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WHL

A Sutter in stars and stripes? Saskatoon Blades defenceman Lukas Sutter, who is a dual citizen, is playing for Team USA at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament because, simply, the Americans asked him to and Canada didn't. (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix)

Everett Silvertips GM Doug Soetaert on Monday's big swap for forward Landon Ferraro, who had an injury-plagued 16-goal season in Red Deer: "Landon's going to make us a harder team to play against. He's physical and he scores goals. We did a lot of homework on him and we expect him to break out this year." (Everett Herald, Snapshots)

Monday's Ferraro-for-Byron Froese swap probably puts the onus on Red Deer Rebels coach Jesse Wallin to win a playoff round this season. The Rebels were swept in the first round last season. (The Red Deer Scene)

Is Brandon Wheat Kings grad Alexander Urbom going to step right into a regular role on the New Jersey Devils' blueline this season? (In Lou We Trust)

Graduating Calgary Hitmen defenceman Giffen Nyren has a free-agent shot with the NHL's Calgary Flames — which would have seemed unlikely for him just a few months ago. (Calgary Sun)

Anaheim Ducks prospect Luca Sbisa is determined not to be slowed down by the broken foot he played with during the WHL playoffs with the Portland Winterhawks. (Swiss NHL Players)

Craig McCallum, who led the Prince Albert Raiders in scoring in his overage season, is moving on to the Saskatchewan Huskies, a perennial Top 10 team in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

OHL

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke on Mike Van Ryn's move into coaching with the Niagara IceDogs: "Mike Van Ryn was not an overly gifted player, but he put together a pretty good career due to two things — intense desire and a good hockey IQ. Those things usually equate well in coaching." (Toronto Star)

Another change for the Marty Williamson-led IceDogs: John Neville has been hired as the Eastern Conference club's head scout. (St. Catharines Standard)

QMJHL

Bob Crossman has taken over as general manager of the defending leading champion Moncton Wildcats, replacing Bill Schurman. (Moncton Times & Transcript)

Might Prince Edward Island be well-represented on Team Canada in December between head coach Dave Cameron and Moncton Wildcats defenceman Brandon Gormley, the Phoenix Coyotes first-round pick?

Cameron on Gormley: "There’s no doubt in my mind, if he plays the way he’s capable, he’s got a shot at making this team."  (Charlottetown Guardian)

Atlanta Thrashers scout Grant Sonier, who is based in P.E.I., has a soft spot for his home base: "I always give Islanders a closer look." (Summerside Journal Pioneer)

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

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