CEDAR RAPIDS — Jordan Timmons is doing everything he can not to be best known as the guy who suffered a season-ending injury last year after stepping on a puck and falling down.
The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders winger was named the United States Hockey League’s position player of the week Monday, and it was deserved. He had five goals, an assist and a massive plus-minus rating of plus-eight in three games last week.
Timmons is in the process of becoming a very good and important player for the RoughRiders, who end the pre-holiday portion of their schedule with games Thursday and Friday nights at Youngstown. He was acquired last season in a trade with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks but was limited to just 17 games here because of his fluke injury.
Warming up before a game, the 19-year-old Pittsburgh resident stepped on a puck he didn’t see, fell to the ice and messed up his shoulder. Aye, aye, aye.
“Really tough, especially with such a terrible way to do it,” Timmons said. “Not even in a game, but in warmups. It was just kind of a heartbreaker. But I’m back this year, and I’m just trying to get better.”
He is better, without question. At 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds, Timmons provides size on the wing and skill to go with it.
Think David Backes for a comp. That’s his favorite player.
The University of Connecticut commit said he has taken it upon himself to help lead his club on and off the ice during a difficult time in which injuries to several second-year guys have left the forward lineup inexperienced and undermanned many nights.
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“He has grown up a lot, is really coming into his own right now,” said RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson.
“Yeah, I think I am a better player,” Timmons said. “Not really skill wise. Being a better player means performing your role better, playing your part on the team to the best of your abilities. The biggest thing for me is I’m trying not to be someone on the ice that I’m not. I’m accepting my role, getting in front of the net, taking hits, shooting the puck, all those things. I think that has really taken my game to the next level.”
Timmons played two games in the 2015-16 season for Sioux City, then 19 for Muskegon last season before being traded. A C-rated player by NHL Central Scouting, he went undrafted in part because of his untimely and unlucky injury.
“No, I’m not doing anything different than last season,” he said. “I just think guys have to step up with so many (other) guys out of the lineup, and there are plenty of guys taking on much bigger roles. A lot of guys are contributing. I’ve found the back of the net a couple of times, but everyone is contributing right now.”
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