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Blazers out to wear down Rockets as Round 2 begins in WHL, QMJHL: Friday’s coast-to-coast

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WHL

With Kelowna down to four regular defencemen, Kamloops Blazers coach Guy Charron's game plan is straightforward: "We all know what they're missing; they're missing key people on the back end. We've got to make them work hard so that fatigue sets in." (Kamloops Daily News, Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Red Deer Rebels and coach Brent Sutter need to see more out of top defenceman Mathew Dumba, and others, if they're going to get a series-opening split against favoured Calgary. (Calgary Herald, The Hitmen Informant)

The Spokane Chiefs are peaking at a good time, which is good when a team is challenging mighty Portland. (Oregon Live, Spokane Spokesman-Review)

The Winterhawks' Chase De Leo-Taylor Leier-Oliver Bjorkstand second line had some big nights against Spokane during the regular season. (The Columbian)

The fine people at NHL Central Scouting are about to debate their final draft rankings. (NHL.com)

OHL

Josh Brown and Morris Dalla Costa column as they see it: Kitchener taking down London would be a major upset. (London Free Press, Waterloo Record)

Agent Mark Guy "would be surprised" if the Erie Otters do not take centre Dylan Strome with their No. 2 overall choice in Saturday's priority selection draft. The Otters do need a forward. Meantime, between cenre Travis Konecny and power winger Lawson Crouse, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs midgets could produce two Top 5 picks. (Erie Times-News)

Brendan Ross offers a mock draft. On the subject of Sean Day: "It will be a tragic day if Hockey Canada’s fourth ever exceptional player falls to the number four slot but it seems like a real possibility." (The Hockey Writers, Saxon On The Storm)

When you're talking about the draft, remember that people once thought current Oshawa GM Jeff Twohey was off his rocker when he drafted Eric Staal for the Peterborough Petes. Of course, Staal weighed 143 pounds at that time. (durhamregion.com)

Will the Belleville Bulls' edge in blueline experience be a tipping point in their second-round series vs. Sudbury? (Belleville Intelligencer)

Tampa Bay Lightning-drafted defenceman Jake Dotchin appears to be good to go for the Barrie Colts in Friday's Game 2 vs. Oshawa.

Forward Mitchell Stephens, whose family jumped through hurdles so he could play minor hockey in Toronto instead of Peterborough, will find out how much that gamble paid off when he gets selected on Saturday. (Peterborough Examiner)

You know how some people need to watch Bull Durham right before the start of baseball season? It's like that with the OHL draft and Chris Dilks' annual Dirtiest Day In Sports column. (Western College Hockey)

QMJHL

Jean-François Plante, among other predictions, believes the top-seeded Halifax Mooseheads will need six games to get by Gatineau, the on-paper underdog. (Le Droit, Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Renowned Nova Scotia author Stephen Kimber has a thumping good read on the Mooseheads' 58-win powerhouse was built. (The Coast)

Willy Palov makes his second-round picks. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Playing Rouyn-Noranda means Quebec Remparts skipper Patrick Roy is revisiting his decision to send forwards Gabriel Desjardins and Nikita Kucherov north to the Huskies in return for draft picks. (Le Soleil)

Victoriaville coach Yanick Jean describes his team's playoff foe, Baie-Comeau, as a "hockey machine." (Le Soleil)

Shawinigan Cataractes GM Martin Mondou, on principle, isn't opposed to hiring a unilingual Anglophone as his next coach. (Le Nouvelliste)

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