Like most groups, the Estevan Bruins trust in all of the gamers they’ve signed or traded for this offseason. There’s some further pleasure round their newest signing, nonetheless, who brings dimension, ability, and a depraved shot to their ahead group.
With the latest signing of former QMJHLer Mark Rumsey, the Bruins at the moment are loaded to the rafters at ahead with loads of incoming and returning scoring expertise. Rumsey is the most recent in a collection of proficient 2001-born forwards to hitch the workforce.
“He is a giant physique that has a superb ability set and has been on the main junior stage and achieved properly on the main junior stage,” stated Bruins head coach and GM Jason Tatarnic. “Being a half-point-per-game man as an 18-year-old, clearly there are some offensive capabilities there. We’re excited to get him right here.”
Rumsey truly did barely higher than a half-point-per sport in his first season, break up between the Moncton Wildcats and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He posted 29 factors in 55 video games as an 18-year-old, and whereas his numbers slipped a bit final season (11 factors in 30 video games) that is not a significant concern for the Bruins.
“It is through the pandemic after which he received moved midway in between that,” Tatarnic stated. “I believe it was a tough 12 months for everybody. I do not wish to say final 12 months was a wash or something like that…. however I am not going to place a whole lot of inventory into final 12 months as a result of it was simply such an unlucky 12 months for everybody.”
Whereas Tatarnic did say he expects Rumsey to return in with one thing to show, the instruments and the time are there to show it. In contrast to many CHL gamers, who typically come to the SJHL halfway by means of the season, Rumsey will probably be in Estevan from day one and could have a three-week coaching camp to organize for it.
Maybe crucial factor for the Bruins, nonetheless, is the desire to win, and Rumsey demonstrated that within the earliest a part of their conversations. Like the opposite gamers they’ve introduced in, successful a nationwide championship is before everything on his thoughts.
“The most important factor for us, after we went out and did our recruiting for this 12 months, we talked to a few of these main junior guys and if we did not hear that they wished to win a nationwide championship within the first 15 seconds, we moved on,” Tatarnic stated. “All the blokes we talked to which can be coming right here, that is a aim of theirs.”
The items for than nationwide championship workforce are starting to fall into place. Although many issues are but to be determined and can want a full coaching camp to type out, the image is turning into clearer of what the workforce will appear to be come the autumn.
“We consider we did some good analysis with everybody’s character,” stated Tatarnic. “We really feel our workforce ought to come collectively rather well when it comes to how they work together with one another. It will be thrilling to see all of them on the ice without delay. We do have a couple of extra issues we’ve got to do. I believe we have taken care of our offense and our goaltending, and possibly there could be a bit right here and there on the defensive facet to have a look at. That is our subsequent step, to overview our d-core and see what we wish to do there.”