Tanner Skaja Granite City Lumberjacks
The Granite City Lumberjacks are sitting atop of the West Division thanks to a 7-2 record in the month of October. Forward Tanner Skaja, 19, led the Lumberjacks with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in nine games played during the month. The local native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, had four multi-point games during the month. He was named the West Division Star of the Week back on October 7th for his eight points in two games performance. Skaja (6’0/180) also had multi-point games in wins over Twin City, Wisconsin and North Iowa. He was also a +7 during the month. Skaja ranks 2nd on the team in scoring with 18 points in 14 games played. “Tanner has a big offensive upside and is developing into a very good, well-rounded player. He is improving defensively as well and once all that comes together he is going to be someone that is very successful at the next level. It is good to see a local kid really making the most of the opportunity,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.
Runner-Up: Joe Burgmeier, North Iowa Bulls
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): David Becker, Twin City Steel – Cody Black, Pittsburgh Vengeance – Andrew Bond, Cincinnati Swords – Joe Costello, Breezy Point North Stars – Trent Dillinger, Gillette Wild – Grant Dukus, Point Mallard Ducks – Ryan Dunner, Texas Jr. Brahmas – Cody Estrel, Toledo Cherokee – Marshall Gevers, Peoria Mustangs – Tommy Heinzman, St. Louis Jr. Blues – Peter Henderson, Wisconsin Whalers – Ryan James, Sugar Land Imperials – Robert Kalata, Great Falls Americans – Gunnar Mogck, Bozeman Icedogs – Alex Sauer, Topeka Capitals – Tom Schmidt, Alexandria Blizzard – Luke Sunde, Southern Tier Xpress – Taylor Trapp, La Crosse Freeze – Michael Tratar, West Michigan Wolves – Pearce Vance, Metro Jets