the puck very well and likes a physical game. On defence, Lucas Brenton lead the Sharks. A tall dman that uses his reach well, and picks his offensive opportunities. The Sharks also have a 6’4″ dman, 240 lbs, Zach Davis, that will be interesting to watch as the season goes on to gauge his progression – good project type player.
Winnipeg Hawks – Offensively Conner Roulette leads the team. A very skilled forward that has a good shot and is a very good puck handler. Roulette can be creative with the puck and quite often find the back of the net. Rory Neill had a good weekend as well. Neill is a good stick handler with an accurate shot. Neill was observed playing defence which has not been his traditional position. Cole Plowman is a tender with some good size, and is pretty quick. Look for a big season from him.
Eastman Selects – Cabral Labossiere is a huge forward that has a great shot. He uses his size very well and can skate well with his huge strides. Kyle Melo is the leader defensively and is a physical dman who has size . He plays a sound defensive game and it continues to get better every game.
Brandon Wheat Kings – Darrien Perrault had a strong weekend and can be an up and comer. He is a good skater with good edges and uses his line-mates well. In net, Tyson Gregory will be leaned upon. He played well, has some good size, and moves quit well.
Pembina Valley Hawks – This team is led by 2 very good forwards. Trent crane is a very good skater, both technically, with excellent edge work. He can stick handle very well and can with score or be a setup guy. Roux Bazin is the other forward that has pretty decent speed and has a good shoot. Bazin picks his lanes and opportunities. Good 2-way forward.
Winnipeg Warrors- Paison Butler is the top forward on this team and showed well. Butler has some size and is a good skater. He protects the puck well and has a heavy shot. Nolan Bettens on defence had a pretty good weekend. Bettens likes to join the rush has some good speed once he winds up,.
Yellowhead Chiefs – Conor Geekie(2004) leads this team offensively. With good size and the ability to skate, he can control the play. Brandt Young on defence is a stay at home type of dman. He plays positionally quite well and makes consistent plays and passes.
Central Plains Capitals – Riley Borody had a great weekend. With some size, Borody showcased his abilities to make plays and at the same time bury the puck. Borody has some good skills with the puck and can protect it as well. Borody has a good shot as well. Ryan Botterill also had a decent weekend and seems to find the open spaces. Botterill is a smart player that uses his hockey sense to earn opportunities.
Norman Wolves – This team is lead by Justin Lies and Chase Bertholet offensively. Lies is a big bodied forward that uses his size and strength to gain position. He also has a good shot and likes to engage in the physical play . Bertholet is a smaller forward that can skate well and has an accurate shot. Bertholet also can use his linemates well which indicates his hockey sense is above average
Parkland Rangers – Several good players on this team . Tyson Zimmer(2004) was their top offensive player. With his size and speed he created opportunities for himself and line-mates. Aidan Brook and Brayden Broom where 2 other players worth noting, that had strong weekends. Both players are good skaters, engage in the play and like physical play. These 2 players are up and comers to keep an eye on as the year progresses. The Parkland team has a defence core that should garner some attention this season.