SC Broncos’ roster features many new faces
Last season: 48-17-5-2, second in East Division, won WHL championship
Head coach & director of hockey operations: Dean Brockman (third WHL season, first with team) Assistant coaches: Brandin Cote (first season), Scott Dutertre (first season)
Key losses: Head coach Manny Viveiros (Edmonton Oilers); director of player personnel Jamie Porter (Edmonton Oil Kings); forwards Glenn Gawdin, Matteo Gennaro, Giorgio Estephan (over-age); D Savhan Khaira (traded to Everett); F Aleksi Heponiemi (signed in Finland); and signed NHL draft picks G Stuart Skinner, defencemen Colby Sissons and Josh Anderson, and forwards Tyler Steenbergen and Beck Malenstyn all vying for pro jobs.
The 20-year-olds: Forwards Kaden Elder, Tanner Nagel, Andrew Fyten; defencemen Artyom Minulin and Ryan Pouliot. At least two must be moved out by the Oct. 10 deadline.
The imports: Finnish rookies F Joona Kiviniemi and D Roope Pynnonen. Key returnees: Elder (18 goals) and Minulin (13) are the only returnees who scored more than 10 times last season. Goalie Joel Hofer didn't see much playing time behind Skinner, but nonetheless was a fourthround pick of the St. Louis Blues at this year's NHL draft.
New faces: Too many to list. The Broncos' 25-man roster as of Monday included nine rookies and another five WHL veterans who are new to Swift Current. Rookie Isaac Poulter will back up Hofer.
Watch for: Who's going to score the goals. The final 14 forwards in camp had a combined 112 WHL goals, with 95 of those belonging to four players.
Noteworthy: The Broncos scored big with each of their three previous Finnish import picks - G Eetu Laurikainen in 2012, D Julius Honka in 2014 and Heponiemi in 2016.
Did you know: Other new faces with the Broncos this year include Gary Aubin (replacing Jamie Porter), 10 of their 11 scouts and director of business operations Nathan MacDonald.
Prognosis: The Broncos paid handsomely for last season's championship glory — the third title in team history and first since 1993. Barring several break-out seasons or surprise pro camp returnees, it will be a battle to stay out of the East Division basement.