World Juniors Notes
It’s that time of year again. The Canadian World Junior Development Camp for the 2011 tournament in Buffalo is under way, as the Canadians try to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss against D’Amigo and the Americans. Here are some thoughts on the Leafs‘ prospects’ chances of making their respective world junior teams:
- Bradley Ross is the lone Maple Leaf prospect invited to Canada’s Development Camp, but is sitting out the on-ice scrimmages due to a pulled groin. Barring a terrible season, he should have a good chance making the team in order to assume the agitator/pest role vacated by Cormier and Della Rovere. However, he could be facing stiff competition from Cody Eakin, a top scorer in the WHL, who is tearing up the scoresheet at camp so far.
- Jesse Blacker and Greg McKegg were not invited to camp. Unless he makes significant strides forward defensively, Blacker will likely not have a realistic chance at making the squad after finishing with a team worst -22 rating for Owen Sound last season. As is the case every year, the Canadians will be absolutely loaded with premium offensive talents so McKegg will also have to step his game up to another level and improve his two-way play if he hopes to crack the team’s top six. The odds are certainly stacked against these two because no player not invited to last year’s Development Camp made the eventual final roster.
- Jerry D’Amigo should have a top six spot all but locked up for the American squad after being one of the program’s best forwards for both gold medal winning U-18 and U-20 teams over the past couple seasons.
- Swedish stay-at-home defenseman Petter Granberg could have a shot on Sweden’s blueline. He played on last year’s silver medal U-18 team and will be playing full-time in the Swedish Elite League in the fall.
- Power forward Sondre Olden will be one of the youngest players at the tournament this year, but that was already the case last season.Â At 17 years old, he helped the U-20 Norwegian team capture gold in the Division-1 tournament, thus earning a berth in Canada’s group for the 2011 tournament. He has been a huge centerpiece of their national junior teams, having also singlehandedly led the U-18 team to a Division-1 gold medal with 22 points in 5 games last season. Seriously, who wins two gold medals in one year?
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If he is ready why hold him back we didnt put Schenn down? I am not saying keep him up just for the hell of it but if he earns his spot you might aswell give him his 9 or 10 games to prove he belongs, for all we know he could come to camp and stink up the place and end up the OHL or he could come in light the place up and dominate.If it wasn’t for the fact that our d was horrible at the time schenn wouldnt have been playing on the team.
@ 4evrblue: - Because, where’s the hype? I need TSN’s approval to cheer for anyone, or make any kind of opinion on anything!
@ Cameron: If he impresses in camp I say dress him for the first few games of the season, if he continues to impress then theres no harm in keeping him up. At 6′ 210lbs he has the size to play in this league. If he doesn’t go above and beyond however, then I believe you’re right, send him down and let him develop for another year. . I just keep thinking about the fact that he matched Hall in points at the juniors but finished with a gold medal from a goal that came from his stick, if nobody doubts that Hall is ready then why doubt D’Amigo?
@ the_cause2000: - Oh, and for the record, I wouldn’t put D’Amigo with the Leafs unless he was just an enormous surprize out of camp. It happens, look at Patrice Bergeron, who made the jump real early and went on to be an impact player after a season with a reduced role in the NHL. Likewise, O’Reilly didn’t occupy top minutes for the Avs either, despite projecting as a top six forward, but was put in crucial situations, and played more minutes when he played well. He learned a lot by playing with men and learning about specific situations. The year was meant to be a write off for the Avs anyways, they knew they weren’t going to win the Cup. - That being said, I just don’t see the need to rush D’Amigo. Let him do a year in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers, and really let his offensive game come to the forefront. Then he can split the 2011/2012 season betwen the Marlies and the Leafs (again, unless he’s really ready). My point is just that he could make it, and be useful, even on better teams. In fact, he might even be better suited to playing for better teams. A lot easier for someone like him to jump in and play behind Zetterberg and Datsyuk, or Thornton and Pavelski, than Bozak and Kadri.
@ the_cause2000: - D’Amigo would absolutely have a shot at making better teams. Lots of teams, the Kings and SHarks included, have weak bottom six groups thanks to their top heavy offense. That’s just a foolish comment to make. The Canucks are a favorite, and they have one of the weakest bottom sixes in the league.
@ Burkie_s Bollocks: - I was just talking about the last few years really. Considering Mats Sundin had a what, 85 million dollar career, I think Selanne making 60 is quite the drop off. Of course, it’s an absurd amount of money either way, but several times the guy has taken massive paycuts help his team. His last contract was a joke for what was basically point per game production – the PA could not have been happy. After the lockout he took a million dollars and put up 40 goals, and follow it up with a 48 goal performance. Not only is the man criminally under-reported, but he also doesn’t take enough credit for taking mediocre contracts. No one batted an eye when Sundin wanted 6-7 million for lesser production. He definitely could have commanded more in the last little while.
@ Burkie_s Bollocks: I don’t know about another movie. LOL! As for Kariya, I don’t think anymore than a few days. Maybe by the end of the week.
Unfortunately? Are you for real? How can a good young guy having a shot to make the team possibly be a bad thing? They have all the motivation to play because there is some guy named Capuit or Mueller waiting to steal the spot the moment they slip.I’m referring to how weak this team is up front Would D’Amigo have a “legit” shot at making the Caps? Pens? Sharks? Kings? Not a chance… Leafs? As good a shot as he can possibly get in the NHL Sorry, but i’d much rather see proven talent on my first two lines to start the year than a 6th round pick with no experience (see Stalberg last season)…. Is D’Amigo going to be a 3rd or 4th liner?? What’s the point? Get ice time in the minors if that’s the case. Is he going to be one of our top 6 forwards? If yes, then that’s a testament of how thin the roster is, not how good this kid is.
@ LemonHead: You are correct. How many days til Kariya joins him you think? More importantly if Kariya does rejoin the Ducks do they make Mighty Ducks 5: Emilio’s revenge?
rustynail wrote: helenenothelen Selanne return to Ducks is official! Expected to sign today for $3.25 million plus bonuses. - Nice to see Teemu finally getting paid for his awesome play.I agree. He has played very well. He has just suffered some freak injuries. Broken jaw, slicing his leg open with his own skate. When healthy, he’s been very good.
@ Cameron: What do you mean? Finally getting paid? This is a guy who’s made over $60M in the NHL he’s had a few seasons making over $8M… Sorry to pick on you today but for some reason your comments aren’t making sense and like I said earlier, I expect better from you… I’m just gonna let the whole NHL wants Leafs to fail stuff alone because it’s straight up dumb… Selanne’s earnings since he entered the league: 1992-93 $1,481,430 1993-94 $303,920 ($1,177,510) -79% 1994-95 $822,440 Contract = $1,418,000 $518,520 171% Players’ Strike: 48 out of 84 games played. Most players only received +/- 58% of the amount listed. 1995-96 $2,750,000 $1,927,560 234% 1996-97 $2,850,000 $100,000 4% 1997-98 $3,400,000 $550,000 19% 1998-99 $4,750,000 $1,350,000 40% 1999-00 $5,450,000 $700,000 15% 2000-01 $8,000,000 $2,550,000 47% 2001-02 $9,500,000 $1,500,000 19% 2002-03 $6,500,000 ($3,000,000) -32% 2003-04 $5,800,000 ($700,000) -11% 2004-05 Lockout Complete season lockout: Some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so but none got an NHL salary. 2005-06 $1,000,000 ($4,800,000) -83% 2006-07 $3,750,000 $2,750,000 275% 2007-08 2008-09 $3,250,000 2009-10 $2,000,000 ($1,250,000) -38%