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Does Seth Jones believe he will NHL-ready by next October? (The Canadian Press)

Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland is suspended for Friday's Saskatoon-Brandon tilt over a cross-checking major/game misconduct. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Luber's Lounge)

New York Islanders draft pick Brenden Kichton is having a solid overage season in Spokane, where injuries on the blueline have forced fellow overage Blake Gal to switch to defence. (The Pipeline Show)

Relocation rumours should not be brushed off by Kootenay Ice loyalists, says Jeff Bromley. (Ice Chips)

There was a time when people wondered if the Edmonton Oil Kings would get traction in the Alberta capital. Not anymore. (Edmonton Journal)

Get to know Everett Silvertips goalie Austin Lotz, who would be a tabloid headline writer's dream if tabloid newspaper chains still employed copy editors. (The Pipeline Show)


The London Knights are not about to let Sault Ste. Marie's Nick Cousins get his 100th point on their watch. Or as Matt Rupert put it: "Especially since he's out there chirping and slashing our guys." (London Free Press, Sault Star)

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller on Ryan Murphy's NHL debut: "He joined the rush at the right time and I was really happy with him." The Kitchener Rangers captain played 23 minutes 51 seconds in Carolina's loss to the Winnipeg Jets. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Josh Brown has a superb longform piece on how the six-player Kitchener-Sudbury trade that involved Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo, Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado, underrated goalie Frank Palazzese and promising forward Matt Schmalz went down. (Waterloo Record)

The Sarnia Sting are struggling, having lost by margins of 8-0, 10-2 and 6-3 within the last 10 days. (Sarnia Observer)

Windsor Spitfires rookie defenceman Graeme Brown needed a late reminder that he had been called up from Junior B on Thursday. Then he went out and was the game's first star, although the playoff dream is slipping away from the Spitfires. (Windsor Star)

The league's two exceptional players, Barrie's Aaron Ekblad and Erie's Connor McDavid, have more than fulfilled expectations. Meantime, McDavid's Otters were the first OHL team to be mathematically eliminated. (

The Belleville Bulls' week thus far: shut out the highest-scoring Eastern Conference team, Barrie, and then get in a goalfest with cellar-dwelling Ottawa. (Belleville Intelligencer)

The Colts, meanwhile, managed only two goals in two losses against top teams in Belleville and Owen Sound. (Barrie Examiner)

Dallas Stars-drafted centre Gemel Smith is trying to rediscover some rhythm after being out three weeks for the Owen Sound Attack. (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Oh, man. Count how many times Niagara coach-GM Marty Williamson said "mentally" after the IceDogs were drilled 8-2 at home by Mississauga. Three teams could now potentially overtake Niagara.(St. Catharines Standard)

Just like last weekend, the Peterborough Petes woke up Friday two points behind eighth-place Kingston. (Peterborough Examiner)


Los Angeles Kings selection Tomas Hyka has sustained his second concussion in two seasons with Gatineau. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts wing Brent Turnbull is from the coastal community of Stellarton, N.S., so finding out five fishermen from his home province were lost at sea hit him hard. (Le Soleil)

Willy Palov has an ode to P.E.I.'s Ben Duffy and Acadie-Bathurst's Zach O'Brien, two overage scorers who have been nearly penalty-free during their entire tenures in the Q. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Saint John Sea Dogs grad Jonathan Huberdeau did stuff on Thursday for the Florida Panthers. (Station Nation)

The Shawinigan DJs, Olivier Jodoin and Jonathan Narbonne (now with the Moncton Wildcats), have dropped their latest mix. It might break the Internet.

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