Carberry's own Luke Robson is ecstatic about the opportunity to play in the Western Hockey League. The former Waywayseecappo Wolverine says this preseason has been a bit of a rollercoaster.
"It was a crazy preseason and training camp for me. I started in Moose Jaw, and I was unfortunately cut from there but was traded and got an opportunity with Edmonton (Oil Kings)," Robson explains. "It was a great opportunity to be able to put my skills to the test with Edmonton, and I'm so thankful that they gave me this opportunity. I was betting on myself a little bit."
Robson notes he entered the Oil Kings training camp with a chip on his shoulder, as he felt he was capable of playing WHL calibre hockey and really wanted a full chance to prove that. Now knowing he will be able to showcase his skill set in the league this year, he describes his goals for the 2022-23 campaign.
"I have a few in mind, but ultimately, I just plan to play my heart out and do the best I can. I want to try and make a career in the WHL," Robson continues. "If I can stay in the lineup as much as possible, I would be super happy with that but it comes down to how I play. So, I'm just looking to perform every night and have some fun."
The forward notes the Oil Kings will have a younger roster this year and adds they plan to stick to the fundamentals.
"We've just been focusing on the basics. We're a very young team this year, so we're going try and be the best team at being simple. We're going to chip pucks, execute our forecheck, and we're going to play hockey the right way."
The 18-year-old put up 12 goals and 17 assists over the course of 46 games in his rookie season with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. He outlines how his MJHL experience will benefit him in Edmonton.
"Playing with older and bigger guys definitely helps with the physicality side of it all. There's definitely a jump in speed from the MHJL to the WHL but the speed of the MJHL certainly helped me move into the speed of the WHL."
Robson says the Oil Kings have treated him with immense respect since his arrival, and he adds he is extremely grateful to be a part of the organization this season. Robson and Edmonton will get their regular season underway tomorrow as they take on the Red Deer Rebels.