Wed Jan 09 10:05am EST
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Edmonton Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal, on defenceman Griffin Reinhart's audition with the New York Islanders: "It’s such a structured game in the NHL, and Griff really strives under structure, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does up there." (Edmonton Journal)
Overage defenceman Mitchell Chapman's season with the Kelowna Rockets is over due to an ankle injury. (Kelowna Capital News)
Michael Ferland's return led to the Brandon Wheat Kings releasing five-year defenceman Ryley Miller. (Brandon Sun)
Man alive, the Kootenay Ice have won six in a row. Viva Sam Reinhart! (Ice Chips)
Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz has faced more daunting situations than stepping into the London Knights lineup at midseason, writes Ryan Pyette. Meantime, may Kevin Bailie find a home. (London Free Press)
The Kitchener Rangers got the big trade bump, with new goalie Joel Vienneau backing them to a big win over Guelph in the Hwy. 7 rivalry. Oh, and colour everyone shocked that they landed Derek Schoenmakers. (Waterloo Record)
The Sudbury Wolves spin on the Frank Corrado/Josh Leivo trade is that Franky Palazzese will have them set in goal for next season and a half. (Sudbury Star)
Newly acquired winger Remy Giftopoulos is being eyed as a Windsor Spitfires overage contributor for next season. (Windsor Star)
Seventeen-year-old Matt Mistele, the Plymouth Whalers' co-scoring leader, won't be offered up to bring in a veteran. (Detroit Free Press)
Mike Davies reports that newly minted Ottawa 67's rookie defenceman Jacob Middleton was unwilling to waive his no-trade clause to join the Peterborough Petes. The cellar-sharing Petes, meanwhile, have traded two overages but haven't moved 19-year-old centre Alan Quine. (Peterborough Examiner)
At least Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is straight-up about Quebec Remparts centre Mikhail Grigorenko's chances of playing in the NHL at 18: "If you were to go to Vegas and place a bet on it, most 18-year-olds go back and play juniors."
Top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon's first game back with the Halifax Mooseheads since returning from Team Canada will come on Friday: "Last year, I don’t think I played that well in the second half. I think this year I’m really ready to go and ready to prove I can be a second-half player." The league-leading Mooseheads, meantime, were content with making only two trades before the deadline. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar GM Steve Ahern preferred giving up value for a 17-year-old forward, Jérémy Grégoire, rather than a graduating 19-year-old. (Le Soleil)
Given what the Moncton Wildcats gave up for Phillip Danault, perhaps the Gatineau Olympiques fanbase should be happy the team didn't land a top-6 forward. (Le Droit)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies coach-GM André Tourigny swapped 19-year-old goalies, bringing in Carl Hozjan and moving Robin Gusse to Rimouski. (Abitibi Express)
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