Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Morning Special - Sept 3

Not to steal screen time away from our ongoing "Rookie Watch" series but we had a show this morning and as always, we like to offer up a bit of a recap for those that missed it live. A retired NHL enforcer, a WHL GM, the new head scout for Phoenix, a writer from The Hockey News and our QMJHL prognosticator made up the guest list for today.

Today we began things with retired NHL tough guy Brantt Myhres who talked to us about his own experience playing junior hockey in the role that he was well known for. Considering the current events around the NHL this summer with the deaths of 3 well known and well liked players who shared Myhres' job description, it was good to hear his perspective. Myhres also gave us some insight into a couple of different projects that he's a part of these days including one that will help young aboriginal players. (Segment One)

Next up we were joined by the new Director of Amateur Scouting for the Phoenix Coyotes, Rick Knickle. He recounted his off season change from Nashville to the Desert, why it's the right organization for him despite the lack of an owner and also got into his own scouting ideas. We asked him about some of the prospects in the Coyotes' system as well. (Segment Two)

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News penned a story yesterday outlining three CHL teams that he's excited to follow this year - Halifax, Sarnia and Edmonton. We wanted to know what it was about the Oil Kings that caught his attention from his base in Ontario. Does he think the Sting can contend this year against some of the more veteran line ups in the OHL? After telling us why he settled his QMJHL choice on the Mooseheads, Ryan also talked about the Quebec Remparts and all the additions Patrick Roy has made as well. (Segment 3)

Our second hour of the program had us welcome back Tri-City Americans GM Bob Tory. We asked Tory for his thoughts on eliminating fighting from the major junior hockey and if that would lead to other problems. Then we started in on his off season dealings including moving two older goalies to make room for a 16-year-old Eric Comrie. Has Tory drafted another Dan Blackburn or Carey Price? What about the rest of the Americans' roster? Finally we tossed around the pros and cons of inter-league play which he really had some great insight into. (Segment Four)

It was back our East for our next segment. Kevin Forbes covers the QMJHL for both Hockey's Future and Future Considerations from his home in Halifax where the Mooseheads are making pre-season noise at 5-0. Kevin gave us his take on the players that are there and also hold out Jonathan Drouin. Plus, where do the Mooseheads and a team like Quebec rank next to defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John and this year's host team in Shawinigan? (Segment Five)

Lastly, Dean and I talked about a handful of topics including Nashville prospect Austin Watson, more on the subject of fighting in hockey and the delicate topic of depression, our Rookie Watch series and we previewed a CIS/CHL education package debate that we're attempting to set up for next weekend. (Segment Six)

If you missed any segments of the show you can click the links above or follow this one to the media archive page of today's show.

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