Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey

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Remember, Griffin Reinhart missed Oil Kings-Winterhawks II due to a cut foot tendon. (Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun)

Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic will miss Game 1 of the final after being disciplined for his spearing major/game misconduct in Portland's clinching win over Kelowna. (WHL)

Portland is selling T-shirts to commemorate winning four conference championships in a row. Terry Jones is far too nice to point out that evokes the 1990 Buffalo Bills. (Edmonton Sun)

Just when you thought Blake Orban must have given up hockey to compete in the World Series of Sand Castles, there he was, back on Edmonton's blue line. (Edmonton Sun)

Since teenagers cannot be evaluated and ranked enough these days, the WHL is introducing scouting combines that employ a cutting-edge testing system prospective players can cross-check: "They can compare themselves against an athlete from Manitoba, a kid from Ontario, Anaheim, Denver — see where they're at and know where their areas of focus should be from a development standpoint." (Regina Leader-Post)

Calgary Hitmen defenceman Travis Sanheim: from needing an extra season of midget AAA hockey to being named one of Canada's top players in the world under-18 championship. (Winnipeg Sun)

Graduating centre Curtis Valk will leave a huge void behind in Medicine Hat. (Medicine Hat News)

Wait, under Russ Parker's ownership, the Regina Pats did not have a centre-ice scoreboard or a decent replay screen? (Regina Leader-Post)

There will need to be patience in Lethbridge. Uh-huh. Heard that one. (Lethbridge Herald)


The league's rookie of the year, Travis Konecny, is also rather prolific.

Fans were lining up at 6:10 a.m. to snap up any and all available tickets in North Bay for the OHL final. (North Bay Nugget)

The Scott Walker epigram of the day: "At mid-season, we said 'Hey, we're not a great hockey team yet. We're a good hockey team.' " (Guelph Mercury)

Any connoisseur of hockey names is counting the days until the first faceoff between Sault Ste. Marie's top pick Anthony Salinitri and Ottawa vet Dante Salituro. (Sault Star)

Take a moment to give a hat tip to graduating Erie defender Spencer Abraham, who forged a four-year run in the league after being a 15th-rounder out of midget hockey. (Inside Halton)


Zykov: it's Russian for season-saver. Game 7 between Blainville-Boisbriand and Baie-Comeau is set for Tuesday. (La Presse, L'Echo)

The Val-d'Or-Halifax series has been refreshingly free of chippy play, writes Chris Cochrane. How about 16-year-old Maxime Fortier scoring the Game 5 OT winner to give Halifax a chance to clinch on Monday? (Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Metro Halifax, NG News)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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