Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

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WHL

Portland goalie Mac Carruth is dealing with the creeping onset of this thing called maturity. I hope to know what that's like before my 40th birthday. (Portland Tribune

Overage wing Jordan DePape, who's made an inspiring return from shoulder surgery, will continue on next season with the Manitoba Bisons. (CJOB)

The Ottawa Senators, who like their west coast signings (Jared Cowen, Darren Kramer), have signed Portland Winterhawks defenceman Troy Rutkowski. (Silver Seven)

Jackson Houck was one of the bright lights in the Vancouver Giants' interminable season. (Vancouver Province)

The Winterhawks will receive the Scotty Munro Trophy for winning the regular-season title on Sunday but no, league commish Ron Robison will not be handing it out. League VP Richard Doerksen is handling the honour. (KGW)

How has your favourite team fared since the trade deadline compared to how it played before it? (Small Thoughts at Large)

OHL

Today's should-read: Gene Pereira on exceptional player Aaron Ekblad's progress during his 16-year-old season with the Barrie Colts. (Barrie Examiner)

London Knights grad Jarred Tinordi has got 'the call' from Montreal Canadiens. (The Globe & Mail)

Speaking of the Colts, wing Anthony Camara has signed his entry-level NHL deal with the Boston Bruins. Get #NextLucic trending, people. (WEEI, Bayshore Broadcasting)

Most touching story today? London Knights equipment manager Chris Maton's son, Chris Maton Jr., is being called up from Junior B for the regular-season finale. (Knights Outright)

Incoming rookie Dylan Strome does not play exactly like his older brother Ryan Strome, he of the 94 points in 53 games. (Mississauga News)

Sudbury Wolves wing Nick Baptiste was voted the Eastern Conference's most underrated player. Hey, was he not subject of one of this season's first Draft Trackers? (Sudbury Star)

Kingston's K-Rock Centre is booked next Tuesday for a Beatles tribute show, so the Frontenacs would not host an eighth-place tiebreaker game. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Does beating Erie 3-1 show the Knights are playoff-ready? (London Free Press)

Sixty-two-goal scorer Reid Boucher has his entry-level deal with the New Jersey Devils organization. (Albany Times-Union)

That Guelph-Kitchener playoff preview on Wednesday was everything it was hyped to be, and more. (Waterloo Record, Saxon On The Storm)

Nineteen-year-old Kitchener Ragners wing Tobias Rieder is likely going to be in the AHL next season, if not in the Edmonton Oilers organization. The Oilers have until June 1 to sign him. (Rangers Report)

QMJHL

Top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon had four points in his return from a 14-game injury absence. Excited? Well, the Halifax Mooseheads were playing Cape Breton, so temper that a shade. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Cape Breton Post, Metro Halifax)

The league still hasn't ruled on whether the Saint John Sea Dogs concealed that forward Ryan Tesink was injured before his trade to Blainville-Boisbriand. The St. Louis Blues are so worried about Tesink's injury that they signed him to a NHL entry-level deal. (Station Nation)

The expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix have had a successful launch; being allowed to use five overages certainly helped. (Le Tribune)

The Shawinigan Cataractes have assurance that German goalie Marvin C├╝pper is returning for his 19-year-old season. (Le Nouvelliste)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca.

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