The Western Conference is starting to take shape as teams begin to pull away with consistent performances and wins. Going into the season, one could have expected strong teams from Edmonton, Everett, and most likely Prince Albert once again and that is exactly what is happening. The Memorial Cup hosts Kelowna bolstered their lineup at this year’s draft and they are beginning to figure it out.
The two teams I was personally watching were those based upon high drafted prospects and wondering if they would get their star back. As of now, Kirby Dach is a Chicago Blackhawk and Saskatoon, while being solid, hasn’t been the dominant powerhouse they could have been. They currently sit at 9-7-1-1. Lethbridge got back both Dylan Cozens and Calen Addison and they have been stomping all over the league. They currently sit at 11-4-0-3 but are 8-0-0-2 in their last ten.
I’d say the biggest let down so far has been Vancouver so far. They got back Milos Roman (CGY) and have a bunch of top notch draft eligibles. Bowen Byram (COL) and Alex Kannok Leipert (WSH) are also controlling the back end. They currently sit at 9-8-0-1. They just made a one-for-one import trade which should help their second line so maybe it will kick start something. Bowen Byram has not been as assertive in the offensive end so far so maybe that changes too.
Can we talk about some of the drafted prospects so far? Here’s a list of a few I’ve chosen to highlight from past drafts. Here are the NOVEMBER stats specifically.