(Bobby Zinkan honoured at the Mac’s tournament – Photo from their Facebook page)
The injury depleted Broncos have called up prospect F Dakota Odgers from Yorkton of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league for this week’s road trip to Cranbrook, Red Deer and Edmonton. They are huge games as the Broncos need to make an impact this week or risk falling too far out of the playoff race heading into next week’s trade deadline. I imagine Odgers will fill a similar role to what we saw from Jordan Wittman in his two recent games. Wittman is back with the Home Hardware Legionnaires for their tournament in Kelowna, but Zac Mackay is still with the Broncos.
Odgers was Swift Current’s first selection of the second round in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. After missing much of last season with an injury he has been one of the bright spots for a struggling Yorkton club as a 15-year-old. Odgers has 16 goals and 27 points in 31 games this season. The son of former NHLer Jeff Odgers is also sporting quite a mullet as he gets set for his first WHL regular season game. He is another part of that impressive Class of 2011 that Bronco fans are looking forward to getting to know.
The headliner of that class made an impact at the recent Mac’s Tournament. Brycen Martin scored 4 points in 4 games and was named to the tournament’s second all-star team. He wasn’t alone among Swift Current prospects either. 16-year-old Bobby Zinkan scored 3 points in 5 games to also make the second all-star team. Congrats to them both!
Martin and Zinkan were only two of nine Swift Current prospects at the Mac’s Tournament. You can check out the full list and their results over at the Small Thoughts At Large Blog. He did a great job putting the list together so I don’t want to take away from any well deserved traffic. Brendan Hopkins had a nice tournament in scoring 5 points in 4 games. That is almost as many points as he has scored all season in the Midget AAA league. Maybe this will be a landmark for Hopkins heading into the second half.
It certainly looks like the Broncos will have a lot of to look forward to, especially on the blue line, for years to come.
It was a tough tournament for Team West at the U17s. They went 0-4 in the Preliminary round before losing to Germany in the 9th place game. Broncos prospect Denis Bosc had a goal and an assist in five games at the tournament. It’s been quite a year for Bosc. After turning heads at Broncos camp he has put in a very solid performance as a 16-year-old in the MJHL. Could he be someone in line for a call-up? Something to watch.
Speaking of international hockey… I just want to say congrats to all four teams in the World Junior Semi-Finals today. That was quite a show. This is the best sport in the world and those games were just another example. Does it suck to see Canada lose? Absolutely. However, this tournament wouldn’t continue to mean as much as it does if we just won every year. The recent bitter losses will make it so much sweeter when Canada takes the gold back next year… maybe even with a couple of Broncos on board.
Over a month ago I did up a little prospects update for you. Since then I have been able to get access to some Alberta Midget AAA stats to add to it. I decided to make that list a permanent fixture on the blog. You can see the link underneath the banner. Check it out for an update on how some of the prospects are doing and further links to more detailed stats anytime you want. It’s not a full list of prospects and is ever evolving. If you have some info that I should add please let me know.
Our next broadcast is Wednesday night (tonight) from Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. The last game between the two teams was as entertaining a game as we’ve seen all season. The Ice are also coming off a 7-2 loss against Lethbridge so they will be as motivated as ever. It’s a big one for both teams. Our pre-game show gets started at 7:30pm on The Eagle 94.1 FM.