Rockets general manager David Michaud worked the phones looking for any advice he could find to help his club prepare for their first ever Telus Cup. One word continued to come up with each call. Depth.
"To win the Telus Cup, it takes 7 games in 7 days" said Michaud. "Most if not all of the advice centered on the fact that all 20 players on the roster will be needed to have success."
Depth is something the Rockets feel that have in spades. "If you look back to my 1st interviews of the year, depth is what I described as the biggest strength of our team. As the season wears on, there is no question that the roles take on great importance; however we believe that our depth gives Mack O'Rourke tons of options with our line up.
During the regular season the Rockets had 7 players score at least 15 goals and were of course led by the BCMML scoring champion Tyson Jost who had 44 goals in just 36 games.
The Rockets would go on score 225 goals in the regular season, or an average of 5.6 per game. Michaud says those numbers simply don't happen without depth. "It's awfully hard to score that many goals with just one or two lines. We love the fact that if you want to focus on a particular line, there is plenty of talent spread around to make life difficult for our opposition."
The Rockets can look to the likes of Linden Hora (18 goals), Mahlon Head (15 goals) and the club's all-time leading scorer Branden Wagner (13 goals) to rise to the occasion when needed.
The playoffs have proved to be no exception to the rule for the Rockets. Seven players have averaged at least a point per game.
The Rockets will open the Telus Cup Monday afternoon against Chateauguay.