Monday, April 5, 2010

Closer to the Edge

Just one game on the prospect schedule and it was good news/bad news for the prospects. For Chris Doyle and his Victoriaville Tigre, the news was good as they returned home for game 3 of their series with Ryan Bourque and his Quebec Remparts.

The bad news was for Bourque and his Remparts as they lost Game 3 of this series 6-1 and now are down in this series 3-0. Doyle and his teammates did everything right in this game from dominating at even strength as well as on the power play, going 3 for 8.

Doyle got his first point of the series as he was reunited with Philip-Michael Devos and Tomas Kubalik as that line produced 3 goals and 3 assists. Doyle also was a +2 while taking a minor at the end of the first period.

Ryan Bourque on the other hand continued to struggle as he again was scoreless and was a -2 for the night. Game 4 will be Wednesday evening in Victoriaville as the Tigre look to close out this series with a sweep.


As we had hoped rather than going home to the Czech Republic, Roman Horak has joined the Hartford Wolfpack and while he has not played at the least he is getting experience playing at the higher speed of the next level.
Every practice that Horak gets to attend helps him with his development and we believe this is a kid who has a legit shot at becoming an NHL player. He has adapted well to the North American brand of hockey but the more important point is that he came over from Europe with the right skill set of good skating, strong defense and focus on the fundamentals of the game.

And if you are wondering why Horak is able to be with the Wolfpack; the answer is that the Rangers held his rights before he was drafted in the CHL Import Draft. That loophole allows somone under than 20 to play in the AHL but in Horak's case unless he drastically improves his body then send him back to the WHL for another season.

(Doyle courtesy of the Victoriaville Tigre)

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