The Estevan Bruins coaching staff and scouting department was hard at work over the weekend as the Junior A club held its annual spring camp.
The three-day camp was held at Affinity Place and wrapped up on Sunday.
"We got to see the players quite a bit, and that was good for us," said Bruins head coach and GM Jason Tatarnic. "And good for them because they got a lot of reps and a lot of looks, and they definitely had the ability to showcase themselves."
The players ranged from 2008 to 2003 born, with the majority being 17 and 18-year-olds.
"Some of our draft picks were there, so obviously we've watched them in the past," Tatarnic said. "When we're focusing on them, we want to see if they can make that jump next year."
"Any players that still have U18 eligibility, we want to evaluate to see if they can make that jump and forego that last year of U18. And then after that for everyone else, same thing, we want to see how much pace they play with, how hard they compete, those would be two of the biggest things that we look for."
Tatarnic said there were a few guys that caught his eye.
"I thought Madden Wallis was really good, I thought Kale Margolis was really good, Steven Steranka was really good, Jagden Taylor was good, those guys definitely stood out," Tatarnic said. "And local product Spencer Copeland (from Alameda), he just found the back of the net all weekend, so he really impressed us. And I think that's great, being a U18 Double A player to come into that camp with the quality of those players and perform the way he did."
Defenceman Matthew Ronn, who started last season with the Bruins and played in 22 games, also had a good camp, Tatarnic said.
"He was playing at a lower weight, he slimmed down a bit, and you can definitely see it helped his skating and he looked faster out there," Tatarnic said. "I think he found his ideal playing weight, sometimes you think you have to be a lot bigger to play junior, but you've got to find that weight where you can still move around and have that strength, so yeah he looked good out there."
Tatarnic said quite a few of the players who attended spring camp will be back for main training camp in August.
"There was quite a few of the U18 players from the Double A (Apex) Bruins team that attended camp, you'll see all them," he said. "All the kids that attended camp from that team, they'll be at main camp. I thought they showed real well at our camp, and I think it's a good experience for them to come to main camp."
"I don't really care where a kid played...if he can play he can play. And they're going to have an opportunity to showcase themselves there."