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Preseason Preview: Vancouver Giants vs. Spokane Chiefs

Rik Fedyck

This afternoon in Everett, WA the Vancouver Giants wrap up a busy weekend with an 11:30 AM showdown against the Spokane Chiefs. The Giants (1-1) are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory yesterday over the Portland Winterhawks. The Chiefs (0-2) have dropped back-to-back games to both Portland and Everett.

 SPOKANE CHIEFS

 OVERVIEW:

Preseason Record: 0-2

Head Coach: Manny Vivieros

18-19 Record vs. Vancouver: 1-3

WHO’S BACK:

The Chiefs return a strong cast of forwards who played a big part in their run to the Western Conference finals. Jake McGrew, Adam Beckman, Ethan McIndoe, Luke Toporowski and Eli Zummack will all be relied upon to fill the net. Defensively all eyes will be on the New Jersey Devils to see whether the reigning WHL Defenceman of the Year Ty Smith is returned to the WHL. Filip Kral could occupy two spots as both an over-ager and an import.

 THE FUTURE:

2003-born defenceman Graham Sward should crack the roster full-time in 2019-20. Up front Jack Finley is entering his second full season in the WHL and should be poised for a bigger role. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 63 games as a 16-year-old.

NHL PROSPECTS:

Ty Smith (2018 – Round 1, New Jersey)

Jake McGrew (2017 – Round 6, San Jose)

Adam Beckman (2019 – Round 3, Minnesota)

Filip Kral (2018 – Round 5, Toronto)

Lukas Parik (2019 – Round 3, Los Angeles)

 

VANCOUVER GIANTS

 OVERVIEW:

Preseason Record: 1-1

Head Coach: Michael Dyck

18-19 Record vs. Spokane: 3-1

TURN DOWN FOR WATTS:

 20-year-old Brayden Watts led the Giants attack yesterday with two goals against Portland. The Bakersfield, CA native has recorded back-to-back seasons of 38-or-more points, and is competing for the one of the Giants three over-age spots.

YES HE KAN:

Washington Capitals prospect Alex Kannok Leipert registered two assists in yesterday’s game. The third-year defenceman has scored five goals in each of his past two seasons with the Giants and will undoubtedly log a large quantity of minutes in all situations for the 2019-20 Vancouver Giants.

SOURDIF DELIVERS:

The lone tally from yesterday’s three-round shootout came off the stick of Giants forward Justin Sourdif. Sourdif also registered an assist in yesterday’s game, and now has two points through two exhibition games so far.

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