Interview with Andreas Schumacher:
What you’re going to get out of your import draft is often one of the biggest questions of any WHL training camp. The Broncos have been lucky enough to draft very successful imports in three of their last four drafts. Richard Nedomlel, Eetu Laurikainen and Julius Honka are close to as good and as valuable as any trio of imports in the WHL over that span I’d argue. What will the Broncos get out of this year’s draft? It looks like Maxim Letunov is unlikely to join the team and he was more of a big swing. However, Andreas Schumacher could be exactly what the doctor ordered anyway. He’s 6’4, skates well for his size and has a strong shot. Some size like that would really look good in the top six for Swift Current. I had one observer say they saw a bit of Adam Lowry in his stride yesterday. I don’t think we want to set such lofty expectations for Schumacher. At the same time if he can use his size to shake off checks and create space he could be very valuable to a skilled group on the top lines.
We won’t really know what the Broncos have in Schumacher until the regular season. However, this camp and exhibition will at least give us an idea where we can start to slot him. Initial impressions are good. He’s well spoken, enthusiastic, has a family history with the CHL, knows he needs to use his size and seems to understand he’s got to be a two-way player. Now that he’s said all those things we wait to see what he can actually offer on the ice.
I only saw bits and pieces of the first day. For those of you who were in attendance what grabbed you? Who stood out? It’s nice to see a big part of the future like Tyler Steenbergen scoring the first goal of camp. I heard a lot of raves about Brycen Martin’s game yesterday. Anyone else stand out for you?
Scrimmages again run at 4pm and 6pm today. It’s going to be a lousy weekend outside so you might as well hit the rink. I hope it’s a big crowd for the Black vs. White game at 1pm on Sunday.