Scissons aims for scoring surge

Colton Sissons looks to get a jump on the competition for the coming WHL season with the Kelowna Rockets.

Like the rest of his Kelowna Rockets teammates, Colton Sissons felt he was a little slow coming out of the gate last WHL season.

Now, armed with some confidence and a full year of experience, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward is ready to hit the ice at full throttle in 2011-12.

“I was pretty anxious the first part of last season, but after Christmas things started to come together for me,” said Sissons, who turns 18 on Nov. 5. “I think I should be able to pick up where I left off last season, and I want to get my offence started from the get-go. I’m still going to focus on work ethic and my defensive play, but I want to help out more with scoring goals and helping the team win more games. I feel ready to do that.”

Sissons finished with 17 goals and 41 points in 63 games. Thirty of those points – 11 goals, 19 assists – came after the Christmas break.

And just as the numbers would suggest, the North Vancouver native simply got better and better as his rookie season progressed – and not just in the offensive zone.

“The biggest thing is, he’s the complete package, he understands the game defensively very well, and offensively he can play multiple positions,” said Rockets assistant coach Ryan Cuthbert.