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With Kelowna down to four regular defencemen, Kamloops Blazers coach Guy Charron's game plan is straightforward: "We all know what they're missing; they're missing key people on the back end. We've got to make them work hard so that fatigue sets in." (Kamloops Daily News, Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
The Red Deer Rebels and coach Brent Sutter need to see more out of top defenceman Mathew Dumba, and others, if they're going to get a series-opening split against favoured Calgary. (Calgary Herald, The Hitmen Informant)
The Winterhawks' Chase De Leo-Taylor Leier-Oliver Bjorkstand second line had some big nights against Spokane during the regular season. (The Columbian)
The fine people at NHL Central Scouting are about to debate their final draft rankings. (NHL.com)
Agent Mark Guy "would be surprised" if the Erie Otters do not take centre Dylan Strome with their No. 2 overall choice in Saturday's priority selection draft. The Otters do need a forward. Meantime, between cenre Travis Konecny and power winger Lawson Crouse, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs midgets could produce two Top 5 picks. (Erie Times-News)
Brendan Ross offers a mock draft. On the subject of Sean Day: "It will be a tragic day if Hockey Canada’s fourth ever exceptional player falls to the number four slot but it seems like a real possibility." (The Hockey Writers, Saxon On The Storm)Read More »from Blazers out to wear down Rockets as Round 2 begins in WHL, QMJHL: Friday’s coast-to-coast