The Prince Albert Mintos’ game plan might need some retooling.
A recent string of bad news has the coaching staff looking at an all together line-up from the one it envisioned when training camp was held a month ago.
Veteran Cody Young has made the line-up with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Kindersley Klippers and Reed Delainey, a prospect that played Midget AA last year with Midwest and was assured a spot on the Mintos, is making the jump to the Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL.
Another prospect, Carson Cayer, suffered a broken jaw while attending the SJHL camp of the Yorkton Terriers and is likely going to be unavailable until mid-October and Matthew Campese, the son of Raider general manager Bruno Campese, is not expected back in Prince Albert even if he does not make the line-up of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals. Minto head coach Ken Morrison says he has been notified that Campese will likely return to Penticton to be closer to the Royals if he is reassigned by the team.
All of that is unexpected news. The expected news is becoming more of a reality with each passing day as three key members of last year’s regular-season championship squad are closer to staying with their respective WHL clubs.
Lochlan Morrison is still with the Calgary Hitmen, Lance Yaremchuk is still with the Prince Albert Raiders and Bryton Sayers has all but been assured of a spot with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Mintos will learn as early as today about Morrison and Yaremchuk, but the club, at this point, is not expecting either to be back for another season at the Midget AAA level.
The result has been three straight losses by the Mintos to start the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League pre-season with the most recent being a 2-1 setback to the defending league champion Saskatoon Contacts on Saturday.
Prince Albert has managed just one goal in all three losses and the lack of offense is certainly a cause for concern, but Morrison says he has plenty of big forwards remaining in camp and that everything will work its way out.
The Mintos will play three more exhibition games this week beginning Wednesday in Tisdale before wrapping up the pre-season schedule this weekend when they will host the Contacts on Friday and Beardy’s on Sunday. The game on Friday starts at 7 p.m. while Sunday’s contest is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be played at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Mintos, who are the host team for the Telus Cup western regional tournament in April, begin the regular season on Sept. 28 when they will entertain the Telus Cup hosts, the Moose Jaw Generals.