By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
Idaho Steelheads coach Derek Laxdal knew his team was going to have a different look in 2007-08, but what he probably didn’t know was just how talented some of his rookies really are.
First-year pro Mark Bomersback falls into that category. After enjoying a solid training camp with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Stars, the 25-year-old signed a deal with the defending Kelly Cup champions.
So far, the move has paid off for both parties. In his first 10 professional games, Bomersback – originally known more for his ability to set up his linemates – has scored eight times. His 11 points has helped the Steelheads get off to a respectable 3-2-5 start in a powerful National Conference.
“It feels really good,” Bomersback said of his quick start. “Usually, I’m more of an assist guy instead of a goal guy. Everything that I’ve been shooting on net has been going in. Hopefully, that just keeps up.”
Bomersback arrived in the ECHL after a four-year run at Ferris State University. His best season at the collegiate level came in his junior year (2005-06), when he went 16-16-32 in 40 games. Judging by what he’s accomplished for the Steelheads in a short amount of time, it’s safe to say the adjustment to pro life hasn’t been too difficult for the Rochester, Alberta native.
“The guys are definitely stronger and harder to get off the puck,” Bomersback said. “The speed of the game is about the same. I haven’t found it that much different.”