Tuesday coast-to-coast rush: Rare air for super scorer Etem

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It's been 11 years since a WHL player hit the 60-goal mark. Could Medicine Hat's Emerson Etem (21 in 15 games) do the same even with the month the Anaheim Ducks prospect will be away with Team USA? (Coming Down The Pipe!)

So Ryan Johansen will be told today whether he's staying with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. (Columbus Dispatch, Everett Herald, The Cannon)

Kelowna Rockets right wing Brett Bulmer has to get cracking to "give himself a world junior hockey championship opportunity," says his coach, Ryan Huska. (Dub Nation)

Another GYSH (Guy You Should Know) ... 17-year-old Vancouver Giants defenceman Brett Kulak is second in the Dub in plus/minus. (Vancouver Province)

Overage defenceman Collin Bowman is expected to goose the Calgary Hitmen power play. (Calgary Herald)

Former NHL coach Cory Clouston is pleased with his Brandon Wheat Kings' progress across the season's first two months. (Luber's Lounge)

Veteran Kamloops Blazers forward Jordan DePape will have shoulder surgery Thursday. He's not expected back until very late in the regular season. (Keen's Korner)


The NCAA allowing its athlete-students to earn an annual $2,000 stipend seems like a long overdue move. Yet major junior types are panning it. Windsor Spitfires goalie Jack Campbell, who turned down the University of Michigan: "Two thousand might seem like a lot, but I came to the OHL in hopes of being able to make two million in a couple of years." (Windsor Star)

Heavy trading on Monday, all of it involving coach-GM Jacques Beaulieu's Sarnia Sting. Short summary. The Sting added overage right wing Brett Thompson, a two-time for 40-goal scorer, from the Erie Otters, and picked up 18-year-old defenceman Craig Duininck from the Windsor Spitfires. Overage D-man Daniel Broussard is headed east to the Ottawa 67's, who have had just one 20-year-old in the lineup since captain Marc Zanetti is out with an ankle injury. (Windsor Star, London Free PressOttawa Citizen)

Moving Thompson means Otters managing partner Sherry Bassin still has one overage too many on his 2-12-0-0 team. (Erie Times-News)

Belleville Bulls centre Brendan Gaunce's draft season will be chronicled in book form. (HockeyProspect)

Why was Barrie Colts right wing Tanner Pearson, who's come seemingly from nowhere to be second in OHL scoring, drafted so low out of midget hockey? Broke his arm that season. (QMI Agency)

Carson Dubchak is the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' captain. So he gets to wear his first initial on his jersey. (Sault Star)


Quebec Remparts rookie Nick Sorensen is in "the worst pain of my life" after having his season ended by a knee-on-knee hit last week by Baie-Comeau's Jonathan Lessard. (Le Soleil)

Saint John Sea Dogs grad Steven Anthony, who signed last spring with the Vancouver Canucks, is enjoying his rookie season in the ECHL. As a fringe benefit, he's a Yankees fan whose team is based in Derek Jeter's hometown. (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)

Former world junior forward Louis Leblanc is enjoying the pace with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. (Montreal Gazette)

The NHL's smallest player, Nathan Gerbe, may have an analog in the QMJHL. The Gatineau Olympiques have a little big man in 5-foot-6, 193-pound Alexandros Soumakis, a 17-year-old right wing. (Le Droit)

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

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