Garrett Bauman has wrapped up his “Getting to Know You” series for the ’08/’09 season. For those who may have missed a post or are interested in re-reading some of these insightful pieces, here’s a cumulative list of this season’s series:
Garrett will be resuming the feature next fall. For future reference, the list can be found under the “Prospect Files” page of the website. They’re certainly recommended, relevant reads.
The rash of injuries on the Maple Leafs’ blueline, coupled with GM Brian Burke’s preference for physical players on the back end, have led the team to re-sign a familiar face.
Remember the way back in the day when the “Can’t Beat Cujo” signs filled the ACC on those passionate, rambunctious (always wanted to use this word) Saturday nights? Well tonight, we got a brief glimpse of the glory days as Joseph turned in a magnificient performance down the stretch to steal a point away from Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
The American Hockey League has released the 2008-09 Clear Day Period lists for each of its 29 member clubs.
This Tuesday night matchup between two non-playoff teams went largely as predicted: sloppy play by both squads at various points throughout the night.Â This was highlighted by a few fights and some thrilling overtime play.Â Of course, the thrill factor of extra time has seen a slight decrease since it became a staple of Toronto games.Â The most unusualÂ events of the night were in fact goals by a few slump-ridden Leafs.
It looks as though Phil Oreskovic will make his NHL debut tomorrow night vs. Ottawa as the Leafs attempt to cope with an injury-riddled blue-line. Anton Stralman will also feature with Tomas Kaberle, Mike Van Ryn, Jonas Frogren and waiver pick-up Erik Reitz all sidelined. Reitz and Kaberle should be back in action within a week whereas Van Ryn’s season may well be over after he sustained a wince-inducing knee injury last night against the Oilers. Just when we thought we were done with one freakishly injury prone defenseman, it looks like VR will be eliciting the frustration of Carlo Colaiacovo’s tenure as a very skilled defenseman who simply cannot stay off the shelf. The timeline on Frogren isn’t yet known, but Wilson suggested after last night’s loss that “he will be a while” recovering from his lower body injury.
Check out Garrett Bauman’s “Getting To Know You” profile of Phil Oreskovic here.
PHIL ORESKOVIC (# 4) â€“ D
Birthdate: January 26, 1987
Hometown: North York, Ontario
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The Battle of Ontarioâ€™s prospects ended in triumph for the Senators in an action-packed, end-to-end tilt featuring 12 goals split 7-5.
The night started brightly for the Maple Leafs following Phil Oreskovicâ€™s bout with Geoff Waugh three seconds after puck drop that was seemingly a spill-over of bad blood from last AHL season and/or an arrangement made in warm up. Off an early face-off in the Sensâ€™ zone, Darryl Boyce drew the puck back to 5th overall pick Luke Schenn who fanned on his point-shot only