2017-18 Warriors: Where Are They Now?

Nick Murray

Last year’s Moose Jaw Warriors were a pretty remarkable bunch. They were the top team in the country before coming up empty against the other top team in the country; the Swift Current Broncos in game 7 of a 7 game series.

Many of the players that made up that historic club have resumed their careers this year as well.

Here we can dive into where, exactly, each of them are playing and just how well they are doing there.

  Brett Howden  has had the best start of the lot. He fit right into the  New York Rangers ' system. He is currently playing on the fourth line, with Vladimir Namestnikov. After only five games in blue he is one of the club’s leading point producers with two goals and an assist.

Brett Howden has had the best start of the lot. He fit right into the New York Rangers' system. He is currently playing on the fourth line, with Vladimir Namestnikov. After only five games in blue he is one of the club’s leading point producers with two goals and an assist.

  Jayden Halbgewachs , who set the Warriors single season scoring record last season, has been biding his time in San Jose’s farm system with the  San Jose Barracudas  of the AHL. It shouldn’t be long before he graces NHL ice. He’s already on the Barracuda’s top scoring and has 5 points in 4 games.

Jayden Halbgewachs, who set the Warriors single season scoring record last season, has been biding his time in San Jose’s farm system with the San Jose Barracudas of the AHL. It shouldn’t be long before he graces NHL ice. He’s already on the Barracuda’s top scoring and has 5 points in 4 games.

 Defenceman  Kale Clague  was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and is right now playing in their farm system in California (not Canada) for their AHL club the  Ontario Reign . He plays alongside some solid NHL vets in Matt Moulson, Brett Sutter and Peter Budaj. He’s got 4 points in 4 games and here he is holding the puck netted in his first professional goal. I would imagine that Clague sees some big club time relatively soon as well.

Defenceman Kale Clague was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and is right now playing in their farm system in California (not Canada) for their AHL club the Ontario Reign. He plays alongside some solid NHL vets in Matt Moulson, Brett Sutter and Peter Budaj. He’s got 4 points in 4 games and here he is holding the puck netted in his first professional goal. I would imagine that Clague sees some big club time relatively soon as well.

 6’8’ Russian powerhouse  Oleg Sosunov  could crack the NHL on his size alone. The kid is a behemoth. He scored his first pro goal with the AHL  Syracuse Crunch , an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where former Warrior Brayden Point has become a star. As of yet, that one goal is his only offensive output.

6’8’ Russian powerhouse Oleg Sosunov could crack the NHL on his size alone. The kid is a behemoth. He scored his first pro goal with the AHL Syracuse Crunch, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where former Warrior Brayden Point has become a star. As of yet, that one goal is his only offensive output.

  Brayden Burke  in playing in the AHL for the  Tucson Roadrunners , in the Arizona Coyotes farm system. He’s played in three games and has yet to score. But he plays alongside some pretty popular WHL vets in Tyler Steenbergen, Lane Pederson and Matteo Gennaro. He might not crack the big league rosters as quick as Halby or Clague, but it seems like he will do eventually.

Brayden Burke in playing in the AHL for the Tucson Roadrunners, in the Arizona Coyotes farm system. He’s played in three games and has yet to score. But he plays alongside some pretty popular WHL vets in Tyler Steenbergen, Lane Pederson and Matteo Gennaro. He might not crack the big league rosters as quick as Halby or Clague, but it seems like he will do eventually.

  Tanner Jeannot  could one day be a dependable fourth liner on an NHL club, but he’s gonna have to put the ice time in first. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators and has laced up for a pair of games for their AHL affiliate, the  Milwaukee Admirals .

Tanner Jeannot could one day be a dependable fourth liner on an NHL club, but he’s gonna have to put the ice time in first. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators and has laced up for a pair of games for their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

 Although drafted by the Washington Capitals,  Dmitriy Zaitsev  went back to Russia at the commencement of the 2017-2018 season. He is currently being bounced around between the  Magnitogorsk Metallurg  and their minor league affiliate, the  Stalnye Lisy Magnotogorsk . He plays alongside former Maple Leaf Nikolay Kulemin and Team Canada Olympian Wojtek Wolski.

Although drafted by the Washington Capitals, Dmitriy Zaitsev went back to Russia at the commencement of the 2017-2018 season. He is currently being bounced around between the Magnitogorsk Metallurg and their minor league affiliate, the Stalnye Lisy Magnotogorsk. He plays alongside former Maple Leaf Nikolay Kulemin and Team Canada Olympian Wojtek Wolski.

  Noah Gregor  wasn't a Warrior come playoff time last season. He was traded to the Victoria Royals for Ryan Peckford halfway through the season. Along with Halbgewachs he was drafted by San Jose but was allowed to spend one more season playing amateur hockey. He now plays for the  Prince Albert Raiders , where he has scored 8 points in 6 games.

Noah Gregor wasn't a Warrior come playoff time last season. He was traded to the Victoria Royals for Ryan Peckford halfway through the season. Along with Halbgewachs he was drafted by San Jose but was allowed to spend one more season playing amateur hockey. He now plays for the Prince Albert Raiders, where he has scored 8 points in 6 games.

  Vince Loschiavo  continues to kick around the WHL. Moose Jaw traded him to the  Edmonton Oil Kings  for Nick Bowman and a 6th round draft pick. Loschiavo’s skills were under-utilized on that incredibly deep Moose Jaw, squad, you never really heard much from him. In Edmonton he is a top line producer, averaging a point a game.

Vince Loschiavo continues to kick around the WHL. Moose Jaw traded him to the Edmonton Oil Kings for Nick Bowman and a 6th round draft pick. Loschiavo’s skills were under-utilized on that incredibly deep Moose Jaw, squad, you never really heard much from him. In Edmonton he is a top line producer, averaging a point a game.

 The only real life Moose Javian on last year’s club,  Branden Klatt  opted to spend his final year of junior hockey playing for the  Yorkton Terriers  of the SJHL; where he will wear the A on his jersey. He had scored 15 points after ten games.

The only real life Moose Javian on last year’s club, Branden Klatt opted to spend his final year of junior hockey playing for the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL; where he will wear the A on his jersey. He had scored 15 points after ten games.

  Barrett Sheen  is now playing for the  Okotoks Oilers  of the AJHL. He wasted no time in doing in Okotoks exactly what he did best in Moose Jaw: getting penalties. After only 10 games Sheen had already accumulated 72 PIM’s. Thankfully he had a goal and 5 assists to go with that.

Barrett Sheen is now playing for the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL. He wasted no time in doing in Okotoks exactly what he did best in Moose Jaw: getting penalties. After only 10 games Sheen had already accumulated 72 PIM’s. Thankfully he had a goal and 5 assists to go with that.

 Veteran goalie  Brody Willms  was set to have one last kick at the can with this season’s Warriors, but was sidelined due to an incredibly unfortunate season ending injury. So he won’t be playing anywhere this year. In his place you now see a platoon between Adam Evanoff and Brodan Salmond.

Veteran goalie Brody Willms was set to have one last kick at the can with this season’s Warriors, but was sidelined due to an incredibly unfortunate season ending injury. So he won’t be playing anywhere this year. In his place you now see a platoon between Adam Evanoff and Brodan Salmond.

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