With the WHL offseason in full swing, the Red Deer Rebels have been busy shaping the future.
On the heels of the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, the Rebels inked a pair of prospects to standard player agreements.
Monday, the Rebels locked up Jhett Larson and Tuesday, Red Deer signed 2020 second round, 24th overall selection Talon Brigley. The Sylvan Lake forward has played the past two seasons with the Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels and recorded 13 goals and 13 assists in 23 games last year. His father Travis played 13 professional seasons, including time with the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.
Red Deer Rebels assistant GM Shaun Sutter believes Talon has all the tools to become a successful WHL player.
“Talon is a well-rounded forward who has a high compete level, thinks the game well making fast-twitch plays and has a good shot,” Sutter said.
“He has the character, and layers to his game and skill set to be relied on in all situations while also being a player who is capable of driving the play.”
Brigley is not eligible to suit up for the Rebels until the 2021-22 WHL season.
Monday, Red Deer added a prospect that could step into the lineup as early as next year.
Larson, a Delisle, Sask., native was selected by the Rebels in the eighth round, 163rd overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.
The 16-year-old played with the Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA program in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. He recorded 14 goals and 37 points in 40 games. The five-foot-eight, 160-pound left-shot forward helped Team Saskatchewan to a win at the 2019 WHL Cup, recording five points in five games.
“Jhett is a riser in his age group who has developed rapidly due to his drive and competitiveness. He starred at the WHL Cup helping lead team SK to victory at the event,” Sutter said.
“He had a very impressive season with Notre Dame developing into a smart, versatile, gritty two way forward who plays big, can score and make plays.”