Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, July 17th: Winterhawks News and Notes

Turgeon, Bittner and Jones on Same USA Squad
-Today it was announced that Dominic Turgeon, Paul Bittner and Caleb Jones will all be playing for "Team Blue" at the USA World Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. from August 1st-8th. The three Winterhawks are attempting to impress at Lake Placid and earn an invite to World Juniors main camp this winter. All but one of the members of Team Blue have been drafted by NHL teams. Protected list D-man: Jack Dougherty (Playing at the University of Wisconsin) will be among those playing with the 3 Hawks. Seattle's Scott Eansor and Tri City's Evan Sarthou and Brandon Carlo will all be playing for "Team White" at camp.Turgeon is actually attending his 2nd Lake Placid Evaluation Camp, as he was invited last year.

Aronson Extended by Nashville:
-Former Winterhawk D-man Taylor Aronson(2009-11) was signed to a 1 year, 2 way contract extension by the Nashville Predators yesterday. Aronson was Nashville AHL affiliate: the Milwaukee Admirals leading scoring D-man with 32 points in 73 games. The 23 year old blue liner is hoping to make his NHL debut for the Preds this year.

DeBrusk with a Slick Shootout Move at Camp:
-Swift Current Broncos forward and recent 1st round pick by the Boston Bruins: Jake DeBrusk pulled a very nifty shootout move at Bruins camp and it's definitely worth watching. DeBrusk notched 81 points for the Broncs last season and could be in the hunt to be the WHL's leading scorer this coming season. Here are all 42 goals he scored last year.
Speaking of the hunt for next year's scoring title, in the table below are the (likely) returning leading point getters from 2014/15. Of note is the fact that Medicine Hat should return three of the top 7 returning leading scorers, but all of them are over-agers, so tough decisions may need to be made. Portland mined the Tigers for Miles Koules last year and could try and acquire one of these three.

The leading scorers from last year that won't be returning are Oliver Bjorkstrand (1st, Portland), Cole Ully (5th, Kamloops), Nic Petan (7th, Portland), Chase De Leo (12th, Portland) and Nikita Scherbak (16th, Everet) who are all turning pro and Adam Tambellini (10th, Calgary) and Jack Rodewald (11th, Moose Jaw), who aged out.
Trevor Cox

Player (Team)G PGoalsAssistsPointsBirth Year
Trevor Cox (Med Hat)6929801091995
Tim McGauley (Brandon)7242631051995
Cole Sanford (Med Hat)725045951995
Nick Merkley (Kelowna)722070901997
Adam Helewka (Spokane)694443871995
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw)603849871996
Dryden Hunt (Med Hat)713350831995
Rourke Chartier (Kelowna)584834821996
Luke Philp (Kootenay)713052821995

Crunk Picked Up by Vancouver
-Over age Forward Taylor Crunk was placed on waivers by the Victoria Royals and quickly picked up by the rival Vancouver Giants. Crunk is 6'1" and 220 lbs and played the enforcer/fighter role for Victoria last year, notching 103 penalty minutes and only 14 points in 71 games. Crunk, together with Forward: Carter Popoff and D-man Arvin Atwal, will likely be the Giant's three over-age players. Crunk may miss some time though while attending to his off the ice legal concerns, stemming from a fight at a New Year's Eve party last year. His court appointment is on September 21st.

Flames Trying to Get Kylington to Wheat Kings:
-2nd round NHL draft pick: D-man: Oliver Kylington could be inching closer to playing in the WHL next season, especially if the Calgary Flames have their way. Kylington is currently under contract to play for a tier 2 Swedish professional team, but Calgary is apparently checking into an "out clause" that may be in his contract. One would think that it would serve him better to play in the WHL, especially for a team like Brandon that's expected to contend for the WHL title, rather than a lesser division in his native Sweden. If Oliver does come over, Brandon will easily have the best top 4 D-men in the WHL. Kylington would join New York Islander's 5th round pick: Ryan Pilon, Philadelphia Flyer's 1st round pick: Ivan Provorov and top 2016 NHL Draft prospect: Kale Clague. 


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