National Hockey League Rookie Camps are just about all wrapped up. Main training camp for most teams begins on Friday.
MIKE THOMAS, EDMONTON OILERS
When Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall are not in the lineup for the Edmonton Oiler rookies, there is only place to turn.
The Saint John Sea Dogs captain recorded his first goal of the Young Stars Tournament in a 5-3 Oilers win over their provincial rival the Calgary Flames.
"Mike Thomas figures to be a 20 year old on a good Saint John Sea Dogs team," commented Flames play-by-play Peter Loubardias.
The goal can be seen at 2:15 of this video.
(Ed. Note: Thanks to @JeremyBouche_Eh for the info.)
MIKE HOFFMAN, OTTAWA SENATORS
Former Sea Dogs sniper Mike Hoffman recorded a hat trick in the final game of the London, Ontario rookie tournament. The only problem was that only two of the goals were for the Ottawa Senators.
Hoffman scored two goals for the Senators in their 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leaf rookies. The QMJHL Most Valuable Player last season also had a shot deflect off him and into his own goal.
Despite His bad luck, Hoffman still impressed.
“Certainly, that might also apply to Hoffman,” writes Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com about Binghamton Senators assistant coach Steve Stirling’s comments, “who had a goal and assist to spark the comeback against the Hawks and found the back of the net twice against the Leafs. It has Hoffman, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's most valuable player last season, in a good frame of mind heading into Senators main camp later this week.”
"Things were clicking (for me) these three games," said Hoffman. "I had good linemates and I was in the right spot at the right times to get some goals, so that worked out.
"Getting a few points in this tournament gives you confidence heading into main camp."
Here is some post-game audio.
SIMON DESPRES, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Simon Despres and the Pittsburgh Penguins wrapped up their part of the London Rookie Tournament yesterday afternoon. “The Big Horse” recorded a pretty shorthanded marker.
Unfortunatly, we couldn’t find any video highlights of the game. If you find some, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despres was also featured on the popular website Hockey’s Future yesterday.
“There were a lot of different things,” he said about last year’s Sea Dogs team. “We had a winning team, a great group of guys, and excellent coaches, which helps. It was a good change.”
“I’m not going back to junior yet,” Despres added when asked if he would be disappointed about a return to Saint John. “I’ll answer that if it comes up.”
STANISLAV GALIEV, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Japers’ Rink has all the coverage you need of day three of Washington Capitals rookie camp.
STEPHEN MacAULAY, ST.LOUIS BLUES
Sea Dogs forward Stephen MacAulay and the St. Louis Blues wrap up their Traverse City Tournament today against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blues are 1-2 in the mini-tournament.
MacAulay recorded a slashing penalty in St. Louis’ 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings yesterday.