Last night on The Pipeline Show marked the beginning of World Junior Championship Month on the program. We'll really start gearing up our preview coverage next week after several teams have been formally announced but we got things started on Tuesday.
Regan Bartel, voice of the Kelowna Rockets, filled us in on three players we should expect to see in Ottawa; Jamie Benn (pictured) and Tyler Myers for Canada and possibly Colin Long for the American entry. We also discussed the noticeable difference for these three already drafted players than what Luke Schenn went through last year prior to the same event when he was already under the spotlight. Plus more on other Rockets players like the Bloodoff brothers and Kyle St. Denis (pronounced St. Dennis and not with the french accent as I had assumed). You can hear all of that interview with Regan here.
The Edmonton Oil Kings were red hot heading into Medicine Hat riding a 4-game winning streak but were stopped dead in their tracks by the Tigers. We spoke with play-by-play voice A.J. Jacubec about the fact Edmonton has yet to beat the Tigers in 13 meetings since being resurrected last season. Also, will Tomas Vincour play in the WJC for the Czech Republic? A.J. gave us the answer.
In our weekly NCAA segment we went way up North to Alaska to speak with Anchorage Seawolves Head Coach Dave Shyiak. It's an interesting dynamic that he and the Seawolves have compared to the rest of the NCAA based simply on geography. We also spoke about the challenegs his program faces when it comes to recruiting and how exactly it ended up that Alaska has 3 Europeans on the roster! Hear that interview here.
We also played a special discussion that Dean and I had with Hall of Fame netminder Grant Fuhr in which he talks about his experiences playing in the WHL for the Victoria Cougars. The WHL travel, finally making it to the NHL, winning that first Cup and memories of his first win and shutout... you'd be surprised what he does and doesn't have vivid recollection of. A treat to speak with a true Oiler great.
Speaking of goalies, Andrew Perugini gave us the low down on his rookie season thus far in the ECHL. The Stockton Thunder are only so-so but Perugini has been a bright spot this year. How hard has the transition from OHL to ECHL been? Are the Oilers communicating with him and the rest of their prospects in California? How are he and Bryan Pitton getting along sharing the workload? You can hear his thoughts in the archive from last night.
Finally, Dean Millard was able to join in for the final segment and we were able to discuss Rob Schremp's recall to the Oilers, the upcoming Team Canada WJC camp roster, Torrie Jung and Tomas Vincour with the Oil Kings as well as the ridiculous ranking of nearly unbeated Air Force in the NCAA polls. Rounding out the segment was a recap of the 2009 Draft Prospect Performers of the Week as well as Flaming Hot / Flaming Not.
A big show indeed!