Jor­dan Es­cott play­ing well

High fly­ing Ceebee Stars cen­tre­man grow­ing into new lead­er­ship role

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

Af­ter play­ing last sea­son in the shadow of some big name play­ers, Jor­dan Es­cott has emerged this year as a bona fide leader for the Eastlink CeeBee Stars. Es­cott has world­class puck han­dling skills, and is be­gin­ning to shoot the puck more. For more on this ta­lented cen­tre­man, see story by Ni­cholas Mercer on

Al­most half­way through his sec­ond sea­son with the Eastlink CeeBee Stars, Jor­dan Es­cott has seen his role ex­pand.

The 22-year-old pivot was awarded with a let­ter as one of the team’s as­sis­tant cap­tains, he pow­ers the team’s top powerplay unit and is the CeeBees’ lead­ing scorer through 10 games.

De­spite this, his sea­son never started out the way he wanted, al­though you wouldn’t know it.

Through the first four games of the sea­son, Es­cott had tal­lied a goal and four as­sists.

“I never had the start I wanted,” Es­cott said last week. “Through the first cou­ple of games I had points, but I wasn’t feel­ing the best.”

Es­cott pointed to a change in on-ice per­son­nel as a rea­son for his slow start.

Last sea­son, he was paired with Robert Slaney and, at times, his brother Colin Es­cott.

How­ever, Slaney is play­ing univer­sity hockey and Colin, al­though on the team’s pro­tected ros­ter, has not suited up for a game this sea­son.

“Both my line­mates from last sea­son are gone, so I had to find chem­istry with new peo­ple,” said Es­cott. “That takes a cou­ple of games to get into it.”

For the first four games of the sea­son, Es­cott was paired with high pro­file wingers Terry Ryan and David Ling. The trio started out on fire as they com­bined for 21 points in six games. Both Ling and Ryan are no longer with the club.

How­ever, through the last half-dozen games, Es­cott has seen his play im­prove.

“I’m feel­ing com­fort­able again and I’m back in a groove,” he said.

In those games, Es­cott has put up some im­pres­sive num­bers. He has reg­is­tered points in five of the team’s last six games, in­clud­ing five points in two games in Gan­der on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

For those games, he shared the ice with brothers Matt and Mitch Bragg and, at times, Colin Fee­han.

“We have a lot of new faces, so com­mu­ni­cat­ing with ev­ery­one and get­ting to know ev­ery­one … get­ting chem­istry was the big­gest thing,” said Es­cott.

Get­ting the ‘A’

I’m feel­ing com­fort­able again and I’m back in a groove.

— Jor­dan Es­cott

At the CeeBees’ home opener on Nov. 2, Es­cott was for­mally in­tro­duced as one of the team’s as­sis­tant cap­tains. It was a boost of con­fi­dence for the St. John’s res­i­dent.

“I was pretty happy they chose me,” said Es­cott.

He is tak­ing his new lead­er­ship role in stride and un­der­stands what is be­ing asked of him.

“I have to come to the rink, make sure ev­ery­one is do­ing good, play hard and try and win another cham­pi­onship,” said Es­cott.

More pre­pared

Es­cott is a pol­ished skater ca­pa­ble of work­ing magic when he has the puck. It is not strange to see him pick up the puck and dance his way through two or three op­po­nents.

Es­cott said he has no­ticed a dif­fer­ence in him­self from his first sea­son to now.

“I feel big­ger, stronger and more ready for the league,” he said.

Last sea­son was Es­cott’s first year back home for some time.

“I hadn’t been home in so long, I didn’t know any­one in the dress­ing room, didn’t know any­thing about the league,” he said.

Be­ing more pre­pared for the league has seen Es­cott pro­duce 14 points in the CeeBees’ first 10 games.

“I’m more com­fort­able with my sur­round­ings, know­ing the coach­ing staff, know­ing the league, know­ing the rink, know­ing the play­ers and things like that,” he said.

Round­ing into form

Play­ers are al­ways look­ing for ways for them to im­prove their games. One thing he has been hear­ing from his coaches is to shoot more.

Es­cott con­sid­ers him­self a play­maker, but he has started shoot­ing a bit more lately.

“I’ve been shoot­ing more and pucks are start­ing to go in,” said Es­cott.

He’s also look­ing to im­prove in the face­off cir­cle. “I’d like to get up to 60 per cent,” he said. In his role as a cen­tre­man, be­ing able to con­trol face offs is an im­por­tant part of his job. It means hav­ing con­trol of the puck more fre­quently and giv­ing his team a bet­ter chance at vic­tory.

“The face offs are the big thing,” he said. “It makes my job eas­ier.”

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Eastlink CeeBee Stars cen­tre Jor­dan Es­cott lines up for a face off against the Clarenville Cari­bous at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace on Nov. 23.

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