100 games a season: Gare Joyce's puck blog

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I've written for ESPN The Magazine and espn.com the last five years. My work has made the "notable" list of the Best American Sports Writing seven times and won four Canadian National Magazine Awards. My most recent book is Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts. I've written three other sports books: When the Lights Went Out: How One Brawl Ended Hockey's Cold War and Changed the Game; Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm; and The Only Ticket Off the Island: Baseball in the Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Who's back from the summer u-18s and what are the storylines:


BACK Cann, Trevor-Peterborough (OHL)-2007
consensus top NA goaltender but lacked support and didn't play meaningful games with the Petes being so weak this year

OUT Leclerc, Justin-Lethbridge (WHL)-2007


BACK - Doughty, Drew-Guelph (OHL)-2008
might be in the running for top 10 if not a late birthday

BACK - Grant, Alex-Saint John (QMJHL)-2007

BUSY - Hickey, Thomas-Seattle (WHL)-2007

BACK - Katic, Mark-Sarnia (OHL)-2007
he has Brian Campbell's feet ... didn't get to play in the summer u-18s very much at all ...

BACK - Negrin, John-Kootenay (WHL)-2007

BUSY - Ross, Nick-Regina (WHL)-2007
noted that he didn't show anything in Regina games I saw ... heard scouts say pretty much the same ... that said, they actually liked him the summer u-18s

BACK - Sauve, Yann-Saint John (QMJHL)-2008

BACK - Schenn, Luke-Kelowna (WHL)-2008


BACK - Bastien, Yves-Peterborough (OHL)-2007
started year with Kitchener

BACK - Boychuk, Zach-Lethbridge (WHL)-2008

BUSY - Cameron, Bryan-Belleville (OHL)-2007

BUSY - Ennis, Tyler-Medicine Hat (WHL)-2008

BACK - Esposito, Angelo-Quebec (QMJHL)-2007
lots to prove ... says he's all right after late-season concussion

BACK Fortier, Olivier-Rimouski (QMJHL)-2007
as stated before, I enjoy watching Fortier play

BACK - Gillies, Colton-Saskatoon (WHL)-2007

NOT BACK - King, Dwight-Lethbridge (WHL)-2007

NOT BACK - MacMillan, Logan-Halifax (QMJHL)-2007
lots to like here ... saw him in Halifax a few weeks back ... I don't know if he has the upside to be a first-rounder but he'll be a second-rounder at the very least ... talked to him, seems like a sharp kid ... surprised he did not get invited (maybe injured?)

BUSY - Sonne, Brett-Calgary (WHL)-2007
this guy was not big in the plans for the summer-18s and probably played the best hockey of his life over the course of the week

BACK - Sutter, Brandon-Red Deer (WHL)-2007
last player confirmed back ... Red Deer goes to seventh game in opening round before falling

BACK - Turris, Kyle-Burnaby (BCHL)-2007
the one many scouts will be watching most closely ... not that he has to prove himself per se ... simply that he's a bit of a mystery player because he's outside major junior ... bound for Wisconsin but many in the game wonder if he just wasted a year of development ... said NCAA was his decision, not a family decision ... guess he was jammed if he wanted to go that route ... too old for US preps, couldn't go to USHL because of an agreement between the leagues ... "offensive dynamo" is how one coach described him ... says Turris "I need a few years to put meat on my bones before moving up to the NHL" ... which might be true but not a reason alone to go NCAA rather than Dub

NOT BACK - Torquato, Zack-Saginaw (OHL)-2007


G Braden Holtby ( Marshall , SK / Saskatoon , WHL)
D Eric Doyle (Calgary, AB/Swift Current, WHL)

F Keven Veilleux (St-Georges, QC/Victoriaville, QMJHL)
F Jamie Arniel (Kingston, ON/Guelph, OHL),
F Steven Stamkos (Unionville, ON/Sarnia, OHL)
F Dion Knelsen (Three Hills, AB/Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA)
F Logan Couture (London, ON/Ottawa, OHL)

Interested to see how this shakes out. Stamkos as an underage is just a wonder to watch.