The NHL work stoppage is good news for the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL have reassigned 20-year-old right winger Tim Konsorada to Brandon for the 2004-2005 Western Hockey League season. A sixth-round draft choice of Columbus in the 2002 NHL entry draft, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wheat Kings captain signed a multi-year contact with the Blue Jackets this past summer and had been skating with the Columbus rookies.
Konsorada, who will be entering his fifth WHL season and second as Wheat Kings captain, played only 25 games last season due to off-season shoulder surgery. He scored three goals and 21 points last season and was among the club's playoff scoring leaders with two goals and seven points in 11 playoff games.
PLAYOFF SCORING LEADER
During his four-year WHL career, the Lamont, Alta., native has 52 goals and 110 assists in 240 games. A former first-round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings in 1999, Konsorada is the club's active playoff scoring leader with 10 goals and 39 points in 53 games.
"We are very excited to have Tim back on our team," said Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon. "This is a unique set of circumstances as it is rare to get a signed player back as a 20-year-old. The work stoppage, combined with Tim's injury last season have all played a factor in this decision. Columbus feels that Brandon is the best place for his development this season and he will be a big part of our team."