Future Considerations

Johansen poised for Blue Jackets gig
September 15, 2011, 6:06 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Portland Winterhawks had to cancel an exhibition game due to a lack of personnel this preseason.

The team was forced to cancel a September 16th game against the Seattle Thunderbirds after injuries struck the club which had seen 15 players sent to NHL camps.

At best, the team should expect 14 back.

That’s because the Columbus Blue Jackets seem keen on keeping Winterhawks standout Ryan Johansen, who according to Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel, doesn’t have to play on the top two lines in order to make the team as a 19-year-old.

“(Johansen) doesn’t have to be one of our top two centers if he does make our hockey club,” Arniel told NHL.com. “He’s a talented kid who can play in a lot of situations.” Continue reading

Jackets’ Ambroz stinging after draft day fall
June 28, 2011, 11:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He had to wait to hear 127 names before his was called by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Now, Seth Ambroz is out to send a message to the 29 NHL teams that passed him over.

“Prove them wrong.”

Expected to go among the top 60 picks of the draft in his home state, Ambroz fell to the Blue Jackets in the fifth round. The sting of having to wait longer than expected on day two of the draft was still fresh in the tone of Ambroz’s voice. Continue reading

Canada unveils development camp roster

From Aaron Vickers:

The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.

But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.

Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading