Just as I was posting earlier today that the Broncos may look at making a move for someone who could challenge for a top six spot, they traded a 6th round bantam draft pick to Seattle for big LW Chance Lund. The Fairview, Alberta product had by far his best WHL season with 15 goals and 17 assists last season. He more than doubled his career totals with those results. Perhaps this is someone who has found his scoring touch with age and opportunity?
Lund is a huge man coming in at 6’5 and 223lbs. His history tells us that he will fight but isn’t a fighter. Lund has 16 fights over his 4 year WHL career including 2 last year and a fight a few years ago against Graeme Craig. This is not someone who is going to come in here and fill an Andy Blanke type of role. He’s a big guy but one that I would expect is going to have to score if he expects to stick here.
The move provides additional competition at the overage spot. To this point the spots were Ryon Moser, Christian Magnus and Dalton Reum’s to lose. There was always a chance the Broncos would try to upgrade, but now there is another option staring them in the face. That should up the urgency a little bit heading into the games in Edmonton this weekend.
The first thing you can say about Lund is he was good enough to earn a spot on the Thunderbirds as a 16-year-old and has 4 years experience at the WHL level. He didn’t score much until last year, but we’re talking about a veteran who understands how to play in the league. The upside is that perhaps this is someone who has another leap forward offensively in him.
Lund came out of the gate hot last year scoring 16 points in his first 23 games. The production slowed a bit after that but was still well above what he had done before. As guys mature physically and mentally there is often an extra gear. A new opportunity could open the door for him to take things up another notch.
Lund’s 32 points would have had him 9th on Swift Current in scoring last season. He was 3rd in scoring on a Seattle team that had a hard time putting the puck in the net. Maybe with some more offensive talent surrounding him those numbers would come up.
He only played one season of Midget AAA and scored 18 points in 36 games there as a 15-year-old.
Lund is on his way from Seattle now so I imagine we will see him back in his home province of Alberta in time for the two exhibition games in Edmonton this weekend.