There has yet to be a week in the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season where zero players from Manitoba or WHL members serving Manitoba-based clubs are recognized on the one of the league’s Teams of the Week, or better yet, announced as the Player/Goaltender of the Week.
For the timeframe of April 19-25, the Brandon Wheat Kings’ Lynden McCallum was the very best player in all of the WHL. Sure, he may have scored four goals in his team’s first-place clinching victory on Sunday, but his week was nothing less than stellar.
Posting a 7-2-9 stat-line through three Wheat Kings victories this past week, the 21-year-old Brandon product may have had the best week in what is shaping up to be the best year of his three season WHL career. Despite the league announcing the cancellation of the 2020-21 postseason, McCallum did his part to ensure that Brandon finished atop the East Division standings through the 24-game shortened season at the Regina Hub.
“Right from training camp, we said ‘let’s be the best team here,’” McCallum said following Sunday’s victory. “Whatever they let us play for, we want to try and win it. So before the game, I was so proud of all the guys. Everyone was so focused. We had some rocky moments there in this game but we stuck with it.”
The right-winger scored a goal and two assists back on Wednesday, as his teammates beat up the Swift Current Broncos 6-1. He then added two power play goals in a narrow 5-4 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday. McCallum kept his power play goal-scoring prowess alive the following day, pumping another four goals into the Pats’ net while with the man advantage, rounding out his nine-point week.
He currently sits atop the WHL’s goal-scoring leaderboard with 19 tallies, while owning a personal five-game point scoring streak. He’s 14th in points scored with 25 points in 21 games – 19 of those points are goals.
The Wheat Kings conclude the 2020-21 season on Wednesday evening in a 5:00 PM central battle with the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre in Regina. The game can be viewed live on WHL TV.