I have some additional work commitments over the next couple months that will take me away from the internet. I know I haven't posted a lot lately, hasn't been much going on, but even when there is. Since the time I started this blog things in my life have changed and this site has (obviously) taken a back burner. I'm not ready to give it up altogether yet, but I'll definitely take a close look this upcoming season to see if I'm still capable and willing to maintain it.
tl;dr I won't be posting much for awhile after today, including the draft so good luck Comrie, Rankin, and the other guys eligible!
So some quick bits from around. First off, the CHL has decided to stop the drafting of import goalies. This is such absurdity I can't even put it into words. I don't need to because Drinnan has, Seager has, and Sapurji has. Read the info at the links, the general consensus is that it's ridiculous. And the comments on the Yahoo articles? Insane. Imagine that, insane comments on the internet. I'm curious how opinions differ about this issue with those of us that support US teams. I, for one, don't care what Hockey Canada wants, I want--and I pay for--a good product on the ice. If that comes from an import, then so be it. There's already limitations on the number of imports a team can carry, why eliminate goalies?
Speaking of Comrie and the NHL draft, he's getting ready:
“I skated today and I felt really good,” Comrie said Saturday afternoon. “I felt strong and fast. Coming back (from surgery) is a process. I think by Thursday I should be back to my normal self.”----------
Thursday would be the first day of the eighth annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp in Calgary.
Comrie is the top-rated Western Hockey League goaltender for the upcoming NHL draft.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Comrie was in the midst of his first season as a starter for the Americans when he started to have pain in his hips.
The pain started in November and continued to get worse.
The injury kept Comrie from displaying his skills at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in January.
Comrie was 20-14-1-2 in 37 starts last season, with a 2.62 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage, and two shutouts before he was shelved for the season Jan. 18.
He had minor surgery on his left hip Feb. 5 in Vail, Colo., then had the right side done six days later.
He has been through months of rehabilitation, and even though he wasn’t able to participate in the testing at the NHL combine last month, he’s nearly back to full strength.
“At the NHL combine two weeks ago, I didn’t do any of the testing,” Comrie said. “If you have an injury, they won’t clear you for testing. I went through the physical — height, weight and body fat — and I got third in hand-eye coordination. I also had interviews with a lot of the teams.”
The Chicago camp is the third one Comrie has attended.
He also spent time in Toronto and Montreal.
“It’s fun to get back on the ice,” Comrie said. “I’m a little rusty. All of the teams ask about my hips and why the surgery. I told them there was a little piece of bone on my femur (cam impingement) and they shaved it down. It will make me more flexible and stronger in the future.” (Tri-City Herald)
Of course the biggest news of the week (so far) is the Americans' acquisition of Jessey Astles from Saskatoon.
Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has acquired 20-year-old forward Jessey Astles from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.He'll bring size and muscle to the team for sure. I remember he played for Kelowna (I remember because when listening to games on the radio his name sounds like "assholes". sorry, it's true) but that's the extent of what I remember of him. It sounds like he'll be a sort of Mychan-type player--not big scorer, but big and tough.
Astles, a 6’2 205-pound left wing from Coquitlam, British Columbia, spent last season with the MasterCard Memorial Cup host Blades, but was limited to one goal and one assist in just 26 games in 2012-13 after suffering a wrist injury in November. Originally a 6th round (120th overall) pick by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2008 Bantam Draft, Astles made his WHL debut in 2009-10 and played three full seasons with the Rockets before being traded to Saskatoon last May. In all, Astles appeared in 157 games for the Rockets, collecting six goals, 16 points and 241 penalty minutes. Astles also has 27 playoff games to his credit, split between Kelowna and Saskatoon, recording three goals and four points.
“I have watched Jessey since his time in Kelowna and have appreciated his game and have tried to acquire him a couple of times in the past,” explained Tory. “He will bring an important element to our team and we look forward to Jessey joining our club in August for training camp.” (Americans)
Alright y'all, see you when I see you.