Sunday, March 20, 2016

10 reasons why Adam Brooks is the WHL Player of the Year

Keith Hershmiller Photography
The Western Hockey League's leading scorer, Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats has to be the front runner for the WHL Player of the Year Award. Yes I am biased, but I think anyone who watched Brooks do what he did this year, night in and night out shares my bias. Here is the case for the 19-year-old to win the WHL's highest yearly honour.

1.) Led the WHL in scoring with 120 points. Finished tied for 1st in assists with 82. First Regina Pat to win the WHL scoring race in 33 years. (Dale Derkatch in 1982-83).

2.) There have been a lot of great scorers play for the Pats over the last decade. Brooks 120 points in a season is higher than any single season for Jordan Eberle or Jordan Weal. The last Pats player to reach the 120 plus point plateau was Louis Dumont in 1992-93.

3.) Had the highest point total for any player in the WHL since the 2011-12 season (Brendan Shinnimin 134 points).

4.) Tied the league lead in short handed points with team mate Austin Wagner with 10.

5.) Factored in on 49.3 per cent of the Pats 243 goals this season. Highest amongst players nominated for the Player of the Year Award. Had 50 more points then next closest player on the Pats roster.

6.) Brooks was a plus 41 on the season, that is second best among all nominees, behind only Ivan Provorov of the Brandon Wheat Kings. What's most incredible about that number for Brooks is that the Pats were a minus 10 as a team in goals for and against. Played against the oppositions top line every night of the season and came away plus 41, was consistently the best player on the ice.

7.) Was named the Pats interim captain in early January after Colby Williams went for follow up surgery. In the 29 games he had 54 points to lead the Pats to a 17-10-0-2 record.

8.) Incredible example of development from his 16-year-old season. Had 12 points as a rookie, 11 as a 17-year-old, 62 at 18 and then 120 in his 19-year-old year.

9.) Had the leagues longest point streak of the season at 18 games. He had 38 points in that stretch. He also holds the third longest streak of the season at 15 games where he put up 32 points.

10.) One of only two players to be named WHL player of the Week twice during the regular season. The other, Reid Gardiner of the Prince Albert Raiders.

There are a ton of great players in this league and just 22 get nominated for the Player of the Year. But the numbers show that no player was more important to a teams success than Adam Brooks in 2015/16.

The Pats open the playoffs in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes at 7 o'clock on Friday on 620 CKRM.


Anonymous said...

Through the years, there are junior and college players that are not high draft picks (or not picked at all), yet go on to fabulous careers in the NHL. Pat fans can expect that the Adam Brooks will be one of those guys who will have many years of success in the NHL.

william weppler said...

Good read Phil. Sure hope he gets the WHL nod.