Monday, October 22, 2007

A look at the young'uns

Today's question of the day at Globe on Hockey: Who of the six junior eligible players still in the NHL is staying put?

Boston's already said they're keeping Milan Lucic, and Patrick Kane's not leaving Chicago, but what of Sam Gagner, David Perron, James Sheppard and Peter Mueller? We'll find out soon enough, but let the speculating begin.

I've also got a look at the 12 teenagers in the NHL this season.


At 7:44 p.m., October 22, 2007, Anonymous the swallow said...

MacT was asked after the Calgary game when Gagner scored his first NHL goal, and he said that he's not going to get rid of one of his most productive players (or something along the lines of that - you can hear his comments on the oiler's website). Seems like Sam is in the NHL to stay

At 7:52 p.m., October 22, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yeah, I expect that to be the case.

At 8:56 a.m., October 23, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

Just to weigh in on the two QMJHL players:

From what I'm hearing with Perron, St. Louis only playing him one game so far is intentional. They want him to practice with the team and be around the NHL atmosphere as much as possible. Basically, they want more time to evaluate him and prepare him for next season. I would suspect that they'll continue this until the team hits the 40 game marker comes (after which he would lose a year towards free agency). Lewiston is playing rather poorly and could use Perron's offensive help (right now they have two quality goaltenders and not much else).

Sheppard is more of a mixed bag. Almost everyone out east expected him to make it to the NHL and I still think there would be a few surprised people if he was returned. Cape Breton is playing over their head at this point, but Sheppard returning to the Screaming Eagles would definitely shift the power a bit in the QMJHL's East Division. Allegedly, Sheppard is a small point of contention between coaching and management. Lemaire has been highly critical of him during camp and the preseason, while Risebrough seems to be a big fan. I wouldn't be surprised if this one went either way.

At 10:26 a.m., October 23, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Minny doesn't send players back. I expect Sheppard to stick.

I expect Mueller to be returned. Simply put, he's overmatched right now and there's no reason to keep him around a losing atmosphere when that's the case.

Perron I expect to be sent back come the WJC.

While going over the 9 game threshold takes a year off their rookie contract, it isn't until they play 40 games that they lose a year of UFA eligibility. So unless you have cap issues this season and you're still undecided, then I don't see why you'd send your guy back right now.

At 11:48 a.m., October 23, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Bruins decision on Lucic is far from final and that Chiarelli will make a decision after Lucic plays nine games.


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