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It is draft day, which is about the worst day to be teaching Grade 9 in Western Canada. Kelly Friesen will have more in-depth coverage later; Brandon, of course, took Stelio Mattheos with the first overall pick. (Winnipeg Free Press)

John MacKinnon and Chris O'Leary break down the Edmonton-Portland matchup. (Edmonton Journal)

Alberta was a cradle of coaches when Portland coach-GM Mike Johnston was a 23-year-old neophyte behind the bench at some place called Camrose Lutheran College. Future NHL coaches Dave King and George Kingston were both working in the province. (Edmonton Sun)

Omen? Nino Niederreiter scored the Game 7 overtime goal last night for the Minnesota Wild. Three years ago he was a teammate in the WHL final with several of the current Portland Winterhawks. (Portland Tribune)

Duelling league awards for Victoria's GM-coach tandem of Cam Hope and Dave Lowry. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

The Regina Pats' sale is official. (Regina Leader-Post)

Does the Calgary Flames moving their AHL team from Abbotsford, B.C., to Glen Falls, N.Y., make Abby a viable WHL market? (Arena Digest)

Coach Mark Holick has the vote of confidence from the new Prince George Cougars ownership. (Prince George Citizen)


Guelph scribe Paul Osborne is calling for a Storm sweep. If North Bay wins Game 1 tonight, then he has to buy everyone a Coke. (Guelph Tribune)

Storm captain Matt Finn received some wise counsel from his NHLer cousin Carlo Colaiacovo when he was at his lowest. (Toronto Star)

How does North Bay have a better team game than Guelph when the Storm scored 123 more goals in the regular season? (Bay Today)

That said, North Bay's veterans haven't needed The Rock's help to know their roles. (Mississauga NewsNorth Bay Nugget)

It's too early to speculate if the Erie Otters will lose André Burakovsky to the Washington Capitals organization, since the Caps don't have a GM or coach. It will have a lot of sway on the 2014-15 Otters' outlook, though. (Erie Times-News)

With as few as four games left in this OHL season, Owen Sound play-by-player Fred Wallace has a reminder not to forget the saddest story he's ever witnessed in the league. (Bayshore Broadcasting)


Jack Eichel has signed his NCAA letter of intent to play for Boston University. But recent comments by Saint John GM Darrell Young are stoking the Eichel-to-the-QMJHL fire. (Le Soleil)

Halifax GM Cam Russell is certain the Mooseheads can absorb the loss of Jonathan Drouin and overages Darcy Ashley, Brent Andrews and Brendan Duke:"We look very good for next year as well. We won a Memorial Cup last year and finished second overall with this hockey team this year. We’re set to be extremely competitive again." (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Lucas Punkari likes Baie-Comeau over Val-d'Or in six. He also likes curling. (Sort of a Protest Blog)

Anyone willing to make a play for Sherbrooke's first overall pick in the May 31 draft? (Le Tribune)

Shawinigan Cataractes grad Alex Filiatrault is following in his father's footsteps by continuing in university hockey with the Trois-Rivières Patriotes. (Le Nouvelliste)

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

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