The apple didn’t fall removed from the opposite apple.
Regardless of the sloppy begin to common season play that noticed the Sherwood Park Crusaders go 0-1-1 of their opening sequence towards the archrival Spruce Grove Saints, there was actually one decisive constructive within the play of 16-year-old rookie Matt Savoie.
A primary-overall decide within the Western Hockey League’s 2019 Bantam Draft, Savoie is on mortgage to the Crusaders till at the least Christmas from the Winnipeg Ice with an unsure WHL season.
That mortgage is already paying off.
Savoie, who has been with the workforce all through their lengthy, nearly three-month coaching camp and pre-season slate, had a robust begin to the precise season, recording 4 factors within the Park’s first two video games to steer the workforce in scoring.
He was additionally named the first-ever recipient of the newly-created Advantage Contractors Alberta Junior Hockey League rookie of the week award.
“That’s actually well-deserved,” stated Crusaders head coach Adam Manah. “When Matt got here in at the start of September, we knew we had been getting a fairly particular participant. However he has are available and labored extraordinarily laborious and purchased in and may be very receptive to suggestions with regards to eager to be an excellent higher participant. You’ll be able to see it in his play from September to November, that he has progressed and shored up among the areas of his recreation that he wished to give attention to and get higher at. Now he’s placing all of it collectively. Clearly, the offensive aspect of the sport comes naturally to him, however he’s having success on each side of the puck and it’s no shock to us that he was named the rookie of the week and we really feel that he’s solely going to get higher right here as we go.”
Savoie is the youthful brother of latest Crusaders graduate Carter Savoie, who had 172 factors over the past two seasons with the Sherwood squad, prompting the Edmonton Oilers to draft him within the fourth spherical of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft a number of weeks again. Carter has moved on to the College of Denver.
Matt Savoie is broadly thought-about by scouts to be an excellent increased spherical potential decide in 2022, largely resulting from his added capability to drive the play.
“Carter and Matt are two completely different gamers, in a manner,” Manah stated. “Carter, the puck follows him within the offensive zone, he at all times appears to be in the proper place. He has that scoring capability, the place it simply comes naturally to him. Matt’s greatest factor is that his motor is at all times working. He’s a man who is sort of a canine with a bone, first on the forecheck, first on the backcheck. Carter and Matt have very comparable skillsets and so they nearly share the identical mind in the way in which that they assume the sport and the way clever they’re, however Matt is simply barely completely different when it comes to how his motor runs and along with his very robust work ethic. Carter had all of these issues, however individuals who have come to look at each of them can see a slight distinction. Matt must work each shift to achieve success and to play a heavier recreation. He’s placing all of these issues collectively proper now.”
After ending first within the AJHL’s common season final season with a franchise record-setting 49-9-0 marketing campaign, and going 8-2-0 in pre-season motion this fall, beginning out the yr at 0-1-1 was a little bit of a shock to the system for the present incarnation of the Sherwood squad.
However that was the identical report that the workforce needed to begin the 2018-2019 marketing campaign, which they ended up going 44-14-2 in.
The Cru had been wanting to get again on that type of path with their pair of upcoming video games towards the Drayton Valley Thunder (0-2) this weekend.
“We took a break day to regroup and re-assess and you can see the fellows got here again with the proper mentality,” Manah stated. “It was quieter within the room. It’s now previously and also you don’t need to dwell on it, however it’s good to see the fellows taking it more durable and understanding it’s not acceptable by our requirements. They need to redeem themselves this weekend. We had a few good, laborious practices. We all know it will be a troublesome weekend once more. Drayton Valley misplaced their first two video games, so they’ll be simply as upset that they don’t seem to be off to the beginning that they need. We should ensure we’re bodily and mentally ready as a result of Drayton goes to work laborious and play bodily.”
The Crusaders are in Drayton Valley on Friday evening earlier than the 2 groups return to Strathcona County for a rematch on Saturday evening in entrance of the utmost allowed 100 followers and workers on the Sherwood Park Enviornment.