By Mark Staffieri
While Jayna Hefford is the heartbeat of the Brampton offense, the 2012-13 CWHL season has seen a possible heir to her crown. Having earned two assists in her CWHL debut (a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Toronto Furies on October 20); it was a sign of great things to come in the rookie campaign of Laura McIntosh.
She would finish the 2012-13 CWHL regular season with 24 points in 23 games. Her 24 point season would place her eighth overall in the CWHL scoring race, while ranking fourth overall in the scoring race among rookies, respectively. The only player on the Brampton squad to have logged more points than McIntosh was Jayna Hefford with 26 points.
Perhaps more impressive was the fact that McIntosh?۪s 18 assists ranked second in the entire CWHL (Meghan Agosta-Marciano was the league leader with 30). Although Brampton only managed to win 8 games this season, one important fact emanates. In every win this season, McIntosh logged at least one point.
Her 18 assists are also testament to her ability as a great playmaker. With four assists on the power play (ranking second on Brampton); McIntosh will emerge as an important member of the squad?۪s special teams in the Clarkson Cup playoffs.
Heading into her first Clarkson Cup postseason, McIntosh will have to avoid the penalty box. Of the Top 10 scorers in the CWHL scoring race, McIntosh had the second highest number of penalty minutes with 22.
Her talent and game changing abilities will be crucial for a Brampton franchise aiming for their third Clarkson Cup finals appearance in four years. While the first two appearances resulted in losses, McIntosh may be the element that makes the franchise third time lucky. An integral component of the Brampton offensive attack, McIntosh is a sign of the bright future ahead for the black and red.