(1090 The Fan) – Seattle forward Riley Sheen relishes being an all-around hockey player. Over 12 games now this season, Sheen has eight points — three goals and five assists — while being instrumental as a penalty killer.
On Saturday against Swift Current, the 18-year-old had two points including the first goal of the game for the T-Birds which tied the score at 1-1.
“I like to fashion myself as a two-way player. I just try to play both ends of the ice well and contribute offensively when I can,” Sheen said after Saturday’s 6-3 win.
He finished with 40 points in 71 games last season for the T-Birds, but seems to be faring better on a line with Alexander Delnov and Branden Troock, each of whom have at least 10 points this year.
Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk has been impressed with his play and willingness to do a little bit of everything for the team.
“I thought he played one of his better games (Friday),” Konowalchuk said. “(He) really generated some offense.”
“You need guys that are willing to do any role you ask of them and put the team ahead of themselves,” Konowalchuk continued. “He’s been in that shutdown role a lot, last year as well. This year he’s gotten more of a chance.”
With the bigger body of fellow forward Keegan Kolesar now in the lineup, Sheen hasn’t had much of an opportunity on the power play. However, he has kept working and believes doing the simple things has helped his game.
“I kinda just got it back to basics,” Sheen said. “Kept things simple and pucks just started falling my way and I’ve just been able to find the net and find my teammates out there.”
With the way he’s been hustling all over the ice, that’s sure to continue.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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