Myles Bell has made a smooth transition from defense to forward for the Kelowna Rockets

Bell produces at forward for Rockets

Since moving up from defense, Calgary native has taken over team scoring lead

As experiments go, the one moving Myles Bell from defense to forward has, so far, been a Grade-A success for the Kelowna Rockets.

Since joining Colton Sissons and Dylen McKinlay up front on Sept. 28 in Portland the 6-foot, 210-pound Calgary native has been an offensive force for the Rockets.

Bell, who still drops back to the the point on the power play, is tied for third overall in WHL scoring with six goals and 17 points in 10 games.

“When we lost J.T. Barnett (to injury) on opening weekend, we felt we needed an older, offensive guy to move up front,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “Myles went up there and hasn’t complained. For whatever reason, he developed immediate chemistry with Colton and Dylen and has continued to play very well ever since.”

A defenseman most of his playing life, Huska said Bell has thrived in his new role.

“I’ve liked him more up front than on defense, and he’s really excited about contributing as a forward,” Huska added. “He’s putting the team before himself and it’s working out well. He’s a very strong guy and when he get the puck down low, he’s doing good things with it, whether he’s passing or shooting.”

The Rockets return to action Thursday when they host the Prince George Cougars, 7 p.m. at Prospera Place. The Brandon Wheat Kings will be the Rockets’ visitors on Saturday.