Brayden Tracey is having an outstanding rookie season for the Moose Jaw Warriors and he seems to just be getting started.
The 17-year-old forward posted a point in nine out of ten games for the Warriors in November, which has earned him WHL Rookie of the Month honours on Tuesday.
"It's an honour to be recognized by the league like that, but it doesn’t come without the linemates that I've had this month," said Tracey.
"In the third period against the Hitmen [on Sunday], Josh Brook told me little things that would help me when he was on my line and [Justin] Almeida and [Tristin Langan] always point out little things and it helps a lot."
In 25 games this season, Tracey leads all WHL rookies with 26 points, including nine goals, which ranks second among rookies.
Tracey finished November riding a nine-game point streak, which he has since extended to 11 games. He has five goals and 18 points over that stretch.
Putting together the season that he has so far is made even sweeter for Tracey after being sent back to Midget AAA last season as a 16-year-old. He said that decision helped pave the way for him to hit the ground running this season.
"We had a long talk last year with Tim [Hunter] and Alan [Millar], we thought it would be best to go back and it helped a lot," said Tracey. "I played a lot back there, the coaches were good and coming here at the end of the season helped me out with the experience.
"Obviously hard work pays off and it's finally coming to me and I deserve it."
Tracey has been racking up the points this season for the Warriors, but he’s also worked hard on his game at the defensive end, currently sporting a plus-17 rating after starting November at even on the season.
The biggest area that Tracey excels at defensively is forcing turnovers on the backcheck with a quick stick.
"You can't put the puck in the net if you can't get the puck, so that's where it starts," he said. "It's my vision, I see my ice very well and [Almeida] and [Langan] have helped me a lot, so I'm really grateful for it."
Tracey and the Warriors are coming off a four-game road trip to the Central Division where they picked up six out of a possible eight points. They return to the ice on Wednesday night at Mosaic Place to host the Medicine Hat Tigers, puck drops at 7 p.m.
Raiders Sweep Player and Goalie Awards
The Prince Albert Raiders have been dominant to start the 2018-19 season and it's shown in the WHL Player and Goalie of the Month awards with Brett Leason and Ian Scott taking home the honours for the first two months of the season.
Leason was named WHL Player of the Month on Tuesday after posting 24 points in November and extending his point streak to 26 games. The 19-year-old forward leads the WHL with 27 goals and 60 points in 27 games this season.
Scott posted a perfect 8-0-0-0 record over the course of the month with a 1.63 goals against average and a 0.945 save percentage.