What a season it's been for Broncos prospect Dawson Springer, who Swift Current acquired the rights to from the Everett Silvertips in the Max Patterson deal in December.
After posting nearly a goal per game at the Midget AA level last season with the Melville Millionaires (35 goals in 36 games), Springer's rapid ascent has taken him near the top of the goal-scoring leaders in the Sask Midget AAA Hockey League.
"To start I was a little bit slower and weaker, but I've always really been able to put it in the net," Springer noted. "I just continued to do that this year. I've gotten a little bit stronger and faster as the season's gone on."
In his rookie season at the Midget AAA level, the 2002-born forward has 28 goals in 41 games, a mark good for fourth in the league. Chipping in 18 assists as well has his 46 points in 12th on the list of league leaders.
"I think it's just my shot," Springer said, on the key to his ability to solve goaltenders so frequently. "Right from when I was little, I always kind of had a fast shot, good accuracy, and it's just kind of stuck with me throughout."
Springer, a product of Rocanville, has suited up with the Broncos once this season, and it was definitely a game to remember.
On December 15, one day after officially signing with the Broncos, Springer made his WHL debut in Prince Albert against the Raiders to close the pre-Christmas schedule.
In front of 2809 fans at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, Springer scored the Broncos' first goal of the game with just over six minutes left in the first period.
"I saw it go in, but it was a little weird, I didn't know if it went in or not," said Springer. "Once I found out it went in, I was pretty happy, I was still a little shocked throughout the game, and it kind of sunk in in the morning. It just boosted my confidence a little bit, and really showed that I can score at any level."
Springer has seven goals and 16 points in 14 games back in Midget AAA since his first-career WHL goal.
His most recent point came Sunday at Fairview West, as Springer scored the Mintos' lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Home Hardware Legionnaires.
Now, Springer and the Mintos (22-17-0-2) sit in sixth place in the ultra-competitive SMAAAHL standings - a league that currently boasts all eight playoff spots filled by teams with records over the .500 mark.
With three games remaining before their playoff push, the Broncos' prospect says the team will need to trust their game to find success in the postseason.
"You don't really just turn on the switch, you've got to be on your game the whole time leading up to playoffs. As long as we can do that, we'll do good I think."