Thursday, July 28, 2011

Duncan Siemens signs on with Avalanche

Big news coming today from the Colorado Avalanche as they announced the signing of their top 2 picks from this June's NHL entry draft.

Both Duncan Siemens and Gabriel Landeskog have been inked to 3 year entry level contracts. Landeskog was the 2nd overall pick in the draft, while Siemens was the 11th choice.

Siemens played this season for the Saskatoon Blades, he registered 43 points, 121 PIMs and a +40. He set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus-minus and penalty minutes. He was also one of the youngest players to be drafted in the entry draft.

Siemens also has a big event on the horizon as he will be spending next week in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta at the Team Canada World Junior evaluation camp. That runs from the 3rd to the 7th.

Landeskog meanwhile will be heading to Avalanche camp with a spot in the Avs top 6 virtually all locked up. He was called the most NHL-ready prospect for a reason and should be given every opportunity to start the season playing on the wing of either Matt Duchene or Paul Stastny.

Many questions remain about these players future careers, but one thing is for sure...it will be an exciting training camp as a Colorado Avalanche fan.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Two WHL Cities Nearing Coaching Announcements

The Moose Jaw Warriors will introduce Mike Stothers as their new head coach at a press conference tomorrow. He will be replacing bench boss Dave Hunchak.

Stothers was most recently an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. He has also spent time coaching in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, with the Hershey Bears, the Grand Rapids Griffins and with the Owen Sound Attack.

He had a 30 game NHL playing career spent with the Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It also appears that the Regina Pats are close to naming Ryan McGill as their head coach. He is atleast on the very short list, although it's believed that he is also a front runner for the job as the head coach of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

He spent the last two years as an assistant with the Calgary Flames. He also coached the Kootenay Ice in the late 90's and early 2000's. He had a 151 game NHL playing career as a defenseman, mostly with the Flyers.