September 09, 2010
Combing all corners of the country and blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Sigh of relief for Brayden Schenn and the Brandon Wheat Kings: the star centre's knee injury did not initally appear to be super-serious, but it is the second time he's been banged up within the past six months (Brandon Sun; subscriber content)
The upside of being undrafted and headed to a NHL camp, as is the case for Vancouver Giants forward James Henry (given a tryout by the cross-town Canucks)? The chance of being spotted by a scout from another NHL organization. (Vancouver Sun)
Kelowna Rockets forward Kyle St. Denis, coming off two concussion-shortened seasons, will not play again until Christmas, if at all. (WHL)
The Moose Jaw Warriors' quest for a lease on their city's new arena seems to still be at that stage where politicians make a show of being concerned about the taxpayer. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)
Does Jim Rutherford's bit of GM-speak, "we're transitioning our team into a much younger team" mean the Kitchener Rangers will lose 18-year-old sniper Jeff Skinner to the Carolina Hurricanes? Quelle possible! (Rangers Rap)
Another whammy for Rensselaer in the NCAA. The Oshawa Generals have acquired defenceman Nick Quinn, a former OHL second-rounder who just decommitted from RPI.
Florida Panthers second-rounder John McFarland is doing an in-one-ear, out-the-other routine when it comes to predictions his Sudbury Wolves will miss the playoffs: "We look at the Eastern Conference and, aside from Mississauga, no team jumps off the page." (Sudbury Star)
Michael Latta has the prized spot on the Guelph Storm's top line with Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators prospects Peter Holland and Taylor Beck, but we're talkin' about ... practice. (Guelph Mercury)
Don't tell Ottawa Senators draft pick Jakub Culek, who plays for the Rimouski Océanic, that he should have stayed in his native Czech Republic instead of coming to the Quebec league: "It's like going to Canadian hockey school." (Windsor Star, Snapshots)
Speaking of Culek and the Océanic, they should be considered faves to finish first in the Q's East Division, ahead of the Patrick Roy-coached Quebec Remparts. (Métro Montréal)
T-minus 6 days until the Saint John Sea Dogs make it official they're bidding for the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Cape Breton Eagles, Halifax Mooseheads and Shawinigan Cataractes are also frontrunners. (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)
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