Post-Game Coach’s Show with Darren Evjen (Download)
Not much to add to this one. It wasn’t a great performance by any means. However, Moose Jaw is a very good hockey team. It felt a lot like the Edmonton game on Friday except the Broncos got better goaltending tonight. Groenheyde was very good again. They also had some very good push back at times but couldn’t convert some great chances.
How about that fight between Andy Blanke and Kendall McFaull? It was as good as any I’ve seen this year. I didn’t see much of Blanke after the fight though. Hopefully he will be OK. He did play a couple of shifts after so perhaps he was injured in an unrelated play. I’ll get an update later.
The one thing about watching teams like Edmonton and Moose Jaw is knowing where they came from. Last season they were both road teams in the playoffs. Two seasons ago Moose Jaw barely made the playoffs and the Oil Kings were dead last. Three seasons ago they were both out of the playoffs and it was the Warriors in dead last. Four seasons ago Moose Jaw barely made the playoffs and the Oil Kings were out of the playoffs. Five seasons ago Moose Jaw missed the playoffs and the Oil Kings didn’t even exist.
What is my point? Rebuilding takes patience and rebuilding works. The same holds true in Kamloops and Portland where those teams really struggled for several years before their teams turned into Western Conference powers.
I can’t guarantee that the Broncos are going to be in the same spot as Portland, Kamloops, Edmonton and Moose Jaw within the next few seasons. What I can say is they have a much better chance of getting there after a low finish and some high picks in 2010/11. More high picks this year certainly won’t hurt the cause.
Over the last few days we saw two great examples of what the future could hold. It sure looks fun.