Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday . . .

The Windsor Spitfires traded G Philip Grubauer to the Kingston Frontenacs in an OHL deal on Monday. Grubauer, who is from Germany, helped the Spitfires to their second straight Memorial Cup title in Brandon last month. He had a terrific tournament, without so much as one poor period but somehow wasn’t selected to the all-star name or named the top goaltender. . . . Grubauer, who was selected by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round of last weekend’s NHL draft, was dealt to Kingston along with Windsor’s first round pick in the 2010 import draft (56th overall). In exchange, the Spitfires got Kingston’s two import picks, including No. 26, and the rights to two players — F Nick Czinder, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who played for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms, and F A.J. Jarosz, who is from Crystal Lake, Ill.
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The OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are moving to the WHL, at least for a weekend. The Greyhounds will play in the annual preseason tournament that is played host to by the Everett Silvertips. Also playing in the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic, Sept. 3-5, will be the Portland Winterhawks, Tri-City Americans, Thunderbirds and Spokane Chiefs. The Greyhounds will meet Everett on Sept. 3, Portland on Sept. 4 and Tri-City on Sept. 5. . . . Everett head coach Craig Hartsburg was the Soo’s head coach in 2001-02 and again from 2004-08. He also played for the Greyhounds (1975-78).
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The Portland Winterhawks, who had eight players selected in last weekend’s NHL draft, have had three players accept invitations to train with NHL teams. . . . F Oliver Gabriel (Columbus Blue Jackets), F Tayler Jordan (Vancouver Canucks) and F Taylor Peters (Pittsburgh Penguins) all will get a look from NHL camps. . . . Gabriel, who missed part of last season with a ruptured spleen, had 24 points in 41 games, while Jordan, who attended a Columbus prospects’ camp a year ago, had six points and 131 penalty minutes in 62 games, and Peters, a midseason addition from the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, had seven points in 32 games.
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The Prince Albert Raiders have traded F Jordan Hickmott, 20, to the Edmonton Oil Kings for F Sebastian Svendsen, 19, and a third-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. . . . Svendsen, from Denmark, was acquired by Edmonton from the Vancouver Giants last season. He totalled 20 points in 64 games last season. . . . Hickmott played two seasons with the Raiders, compiling 71 points in 144 games. . . . The Oil Kings now don’t have any imports on their roster and hold selections Nos. 4 and 19 in Tuesday’s CHL import draft. . . . The Raiders, it would appear, will go with Svendsen and F Igor Revenko as their imports. Revenko, from Belarus, is a 20-year-old so would count as a two-spotter. He had 55 points, including 27 goals, in 62 games last season. . . . Because he’s 20, Revenko doesn’t count against the Raiders’ quota at this point, so they may use their pick (No. 16) in the import draft. . . . As for 20-year-olds, the Raiders have Revenko, F Colin Reddin, D Nathan Deck, D Jordan Rowley, D Brendon Wall and G Dalyn Flette on their roster.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings are expected to select one player in Tuesday’s CHL import draft. They went with Swedish D Alexander Urbom and Finnish F Toni Rajala last season. Urbom is expected to play in the New Jersey Devils organization, while the Wheat Kings expect Rajala, whose NHL rights belong to the Edmonton Oilers, to return for a second season. . . . The Wheat Kings’ first pick in the import draft is at No. 59.
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The Moose Jaw Warriors will select 28th in the CHL import draft. Having dropped Czech F Jakub Herman during the 2010 bantam draft, the Warriors expect to make one pick. They will keep Czech F Antonin Honejsek, who had 40 points in 67 games last season but really came on in the season’s second half.
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The U of Manitoba Bisons, who play out of Winnipeg, have landed two former WHLers. G Joe Caligiuri, who played with Brandon and Prince George before playing out his eligibility with the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings, and F Del Cowan (Brandon, Prince George, Calgary) have committed to the Bisons.
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A year ago, F Joel Broda was coming off a season in which he had led the WHL with 53 regular-season goals. Then 19, he split that season between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Calgary and had reached the WHL final with the Hitmen. His NHL rights were held by the Washington Capitals, who had selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. . . . Now, a year later, Broda has used up his eligibility and he is pondering his future. He is coming off a season in which he had 73 points, including 39 goals, in 66 games and played in the Memorial Cup. But the Capitals didn’t sign him and he went back into the draft. And, no, he wasn’t drafted. . . . So what now? . . . “I thought I had a pretty good chance of going, but I guess not,” he told John MacNeill of the Prince Albert Herald. “You never know if you should have gone or not, or if it would have been better or worse, but I am where I’m at and we’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks.” . . . “I’ll have to see what options we have, and then kind of make the tough decisions from there,” he added. “I definitely came to terms with (the possibility) that I could be going to school this (coming) year. It would be a real smart decision to take advantage of the great scholarship program that the WHL has to offer. I’d love to play pro hockey, and try to make it to the NHL, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to throw away five years of school. There’s a lot of good players playing in the CIS and it’s definitely a good league.”
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The two newest Boston Bruins — Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin — will get an official welcome to Beantown on Tuesday night when they combine to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox meet the Tampa Bay Rays.

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