Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb
Interview with Broncos F Cole Johnson
Well that’s a nice way to start a season. Despite playing an at times frustrating, penalty filled game… the Broncos came from down 3-1 to win in overtime over Moose Jaw. It’s the rookie game and it’s pre-season, but the comeback kids picked up right where they left off as a squad that never gives up on a game.
I thought the penalties really took the flow out of the game and at times guys were trying to do too much and it showed. Once they simplified things the guys you expected to shine started to shine. It’s been an impressive stint in camp so far for the 1998 class and things are continuing in that direction as the Broncos locked up five of their young guys to WHL contracts. Those are more long term additions. Tyler Adams and Jaydan Gordon are both entering their 17-year-old seasons and as such might be guys the team is looking at making pushes for the roster this year. They are also both list players and it’s always nice to get a find that way. The signings of Owen Seidel, Matthew Parsons and Colby Sissons strike me as deals with an eye to having them really compete for spots next season… although strange things have happened.
Tyler Steenbergen and Cole Johnson looked very strong. I was again impressed by how well Max Lajoie can skate with the puck to make things happen. Luca Leoene showed some good hands around the net in sparking the comeback. Dakota Odgers stood out again for me for the second straight game as he seems to have an extra step coming from last season.
It was also a strong game for Travis Child when they needed him. He made some very clutch pad saves when Moose Jaw could have put the game out of reach. I thought he got better and calmer as the game went on.
Up next? Two games at the pre-season invitational in Edmonton this weekend. Again expect to see a lot of young guys so the team can evaluate them in actual competition. I think there will be very fierce competition for the final forward and defence spots on this team. Don’t be too comfortable if you’re a returning guy.
Also congrats to former Broncos PR man Keegan Goodrich on getting a job with the WInnipeg Jets. I knew Keegan back in the BCHL. He was a class guy then and obviously a hard worker who has climbed up the ladder. Enjoy the show!