Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lisoway's Rehab Progressing Well

Quintin Lisoway tends a little goal during a ball hockey
session at the Wheat Kings' Hockey School this week.
  Quintin Lisoway hopes to be ready to go by the time the Brandon Wheat Kings open training camp in early September.

  The Neepawa product suffered ACL and MCL damage in his left knee during a game against Lethbridge on March 4th and underwent season-ending knee surgery in late March.

  "Things have been coming along great so far," said Lisoway at this week's Wheat Kings' Hockey School, where he's serving as one of the instructors, "Stepped on the ice for the first time in about 4 1/2 months two weeks ago...that was a great feeling, being back out there."

  Lisoway had nine goals and 20 points in 64 games with Brandon last season while also serving as an alternate captain.

  "I feel it's close to 100 per cent.  It's never going to be 100 per cent of what it was, but it's going to be 100 per cent of what it's going to be now," added Lisoway, "That's the main goal is to just try to get it as close as I can to being 100 per cent."

  Overcoming the knee injury is just one of the challenges ahead for Lisoway this coming year.

  He's also one of five 20-year old players currently on the Wheat Kings' roster.

  "I have to kind of mount a comeback here.  Going into my 20-year old year, I'm fighting for a spot so I think that's the biggest part, just knowing that I'm going to have to battle," said Lisoway, "With me coming back from injury, it's going to be tough but I've been doing everything I can to help with my situation."

  Lisoway joins Tim McGauley, Rihards Bukarts, Colton Waltz and Macoy Erkamps as the current 1995-born players on the Wheat Kings' roster that could fill the three 20-year old spots for the 2015-2016 season.

  Waltz, by the way, is headed to an NHL camp in September.

  He's been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' rookie camp and to play in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton in mid-September.

Chaff...former Kootenay Ice head coach Ryan McGill has been named the new head coach of the OHL's Owen Sound Attack...Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa have been named finalists to host 2018 IIHF World Juniors.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Fehr Signs 3-Year Deal with Pens

  The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed former Brandon Wheat King Eric Fehr to a three-year, six million dollar contract.

  Fehr had 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games with Washington last season and has spent most of his ten-year NHL career with the Capitals.

  The 29-year old Fehr may not be ready for the start of the 2015-2016 season.

  He underwent elbow surgery on June 3rd and is expected to need 4-6 months of recovery and rehabilitation time.

McGauley off to Caps' Camp this Fall

Tim McGauley
  Tim McGauley is headed to D.C.

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' centre has been invited to Washington's rookie camp this fall and will play with the Capitals' at a prospects tournament in Florida in mid-September.

  "I want to make the best of it, have a lot of fun, be a sponge out there and learn all sorts of things, everything I can," said McGauley this week, "Hopefully, I can come back with a great experience and some great advice."

  McGauley had a breakout year in 2014-2015, finishing third in the Western Hockey League in scoring with 42 goals and 105 points.

  Despite those lofty numbers, the Wilcox, Saskatchewan product was not selected in the NHL Draft last month but did attend the Montreal Canadiens' development camp earlier this month.

  That experience and Washington's invitation are serving as a nice reward for McGauley.

  "It wasn't too much of a sting, to be honest, I've been through it before but to get the invites right after the draft was nice," said McGauley about being passed over in the NHL Draft for the third time, "People know of me, they've been watching which is nice to know.  To get a chance to go to camp is a real honour and I just want to make the best of my opportunities and, hopefully, I can."

  The 20-year old McGauley is in a bit of a unique situation as he prepares for the 2015-2016 season.

  The expectation is he'll be returning for a fourth season with the Wheat Kings but, if things go well with Washington, there is a chance he could sign a contract and play professionally this coming season.

  "I know all the possibilities that lie ahead of me, all the circumstance that could pan out for the future but, for now, I'm just taking it one day at a time, training hard and however it goes, I'll sure I'm going to he happy with," said McGauley, "Playing pro hockey would be a dream but also coming back to the Wheat Kings, that would also be awesome too."

  McGauley is one of at least six Wheat Kings' players expected to attend camps with NHL clubs this fall.

  Meanwhile, the Wheat Kings annual hockey school got underway Monday.

  Matt Calvert, Ryan Pulock, Michael Ferland, Ryan Craig and Jens Meilleur along with current members of the Wheat Kings are among those instructing at the week-long school.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Kylington Signs with Flames

  The Brandon Wheat Kings' first round pick in this year's CHL Import Draft has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames.

  Oliver Kylington was the Flames' second round pick in this year's NHL Draft.

  According to the Calgary Sun, the plan is for Kylington to attend rookie camp, play in the prospects tournament in Penticton and, possibly, main camp in September.

  Signing with the Flames also opens all kinds of door for where the defenceman will play next season.

  Possible landings spot include the Flames, the AHL's Stockton Heat or the Wheat Kings.

  However, according to the Sun, for Kylington to play anywhere in North America other than Calgary, it would have to be with the blessing of his club team in Sweden, with whom he's signed to a contract for the next couple of seasons.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Quenneville Signs with Devils

John Quenneville
  Brandon Wheat Kings' centre John Quenneville has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

  Quenneville, who was the Devils' first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, signed a deal worth just over 2.5 million dollars that includes a $277,500 signing bonus.

  "It's the next step for me as a player.  I'm a pro hockey player now so it makes me feel really confident in myself and my abilities," said Quenneville in an interview with Devils' TV, "For me now, it's just working on development and working to try and play here one day."

  Quenneville had 17 goals and 47 points in 57 regular season games with the Wheat Kings last year but upped his production in the playoffs, scoring ten goals and 19 points in 19 games in helping Brandon reach the Western Hockey League Final.

  "Signing is nice for me.  It's something that I've worked towards and something that I've wanted for a long time," added Quenneville, "Now that I've done that, I'm working toward the next step."

  Quenneville is currently attending the Devils' Development Camp at AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center in New Jersey.

  It's the second straight year the 19-year old Edmonton product is at the camp but it is a little different this year under a new staff that includes GM Ray Shero and coach John Hynes.

  "It's nice to see what the coaches are saying, their philosophies and what they expect of us," said Quenneville, "I'm taking in everything that I can from the new coaching staff."

  Despite signing the contract, Quenneville is still expected to return to Brandon for the 2015-2016 season and play a fourth year with the Wheat Kings.