Archive for World Junior Championships

Boston doesn’t sign Reul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

The Boston Herald is reporting the Boston Bruins won’t be signing Denis Reul.  The Bruins had until today to sign the 2007 5th round selection.  He will be eligible to enter the 2009 NHL Draft which will be held on June 26th-27.

Eric Gelinas did very well at the combine from all reports.  He finished in the top ten in two categories.

Pull strength top 10

1. Kyle Palmieri, Notre Dame, 309
2. Kenny Ryan, Boston College, 296
3. John Moore, Colorado College, 286
4. Josh Birkholz, Minnesota, 281
5. William Wrenn, Denver, 280
6. Jordan Caron, QMJHL, 279
7. Victor Hedman, Sweden, 276
8. Eric Gelinas, QMJHL, 269
9. Corban Knight, North Dakota, 267
10. Nick Leddy, Minnesota, 263

Fatigue index

1. Brayden McNabb, WHL, 37.1
2. Burke Gallimore, WHL, 39.0
3. Kenny Ryan, Boston College, 39.9
4. Taylor Beck, OHL, 40.4
5. Nazem Kadri, OHL, 40.7
6. Drew Shore, Denver, 40.8
7. Cassidy Mappin, WHL, 40.8
8. Mike Lee, Roseau and SCSU, 41.0
9. Mac Bennett, Michigan, 41.1
10. Eric Gelinas, QMJHL, 42.3

In other news, Samuel Carrier, who’s apart of the proposed deal with Quebec, will tryout for Canada’s Under-18 team.   Garrett Clarke who appears to heading to Halifax isn’t invited. The team will play in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August.  It’s the same tournament Jonathan Bernier won his Under-18 Gold Medal in his draft year.

Hockey Canada also announced the summer World Junior Camp roster.  No Lewiston Maineiacs are invited eight QMJHL players have been invited including Luke Adam, a Buffalo Sabres prospect.

Paul Byron who played for the Gatineau Olympiques, has signed with Buffalo Sabres.  Chances are he could be in Portland next season.

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More Moves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Last Tuesday night after the Gatineau Olympiques game, Ed Harding wouldn’t tip Justin Pelletier and I off if a move was imminent.  News came out Friday that the Lewiston Maineiacs have signed Adrien Lemay a goaltender from the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

His stats were 13-11 with a 3.44 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.  From my quick math, he appeared in 28 games (4 games he didn’t record a decision) and has seen an average of 33.9 shots a night.

He looked pretty decent on Saturday night.  He made key saves in the first period and kept the team in it.  The fourth goal was soft but that was the only mistake he made.

Before yesterday’s game, Saint John radio announcer mentioned a trade would come down today in Rimouski.  He was right as they traded defenseman Alexandre Néron to the Rimouski Oceanic for a 2009 1st round pick.  They also picked up blueliner Jason Demers from the Victoriaville Tigres.

The biggest move of the day has been the Shawinigan Cataractes picking up Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Alex Grant.  In return the Sea Dogs picked up Danick Gauthier, a 2nd round pick in 2009, and a 1st round pick in 2010.

He was the first ever selection of the Sea Dogs in 2005.  It’s a great pick up for the Cataractes.  Now what dos Drummondville Voltigeurs do to respond?  Both teams are battling it out for the Telus  Central Divisional Crown.  Shawinigan has 66 points and Drummondville has 65 points.

As I just posted this the Sea Dogs traded defenseman Pascal Amyot and their 1st round Import Draft to the Halifax Mooseheads for Halifax’s 1st pick in the Import Draft in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010.

3:30pm: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies trade to the Rimouski Océanic Marc-André Bourdon, Matthew Dopud and Justin MacNaughton.

In return, the Rimouski Océanic trades to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies the 1st round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 2nd round pick of 2009, the 3rd round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 7th round pick of 2009, their 1st round pick of 2010 and their 4th round pick of the 2010 entry draft.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan trades to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  Brad Tesink.

In return, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles trade to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Olivier Dame-Malka.

Two Additions

The Maineiacs will get two blueliners back as Denis Reul is returning from the World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Garrett Clarke is returning from the World Under-17 Challenge that was held in British Columbia. Both players will be flying in tomorrow (Monday). Ed Harding is unsure if they will be in the line up on Tuesday night. “Garrett has a little longer haul back then Denis but we will see what kind of shape they are in.”

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Reul’s Hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

“I am the only one that hasn’t seen the hit,” said Ed Harding after the game on Tuesday night.

Well coach, here’s the Denis Reul’s hit on Angelo Esposito.

Is it a penalty? Yes no question and everyone that I spoke with agree. What I don’t agree with the five minute major and the game misconduct he received.

Esposito knew Denis Reul was coming.  He appeared he wanted to turn at the last second but didn’t.  He knew if he went face first into the glass, a penalty would be called.  It’s like Manu Ginobili of the San Antoinio Spurs who flops to draw a foul.  The least he could of done was go in shoulder first to protect himself better.

Now to Pierre McGuire who has the biggest red and white shades in the world (I don’t know how he can see the game with those things on).  He mentioned that Reul was going to pay when Montreal plays Lewiston.  Pierre, have you seen this video clip of Frederick Roy on Vincent Bourgeois of the Montreal Juniors?

If the Juniors can’t stand up to a teammate on the same ice, I highly doubt they will go after Reul for a hit at the World Junior Championships.  I could be wrong because Esposito is the golden boy of the team.  Bourgeois only has a goal and ten assists while Esposito has 15 goals for a total of 27 points.  Lewiston plays at Montreal on January 10th.  The two teams face off at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on January 24th.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Reul Heading to Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

Germany has released its roster for the 2009 World Junior Championships.  Denis Reul is one of the eight defenseman on the roster.  This season he has three goals and nine assists.

There are few other players on the Germany’s roster that plays in the QMJHL.  Toni Ritter of the Montreal Juniors, Timo Peilmeier of Shawinigan, and Gerrit Fauser who plays for the Gatineau Olympiques.

Germany will open the tournament on Boxing Day (December 26th) against the United States at 3:30pm.  You can see game on the NHL Network.  Germany will face Canada on December 29th at 7:30pm.  That game will also be on the NHL Network.

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)