Monday, December 16th, 2013
World Junior camps are underway, a top Russian prospect gets booed by hometown KHL team, the CHL/NHL Top Prospects rosters are announced and the December edition of Youngblood is released are all highlighted in Monday’s ramblings!
Before I dive into the meat and potatoes of this rambling, let me tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my lazy Sunday night watching the NHL’s 24/7 and Sportsnets’ Quest for the Cup (centered around the London Knights Quest to the Memorial Cup). Both were entertaining but I actually think the Quest for the Cup is more interesting. Love these behind the scene feature series. Episode 3 for Quest for the Cup airs tonight on Sportsnet.
Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is pointless in his last five games causing hometown fans to boo his play and he has been left off the Russian camp roster for the Channel One Cup, a european tournament that is used as an evaluation platform for the National squad. In a connecting article, news leaks that Evgeny returned to play in the KHL only to improve his shot at making the Russian Olympic squad, otherwise he likely would’ve played in Washington. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds but it appears a Washington arrival may not be too far away.
Previously, Kuznetsov had explained that his decision to wait to come to the Capitals was to secure a spot on the Russian Olympic team this February. That decision is looking a bit less wise right now.
The 21-year-old Kuznetsov has 14 points through 21 games with Traktor (KHL)
Notable Russian players named to the above mentioned Channel One Cup include Alexander Burmistrov (Jets), Viktor Tikhonov (Coyotes), Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Perezhogin, Nikolas Prokhorkin (Kings), Alexander Radulov
The Canadian Hockey League announced the rosters for the January 15th CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Calgary, an event pitting 2014 NHL Draft eligible players against each other in a showcase game.
TEAM CHERRY ROSTER:
Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars), Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting), Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels), Aaron Irving (Edmonton Oil Kings), Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs), Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon Blades), Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix), Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats), Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels), Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals), Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks), Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm), Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting), Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers), Matt Mistele (Plymouth Whalers), Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice), Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes), Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon Blades)
Behind the bench for Team Cherry will be former Flames captain Jim Peplinski, Paul Reinhart (the former NHL Flame will coach his son) and Tim Hunter.
TEAM ORR ROSTER:
Julio Billia (Chicoutimi Sagueneens), Mason McDonald (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs), Julius Honka (Swift Current Broncos), Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos)
Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers), Ben Thomas (Calgary Hitmen)
Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs), Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles), Blake Clarke (North Bay Battalion), Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes), Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders), Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads), Josh Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires)
Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts), Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs), Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen), Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Former Flames Lanny McDonald (best stache in hockey history), Joel Otto and Mike Vernon will serve as coaches for Team Orr….ah man, those were the fun days in Calgary.
As an OHL guy, I was slightly surprised to see Blake