Assessing talent is the key to preseason action at any level of hockey.
SPRINGHILL - Assessing talent is the key to preseason action at any level of hockey.
The Cumberland County Blues will be seeking to look at some of the talent vying for roster spots when they open exhibition play tonight against the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in a 7 p.m. start.
The clubs will meet in a return match Saturday night in St. Margaret's Bay at 7 p.m. and the Blues will host East Hants Penguins on Sunday at 4 p.m.
"Last year we won three and lost one against them. But this is only exhibition and we need to see what we'll have for the season,' Ron Reynolds, coach of the Blues said.
"We don't get too excited about wins and losses in exhibition. We need to see where we are, what role each player will bring too us and how they can fit into what we are trying to do. This gives you a gauge of strengths and weaknesses right out of the gate,' he added.
The Blues currently have three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 16 forwards in camp, all vying for positions this season.
"All our returning players have looked good, guys like Cody Roach and Andrew Brennan. Hughie McCuish is in the best shape of his career and he looks great as well,' Reynolds said.
"We're really happy to have landed a top goalie in Matt Kimber who has three-years Junior A experience with the Moncton Beavers. That adds something to the team at this stage."
Reynolds is cautiously optimistic about the fortunes of the club for this season and knows they have tough challenges ahead of them following coming within a whisper of winning the Don Johnson Cup Eastern Canadian Junior B title last spring.