Haden joins up with Ger­lach on Blades’ top line

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“Ob­vi­ously Gary and I have some chem­istry from play­ing to­gether last year, and he’s a smart, quick hockey player. He’s great at scor­ing goals and he’s a great passer too so I think we’ve just got a bit of ev­ery­thing on our line and it’s click­ing well right now,” said Ger­lach. “I think every­one knows Kirby is a very high-end player. He’s one of the best play­ers in the league so it’s pretty easy to play with him. He’s more of a passer so I think he kind of looks for me and I find the soft spots on the ice pretty well.”

Ger­lach — who pot­ted the first goal ever scored in the Canalta Cen­tre as a mem­ber of the Tigers on Sept. 26, 2015 — has man­aged to put up at least 30 goals in ev­ery one of his three sea­sons in the Western Hockey League, and that prow­ess for the net seems to have in­ten­si­fied since suit­ing up in Saska­toon. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound right winger has been av­er­ag­ing 0.63 goals per game since be­com­ing a Blade — net­ting 31 in 49 con­tests — after post­ing an av­er­age of 0.45 through 179 games with Medicine Hat.

“It’s go­ing well and I’m en­joy­ing it,” he said. “Our power play is start­ing to click here, so that’s go­ing well and we’ve got two re­ally solid goalies. Our coaches set out a pretty good game plan for us ev­ery sin­gle night. When we’re ex­e­cut­ing it how they want us to, it’s pretty tough to stop us.”

While he’s only faced the Tigers twice since be­ing shipped to Saska­toon in ex­change for Bryan Lock­ner and a pair of ban­tam draft picks at least sea­son’s trade dead­line, Ger­lach has man­aged to be a thorn in his for­mer team’s side with a goal and an as­sist in the process.

“I’ve got some re­ally good team­mates here, a lot of of­fen­sive guys,” said Ger­lach. “Even when we’re switch­ing up lines and things like that you’re al­ways play­ing with a re­ally good player who can cre­ate some op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Max Ger­lach

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