Regina Pats Duncan Pierce discovering his area of interest
After two years of serving as an occasional fill-in participant, the 18-year-old ahead has earned a full-time spot this season, establishing himself as a dependable third-line performer and special-teams contributor.
“Regardless that I wasn’t taking part in previously couple years, I used to be nonetheless having plenty of enjoyable with the fellows in follow, simply attending to know everybody’s roles and what issues are anticipated,” mentioned Pierce, whose crew performs host to the Tri-Metropolis People on Friday (7 p.m., Brandt Centre). “Now, getting the prospect to be in that function, I do know what I’m presupposed to do and how one can react to conditions.
Walker, an undrafted checklist pickup by Everett, is in his second WHL season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder had one objective, 5 assists, 33 penalty minutes and a plus-eight score in 50 video games as a rookie final season earlier than recording no factors, a good plus-minus score and 12 penalty minutes in 14 video games this season.
Pats purchase Kyle Walker from Silvertips for draft choose
Pierce dressed for simply 17 WHL video games in every of the previous two common seasons, splitting time between Regina and the midget AAA Winnipeg Thrashers (2016-17), adopted by the Pats and the Manitoba junior league’s Portage Terriers (2017-18).
After being restricted to 2 assists in his first 34 WHL contests, Pierce already has 4 targets and 7 factors in 16 video games this season.
“Expertise undoubtedly performs a giant issue,” he mentioned. “I keep in mind my first recreation. I used to be fairly nervous however now once I step on the ice it’s one thing I’m doing day-after-day. It’s getting simpler and simpler. Not that the video games are simple however simply having the ability to play my place and stuff like that, it turns into extra routine.”
The Regina Pats added much more depth to their already crowded blue-line on Thursday with the acquisition of Kyle Walker from the Everett Silvertips.
“Duncan has been right here as a fringe participant and he has labored himself into a task,” mentioned assistant coach Brad Herauf. “He has at all times been a giant, sturdy child who has the power to skate. However he has actually labored on his recreation on and off the ice. We’re beginning to see the advantages of his onerous work.”
Since he arrived in Regina, Pierce hasn’t been shy about stepping into the soiled areas. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder is a tough hitter who embraces contact within the open ice in addition to the corners.
“Even once I was youthful, it was simply enjoyable to hit a man,” he mentioned with a smile. “It’s simpler to hit a man than rating a objective typically. The targets are at all times enjoyable to get however having the ability to hit anyone and get the puck and create performs, you’re at all times smiling doing that.”
Pierce isn’t a pure scorer however he has proven spectacular flashes. His resume additionally contains some related historical past, recording 10 targets and 23 factors in 25 midget AAA video games in the course of the 2016-17 marketing campaign. He additionally had eight targets in 26 junior A contests final season.
“I by no means was a large objective scorer however I at all times preferred to place the puck within the internet,” he mentioned. “We misplaced loads of objective scorers from our crew (after) final 12 months. Now there’s much more roles to be stuffed. Each likelihood you get, you simply wish to benefit from it.”
Pierce has additionally embraced the chance to contribute on the penalty kill. It’s a task that tends to fly underneath the radar, however not with Regina’s coaches.
“It’s unsung however that’s one thing each crew wants,” mentioned Herauf. “The frequent fan perhaps doesn’t discover it very a lot however what he has delivered to our crew has been consistency. It’s one thing we will depend on and belief.”
NOTE: The Pats acquired D Kyle Walker, 18, from the Everett Silvertips on Thursday for a fifth-round choose within the 2019 bantam draft. The second-year WHLer has one objective and 5 assists in 64 profession video games.
Defenceman Kyle Walker is on his technique to the Queen Metropolis following a commerce between the Everett Silvertips and Regina Pats Thursday.
In change for Walker, the Silvertips obtained a fifth-round choice within the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
First, its most essential to specific how grateful we’re of Kyle Walker as a person and a participant, mentioned Silvertips normal supervisor Garry Davidson. He wore his coronary heart on his sleeve, his effort was seen by everywhere in the course of the final season, and was a participant for us who demonstrated potential.
“This transaction correctly offers him a spot to play, maximizing the potential of minutes he must develop. Hell at all times be thought of part of our household and we want him nothing however the perfect within the subsequent chapter of his profession.
Walker, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound product of Leduc, Alta. had appeared in 64 WHL common season video games with the Silvertips. He made his debut on October 11, 2017 towards the Drugs Hat Tigers and scored his first profession WHL objective on January 7, 2018 towards the Victoria Royals. Walked had six factors (1G-5A) in 50 video games with the Silvertips in the course of the 2017-18 WHL Common Season. He had been held pointless by way of his first 14 contests this season.
The previous Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League Champion with the Leduc Oil Kings additionally appeared in two WHL playoff video games because the Silvertips superior to the WHL Championship.
We’re pleased to deliver Kyle right here to Regina. mentioned Pats VP of Hockey Operations and GM John Paddock. He’s a giant physique on the again finish that can assist our crew going ahead.
The 18-year-old performed up by way of the Leduc Oil Kings program, recording 44 factors (4G-40A) in 37 video games with the crew’s Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League squad in the course of the 2015-16 season.
The fifth spherical choose the Pats quit was initially from the Drugs Hat Tigers within the Matt Bradley commerce in Might of 2017.
Subsequent up in motion for the Pats is a date towards the Tri-Metropolis People on the Brandt Centre on Friday, November 9 (7:00 p.m. CT).