Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Middle of the Week Musing

Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) and his Medicine Hat Tigers have been playing some pretty solid hockey as of late. After whipping the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-2, the Tigers are 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games.

Going by numbers alone, Kundratek is 0-5-5 in 15 games which is not earth shattering by itself. But it is hard to not notice that since Kundratek became one of the Tiger's starting defensemen how the Tiger season has taken off.

On Tuesday, Kundratek had an assist on the Tiger's second goal of the game. It was on the power play which says a lot about the young defender from the Czech Republic.

Kundratek's steady play on the blueline for the Tigers is already having us picturing a pairing of Kundratek and 2008 1st round pick Michael Del Zotto. The steady defender with the offensive weapon is looking more and more like an excellent plan as Kundratek at 6'2 192 will just need to mature into his body.


Antoine Lafleur (2007 2nd) got to be the back up as his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies lost to the Gatineau Olympiques 2-1. It is going to be interesting to see how Lafleur responds to his next start as until Lafleur puts together a stretch of games then the darts of his critics will continue to hit home.


The weekly college polls came out as Carl Hagelin (2007 6th)'s Michigan Wolverines moved up to 14th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll while remaining 14th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports poll.

Danny Hobb(2007 7th)'s UMass Minutemen fell totally out the USA Today poll and dropped down to 23rd in the USCHO.com poll.

The new up and coming team is Derek Stepan (2008 2nd)'s Wisconsin Badgers as the winners of the annual College Hockey Showcase are starting to gain notice in the polls. The Badgers entered both polls at 22nd after starting the season 0-6-1, the Badgers are now 7-7-2 which is bad news for those who have yet to play a now hot team.


Ch-Ch-Changes a coming here

As we grow we have made some changes to the place, one of which is to start tracking the blogs of the daily writers who cover beat reporters. We have already talked about Jon Keen and Regan Bartel but the one writer who we have not talked about is Victor Fernandes who covers the Erie Otters at GoErie.com.

We have not mentioned his work until now in part because we are still awaiting Mitch Gaulton's return to active playing but Victor's post for Tuesday talked about the still recovering Jason Baird and another benefit to help the recovering player and family.

Another change that is coming is that Prospect Park is going to be joining forces with some really good folks hopefully in the next few days. No that does not mean we are no longer with Dubi and the Blueshirt Bulletin as instead our intention is to help spread the word about the best Ranger publication out there.

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