Jayden Jubenvill was drafted by the Dauphin Kings 26th overall in the 2017 MJHL U-15 Draft. Playing with the U-15 Rangers in the season leading up to the draft, Jayden scored 13 goals and added 21 assists for a 34 point total. That total was a 23 point surge than the previous season where he had three goals and eight assists.
Jubenvill from Gilbert Plains has been in the Kings system ever since and it was this preseason where he made the most noise that he has with the organization. Starting with prospects camp in early September and running right through the end of the month where the team ended its preseason in Portage, Jubenvill was given every opportunity to show what he can do against junior players, some of which were three years older than him.
The 17-year-old was on the ice in Dauphin's first preseason win against Swan Valley in the annual "rookie game". An everyday defenceman, Jayden played up front in the team's final preseason tuneup against the Portage Terriers.
The team would end up dropping that game; however, Jubenvill provided fans with a glimpse of what the future could look like as he scored one goal and added one assist, and was named the team's first star. The goal was a case of Jayden being in the right spot at the right time.
Jayden's time as a King has come to an end for now, but don't be surprised to see the 26th selection in the 2017 draft making noise again in the near future with his home region AAA team.
"Getting that chance to play with the Kings was great, I've always wanted to play with the team," said Jubenvill. "Playing with the older guys allowed me to get better and the competition was great."
He's now back with the Parkland U-18 Rangers, a team that he is entering his final season with. In his first season with the team in the 2018-2019 campaign, he scored four times and added 11 assists in what went down as a solid individual rookie season.
His point total was doubled last season where Jubenvill set up 18 goals and he scored 12 of his own as he racked up 30 points. Coming into this year one year older, bigger, and with that much more experience, Jayden is primed for big things.
"Things have been going well so far. We've been working really hard on and off the ice," said Jubenvill. "We also have a great group that's coming together really nicely."
Jayden and the rest of the U-18 Rangers set the tempo in the preseason where they won all three of their games in rather dominating fashion. The team opened up the regular season this past weekend and once again, they set the tempo as they hammered Norman, 10-1.
Not only did the team get off to the start they were looking for, but so did Jayden. He scored two goals in the big win and both goals came on the same penalty kill and were scored just 40 seconds apart. The young man from Gilbert Plains also had one assist.
"I was pretty happy with my effort. I think I played pretty physical and I was able to help the team," said Jubenvill. "And at the end of the day, that's the most important thing for me. I just want to help this team win games, it's what we do as a group, I can't do anything I do without their help."
Jayden likes to lead by example but he can also be a big voice when needed and he will get the opportunity to do both this season. For the first time in his AAA career, Jayden has been named the captain of the 2020-2021 U-18 Rangers. The team's assistant captains will be Steven Arp, Brayden Kohlman, and Keaton Ziprick.
"That means a ton to me. Just leading the rookies and letting the veterans know that I'm here for them if they need," he added. "It's an honour and a complete privilege to be the captain for this year's team."
Parkland will play the Yellowhead Chiefs on Tuesday night in Shoal Lake. The Rangers skated by Yellowhead, 8-1, in the preseason thanks to three goals from Luke Decorby. Kyan Grouette, Matthew Munro, Carter Zalischuk, Jayce Legaarden, and Rylan Gibbs also scored in that win.
Yellowhead is led by Sloan and Slade Stanick. Sloan is only expected to be with Yellowhead until Christmas as he aims to make the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats for the second straight season
While Parkland is 1-0 entering Tuesday night, Yellowhead will play their first game and the tilt will also be the first of three in a row between the two teams. The Rangers will host Yellowhead on Friday and Sunday at Credit Union Place.
"We just have to stick to our game plan and never give up," ended Jubenvill. "We also have to listen to what Tyler and Rick is telling us and if we do that, there's no reason we can't have success against Yellowhead and going forward this season."