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A passionate plea for the Edmonton Oilers to consider trading the NHL's No. 1 overall pick. Wait, Oilers fans are "long-suffering" now? (Edmonton Journal)

Ryan Murray is the most NHL-ready defenceman in the draft, writes Jim Matheson. (Edmonton Journal)

Tri-City's Patrick Holland and Spokane's Blake Gal have stayed best friends even while playing for rival teams the past four seasons. Meantime, the Americans-Chiefs series might be the only one of the second round which isn't a sweep. (Tri-City Herald, Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Every time the Portland Winterhawks took a penalty, they filled the net. Three short-handed goals helped the 'Hawks go up 3-0 on Kamloops on Tuesday. (Kamloops Daily News)

Today's should-read: Edmonton Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal talks with Cam Tait about coaching his team while dealing with the recent death of his father, John Laxdal. (Edmonton Journal)

The Medicine Hat Tigers can't handle the Moose Jaw Warriors' perpetual offensive zone pressure, which is why the series is 3-0. (Tiger Turf)

Mocking the first 14 picks of the NHL entry draft, now that the order is set. (WHL From Above)

Dean Millard details the top forwards available for the Western league bantam draft. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Will Everett Silvertips forward Ryan Harrison, who's finishing the season with a trial in the AHL, return as an overage? (Everett Herald)


Down 2-1 to Saginaw, the London Knights face a virtual must-win game on Wednesday night. (London Free Press)

How about Alex Galchenyuk in blue and white, Toronto Maple Leafs fans? He's lived in Ontario. (Toronto Star)

Plymouth Whalers centre Stefan Noesen is reported as being out "for the series" against Kitchener. (Plymouth Observer & Eccentric)

Thanks to some strong pushback, the Barrie Colts have taken a series lead over Ottawa. Fun fact: the team which scored first lost all three Ontario league tilts on Tuesday. (Barrie Examiner)

San Jose Sharks prospect Freddie Hamilton snapped to it with a hat trick in Niagara's Game 3 win. (St. Catharines Standard, Thoughts From The Broadcast Booth)

Draft-year goalie Dan Altshuller won a gold medal last summer with Canada's under-18 team and had a solid playoff for Oshawa, but isn't part of this spring's U18 squad. (

Another brother act to take note of: last Saturday, twins Evan and Mitchell Smith were selected by Owen Sound and Plymouth. (


Dispatches from the NFL-ization of the NHL: the Montreal Canadiens need to use their No. 3 overall choice on a player who could make an "immediate impact," writes Pat Hickey. Would that be Mikhail Grigorenko? (Montreal Gazette, Sportsnet)

Mike McNamee's hat trick carried the Quebec Remparts to a 3-0 series lead over Halifax. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Le Soleil)

Cédric Paquette was Mr. Clutch — or M. Embrayage — with a third-period hat trick in Blainville-Boisbriand's Game 3 road win over Rimouski. Random thought: do the Armada have the nicest uniforms which only use two colours in junior hockey? (La Presse)

Young Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Alex Dubeau was solid in his first start since being omitted from NHL Central Scouting's final ranking. (Le Nouvelliste, Le Quotidien)

It only took seven playoff games for the Saint John Sea Dogs to play a remotely competitive contest — which they still won. (Station Nation)

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

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