Friday, June 17, 2011

Yeah, I'm still here!

Summer has been slow on the Mankato hockey front, but I'll try to pick things up when I return from vacation at the end of the month.

In the meantime, here are a few tidbits for the PucKato faithful still lurking about in the offseason:

Morin re-ups with Dallas
Former Mavericks captain Travis Morin (pictured) signed a new, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars earlier this month. Morin, who got his first, brief call to the show last season (a promotion that caused him to miss the American Hockey League all-star game), will stay in Texas, where he has played primarily for the Stars' AHL team, also called the Stars. Interestingly, Dallas hired its AHL coach, Glen Gulutzan, as its new bench boss. Morin has done very well for Texas in the past two years, so maybe he'll get to keep playing for Gulutzan next season.

Fans love Backes
St. Louis Blues fans voted former MSU standout David Backes as the team's MVP and best forward. Backes led St. Louis in goals (31), assists (31) and points (62) and was second in the league in plus/minus with a +32, trailing only Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara who was +33. Backes was one of only three NHL players last season to record at least 30 goals and 200 hits. The others were Alex Ovechkin and Brendan Morrow. The only other player in the NHL to have at least 30 goals, 30 assists and a +30 was Daniel Sedin.

Denver goalie goes down
Denver goaltender Sam Brittain, who had a fabulous freshman season last year, will miss most if not all of next year after suffering a torn ACL. He apparently injured the knee against North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five title game but apparently didn't realize the full extent of the injury until the knee was tested recently at a goaltending camp in Canada.

Kvasnicka commits
Mankato West girls hockey standout Katy Kvasnicka has committed to play college hockey at Division III St. Thomas.


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hockeyfan said...

Youds is going to Chicago's camp again as he did last year (where he was voted best D). Heard he has four NHL teams talking to him. Have not heard about Saks , but I believe St.Louis has his rights and I would think he would sign a two way with them. To my knowledge St.Louis like so many teams are not holding a summer camp. Also hearing most teams that are having camps are not inviting kids that are not drafted or already in the system as they have in the past. Not sure what that is all about since they don't pay anything for those kids. Heard Red Line listed Elbrecht as a 5 thru 7 NHL d. Had a chance to sign a straight AHL contract but is waiting after next yr or the next for a two way which would mean alot more money and signing bonus.

TMAVS18 said...

I see MSU got a D commit for 2012 in Jon Jutzi.....seems like a nice pick up.......