Knights need Max Domi-nation from young star: Friday’s coast-to-coast

Neate Sager

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Call it one small step toward Prince Albert, Sask., building a new arena to house the Raiders. (Prince Albert Daily Herald,

While top bantam draft prospect Kale Clague broke Dion Phaneuf's defenceman scoring record in the Alberta bantam league, he fancies himself a ditto of Drew Doughty. (The Hockey News)

Pittsburgh Penguins first-rounder Derrick Pouliot is "a couple of weeks" away from rejoining the league-leading Portland Winterhawks. (Portland Tribune)

Why are some blue-chip prospects looking so ashen this A.M.? It's the thought of being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets. (

Sorry for being late to this, but did Minnesota high school powerhouse Benilde-St. Margaret's kick 15-year-old forward Alec Baer off their team because he visited the Vancouver Giants? (Vancouver Province, Western College Hockey Blog)

Buffalo Sabres pick Logan Nelson, who missed 22 games with a lower-body injury, is rejoining the Victoria Royals right on time for their big Alberta road trip. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Ashton Sautner has been a glue guy among the Edmonton Oil Kings' defence corps. (Regina Leader-Post)


With linemate Seth Griffith sidelined, Max Domi will have shoulder a large offensive load for the London Knights. Now, is GM Mark Hunter going to add another set of eyes behind the Knights' bench? (London Free Press)

Coach Jody Hull and GM Mike Oke, who have navigated the Peterborough Petes from 16 points back of the playoff pack to two points out, each have two-year contract extensions. (Peterborough Examiner)

While the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' surge is a very positive OHL story, U.S. columnist Leslie Small is still staggered that someone wrote a 'redemption' story on Nick Cousins while the Philadelphia Flyers prospect is facing trial: "Writing a feel-good feature about someone accused of sexual assault at best seems tone-deaf and at worst implies that such incidents ought to be swept under the rug." (Delaware County Times)

A must-read: the email exchange between Flyers director of player development Ian Laperrière and hockey history blogger Jennifer Conway. (Backhand Shelf)

Patrick King explains why tonight's Friday Night Hockey tilt is the Windsor Spitfires' most desperate hour. (Sportsnet)

Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder Oscar Dansk has had a rough season in Erie, and that's underselling the story. (Erie Times-News)

Toronto Maple Leafs third-rounder Josh Leivo and Edmonton Oilers fourth-rounder Tobias Rieder have 12-game point streaks riding in tonight's Kitchener Rangers' showdown vs. Plymouth. Plus they probably want win the game, too. (Waterloo Record)

Hulking New York Islanders third-rounder Andrey Pedan finally seems to found that optimal point with the Guelph Storm. (Guelph Mercury)


The Quebec Remparts aren't used to the rival Baie-Comeau Drakkar being on the pedestal, but at least captain Martin Lefebvre is back on their blueline. (Le Soleil)

The Halifax Mooseheads are dealing with a deeper league than the2011 Saint John Sea Dogs team which was also stacked young stars did on its march to the President's Cup, writes Willy Palov. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Gatineau Olympiqes skipper Benoît Groulx is two away from setting a new Q record for coaching victories with one franchise. Three of the top five on the list are still with their first team, too. (Le Droit)

Shawinigan beat Saint John. Again. (Le Nouvelliste)

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