Landon Quinney was one of the bigger surprises of Moose Jaw Warriors' training camp this year.
The 17-year-old Las Vegas native came into camp, impressed and earned a spot on the Warriors' roster for the 2015-16 season.
Since then, Quinney – who is the younger brother of Kamloops forward Gage Quinney – has shown that had he belongs in the Western Hockey League, playing a hard nosed style that fits perfectly in Moose Jaw's bottom six.
“I've adjusted pretty well,” said Quinney after practice on Wednesday at Mosaic Place. “Obviously the points haven't came yet, but it's a hard league to play in with the speed and skill that you have to get use to, but I'm feeling good so far.”
In 11 games with the Warriors so far this year, Quinney has two assists and has one fight under his belt already. He's been able to provide a lot of energy to the Tribe on a line with fellow Arizona Bobcat graduates Blake Bargar and Brayden Watts.
“All of us have good chemistry,” he said. “We're just doing our best to try and contribute, it hasn't been happening as much as we'd like, but at least were not getting scored on and were providing energy and stuff like that.”
There has been a number of games this year where the fourth line with Quinney has been the best line in a period for the Warriors and has sparked the team with a strong shift in the offensive zone to get the offence going.
“That's something that we take pride in,” said Quinney.
Coming off a pair of losses last weekend, the Warriors are focused on ending that skid as quickly as possible. Heading into a three-in-three this weekend, Quinney said that simplicity will be the Warriors' friend in games against Regina and Brandon.
“Not as many flashy plays this weekend, just getting pucks on net, back checking hard to our zone and helping out our defence is going to be the key,” he said.
“Quick puck movement, taking the body, playing our game.”
During the opening weekend of the regular season, Quinney got his first taste of the Warriors-Pats rivalry and he added that he can't wait for more this weekend.
“They're pretty fun games to play in, especially home-and-homes with them, there should be a big crowd and it should be intense, we'll see what goes on,” he said.
The Warriors travel to Regina on Friday night to open their three-in-three weekend. They'll welcome in the Pats on Saturday afternoon to Mosaic Place and then host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday afternoon.