Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday . . .

G Brett Jaeger (Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Saskatoon, 2001-04) signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (UK Elite). He had a 2.72 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 38 games for Texas Brahmas (Central Hockey League) last season. . . .
D Deron Quint (Seattle, 1993-96) signed a one-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk (Russia KHL). He had five goals and 11 assists in 42 games for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russia KHL) last season. . . .
F Jordan Krestanovich (Calgary, 1997-2001) signed a one-year contract with BK Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic Extraliga). He had 15 goals and 22 assists in 40 games for Cortina (Italy Serie A) last season.
D Eddie Friesen (Everett, Seattle, 2007-08) isn’t planning a return to the WHL for his 20-year-old season. Friesen had talks with the Regina Pats but has decided to return to the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives, a team he captained last season.
I hope you weren’t expecting a whole lot of NHL draft stuff here. There is enough of that everywhere else and I simply don’t want to duplicate what is available at other places.
I recorded Friday’s first round and got through it in record time with ample use of the FF button. Thankfully.
Surprises? Yes.
I thought F Emerson Etem of the Medicine Hat Tigers would have gone at least 15 picks earlier than he did. He’s dynamic. But, apparently, not dynamic enough for some teams.
I thought G Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds would have gone in the top 20. Two goaltenders went in the first round and wasn’t one of them.
The best part of the draft is that the Taylor-or-Tyler debate is over. Finally.
It was good to see Charlie Hodge on the stage with Steve Yzerman, Jim Hammond and the Tampa Bay Lightning group.
And after all the hype about all the potential trades . . . where were they?
By the way, we have gone from Taylor or Tyler to: Where will Kaberle end up? . . . Please, Mr. Burke, move him today and put an end to all this craziness!

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