March 25, 2014
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
Will top NHL draft prospect Leon Draisaitl be able to get away from the Edmonton Oil Kings checkers now that Prince Albert has the last change for the next two games of its Eastern series? (Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun)
Mock draft time: is Jake Virtanen ahead of Draisaitl in the pecking order? (NHL.com)
The #FreeJaedon report: Jaedon Descheneau set Kootenay Ice club records for assists (5) and points (6) in a playoff game on Monday, even though the Calgary Hitmen won 7-6 for a 2-1 series lead. (Taking Note, Cranbrook Daily Townsman)
Vancouver Giants coach Don Hay is trying to wave a wand to crack the labyrinth that is the Portland Winterhawks' defence. That is the nerdiest sentence ever written on BTN, sorry but not sorry. (The Oregonian)
Whatever Lucas Punkari writes, you stop and read it. (Rocky View Weekly)
Cory Butzin and Ken Campbell have must-reads about how the Saginaw Spirit is processing its grief and guilt over the death of Terry Trafford. Cody Payne's OT winner cut Erie's series lead over Saginaw to 2-1. (The Hockey News, Saginaw News)
Edmonton Oilers first-rounder Darnell Nurse practically teleported across two zones to finish off a 2-on-1 short-handed rush for the backbreaker goal in Sault Ste. Marie's Game 3 win at Owen Sound, and had this to say: "I had a chance to jump in and he [Tyler Gaudet] got it to me. I had a little bit of puck luck and it went in." (Owen Sound Sun Times, Sault Star)
Peterborough scoring leader Nick Ritchie will not receive supplemental discipline for the abuse-of-officials misconduct he received at the end of the Petes' loss at Kingston on Sunday. (Peterborough Examiner)
Last week in Sudbury it was "we're a bad team right now" and now, down 2-0 to Barrie, it's, "I won't allow negativity." (Sudbury Star)
Chris Allen, who once scored 39 goals in an OHL season as a defenceman, retired recently after playing 16 pro seasons on three continents. (Chatham Daily News)
Fifteenth-seeded Charlottetown has a shot on Tuesday to get back into series against high-powered Halifax. Is it ominous that the first player quoted is named Beaton? (Charlottetown Guardian)
Rouyn-Noranda tried having a closed practice on Monday. It's not getting away with doing that again. (Le Soleil)
Nashville Predators prospect Felix Girard is actually the league's first two-time defensive forward of the year. Doesn't wholly justify having him on Team Canada's preliminary roster, but it could serve him well at the next level. (La Presse)
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.