Rockets fired up

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Luke Schenn and Tyler Myers swear they didn't have any side bets on who was going to have the better performance at last night's top prospects game, because they are in this together.

Fitting, because together the dynamic duo on the Kelowna Rockets blueline is a big part of why the Rockets are a contender again.

"We don't really talk about stuff like that," said Schenn. "We are good buddies off the ice and this is an important time in our careers and we are lucky to both be here and get this opportunity. We want to support each other."

Myers and Schenn also had another teammate at the top prospects game - forward Brandon McMillan, who was an injury replacement for Everett Silvertips star Kyle Beach.

Schenn is used to being in the spotlight. He played in the Canada/Russia Super Series before being a part of Canada's fourth straight gold medal at the World Juniors. Now he will try and improve his stock for the 2008 NHL draft.

The Saskatoon product is six-foot-three and 210 pounds and has NHL scouts foaming at the mouth when they see the punishing shutdown defenceman with some strong offensive upside.

In 35 games this season with the Rockets he has recorded five goals and 13 assists and has 63 penalty minutes.

"This year has been such a big ride, but the year isn't done yet and hopefully there is a lot more good things to come, both personally and with the Rockets," said Schenn.

Kelowna has had the luxury of being able to separate both Schenn and Myers and with both earning lots of ice-time it's made it tough for teams to battle against both shutdown defenceman for an entire game. Myers and Schenn are ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Myers intrigues NHL scouts with his monster size. The DeWinton, Alta., product stands at just over six-foot-seven and is 205 pounds. Once he fills into his body, he could be a dominant force.

"I've pretty much been taller than anyone I went to school with or anyone that I ever played on a team with," said Myers. "Growing up it's been a gradual growth; hopefully it slows down here, it's been getting out of control."

Entering his first full season with the Rockets last season, Myers measured in at just over six-foot-six. Since then, he has grown over an inch and a quarter. Most young male teenagers stop growing in their early teens.

Myers' biggest growth spurt came his first year of Midget AAA with the Notre Dame Hounds where he sprouted up three more inches to six-foot-six.

For a defenceman his size, he skates very smoothly and in his second year with the Rockets he has turned out to be one of the best two-way defencemen on the team. In 43 games with Kelowna he has scored four goals and five assists and has 67 penalty minutes.


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