Photo courtesy Brian Liesse/Seattle Thunderbirds
This will be my last ORM of the year as the playoffs get going this week.
With the season winding down and all 16 playoff teams set, I felt like we here at DubNetwork should take the time to note those whose season have already ended. In the weeks to come, many of the playoff-bound players will be lauded and appreciated. Though their seasons did not end the way they wanted them to, the following group of players deserves to be appreciated.
Without further ado, here is my all-star team made up of those that missed out of the playoffs:
Left Wing: Colton Kroeker (Kootenay Ice)-1997- 18 goals-41 assists-59 points
Honourable mentions: Braylon Shmyr (Saskatoon), Trey Fix-Wolansky(Edmonton)
Centre: Jesse Shynkaruk (Saskatoon)-1996- 31 goals-25 assists-56 points
Honourable mentions: Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Spokane), Davis Koch (Edmonton)
Right Wing: Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane)-1998- 42 goals-57 assists-99 points
Honourable mentions: Ty Ronning (Vancouver), Vince Loschiavo (Kootenay)
Left Defence: Cale Fleury (Kootenay)-1998- 11 goals-27 assists-38 points
Honourable mentions: Bryton Sayers (Saskatoon), Tyson Helgesen (Spokane)
Right Defence: Max Martin (Prince Albert)-1999- eight goals-25 assists-33 points
Honourable mentions: Conner McDonald (Edmonton), Ty Smith (Spokane)
Goalie: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon)-1997- 2.81 GAA-0.912 save percentage
Honourable mentions: Dawson Weatherill (Spokane), Ian Scott (Prince Albert)
Rookie of the year: Trey Fix-Wolansky-1999- (Edmonton) 24 goals-30 assists-54 points
Honourable mentions: Ty Smith (Spokane), Dawson Weatherill (Spokane)
Import of the year: Mark Rubinchik (Saskatoon) zero goals-23 assists-23 points
Honourable mentions: Simon Stransky (Prince Albert), Ondrej Naman (Spokane)
MVP: Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane)
Honourable mentions: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon), Cale Fleury (Kootenay)
Overreaction of the week: Spokane is the team most likely to turn things around next year.
-The Chiefs had as many as 10 rookies on the team this year and three of those received big minutes on the blue line and in net. By the end of the season, they were rolling out one of the best top lines in the Western Conference with Hudson Elynuik, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Kailer Yamamoto. Those three should all be back again next year as Carolina does not have to sign the 2016 drafted Elynuik until 2018. With Yamamoto just barely missing 100 points this year, there seems to be no real reason why e wouldn’t shatter that next year en route to ensuring his team a playoff birth. The Chiefs also tout a large number of talented young forwards like Eli Zummack, Ethan McIndoe, Hayden Ostir and Koby Morrisseau. Another season in the WHL should do wonders for that talented group.
They will lose Alex Mowbray and Keanu Yamamoto up front and Jayden Sittler in net. Though the older Yamamoto has been a key player for years in Spokane, there seems to be no reason why the Chiefs can’t greatly improve next year even without those three.