Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Urbom to Start Year in NHL

Brayden Schenn isn't the only member of last year's Brandon Wheat Kings that'll begin the 2010-2011 season in the National Hockey League.

Defenceman Alexander Urbom has cracked the 23-player roster of the New Jersey Devils.

In an interview on the New Jersey Devils website, New Jersey coach John McLean was asked "What did you see in defensemen Alexander Urbom and Matt Taormina that said these guys are ready to play in the NHL?"

They’re both young guys. I thought Taormina moved the puck very well and I think Urbom has a great upside. He moves the puck well, he’s big, he’s mobile, he’s over 6-2. A big guy like that that can skate well, they’re both very coachable. They’re going to make mistakes, we know that. But they’re also going to learn from them and get that experience, so we’re excited they’re around.

Urbom, who turned 20 in December, had 12 goals and 33 points in 63 games with the Wheat Kings last season.

In other NHL notes, New Jersey defenceman and Brandon product Bryce Salvador has a concussion and will be out of the Devils' lineup indefinitely; former Wheat Kings' captain Ryan Craig has cleared waivers and has been assigned to the Penguins' AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton; and the Vancouver Canucks are expected to sign former Wheat King Peter Schaefer today after he participated in the Canucks' training camp on a tryout basis.

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