Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Game Day Update

The NHL Central Scouting Service released its final rankings for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.

Brandon Wheat Kings' forwards Mark Stone and Michael Ferland were both rated in the middle rounds.

Stone was ranked 119th among North American Skaters while Ferland was rated 146th.

Stone had 11 goals and 28 points in 39 regular season games and has added one assists in six playoff games while Ferland had nine goals and 28 points in 61 regular season games and has three goals and four points in six post-season contests.

Former Wheat King Jordan DePape of the Kamloops Blazers was #207.

Tyler Sequin of the Plymouth Whalers was ranked #1 while Taylor Hall of Windsor was #2 and Brett Connelly of the Prince George Cougars was #3.

Winnipeg product Calvin Pickard of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds was the #1 ranked goaltender in North America.
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Brandon Wheat Kings's assistant coach Darren Ritchie and Saskatoon assistant coach David Struch won't be going out for supper any time soon but that's wasn't always the case.

Ritchie and Struch were teammates with the AHL's Saint John Flames in 1995-96 and, then, were roommates when they played together in Italy.

Ritchie says Struch was the chef of the duo, preparing the majority of their meals they ate together.

Struch gave Ritchie some good-natured ribbing, saying his biggest challenge in Europe was that he didn't know how to drive a standard and had to learn how.

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It's either a case of imitation being the best form of flattery or a case of great minds thinking alike, but either way, the Blades and Wheat Kings have a lot in common in their marketing departments.

Saskatoon's slogan for the 2009-10 season is: Your Team! Our Time.
Brandon's slogan for the 2009-10 season is: Our Team, Our Time.

The two teams also play their same song after the home team scores, a song by a group called The Fratellis entitled Chelsea Dagger.

Strange!

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