Brooks Bandits forward, Ryan McAllister, is on fire to start the 2021-22 Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season, registering 9 points (5G, 4A) in 5 games played so far.
The Bandits began this season without the likes of Sean Chisholm (Dartmouth), Taylor Makar (UMASS), Corson Ceulemans (Wisconsin) and Chris Pappas (St. Lawrence) who were huge drivers of the offense last year.
It’s early, just two weeks into the season, but the impressive production is an encouraging sign for the Bandits, since it took 20 games for McAllister to score 5 goals last year, albeit, in an unprecedented and unpredictable 2020-21 season. So, with more opportunity and heightened expectations, should we be surprised by this early onslaught of offense by 20-year-old? No, not at all.
McAllister (London, ON) skates well, has a good hockey sense and can be very effective off the half-wall on the powerplay. His quick release makes him a scoring threat every time he has the puck, and he possesses arguably one of the most lethal shots in the AJHL, in terms of velocity. It was only a matter of time before it all clicked.
Now in his third season in Brooks, the Western Michigan commit is thriving on the top line, is a significant presence on the power-play and is making an impact in a leadership role, as well. McAllister has scored in every game this season, riding a 5-game point streak into week three.