By Woodard, Dale on March 3, 2020.
Ridly Greig has been given the opportunity and the Lethbridge product and forward for the Brandon Wheat Kings has run with it.
The former member of the Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes and Val Matteotti bantam AAA Golden Hawks put that all on display as the Wheat Kings stopped by Greig’s hometown Enmax Centre for a Saturday night Western Hockey League clash with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Continuing what has been a solid year in his second full season in Brandon, Greig netted the Wheaties first goal of the game to tie it at 1-1 and then drew a power-play assist on Cole Reinhardt’s eventual game-winner midway through the third as Brandon headed home with a 4-3 win. The two-point outing extended Greig’s point streak to a season-high six games.
Those totals have added to what has been a stellar year – in his draft year, no less – with Greig poised to double his totals in goals and points from his rookie season.
“Obviously you’re a year older, bigger and faster,” said Greig. “It’s a little bit more opportunity. Playing on the power play more and getting more minutes on the penalty kill. I think I’ve done a good job taking the opportunity.”
Saturday’s goal was his 24th of the season, 10 more than the 14 he netted in 2018-19, and gives him 57 points in 54 games.
Thirteen more points and the five-foot-11 forward who will turn 18 in August will double last year’s total of 35 in 63 games.
“It’s been going great,” said Greig, who was selected by the Wheat Kings in the first round and eighth overall in the 2017 WHL bantam draft. “I’m really enjoying my teammates, it’s a great group of guys.”
Returning for his second year in Brandon at the start of the season, Greig wasted little time building on his respectable rookie numbers.
Over the course of his six-game points streak, Greig has four goals and four assists.
Those numbers didn’t go unnoticed when the NHL Central Scouting released its mid-term rankings in January, listing Greig 25th among North American skaters.
Those rankings don’t go unnoticed.
“It’s kind of in the back of your head,” said Greig. “I think about it sometimes,
However, Saturday was about making a stop in his hometown as the Wheat Kings completed their fourth straight road game with one more on the schedule Friday night in Prince Albert.
“It’s unreal,” said Greig. “It’s always a good fan base here and a really fun barn to play in. It’s just good to get the win. I’ll see the family (upstairs). So it should be nice.”
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