Blades director of scouting Dan Tencer, Koen MacInnes, Associate GM Steve Hildebrand
Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatoon Blades future between the pipes is looking solid after signing 2017 2nd round draft pick Koen MacInnes to a standard player agreement this week.
MacInnes, a native of Burnaby, British Columbia, was selected by the Blades 35th overall. The young net minder came into his first WHL camp noticeably poised and composed both on and off the ice. Already standing at 6’1″, Koen had a strong showing during the scrimmages which lead to the signing.
Director of scouting, Dan Tencer, had plenty of viewings of Koen last season and is thrilled to have the towering net minder committed.
“Koen is a netminder with tremendous size, strong composure under pressure, great focus and a deep desire to improve. I had the opportunity to see him play a ton of games last season as he backstopped his team to a Western Canadian Championship. His game is very consistent and we’re excited to have him signed to help solidify our goaltending position into the future,” explained Tencer.
MacInnes played with the Burnaby Winter Club’s tier 1 bantam team last season and was stellar in goal leading his team to the Western Canadian Bantam Championship title. MacInnes is expected to stick with the Blades to see some pre-season action before heading home to begin his season with Burnaby Winter Club’s Elite 15 team, as he is ineligible to play in the WHL until next season.
The Blades now have four goaltenders signed including veteran Logan Flodell, ’99 born Joel Grzybowski, 16 year old Nolan Maier, and now 15 year old Koen MacInnes.
The Saskatoon Blades open the 2017-18 WHL regular season at home on Friday, September 22nd versus the Swift Current Broncos. Game time is 7:00pm at SaskTel Centre.