After getting a taste of the Western Hockey League last season, Humboldt's Logan Barlage is ready for full-time duty.
Barlage was the fourth overall pick of the Swift Current Broncos in the 2016 WHL Draft, and played in a handful of games in the regular season and playoffs last year.
He says that he is looking forward to starting right from game one with the Broncos.
"We have a great group of guys here and we're going to keep pushing to build that winning culture here," he explained. "I'm really excited for the upcoming season and the preseason has been going good and it's been really exciting for me."
Barlage suited up in five preseason games for the Broncos, scoring two goals and three assists for five points.
He says that being able to play in some games in the WHL last year has helped show him what he needed to improve on for his first full season.
"I realized how much better I had to get. I put that into the summer and worked on my skating and explosiveness and just working hard off the ice getting my body right for the bigger guys out here compared to midget."
Barlage played most of his 2016-17 season with the Prince Albert Mintos in Midget AAA, tallying 76 points over 44 regular season games, adding eight points in the playoffs.
Now as a 16-year-old heading into the WHL, Barlage explained his mindset heading in.
"I feel like the WHL has that big aspect that they want you to play defence first, and that's how I play, defence first before you try and score a goal at the other end," he said. "Continuing to work hard and however it goes you have to stay positive. I accept my role on the team whatever it is, and am looking forward to working and getting better every day."
The Broncos open the regular season on September 22 in Saskatoon.