Klatt and Legien making transition to Midget AAA
Moose Jaw Generals
The good times keep on rolling for two young hockey players.
Although the transition from Midget AA or bantam to Midget AAA is difficult and requires a big step, both Jared Legien and Branden Klatt proved they could do just that.
Earlier this spring, Legien was drafted ninth overall by the Kootenay Ice and Klatt was drafted in the sixth round by the Edmonton Oil Kings. Over the weekend, they made their case with Ray Wareham and the Moose Jaw Generals at the team’s main camp.
“They are big bodies. Legien is a smooth skater and he is a puck skill kind of guy. He likes the puck and he can shoot. It is tough when you come to camp like this because he is the kind of player that needs chemistry with other guys and you don’t have that yet,” stated Wareham. “Klatt is a big kid that can go up and down the wing and win some battles. I thought for the most part, he did that. I think if you asked both of them, they would say they could be better, but we are pretty happy with their weekend. Now we will just get them in here and into a routine and hopefully things work out.”
Klatt is a Moose Jaw product that played with the Notre Dame Hounds in the South Sask. Midget AA Hockey League last year. The 6’1, 165-lbs left winger had two assists to help Team Red defeat Team White in the annual game at camp on Sunday afternoon. He felt like his camp went well with the Generals.
“I think it went pretty decent, but a few parts of my game I still need to work on and a few things that I need to touch up on before the season starts. I just have to keep working hard,” he said.
Klatt is excited to be back playing hockey in Moose Jaw, especially since the Generals are hosting the 2014 national championship.
“It feels great. Hopefully we can pull out some big upset or outcome in the Telus Cup,” he said. “I am really excited to be back and I am just going to work my hardest.”
He will be headed to the Oil Kings’ Western Hockey League camp next week.
“Hopefully I will be back here ready to play better and stuff in my game will be better,” he said. “It is going to be great going there just to learn what I need to do to get to that next level and to learn from the best.”
Legien, a Pilot Butte native had a couple offers around the league, but chose the Generals based on the team and getting the chance to play in the Telus Cup.
“Ray is a great guy and a great coach (so) I chose to come this way,” he said. “It is pretty exciting to have the national championship.”
He is hoping to make an impact this year with the Generals and hopes that playing with the Prairie Storm last year in Midget AA will help make the transition easier for him.
“It is a lot faster out here and you have to make quicker decisions,” he said. “I am going to try my best and do what I can, play my game and see what happens.”
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