Royal's Alex Forsberg Named WHL Player of the Week:
-The former #1 overall Bantam Draft pick had 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in the two games against Portland this weekend. Forsberg made up 1/3rd of the most potent line on the ice with the other two forwards being Russian import Vladimir Bobylev and Jack Walker. If this trio can keep putting up the points, Victoria should be sitting pretty.
Timetable for Adin Hill:
-Adin Hill was a late scratch Friday night and was held out again Saturday night with a reported "upper body" injury. As it appears to have happened in warm ups, I would think that this is some type of muscle strain. Abdominal or neck are the most likely possibilities for the muscle area. It will be telling if Portland deems to call Ethan Middendorf back up after re-assigning him just last week. If they don't recall Middendorf, then I would guess Hill will be only a "day to day" injury. Head Coach Jamie Kompon may reveal more on "Hawkey Talk" tonight.
Koin 6 Interview with Nick Heid:
-Heid revealed exactly the incident that tore his shoulder. It was during last year's preseason, when he tried to stick up for a teammate, that his shoulder was torn. This means that Portland let him play 17 games last year with a torn shoulder. There is always the chance that he never told them, but it certainly appears that they knew and continued to let him play. To me, it is irresponsible to have a 17 year old kid try to play through an injury like this and risk making it much worse, just to play some regular season games.
-Kelowna Rockets over-age Goalie: Jackson Whistle was hit in the throat by an errant stick Saturday in Kelowna's 7-3 win over Kamloops. Whistle left the game with just over 10 minutes left Saturday and dressed but did not play
Sunday night's 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants. Meanwhile, Kelowna's Dillon Dube is facing a possible suspension after his knee on knee hit injured Giant's forward: Brennan Menel Sunday. No word yet on how long either Menel or Dube will be out.
-Seattle T-bird: Jamal Watson goes to the AHL.
Watson has not been signed by either Montreal on a 2 way deal or by their AHL affiliate the St. John's IceCaps, but will now participate in the AHL team's training camp. There's a very goo chance he will receive an AHL deal and thus not play for Seattle this year as an over-age. Seattle would then be in the market for another 1995 born player.
-Michael Spacek and Jaret Anderson-Dolan light it up as rookies.
Anderson-Dolan helped lead Spokane back from a 4-3 3rd period deficit to a 6-4 win over Tri City on Sunday night. The 16 year old is a former 1st round Bantam pick.
Spacek, who was drafted in the import draft this year by Red Deer, had an immediate impact with 2 goals in his first game as Red Deer beat Edmonton 4-1 on Saturday. Then on Sunday he had 2 assists on both of Red Deer's regulation goals before scoring the OT winner in their 3-2 win over the Oil Kings. In total, he had 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in his first two WHL games. Spacek was actually drafted last year by Medicine Hat in the import draft, but decided not to come over to play, until Red Deer took him this year.
Former Winterhawks File:
-Brendan Burke recorded his 10th career WHL shut out: on Sunday as he stopped all 21 shots he faced in Calgary's 1-0 win Saturday night over Kootenay.
-Jason LaBarbera was waived by Philadelphia, meaning that he will start the season in the AHL for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
-The Andrew Ference being shipped out of Edmonton rumors are continuing. Myself; I just don't see Edmonton having enough defensive depth to really push out a guy who has been a top 4 D-man as long as he has. Along with that he is an incredible human being and will do wonders for the growth of thir many young D-men.
-Joe Morrow is being given the chance to shine on the Boston blue line with Zdeno Chara being injured. He logged well over 20 minutes of ice time and was a plus 1 in Boston's comeback win over the Rangers on Thursday night.
-Rob Klinkhammer had a goal and an assist for Edmonton in 4-3 OT win over Winnipeg Friday. Chase De Leo and Nic Petan both had assists in the loss for the Jets. De Leo was shipped down to the Manitoba Moose earlier today, as he will start his year in the AHL. Petan, meanwhile, is one of only 27 players still in Winnipeg's camp. He likely will be given the chance to earn an NHL job on Saturday, during the Jet's last preseason game.
-Mathew Dumba had 2 goals and 2 assists and Nino Niederreiter had 1 goal and 2 assists in an 8-1 Minnesota win over Winnipeg Sunday. Dumba looks ready to be an elite scorer form the blue line in his 2nd full NHL season for the Wild.
-Ty Rattie had an assist on St. Louis' only goal Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Chicago. Former Kamloops Blazer's D-man Joel Edmondson had the goal.