Sunday, November 12, 2006

News and Notes

Nicklas Backstrom, Oscar Hedman and Patric Blomdahl are currently on break because of the Karjala Tournament in Finland. Backstrom will be back in action on the 16th.

In the QMJHL Francois Bouchard has really been lighting it up lately and is currently 4th in the league in scoring but has played 2-3 games less than the 3 people ahead of him. He's also tied for his team lead in points. Mathieu Perreault has also stayed on his steady pace throughout the season and is just 3 points out of the league lead, good enough for second.

Maxime Daigneault continues his steady play with another win. However I am somewhat disappointed he's getting so little playing time. He's been outplayed 10-3 by Cassivi, I would assume it's time to begin preparing a future goaltender. Eric Fehr has been on fire, he's currently tied for 12 in the AHL in points. Jonas Johansson recently scored his first goal of the year, I understand he looks like a much improved player this year. Sasha Pokulok continues to be sidelined it appears with a concussion.

Viktor Dovgan recently scored his first North American point on a even strength goal.

Andrew Gordon had a decent weekend, he put up 3 assist on Friday against powerhouse Minnesota. Two of the assist were of the secondary powerplay kind and one at 4-4. He was held scoreless on Saturday in the rematch but registered a SOG and was a +1 in a 3-3 tie. Andrew Joudrey and Wisconsin lost both games to Denver this week. He managed 6 shots and finished even in the first game and two assist both coming as secondary. He now leads his team in points. Minnesota State's Travis Morin only managed to notch one assist in this weekends series against Alaska-Anchorage, however he's currently ranked 3rd in the WCHA in scoring and is the only non Minnesota player to be ranked in the top 7.

Brent Gwidt finally broke through his point slump notching an assist in each of Indiana's previous two games. Both of which came at even strength, one primary and one secondary.