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Montreal Canadiens first-rounder NIkita Scherbak will only debut for Everett on Saturday if his U.S. work visa arrives. (Everett Herald)
WHL's Swift Current Broncos lose Julius Honka to Dallas Stars' AHL team, which could have ripple effectNeate Sager at Buzzing The Net9 hrs ago
Losing an 18-year-old star to the pros, normally, is just the price of success in major junior hockey.
The timing and the means by which the Swift Current Broncos officially lost Julius Honka to the Dallas Stars organization goes beyond the typical breaks of the major junior game, though. Since Honka was ruled to be on loan while he played with the Western Hockey League team last season, that exempts him from the NHL-Canadian Hockey League agreement that forbids a draft pick from a Canadian junior team from playing in the minors full-time before his 20-year-old season.Tue, Sep 30Tampa Bay5 - 1DallasGame Recap
Moncton Wildcats get Vladimir Tkachev back after Edmonton Oilers barred from signing him due to European experienceNeate Sager at Buzzing The Net10 hrs ago
To someone, somewhere, it makes sense that Vladimir Tkachev would have been able to sign with the Edmonton Oilers if they had, say, drafted him in the sixth round.
The Moncton Wildcats, as it turns out, will get St. Louis Blues-drafted centre Ivan Barbashev's presumably favourite linemate back a little sooner than expected. Tkachev was the revelation of the Oilers camp after coming in as an undrafted free agent, but as Edmonton found out when it tried to file his contract on Tuesday, Tkachev cannot sign since he did play all of last season in North America. (He didn't join the 'Cats until Jan. 21.)
From the Edmonton Journal :
The 141-pound winger will be tossed back into the draft pool in June.
“We felt he was eligible because he had played games last season in North America, but in talking to the NHL, the wording is clear that he had to have played a full season,” said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish.
“We missed it. At no point was Tkachev eligible.”
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net1 day ago
Nicolas Roy has turned heads with every move he’s made in the QMJHL level, even before he took the ice as a 16-year-old rookie.
Roy was drafted with the first-overall pick in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, but then refused to report, after his father cited wanting to study in a Quebec school as the biggest reason for his no-show.
Fortunately, when it comes to the NHL, Roy will have already graduated from high school, so schooling won’t be an issue there regarding his draft stock.
The Chicoutimi Saguenéens were the benefactor of the whole thing, sweeping in and making a deal with the Screaming Eagles, picking up the Amos, Que.-native for three first round picks, one each in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Saguenéens coach Patrick Bosch sounds like a man who would make that trade again in a heartbeat when he describes Roy as a player.
Victoria Royals' Ryan Gagnon, Kamloops Blazers' Patrik Maier suspended by WHL for illegal checks (VIDEO)Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 day ago
The Kamloops Blazers and Victoria Royals met on each of the first two weekends in the WHL. Suffice to say, the early-season animosity between the B.C. Division clubs might have factored into two questionable hits that have resulted in suspensions to the Royals' Ryan Gagnon and Blazers' Patrik Maier.
On Friday night, Gagnon received a charging major/game misconduct after drilling Blazers wing Josh Connolly in the corner, which touched off a scuffle. It looks like Connolly twisted slightly a split-second before contact so that his back was presented to the oncoming Gagnon, which might explain why it was called charging rather than a check from behind. Still, that's an awfully unsafe play.
Midway through the third, of a 7-2 game, Maier blindsided Victoria's Axel Blomqvist following an offside call.
Blomqvist, a 6-foot-5 forward who is a signed Winnipeg Jets prospect, missed Victoria's game the following night. The play was certainly avoidable.
Each offender has been put under indefinite suspension. (Portland's Paul Bittner also had a TBD for a checking-from-behind major/game misconduct he received last Saturday.)
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 day ago
Vladimir Tkachev, in most likelihood, will play his last NHL exhibition game with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday vening. Newly minted Detroit Red Wings signee Joe Hicketts is already back with the Victoria Royals, where he delivered a bit of brilliance for a nifty off-the-faceoff overtime winner this past weekend.
One is a Russian-born wing and the other a Canadian-born defenceman; one plays on the East Coast with the Quebec League's Moncton Wildcats and the other plays for a Western League team located on Vancouver Island. The common denominator, that people should heed, is that both are 5-foot-8 and were passed over 2014 NHL draft due in part to their smallish frames. Yet each has got more run in pro camps than much larger players who were handed a jersey this past June at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net2 days ago
No. 1 star: Sam Harding, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
The Gennies second-year center has never been known to light the lamp all that much in his young career. He’s more of a defensive forward.
But on John Tavares night in Oshawa, he sure came to play. He evened his goal total from last season in one game. Harding buried three pucks past Sudbury Wolves netminder Troy Timpano en route to a 4-0 win.
He scored a goal in three different situations, even strength, on the powerplay and shorthanded. Six different Generals had a hand in his three markers.
Sam Harding gets a hat trick on John Tavares night, Harding wore 91 growing up, now that's poetry.
His first came five-on-five late in the second period, burying a Tobias Lindberg pass. He stuffed in two more in the third, one shorthanded off a Hunter Smith elbowing penalty, and a powerplay marker just under six minutes into the final frame on a feed from Stephen Desrocher.
Harding was a second round pick of Oshawa in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. He notched 14 points last season, including three goals. He now has four in the young 2014-15 campaign.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago
No. 1 star: Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL)
Not that McDavid and Boston University's Jack Eichel are in direct competition or anything, but the Erie Otters captain has only had seven points in two games since the other top NHL draft prospect delivered a dominant performance in the USA Hockey All-American game on Thursday.
That includes bringing the Otters back for a 5-4 come-from-behind overtime win over the Plymouth Whalers. McDavid (2G-2A, +1) fed defenceman Darren Raddysh (1G-2A) for the OT winner and also scored the equalizer with 1:12 remaining. The Newmarket, Ont., native also directed traffic for an Otters power play that went a crackling 4-for-7.
Two other Otters 17-year-olds, Alex DeBrincat (2G) and Dylan Strome (3A, -1), enjoyed multi-point nights.
No. 2 star: Maxim Lazarev, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Watch Carolina Hurricanes pick Josh Wesley perform spin-o-rama, roof backhand from near-impossible angle (VIDEO)Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net3 days ago
Up until age 14, Carolina Hurricanes draft choice Josh Wesley was a forward. Now that he is in his second tour through the Ontario Hockey League, the Plymouth Whalers defenceman is evidently eager to show that he's got some moves, all while keeping the spin-o-rama in the game now that it's no longer permitted in shootouts.
Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters got the last laugh with a 5-4 overtime win over Wesley and the Whalers on Saturday. However, the move of the night — and very early candidate for OHL goal of the month. — came from Wesley. In the third period, the 18-year-old gained the zone, did the spin-o-rama and then somehow beat Erie goalie Devin Williams short-side with a beautiful backhand.
(McDavid did McDavidian things; the 17-year-old had points on four of five Erie goals, including the tying goal in the penultimate minute of regulation and an overtime assist.)
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 days ago
The cliché about first career goals is they all become end-to-end rushes in the retelling. Vaunted Vancouver Giants rookie Tyler Benson will not to embellish or edit at some point down the line.
In a veritable that-just-happened flash on Friday night, the Giants' bright young hope scored his first Western Hockey League goal by collecting the puck off a defensive zone faceoff and zipping past the Portland Winterhawks defence before roofing a backhand to beat goalie Adin Hill.
There is so much here for the hockey-loving mind. First, the 16-year-old Benson got the puck by lifting the stick of Portland's Keegan Iverson, a 220-pound New York Rangers draft choice who is two years his elder. Then he had the acceleration to zoom past defenceman Layne Vivieros in his wake. Finally, he coolly protected the puck while being hacked and whacked as he moved in on goal and waited for Hill to commit.
It all looks like a blur, yet Benson had command of each component. That's special.