Brandon Wheat Kings: 2015-16 Season Preview

Eastern Conference Preview: Brandon Wheat Kings

The Western Hockey League’s 50th season begins on Thursday, September 24th and we will begin our WHL preview with the 2014-15 regular season champion Brandon Wheat Kings.

General Manager/Head Coach: Kelly McCrimmon
2015 Pre-Season:
Games: 4  Record: 3-0-1-0
2014-15 Record: 53-11-4-4 – 114 pts (1st in East Division)
GF: 340  GA: 219
2014-15 Power Play/Penalty Killing Ranking:
PP: 25.7% (2nd)  PK: 77.1% (17th)
2015 WHL Playoffs: 
Lost in four games to Kelowna Rockets in 2015 WHL Championship Series
2014-15 Top Scorers:
Tim McGauley
Games: 72  G: 42  A: 63  Pts: 105
Morgan Klimchuk
Games: 60  G: 34  A: 46  Pts: 80          
Peter Quenneville  
Games: 72  G: 27  A: 48  Pts: 75

The Brandon Wheat Kings took a big step forward last season as they claimed the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top Club in the regular season. The Wheat Kings also advanced to the 2015 WHL Championship Series for the first time since 2005 before falling to the Kelowna Rockets.  With a collection of young, high-end talent, the Wheat Kings own a deep roster and will be eyeing not only a return to the WHL Championship Series, but claiming the Ed Chynoweth Cup.  

Up front, the Wheat Kings return several key forwards from what was the highest scoring offence in the WHL last season.  Tim McGauley, Rihards Bukarts and Jayce Hawryluk lead a dangerous attack while sophomore Nolan Patrick could also be a difference-maker in the Wheat Kings’ offence.

Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect Ivan Provorov will lead a defensive group that allowed the third-fewest goals against in the Eastern Conference last season. Provorov capped an impressive rookie campaign with 61 points (15g-46a) which led all first-year players and ranked fourth amongst WHL defencemen.  Defencemen Macoy Erkamps, Kale Clague and Colton Waltz look to solidify a well-rounded blue line both offensively and defensively.  

Jordan Papirny will return as the starting netminder after leading all goaltenders with 44 wins in 59 games last season and further impressed in the post-season, picking up 12 victories.

Player to Watch:  Stelio Mattheos

Stelio MattheosA 16-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, Mattheos enjoyed a successful season with the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA squad in Manitoba Minor Hockey League.  The first overall selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft scored 14 goals and 25 points in 27 games as a 15-year-old.  A big-bodied center who can skate, play physical and generate offence, expect Mattheos to make an immediate impact on the Wheat Kings and be a significant contributor to the Club on both ends of the ice.

courtesy of www.BrandonWheatKings.com

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  1. George Bain says:

    Looks like a stacked team Mitch! Nolan Patrick looks very good. It would be nice to see them take it all this season!

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