Getzlaf scores 200th point

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Calgary Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio never had any doubts about the scrawny kid from Regina.

He always knew Ryan Getzlaf, a 2000 third-round bantam pick, would blossom into a bona fide star.

Getzlaf's first-period goal last night in Calgary's 5-2 win over Regina marked his 200th point with the WHL club, putting him fifth on the team's all-time scoring list.

"When we drafted him, he was only about 5-10 -- if that, 5-9, 5-10. He was a good pick on the Hitmen's part and he's sprouted up pretty good," said Kisio.

"He could always handle the puck and it was just a matter of him getting a little stronger over the years."

But some things never change, such as Getzlaf's gift of gab.

"He's never been shy," Kisio said, chuckling. "He's always been Getzlaf, always chirping and yipping, which gets him in trouble once in a while. He's always been a pistol that way."

The 6-ft. 4-in., 210-lb. Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect has 39 points in 34 games and was the second leading scorer at the recent world junior championship, at which he helped the Canadians win gold.

Getzlaf doesn't give a second thought to his career numbers.

"I didn't have a clue. I didn't know how many points I had," he said.

"I feel old now. I've been here for a while. It took off for me after my first year here and things have been rolling since then.

"I didn't come out of the gates all that strong. I didn't put up that many numbers but it's been rolling."


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