December 13, 2010
Word trickled out over the weekend high-scoring winger Maxim Kitsyn will join the MasterCard Memorial Cup-host Mississauga St. Michaels Majors in January, with Yahoo!'s own Dmitry Chesnokov tweeting the Los Angeles Kings draft pick "has played his last game in the KHL."
It seems best to eschew rehashing past speculation about Kitsyn's potential impact. The same goes for for snarking something had to give since the Majors have slipped to second in the Ontario Hockey League in goals per game (4.23 to Owen Sound's 4.34). You already know the 6-foot-2, 192-pound Kitsyn can play:
Another jumpoff point? It is worth pondering how having Kitsyn in hand will influence Majors coach-GM Dave Cameron when he puts the finishing touches on the Majors roster in January, after the world junior championship.
Mississauga has four drafted forwards averaging a point per game. The Windsor Spitfires had five of the kind last season (plus Ryan Ellis and Cam Fowler on defence along with Dale Mitchell after his midseason return from the AHL). Having Kitsyn puts the Majors are in that ballpark.
Tony Saxon also noted the Majors have asked about one of the best stay-at-home defencemen, Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dalton Prout:
"If the Guelph Storm is interested in Barrie Colts blueline rock Dalton Prout, they'd better be ready to make a big offer.
"Word is that the St. Mike's Majors have been calling and the asking price in return is Majors young stud defenceman Stu Percy. (Saxon On The Storm)
A Mississauga team with even tighter defence. There probably aren't many teams eager for that to become reality.
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