Depth key to offence

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

It's easy to see who makes up Brandon's Dynamic Duo.

Eric Fehr and Ryan Stone finished one-two in the WHL's regular-season scoring race and, naturally, are the headliners.

However, it takes more than two men to make a team the most prolific on offence in the WHL.

Enter the likes of Tim Konsorada, Lance Monych, Jakub Sindel and Derek LeBlanc.

As expected, Fehr (8g, 7a) and Stone (1g, 13a) are leading the Wheat Kings offensive charge this post-season but there's a reason Brandon is a serious threat for the WHL crown.

It's the scoring depth that GM/head coach Kelly McCrimmon has at his disposal.

"When a lot of people talk about our offence, they gravitate to Fehr and Stone for obvious reasons and then Tim Konsorada, who finished tied for third in the league in scoring," McCrimmon said. "But in our organization, we put Lance Monych in the same group. He didn't start the year with us, coming a month in, so he doesn't have the games played but he's as big a part for our team."

For the Hitmen to win the best-of-seven affair, they'll need secondary scoring behind their terrific tandem of Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd.

Something along the lines of what Monych gives his squad.

A fifth-year forward, drafted in the fourth round by Phoenix in 2002, Monych was expected to make the pro ranks this season.

Instead, the Winnipeg product had a short stay with AHL's Utah and Idaho of the ECHL, then went to Brandon for a fifth WHL campaign.

Made the most of it, too, finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 30 goals and 36 assists in 64 games. In seven playoff games, he's netted six goals and three helpers.

Yet, Monych still flies under the radar.

"They're great players and there's nothing to take away from them," he said of Fehr and Stone. "Winning in the playoffs is a team thing from the goaltender out, so I'm just happy to contribute."

Actually, that's greatly understating his contributions.

Late in the regular season, a swoon reached the point where McCrimmon decided to break up his top pair. He had no qualms about putting Monych in Fehr's old spot with Stone and LeBlanc.

"We'd come through Alberta and struggled and were at a point a change was worth looking at," McCrimmon said. "It seemed to fit our team and made it a different team to play against with Stone and Fehr on different lines.

"We went on a pretty good winning streak just after that -- I think we won 21 of 24 -- so we had no reason to change back."


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