With the Fort St. John Huskies on the verge of beginning their exhibition schedule, the team still has a large amount of bodies taking part in pre-season practices. The team has two extra forward lines in camp and evaluations are still being done to see who will be a part of the team’s opening roster come October.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander said after Tuesday night’s practice that the coaching staff is paying attention to players who are able to grasp the concepts the team is trying to run with for the upcoming year.
“We still had six lines out on the ice tonight. We were watching and paying attention as a coaching staff to see who can actually figure things out and see who had natural tendencies to go to the right position.”
Competition has been stiff throughout camp with some returning players on the bubble, prompting Alexander to put the team on notice that the coaching staff has no problem parting with players this season.
“There’s still lots of competition here. We’ve got lots of guys. At one point I said to the boys out front there that we have lots of players so if you don’t want to be out here and you don’t want to play, no problem. We’re not worried about that this year. We have a lot of interest. There’s some guys that were here last year that are fighting for their jobs right now.”
The Huskies have one more practice this week, Thursday night at the Pomeroy Sport Centre where the team will be focusing more on the implementation of their systems of the coming year.