Fri May 04 09:15am EDT
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Portland Winterhawks coach-GM Mike Johnston was circumspect about playoff scoring leader Ty Rattie being injured in a Game 1 loss at Edmonton: "I didn't see how hard he was taken in, but he was off-balance," said Johnston. "We'll see how he is [Friday]." (Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun)
So how long will every feature on No. 1 pick Mathew Barzal have to include a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins reference? It's the West Coast version of the Sidney Crosby-Nathan MacKinnon comparison. (Calgary Herald)
Saskatoon Blades coach-GM Lorne Molleken used draft day to strengthen his team up the middle, adding overage Brenden Walker and New York Rangers pick Shane McColgan. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regan's Rant, Brandon Sun)
The Victoria Royals not only got a good prospect in Tyler Soy, but his surname is a sop to headline writers. (Victoria Times-Colonist)
Chris Dilks looks at the bantam draft from the NCAA's perspective. (Western College Hockey)
Thursday's big takeaway might have been that the IceDogs didn't panic even when they were being stymied by London's shot blocking and goalie Michael Houser, writes John Matisz. (London Community News, Metro London)
The mayors' bet between London, Ont., and St. Catharines is of the liquid variety: Labatt's beer vs. Niagara icewine.
I'll drink to that, even at 9:15 a.m. What? It's almost the weekend. (London Community News)
It took time for Niagara's Myles Doan to accept that he's cut out to be a defensive forward. (Windsor Star)
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have signed their first two priority selection choices, centre Jared McCann and defenceman Kevin Spinozzi. Cool story about the latter: he played in France during his major bantam season before he and his mother moved to Kingston, Ont., for his draft year. (Sault Star, Soo Today)
Adam Baughman and Chris Dodero, two Americans drafted by the Windsor Spitfires last month, might explore playing in the USHL next season. (Windsor Star)
Get your Free Huberdeau T-shirts! Think Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos will purchase one before Game 1 of the President's Cup final? (Hey, no more "Hoobadoo" references.)(Sportsnet)
Quebec Remparts centre Mikhail Grigorenko will attend the NHL scouting combine in June but won't attempt any of the physical testing due to mononucleosis. (Le Soleil)
There's no mistake who the overdog is between Saint John and Rimouski. One team has more NHL first-round picks than the other has NHL draft picks, period, full stop. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
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