Monday, October 31, 2011

Bulmer is coming back

Brett Bulmer is coming back to the Kelowna Rockets.
The Minnesota Wild made it official Monday morning.

Call it an early treat on Halloween for a team with only 5 regular season wins this season.
The 19 year-old played nine NHL regular season games but watched from the press box Saturday in the
Wild's win over the Detroit Red Wings.
You had to know something was up as the team kept him from playing his 10th game of the season which would have burned a year off his three year contract.

The Prince George minor hockey products return couldn't come at a better time after a miserable month of October where the Rockets managed only four wins in 14 games.
Much of the team's struggles was the result of injuries and icing an extremely young team with little depth.
The coaches had no choice but to put these young players into crucial situations when they simply weren't ready. The coaches hands were tied as the injury bug continued to chomp on the teams veteran players.
Bulmer's return is great news. But
let's make one thing clear here. Bulmer is not the saviour.
The teams
fortunes will not change without everyone contributing in their own way.
What Bulmer will bring to the table is a threat to score both even strength and on the power play and a key veteran presence at the forward position when the game is on the line. Bulmer is the only 19 year-old forward on the team outside of the injured Spencer Main.
Bulmer can be a difference maker and a game changer. He is a momentum changer. And yes, he makes everyone around him that much better.
Bulmer's return to junior could be short lived though.
The Rockets' may have him for just 15 regular season games before he is invited to Team Canada's training camp in early December.

If he already hasn't, he will certainly prove on that stage that he indeed is one of the top 19 year-old forwards in the country.


g.k said...

The Wild did the right thing by sending Bulmer back to junior. With the chance of playing in the WJHC, he will gain alot of experience for next year when he is actually ready for the "Bigs". Are any of the injured Rockets expected back by the weekend Regan??

Regan Bartel said...

Yep. Bell should play. Main has to be close and Astles should be back in the saddle.

golden raven said...

really glad to see him back .. all 19 year old should stay with their team i am getting tired of loosing marquee player too early after all we are paying good money to see those talented kids .. i hope the nhl draft eligibility goes up ..
hopefully bulmer return will energise this team ...