Jamie Benn is fourth in AHL playoff scoring with seven goals and 13 points in nine games. He is the only non-Hershey Bear in the top five in scoring.
Fantastic article on Barrie forward Alexander Burmistrov. Barrie coach has some high praise for him, comparing him to Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin (Burmistrov is also draft-eligible this summer). This kid sounds like a special one.
His successful development in the OHL coincides with another interesting trend, "During the 2009-10 season, eight Russian players were on OHL rosters, which matches the total number of Russians on OHL rosters during the previous five seasons combined."
Three of the four teams have been decided for the 2010 Memorial Cup – Brandon (host city), Calgary (WHL Champion), and Windsor (OHL Champion). The QMJHL Final is still in progress between Saint John and Moncton.
Some players to watch for:
Calgary – Brandon Kozun (Los Angeles), Martin Jones (Los Angeles), Michael Stone (Phoenix), and Joel Broda (Washington).
Windsor – Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler, Ryan Ellis (Nashville), Adam Henrique (New Jersey), Greg Nemisz (Calgary), Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia), Dale Mitchell (Toronto), Zack Kassian (Buffalo), and captain Harry Young (recently signed by New Jersey). The Spitfires are stacked.
Brandon – Matt Calvert (Columbus), Brayden Schenn (Los Angeles), Scott Glennie (Dallas), Colby Robak (Florida), Travis Hamonic (Long Island), Toni Rajala (Edmonton), and Alexander Urbom (New Jersey).
Philly's top four on defense (Pronger, Carle, Timonen, and Coburn) all had well over 30 minutes of ice time. Ryan Parent and Lukas Krajicek saw less than 13 minutes combined.
Carle had a hell of a game, recording four assists and finishing with a plus-5 rating.
Mark Recchi has six goals in his past 10 games. He turned 42 back in February – I'm surprised more attention isn't being given to his fantastic postseason run! If I have missed Recchi getting praised, my bad. He isn't only contributing, but starring for the Bruins – and he played almost 24 minutes last night to boot.
Apparently Steve Yzerman is out of the running for the TB GM position (not sure if it is due to him pulling out or the team wanting to go a different direction). Pierre McGuire has interviewed twice. I’ll pitch in for his airfare to Tampa Bay for a third interview if we can finally get him off TV! I used to be a big fan and I still enjoy his radio interviews, but he is way too repetitive/annoying/loud to enjoy on TSN these days.
Does this mean Dustin Tokarski starts for the Lightning next season? (Joking… just in case you didn’t pick up on it.)
Dave Nonis and Ron Hextall have also interviewed for the position, according to Darren Dreger.
Check yesterday’s ramblings (just click “next” at the bottom of today’s) for some awesome info on Chicago prospect Marcus Kruger from a DobberHockey member. Absolutely fantastic stuff!
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