Buzzing The Net

  • Windsor Spitfires losing coach Bob Boughner to San Jose Sharks — report

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net6 days ago

    The Windsor Spitfires' coaching tree is about to branch out all the way to San Jose, apparently. One off-shoot of the NHL draft is that the coaching carousel whirs into high gear, and there are indications that Bob Boughner might be taking a second stab at the NHL.

    With former OHL coach Peter DeBoer now installed as the San Jose Sharks head coach, the NHL organization is also tweaking the rest of its staff. On Saturday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that Boughner is expected to join the Sharks imminenently.

    Boughner was with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11 before rejoining the Spitfires.

    Expect Bob Boughner to be named an assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks next week.

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  • Winnipeg Jets nab Kyle Connor of USHL's Youngstown Phantoms No. 17 overall

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net6 days ago

    In a first round that has been all about speed, the Winnipeg Jets snapped up explosive Kyle Connor of the Youngstown Phantoms with their No. 17 overall choice.

    Connor, who is committed to the Michigan Wolverines program where Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba played before going pro, turned heads during his draft season in the United States Hockey League with his ability to control the puck and change the tempo of games with his speed and skill. Not unlike Jets centre Mark Scheifele, who had a similar lanky body type during his Barrie Colts days, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Connor was a riser throughout his draft season. 

    The Shelby Township, Mich., native scored 34 goals and 80 points across 56 games for the Phantoms, which he helped reel off 23 wins in 25 games during one span of the USHL season. Throughout the season, Connor evinced excellent ability to create scoring chances on a regular basis for his Phantoms teammates, as well as himself.

    The Jets stayed south of the border for the No. 25 overall pick, taking two-way centre Jack Roslovic from the U.S. under-18 team, Trouba's other alma mater.

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