The Ottawa Senators announced Saturday that Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been returned to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.
The 19-year old spent last season in Gatineau, leading the Olympiques all the way to the Presidents Cup final before being defeated in six games by the Saint John Sea Dogs, the eventual Memorial Cup champion. Continue reading
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The 2010 NHL Entry Draft graduated five players to the NHL the following season.
In 2009, six players made the jump directly to the show. 2008, like 2010, saw five.
The question remains how many skaters make the immediate jump from the 2011 draft class.
Gabriel Landeskog, selected second overall by the Colorado Avalanche, will do his part in getting the number up.
The right winger was widely regarded as the most NHL-ready forward from the 2011 class and will get every opportunity to make his mark in Colorado. The Kitchener Rangers, whom Landeskog spent last season with, is so confident in the six-foot 200-pound forward’s ability to turn pro that they released him from their roster before June’s Import Draft. Continue reading
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For Sven Bartschi, the draft excitement quickly turned into contract talk.
Just a day after being drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames, Bartschi was offered a three-year, entry level contract with potential earnings of $1.45 million. He signed. Continue reading
After acquiring the 24th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators quickly selected Peterborough Petes forward Matt Puempel.
Puempel became a wildcard heading into the draft with his inconsistent play and an injury to his hip that forced him to miss the remainder of the Ontario Hockey League season and World Under-18 Championship.
Still, the Peterborough Pete standout is a goal scorer through and through, recording 34 goals in just 55 games this season. The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward shows good creativity and goal scoring hands that deliver a heavy wrister to the net with a lightning quick release. Simply put, Puempel is a player who smells blood in the offensive end.
But where questions have fallen on Puempel lie in his ability to be consistent. The left winger went through bouts of invisibility this season, in both the offensive and defensive zone. That is, when the minus-33 player put effort into the defensive zone. Continue reading