High flying CeeBee Stars centreman growing into new leadership role
Almost halfway through his second season with the Eastlink CeeBee Stars, Jordan Escott has seen his role expand.
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Eastlink CeeBee Stars centre Jordan Escott lines up for a face off against the Clarenville Caribous at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace on Nov. 23.
The 22-year-old pivot was awarded with a letter as one of the team’s assistant captains, he powers the team’s top powerplay unit and is the CeeBees’ leading scorer through 10 games.
Despite this, his season never started out the way he wanted, although you wouldn’t know it.
Through the first four games of the season, Escott had tallied a goal and four assists.
“I never had the start I wanted,” Escott said last week. “Through the first couple of games I had points, but I wasn’t feeling the best.”
Escott pointed to a change in on-ice personnel as a reason for his slow start.
Last season, he was paired with Robert Slaney and, at times, his brother Colin Escott.
However, Slaney is playing university hockey and Colin, although on the team’s protected roster, has not suited up for a game this season.
“Both my linemates from last season are gone, so I had to find chemistry with new people,” said Escott. “That takes a couple of games to get into it.”
For the first four games of the season, Escott was paired with high profile wingers Terry Ryan and David Ling. The trio started out on fire as they combined for 21 points in six games. Both Ling and Ryan are no longer with the club.
However, through the last half-dozen games, Escott has seen his play improve.
“I’m feeling comfortable again and I’m back in a groove,” he said.
In those games, Escott has put up some impressive numbers. He has registered points in five of the team’s last six games, including five points in two games in Gander on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
For those games, he shared the ice with brothers Matt and Mitch Bragg and, at times, Colin Feehan.
“We have a lot of new faces, so communicating with everyone and getting to know everyone … getting chemistry was the biggest thing,” said Escott.
Getting the ‘A’
At the CeeBees’ home opener on Nov. 2, Escott was formally introduced as one of the team’s assistant captains. It was a boost of confidence for the St. John’s resident.
“I was pretty happy they chose me,” said Escott.
He is taking his new leadership role in stride and understands what is being asked of him.
“I have to come to the rink, make sure everyone is doing good, play hard and try and win another championship,” said Escott.
Escott is a polished skater capable of working magic when he has the puck. It is not strange to see him pick up the puck and dance his way through two or three opponents.
Escott said he has noticed a difference in himself from his first season to now.
“I feel bigger, stronger and more ready for the league,” he said.
Last season was Escott’s first year back home for some time.
“I hadn’t been home in so long, I didn’t know anyone in the dressing room, didn’t know anything about the league,” he said.
Being more prepared for the league has seen Escott produce 14 points in the CeeBees’ first 10 games.
“I’m more comfortable with my surroundings, knowing the coaching staff, knowing the league, knowing the rink, knowing the players and things like that,” he said.
Rounding into form
Players are always looking for ways for them to improve their games. One thing he has been hearing from his coaches is to shoot more.
Escott considers himself a playmaker, but he has started shooting a bit more lately.
“I’ve been shooting more and pucks are starting to go in,” said Escott.
He's also looking to improve in the faceoff circle.
“I’d like to get up to 60 per cent,” he said.
In his role as a centreman, being able to control face offs is an important part of his job. It means having control of the puck more frequently and giving his team a better chance at victory.
“The face offs are the big thing,” he said. “It makes my job easier.”