December 19, 2013
Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...
With no Morgan Rielly, Matt Dumba just became that much more vital to Team Canada's defence. (Toronto Star)
A foot injury has forced Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher to withdraw from consideration for Team USA, where the Michigan freshman might have been an energy-line contributor. (Ann Arbor News, Sabre Noise)
Every team who isn't Portland is down in average attendance compared to a season ago. Is that a problem? (Taking Note)
Despite an only-okay home record and a swath of injuries, Victoria is up in the top half of the Western Conference playoff pack at the break. (Victoria Times-Colonist)
As noted in the Dynamic Dozen, Carolina Hurricanes pick Brock McGinn (minor wrist surgery) and Detroit Red Wings choice Tyler Bertuzzi (neck problem) will each miss the next few weeks. (Guelph Mercury)
Pittsburgh Penguins third-rounder Matia Marcantuoni is "getting close" to coming back to the Kitchener Rangers from his shoulder injury. Meantime, overage Paxton Leroux's time with the Blueshirts amounted to two periods, since he needs shoulder surgery. (Waterloo Record)
Overage goalie Chris Festarini walked out on the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday, ceding the No. 1 job to 17-year-old Brent Moran. Festarini had a 4.20 average and .865 save percentage. (Niagara This Week, St. Catharines Standard)
Keep an eye on how young defenceman Connor Walters gets along as a Christmas call-up in Owen Sound. (Owen Sound Sun Times)
Speaking of the Sting, they are 1-0 in the Brandon Lindberg era. The young centre will get a chance at more ice time in Sarnia, whose win at Owen Sound put it into a playoff position. (Sarnia Observer)
The city of Gatineau, Que., and the Olympiques have an agreement on a new $63.5-million arena that will hopefully be built for the 2015-16 season. The 'Piques are also eyeing a Memorial Cup bid for 2017, Canada's 150th birthday. (Le Droit)
Phoenix Coyotes draft choice Yan-Pavel Laplante could be the first big name on the move when the trading period begins Saturday. Reports indicate Victoriaville will get Laplante in return for a package that includes young defender Luc Deschenes and two high draft picks. (UniversHockey.ca)
According to Shawinigan GM Martin Mondou, Baie-Comeau's Steve Ahern is under the most pressure to pull off a deadline blockbuster. (Le Nouvelliste)
Last but far from least, power rankings! (Parlons Junior)
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