Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Griffin Asham-Moroz, Estevan Bruins

The product sample is small, but the early result is pretty impressive.

Griffin Asham-Moroz is an 18-year-old rookie forward for the Estevan Bruins and while the three-time defending Viterra Division champions have been slow out of the gate, the West St. Paul, Man., product has enjoyed a quick start to his Junior “A” career.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward has scored six goals and added eight assists in 20 games with the Bruins putting him among the team leaders in total offence. Included in Asham-Moroz’s total is one power-play goal and while his one shootout attempt was unsuccessful it shows that the coaching staff has confidence in him in all situations.

Putting up big numbers shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as Asham-Moroz had 49 points in 47 games with the Winnipeg Thrashers at the Midget AAA level last season. Prior to his time with the Thrashers he produced 88 points in just 46 games with Garden City, a high school squad, with 54 of those points being goals.

The Bruins have played by far the fewest number of games early in the season yet they still find themselves only four points out of a playoff spot. Players like Asham-Moroz will only benefit from more game action and with that his production and development should accelerate. That bodes well for an Estevan squad looking to make a move in the standings entering the second half of the regular season.