Thursday, September 8, 2011

Not Again

I hope people will forgive me but I could not bring myself to write about the plane crash in Russia even though there was a couple of strong New York Ranger and New York Islander connections.

Maybe it is selfish but for my own sanity, I had to write about what was happening in hockey.

The CHL announced the Preseason BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings and both Ranger and Islander prospect play on teams that show up in the first Top 10 of the season.

1. Saint John Sea Dogs-- The defending Memorial Cup Champions headline the list as they should

2. Niagara IceDogs-- Two New York Islander prospects Ryan Strome (2011 1st) and Mitchell Theoret (2011 7th)

3. Portland Winterhawks-- We doubt he returns but Islander prospect Nino Niederreiter (2010 1st)

4. Shawinigan Cataractes-- Host of the 2012 Memorial Cup

5. Plymouth Whalers-- Ranger prospect JT Miller (2011 1st) joins an already loaded lineup

6. Quebec Remparts-- No prospects this year but Patrick Roy remains behind the bench

7. Kelowna Rockets-- Ranger prospect Shane McColgan (2011 5th) on this annual contender

8. Sarnia Sting-- Repeat after me: His name is Nail Yakupov and he will be the 1st pick in the 2012 draft

9. Red Deer Rebels-- Islander prospect John Persson (2011 5th)

10. Victoriaville Tigres-- No prospects

Honourable Mention:

Oshawa Generals--  Ranger prospect Christian Thomas (2010 2nd)

Moose Jaw Warriors-- Ranger prospect Dylan McIlrath and Invitee Collin Bowman

London Knights-- No prospects

The Prospects Are On The Way

Wednesday is kind of seen as the hand off day where the CHL starts sending their players to the various NHL teams to begin their training camps. It is something that all 3 leagues do take pride in doing and rightfully so.

The WHL is doing a lot of chest thumping and you would too if you were sending 150 of your players to NHL training camps. The Rangers will receive 4 prospects from the WHL while the Islanders will receive 5.

The QMJHL is sending 89 with the Rangers with 2and Islanders having 1 player.

The OHL has not sent out their list so we do not have a total but the Rangers have 5 prospects and the Islander's 3.

Some Home Team Bragging

The Portland Winterhawks will be sending 15 of their players to NHL training camps which is pretty staggering when you consider a 22 man roster. The Winterhawks do not expect Ryan Johansen or Nino Niederreiter to return from their NHL camps

If all five 20 year old players are sent back then the Winterhawks will have to move 2 of them. CHL teams are only allowed to keep 3 players who are considered "overage."

In case you are wondering the defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL top the Winterhawks by 1 as they are sending 16. It will affect Saint Johns more because they will be opening up their defense of the Memorial Cup/QMJHL title on Thursday evening when the QMJHL regular season begins.

We mourn the loss of the members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team as our thoughts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones. The pain we are seeing from Ranger and Islander players should remind us that despite our world being so large, it really is not.

Make sure you tell those who you care about that you care

Мы не можем лишить вас боль, но мы откроем наши сердца, чтобы помочь вам в вашей боли

(Image courtesy of the Vancouver Sun)

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