Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hawks Pick Up First 20 Year Old-Trade 2 Picks for McColgan-Other News

Shane McColgan
The Portland Winterhawks added a little depth up front for the 2013-14 season the other day, when they traded for 1993 born Right Winger Shane McColgan from the Saskatoon Blades for a 7th round batam pick in 2014 and a 3rd round bantam pick in 2015.

McColgan has 74 career goals and 188 career assists in 5 seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and Saskatoon Blades (he played 4 games as a 15 year old in 2008-09). He is an excellent playmaker who creates a lot of scoring chances for his linemates. He also adds a little bit of a pesky streak despite being 5'11 and 170 lbs.

He was a 5th round draft pick (134th overall) in 2011 by the New York Rangers, but is expected to play in the WHL this coming season as an overage.

This makes only one overage for the Hawks as Joey Baker decided to pursue educational options (all the best Joey) and Tyler Wotherspoon and Ty Rattie are expected to turn pro next season. One has to think that Mike Johnston has several other irons in the fire, as it were, in regards to getting a couple more overages.
Anton Cederholm

Also, the Hawks took 18 year old Swedish Defenseman Anton Cederholm, who had just been taken in the 5th round by the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL draft, in the CHL Import Draft. Cederholm played 36 games in the Swedish Elite League last year, so should be prepared for the high level of play in the WHL.

Because of this, the Hawks have decided to waive Kirill Vorobev, who fell out of favor with Hawk's coaches late in the season and lost his spot to Shaun MacPherson.

Another little bit of news involves the snubbing of Brendan Leipsic from the Canadian Junior team. It is not often that a guy who tied for the CHL lead in scoring is left on the team the following year. Especially given that Leipsic brings so much more to the table then scoring. Red Deer Rebels Coach and G.M. Brent Sutter chose to leave off Leipsic but did include Nic Petan and Derick Pouliot were selected to attend the training camp.

Also, Paul Bittner, Keegan Iverson and Dominic Turgeon were selected to the United States' U-18 squad for the Ivan Hlinka tournament.

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