Tonight Guy and I chatted with prospects from 2 NHL teams, welcomed back our CHL insider, spoke to the voice of the Portland Winterhawks, and checked in with the UND Fighting Sioux. We also teed up our upcoming charity auctions where you can win a trip for 2 to Jasper Park Lodge, a Moosehead prize pack and an autographed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey.
All the proceeds from our charity auctions will go towards the people of Slave Lake and here's what you can win. 2 nights at the amazing Jasper Park Lodge, 2 rounds of golf at the Stanley Thompson designed course, and a $200 spa package, with breakfast each morning. Tune in Saturday morning 10-noon MST to get your hands on a sweet prize pack and help out the fine folks in Slave Lake who were ravaged by fire this spring.
As for Tuesday night we chatted with Kyle Bigos an Oilers 4th round 2009 draft pick. He's huge at 6.05 and 230 and is coming off a pretty good year at Merrimack University. He talked about the mindset at a prospect camp as well as his conditioning (he used to be 250) as well as the adjustment of going from a fighter in Jr. A to wearing a full cage in College. Don't expect Bigos in an Oiler uniform anytime soon as he's entering his Junior season.
We also spoke with former Princeton Tiger blueliner and Edmonton native Taylor Fedun. It's the first player I've ever spoken with who's built a hovercraft. Check out his Youtube video here. Fedun spent 4 years at Princeton and joined the Oilers farm team in Oklahoma City at the end of last season. We asked him about leaving the security of college for the pro game and if his style changed at all with the Tigers.
Up next was Brad Elliot Schlossman from the Grand Forks Herald who told us about a recent fire at Ralph Engelstad arena where the Fighting Sioux play their home games. Also whether not it's a myth that there is a clause in the late Ralph Engelstad's will that states if the Fighting Sioux name is taken away...so is the arena. Brad filled us in on what Dillon Simpson did at UND this year, how the Sioux will replace outgoing players and where Jason Gregoire might land next season in the pro ranks.
From the NCAA we hit the OHL with Peterborough Petes sniper Matt Puempel a recent Ottawa Senators draft pick. The Sens took him in the first round and he recently attended their prospects camp. He's also slated to suit up this summer in Edmonton at Hockey Canada's World Junior summer camp and will be a huge part of the Pete's hopeful turn around season next year.
Before the end of the segment we received an email about this year's draft class of blueliners compared to next year's. A very thought out email that will be interesting to keep an eye on.
Sam Cosentino, our CHL Insider from Rogers Sportsnet dropped by and we went through a ton of topics. From Everett's new coach - who nearly won 3 straight Royal Bank Cup's - to Vancouver's new assistant (a former NHL bench boss) and 2 OHL head coaches who butted heads in the league final and are now with the Senators. We discussed whether or not teams should have summer prospect camps (our poll question by the way here) and the past, present and future of the CHL import draft.
Speaking of imports, the Portland Winterhawks didn't make a pick this year because they think Nino Niederreiter will be returned from the New York Islanders. It's a risky move and Portland play by play man Andy Kemper told us why. We grilled Andy about Ryan Johansen and Sven Bartschi returning as well. The Hawks could be deadly again next year and have a terrific coaching staff running the show.
We wrapped things up with Oilers director of Player Development Mike Sillinger. we chatted about Anton Lander, Martin Marincin, the Jones twins, Colton Tuebert and more, as well as why a few prospects aren't in Edmonton right now. The future of Robbie Dee and Troy Hesketh was discussed by Guy and myself as well.
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