Game Notes: The first period was dominated by the Swift Current Broncos, even though the scoreboard did not show it. There certainly appeared to be a disconnect between the Pats defencemen and forwards, in the early going especially, This resulted in errant passes, a generally disorganized breakout system, and several icing calls. However, led by the line of Chandler Stephenson, Lane Scheidl, and Jack Rodewald, the Pats took the play to the Broncos in the second and third periods to earn the victory. It is worth noting that both teams were missing an impact player, Reece Scarlett for Swift Current and Jordan Weal for Regina.
Prospect Notes: Early in the season it is important to identify and concentrate on the prospects available for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The most obvious prospect in this game was Chandler Stephenson. He was the best player in the game and led his team with 2 goals and 2 assists. Based on this performance I would identify him as a priority prospect, and tentatively slot him in as a possible 2nd or 3rd round draft choice. After a couple more viewings of Chandler I will compose a detailed prospect report.
Another draft Regina Pat's prospect who played in this game was Dominik Volek. Although Dominik's overall impact on the game was not substantial, he did demonstrate the skill set and work ethic necessary to merit attention from NHL scouts this season. It is too early to call him a priority prospect, but at first glance he certainly could be a consideration in later rounds.
As for the Swift Current Broncos, the only draft eligible prospect I watched was forward Coda Gordon. After my next viewing of him I will provide a prospect report. Based on this game, however Coda will need to have a bigger impact on the game to be considered a priority prospect. His skill set is adequate, and he did play on the second power-play unit -- so the coach had some faith in his offensive capabilities. Looking forward to watching Chandler, Dominik, and Coda this season and monitoring their development.