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Jonathan Huberdeau returns for Sea Dogs: Wednesday coast-to-coast

Neate Sager
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Keepin' up with Seth Jones and the sheaf of prospects the Everett Silvertips extracted from the Portland Winterhawks in return for the blossoming blueliner. (The Hockey News, Everett Herald, The Columbian)

Rhett Rachinski's Game 4 overtime goal probably saved the Edmonton Oil Kings' season, squaring the WHL final at 2-2 at with Portland. The Oil Kings didn't even go to overtime once in 16 previous playoff tilts. (Edmonton Journal)

The bright side for Portland fans after the overtime loss? They're guaranteed of seeing Sven Bärtschi do his thing at least one more time in the Rose City. (The Columbian)

For Portland coach-GM Mike Johnston, the kicker is that his team was wearing down Edmonton when a bad bounce gave Rachinski his opening: "I still felt comfortable with our game in the last period and for sure in overtime." (Portland Tribune)

Has the pressure shifted to Portland? (Oregon Live)

Draft-year goalie Chris Driedger is the undisputed No. 1 netminder in Calgary, since the Hitmen have swapped Brandon Glover to Seattle. (Small Thoughts at Large)


Not junior hockey, but Roy MacGregor's column today about the NHL playoffs being "a tournament run largely in reverse ... so overly coached that, inevitably, defence rules" is a must-read. Some would say it could have been written about portions of the first three games of the Niagara-London final, too. (Globe & Mail)

Another should-read: Kevin McGran on how co-owners Dale and Mark Hunter pulled London out of the "Knightmares" era of the 1990s. (Toronto Star)

Are the Knights a MasterCard Memorial Cup favourite if they get to the tournament? Morris Dalla Costa believes it's a distinct possibility. (London Free Press)

Boston Bruins second-rounder and London centre Jared Knight is playing through an ankle injury. (London Free Press)

Dallas Stars second-rounder Brett Ritchie has become a more "complete player" since joining Niagara. (St. Catharines Standard)

London's roughhousing Ryan Rupert won't change his game due to a few penalties. (London Free Press)

Draft-year Knights centre Chris Tierney's faceoff wins made him man of the match on Monday. (London Free Press)

Sarnia Sting centre Alex Galchenyuk notes in his latest draft blog that 6-7 players have a legitimate case to the NHL's No. 1 pick. (

Headline writers rejoice: forward Brandon Prophet has signed with the Saginaw Spirit. (Saginaw News)


Rimouski Océanic GM Philippe Boucher looks prescient for hanging on to star defenceman Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc since it's paid off with a trip to the league final, writes Patrick King. (Sportsnet)

The Océanic showed they could skate with the Saint John Sea Dogs during those successive 3-2 losses in the firs two games of the final. That was the Sea Dogs without Jonathan Huberdeau, though. (Le Soleil)

If Patrick Roy gets a NHL job, does it stand to Gatineau Olympiques coach-GM Benoît Groulx goes with him? (The Hockey Writers)

Idle thought from Sam Cosentino: what if a NHL lockout leads to Saint John unexpectedly getting some players back next season? (Sportsnet)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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