Although the regular season may have come to an end sooner than expected, the Saskatoon Blades have plenty to celebrate and reflect upon from the winter that was.
The second season
Saskatoon finishes the campaign with a 34-24-2-3 record, locking in a playoff spot for the second straight season. Based on the WHL’s win percentage guideline used to determine final positioning for all teams, the Blades finished 12th in league standings with a 57.9% clip. This earns them an eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, fourth in the East Division, and the second wild-card playoff position.
NHL draft-eligible prospect Tristen Robins exploded offensively in his sophomore campaign, leading the gang with 33 goals and 73 points over 62 games. The former fourth-round draft pick to the Regina Pats also led the team with a +16 rating and 233 shots on goal. Robins needs just a single point to reach the 100-point plateau in his career, having notched two goals and three assists over the last four games prior to the conclusion of the regular season.
He also scored one of the biggest goals of the year on December 15th…
Winning with Watty
Captain Chase Wouters put together another star-studded campaign — on and off the ice. Teaming up with Nutrien, the North Battleford product finished with the 2nd most faceoff wins of any centerman in the WHL, helping raise $8370 for the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. For more information on the Nutrien Face-off For Hunger initiative, click here.
He already had a name for himself before ever throwing on the Blades colors, but Colton Dach rose to any predetermined expectations brilliantly. The younger brother to former Blade and NHL-phenom Kirby finished tied for 15th in rookie scoring with 11 goals and 16 assists in 61 games. The 16-year-old left-winger continues to hone in a strong 200-foot game as well, having collected 45 penalty minutes and a +7 rating.
While it remains uncertain whether the Blades will compete for at 2020 WHL Championship, the team is proud of all that was achieved through the regular season. We’ll continue to provide updates to our season-ticket members and fans as information becomes available. Most importantly, we want to thank our fans for the undying support and kindness they’ve expressed, especially over the last couple weeks of uncertainty.