Vladimir Tkachev, in most likelihood, will play his last NHL exhibition game with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday vening. Newly minted Detroit Red Wings signee Joe Hicketts is already back with the Victoria Royals, where he delivered a bit of brilliance for a nifty off-the-faceoff overtime winner this past weekend.
One is a Russian-born wing and the other a Canadian-born defenceman; one plays on the East Coast with the Quebec League's Moncton Wildcats and the other plays for a Western League team located on Vancouver Island. The common denominator, that people should heed, is that both are 5-foot-8 and were passed over 2014 NHL draft due in part to their smallish frames. Yet each has got more run in pro camps than much larger players who were handed a jersey this past June at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
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On that point, the two combine to make the biggest junior story to come out of NHL camps, where everything else mostly happens as a matter of course. The 5-foot-8, 163-pound