Game Notes: September 16th vs. Prince Albert
The Records: The Broncos are 4-1-0-1. Tonight will mark their second and final pre-season contest at home. The Broncos sit first in the WHL East Division and first in the Eastern Conference pre-season standings.
Prince Albert is tied for second place in the WHL East Division with a record of 3-1-0-0. They possess a 2-0-0-0 record at home and 1-1-0-0 mark on the road.
Special Teams: The Broncos power play is clicking at a 26.7% rate (8/30), while the penalty kill ranks 21st overall with a 68.0% success rate.
Prince Albert scores on 16.7% of their power play opportunities which is 16th in the WHL. The Raiders penalty kill sits 17th overall with a 77.3% conversion rate.
Who to Watch: Aleksi Heponiemi is first overall in WHL pre-season scoring with 12 points (5g-7a) in five games.
Blue liner Artyom Minulin is tied for first in pre-season assists with seven and is first amongst WHL defencemen in points with seven (0g-7a).
Game Winners: Glenn Gawdin, Lane Pederson, Logan Barlage and Max Lajoie each have one game winner thus far in the 2016 pre-season.
Leaders: Aleksi Heponiemi leads the team and the WHL in points with 12 (5g-7a). His five goals are tied for first with teammate Glenn Gawdin.
Defenceman, Artyom Minulin is tied for the club lead in assists with teammate Aleksi Heponiemi with seven each. They both are tied for first amongst all WHL skaters.
Tristen Elder leads the team in penalty minutes with nine.
Goaltenders Travis Child and Taz Burman have been productive in each of their two starts throughout the pre season. Child owns a 2.17 goals against average and .919 save percentage with a pair of victories. Burman is 1-0-0-0 with a 2.19 goals against average and a .921 save percentage in two appearances.
Central Scouting with an Eye on pair of Broncos: Aleksi Heponiemi and Artyom Minulin have cracked the NHL Central Scouting Futures List and are both eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Drafted Broncos: Glenn Gawdin was selected in the fourth round by the St. Louis Blues in 2015. Max Lajoie was drafted by the Ottawa Senators, 133rd overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Roster: The Broncos have 27 players on their roster.
Imports are Aleksi Heponiemi from Finland and Artyom Minulin from Russia.
Calvin Spencer is the lone 20-year-old on the roster. There are eleven 1997 born players on the roster: Glenn Gawdin, Tristen Elder, Lane Pederson, Arthur Miller, Tyler Adams, Conner Chaulk, Brandan Arnold, Kade Jensen, Max Lajoie, Taz Burman and Travis Child.
Seven 1998’s; Kaden Elder, Tyler Steenbergen, Cole Johnson, Colby Sissons, Artyom Minulin, Sahvan Khaira and Matthew Stanley.
Six 1999’s: Josh Baker, Aleksi Heponiemi, Tanner Mole, Dom Schmiemann, Noah King and Bailey Brkin. Two 2000-born players: Riley Stotts and Owen Blocker.