Big news for the seventeen year old from Canoe Narrows, as Jared Iron will take part in the CJHL Prospects game this season.
From the CJHL Website:
The CJHL Prospects Game was created to showcase the top 40 NHL draft eligible players in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Player selection is a joint initiative of the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting. The event has now developed into a two-game total goal series between Team East and Team West, which is well attended by scouts from the NHL and Canadian and American colleges and universities.
With the inclusion of NHL Central scouting in player selection, that's a pretty exciting thought and you have to wonder if Iron generated some interest at the SJHL Showcase.
Iron was one of the final players to be reassigned by the Kootenay Ice during the exhibition season, and watching him play, the skill is certainly there. After a quick start, Iron has cooled down in recent games, but still features four goals and three assists on the season. Ice Wolves Head Coach Bob Beatty says Iron is at his best as a two-way forward with a nose for the net.
Iron lined up for his SJHL debut
"In time I feel he'll be a top notch player, a top six forward in our league and possibly as soon as... Wednesday hopefully."
Beatty chuckled as he said Wednesday (the Wolves face the Nipawin Hawks Nov. 9 on MBC), but it shows you the expectations that exist for the Ice Wolves top prospect.
What always surprises me about Iron's game is how heavy he can hit. When Iron makes contact with someone along the boards you really hear it and said player is probably going down. I'm sure Coach Beatty wouldn't mind seeing him throw his body around a little more. Some of that two-way game coming into play.
Iron will miss a couple of games to head West; Nov. 11th game in Weyburn and Nov. 12 in Estevan. The prospects games go in Langley on Saturday at six p.m. (Central) and Sunday at two in the afternoon. You can actually watch both of the games for free.
Also joining Iron in Langley will be Justin Lund of the Klippers, Dawson MacAuley of the Terriers and T.J. Reeve of the Millionaires.