Normally, the regular season is a marathon rather than a sprint, but as the COVID agreement forced the WHL to shorten the schedule of 24 games this year, this idea was subverted. To be on the safe side, the league gave up holding a playoff tournament, so technically, no team won the “dubbing” championship. But the cream still rises to the top.
Winnipeg Ice center and captain Peyton Krebs scored 43 points in 24 games, earning him the Four Mustang commemorative trophy and becoming the league MVP. He leads all players in scoring and helped Winnipeg to finish second in the Hub Center division of teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan (one point behind Brandon Wheat Kings). Due to the pandemic, WHL is isolated in a queue without crossover. The other three groups are the divisions of Alberta, British Columbia and the United States.
For Krebs, who was a first-round pick in the 2019 Vegas draft, this is completely commonplace. He is already very familiar with unusual game conditions. He played in the NHL playoff bubble with the Golden Cavaliers last year, and then entered the 2021 World Youth Championship bubble with the Canadian team. “I had a great time,” Krebs said. “Winnipeg did a great job and provided us with all the resources we needed during the pandemic and bubble. As my third bubble, I know what will happen. It must be a mental exercise, but Once you’re on the ice, that’s great.”
For many WHL players, the short season starting in late February is their first game since March 2020. However, Krebs started skating in Canada’s expanded World Youth Training Camp in November, and then competed in late December and early January. The gritty and skilled center helped Canada win the silver medal in Edmonton. , Scored eight points in seven games. This put him tied for second place with Washington prospect Connor McMichael. Dylan Cozens of Buffalo led the team with 16 points.
From there, Krebs traveled to Nevada, joined the Henderson Silver Cavaliers, an AHL subsidiary of Vegas, and played in five games. Henderson is not far from Las Vegas, but the team has spent this season on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. A few days before his 20th birthday, Krebs succeeded in the AHL, scoring 5 points in the five games before returning to Winnipeg.
Interestingly, he found it easier to compete with men than to go back to the junior level. Krebs said that the speed of the World Youth Group is comparable to that of AHL, but returning to “dubbing” was initially a challenge. “Actually,
It’s the hardest thing for me to drop from AHL to WHL level,” he said. “It’s easier to accelerate, and it’s harder to decelerate. WHL has slower and younger players. So, it is easier for me to go up one level than to go down one level, which is an interesting gain for me. But once I got used to WHL again, I started sailing. ”
No joke. Krebs had the same teammates in Winnipeg as last season, rookie Connor McLennon and power left wing Owen Pedersen on the Philadelphia Flyers-they ended the ice hockey scoring with a 1-2-3 score. .
Krebs is not the only star who has lived up to expectations. For the second consecutive season, Everett’s Dustin Wolf was named the WHL Goalkeeper of the Year, marking the fifth time in six seasons that the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy was won by the Silvertips network administrator (Carter Hart won three times). Wolf is a rookie of the Calgary Fire. He beat Everett 18-3-0 with a save rate of 0.940 and a goal rate of 1.80, helping the team win the U.S. Division Championship.
Of course, there is also Connor Bedard, Regina Pates’ talented center. Bedard was the first player to receive a special status to join the WHL a year in advance. Before leaving the Canadian World Under-18 team, he scored 28 points in 15 games (he was nominated as the All-Star team of the tournament and helped The Canadian team won) gold). If Bedard did not leave due to an international mission, he would challenge Krebs for the MVP honor.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Bedard’s offensive output is how much he has created. The Patriots are still rebuilding, and many of the rookie’s goals came from his outstanding personal efforts, where he crossed or defeated opponents.
As far as the team’s success is concerned, no one can touch the Edmonton Oil King. They easily achieved a 20-2-1 record, with the best prospects for the two 2021 drafts: goalkeeper Sebastian Corsa led the league with 0.941 saves, and Dylan Gunther was heading to Canada for 18 The under-year-old camp averaged two points per game. The St. Louis Blues first-round player Jack Neighbor leads the oil king in total points, scoring 33 points in 19 games.
WHL plans to return to its normal schedule in 2021-22.
Note: This article originally appeared on The title issue of hockey news.