Monday, January 23, 2012

St. Croix Earns 2nd WHL Player Of The Week (updated Monday evening)


CALGARY, AB.- The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings’ Michael St. Croix is the WHL Player of the Week. St. Croix collected 10 points, scoring six goals and four assists to go with a +7 rating, in three games over the past week helping the Oil Kings to a 3-0-0-0 record.

On Wednesday, January 18, the Oil Kings welcomed the Prince George Cougars to Rexall Place in Edmonton. St. Croix picked up the hat-trick, finding the net three times and was named the games 1 Star as the Oil Kings’ shut-out the Cougars’ 5-0. On Friday, January 20, St. Croix collected a pair of assists in a 6-1 road victory over the Swift Current Broncos.

On Saturday, January 21, the Oil Kings were in Prince Albert to face the Raiders. St. Croix nabbed his third hat-trick of the season, scoring three goals, adding two assists and was also named games 1 Star in the Oil Kings’ 9-2 win over the Raiders.

St. Croix currently ranks 3rd among all WHL scorers with 77 points (31 goals, 46 assists) in 48 games played thus far this season. The Oil Kings are 7-2-0-1 in their past 10 games and currently sit first in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 32-11-1-4 record for 69 points.

St. Croix is in his third full season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings made St. Croix the 4th overall selection in the 2008 WHL Draft and the New York Rangers recently selected the forward in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Brossoit posted a 2-0-0-0 record with one shut-out this past week, stopping 52 of 54 shots faced for a 0.963 save-percentage and 1.00 goals-against average. Brossoit an 18-year-old from Surrey, BC, led the Oil Kings to victories over the Prince George Cougars (5-0) and Prince Albert Raiders (9-2).

 Rangers sign McNaught to AHL Contract

The New York Rangers announced that they had signed Randy McNaught (2010, 7th) to a AHL contract.  McNaught who attended the Traverse City tournament, but then chose not to sign with the Rangers at that time in order to attend the University of Calgary.

McNaught played 12 games for the University of Calgary and was scoreless with 24 PIMs.  McNaught is a 6'4 221 pound forward played last season for the Vancouver Giants in the WHL.

It is a unusual move for both player and team to make as usually during the season , it is the player who leaves the pro-team to attend college. What kind of prospect McNaught will be is gonna be interesting because he missed all but eight games last season due to a broken ankle and with the dinos did not show anything.

The one thing he does do very well is fight as he had some pretty good scraps with Dylan McIlrath last couple years.  It's really hard to consider him as an NHL prospect at this time but he is worth the investment.

He's impossible to move from the crease area and if he can improve his eye hand coordination, you might have somebody.

Third Time The Charm?

Tomorrow morning I get to undergo my third operation on my neck, to say that this is getting frustrating would be an understatement.

Why my neck gives me problems could be true due to any number of reasons.  What it has done is open my eyes to realizing that we can't keep ignoring shots to the head and neck area.

There is nothing more scary than waking up one day and discovering a part of your body is not working.  Forget the pain part and try to imagine not even being able to type your own name like a normal person would.

Basically right now, something as simple as tying your shoelaces becomes an impossible task.  Getting yourself a bowl of ice cream becomes an adventure.

I thank my friends for standing up for me and helping me keep this blog going.  The current plan is for me to stay overnight in the hospital and go home on Wednesday.

But if you want prospect fix in, then start with the good people over at buzzing the net who cover the Canadian juniors and basically any of the blogs in the blogging the prospects section.

(St Croix - Edmonton Oil Kings, McNaught- New York Rangers )

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