Swift Current Broncos defenceman Brycen Martin put on a show at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec.
He scored twice and had 9 points to lead all defencemen in scoring at the tournament over 5 games. He was an ace on the power play for his squad.
Martin and Team Pacific ended up with a 3-1 record in the preliminary round, but didn’t advance to the medal round because they only got 2 (of a possible 3) points for all their wins in overtime. They beat Team Ontario 7-6 yesterday to finish 5th at the event.
We’ve watched Martin evolve already into an impact player at the WHL level with the Broncos. A performance like this against his peers is only more reason to get excited about what he has to offer. He is an elite young talent that is going to have scouts flocking to Bronco games over the next year and a half.
Martin will re-join the Broncos after the weekend.
Swift Current product and Prince Albert Raiders forward Tim Vanstone had 1 assist in 5 games as his Team West finished 9th with a win over Slovakia yesterday.
As I noted on twitter earlier this week, the depth of the Swift Current Broncos system was on display at the recent Mac’s Midget Tournament. Some of the best teams in the world came together for a showcase of top talent with a number of Broncos on display.
D Dom Masellis and the Vancouver Northwest Giants swept through the tournament and were crowned champions in dominant fashion. The big defenceman had a single assist in 7 games and from those I’ve talked to he really contributed a solid, stay at home, physical performance for the champions.
- It was a strong tournament for 2012 first round draft pick F Glenn Gawdin as he put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 5 games for the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
- 2012 third round draft pick F Wyatt Sloboshan had 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games for the Saskatoon Contacts.
- 2011 first round draft pick D Zack Gonek scored 3 goals and has 2 assists in 5 games for the St. Albert Raiders.
- Recently signed 2011 draft pick F Jake DeBrusk put up 2 goals and 4 assists in 4 games for the Edmonton SSAC Athletics.
- 2012 fourth round pick Jackson Keane produced 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games for the Winnipeg Wild.
The Broncos had five draft picks at a point per game pace or better in the tournament. You have to be happy with that kind of scoring depth from your prospects. The tournament also featured young forward Brandan Arnold with Tisdale and signed 2012 draft pick defenceman Max Lajoie with the Calgary Royals. The Broncos had eight players in total at Mac’s and most of them made a significant impact. Management has to be pleased with what they’re seeing from their youth.
You can keep yourself updated on the progress of Swift Current’s prospects by click here for the prospects section of my blog.
Don’t forget the Broncos visit the Kootenay Ice tonight! We’ll have the game live on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 7:30pm Saskatchewan time.