Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Night Recap: Landeskog, Gardiner, Cosentino and More

Tuesday night we welcomed to the show a possible 1st overall pick, a new Toronto Maple Leaf prospect, 3 guys from the WHL's outdoor game and someone involved in the broadcast of the game from Rogers Sportsnet. We also went through some news and notes in the WHL.

First up Guy and I discussed the merits of outdoor games and where the next one should be. As I tweeted on Sunday I think a game in Winnipeg would be great. You could have an NHL and WHL neutral game. the WHL could feature Brandon playing host to Moose Jaw, as the Wheat Kings play 2 hours down the road and the Warriors used to play in the Manitoba Capital. Some Oil King news came up including when a top draft pick might join them and how soon star defenceman Griffin Reinhart might be back. I threw some WHL questions at Guy like who will finish as the top scorer, best goalie and whether or not TJ Foster's consecutive game point streak will be broken this Friday by Ryan Howse.

Our first guest was Wisconsin Badger blueliner Jake Gardiner, who's NHL rights were just traded from Anaheim to Toronto. Gardiner talked about playing against his younger brother Max with Minnesota, how he knew about the trade a full day before it happened and what playing in Toronto might be like.

To wrap up the first hour we heard comments from LA prospect Jordan Weal, Oilers 2009 draft pick Brandon Davidson and 2011 draft prospect Myles Bell. All 3 suit up for the Regina Pats and took part in the WHL's outdoor game yesterday. Weal is finally out of Jordan Eberle's shadow, Davidson is over his NHL training camp hangover and Bell has dropped some weight since the top prospects game.

In the second hour of the show, Swedish star Gabriel Landeskog dropped by. He could go number one in this year's draft and became the first Euro captain in Kitchener Rangers history earlier this year. Landeskog told us who he likes to play like and how comparisons to him and former Ranger Mike Richards are too early. Landeskog is a very bright kid and a great interview, and he gave us a terrific scouting report on countryman Adam Larsson. It's interesting that Landeskog is #1 in NA by Central Scouting while Larsson holds the same spot for Europeans.

We wrapped up the show with a 2 segment conversation with our CHL insider Sam Cosentino of Rogers Sportsnet. What were his hilites of the outdoor game and where does he think the CHL goes with it now? Sam told us about a wild game between Owen Sound and Niagra recently where Joey Hishon knocked Ryan Strome out of the game and was suspended, along with head coach Marty Williamson. Sam also compared Strome to Tyler Seguin from last year.

These topics and much more can be heard here in our media archive. We're back again Saturday morning 10 AM MST.

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