Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Connolly joins the injury list--UPDATED.

► The Boston Hockey Blog reports that sophpomore forward Chris Connolly separated a shoulder and is questionable for this weekend’s games against. The Terriers had hoped to have a full complement of players available—except for Ryan Ruikka—with David Warsofsky’s return expected and Alex Chiasson’s a possibility.

UPDATE: Following today's practice The Boston Hockey Blog reported Connolly skated briefly in a non-contact jersey. Colby Cohen left practice early following a lower-body injury not thought to be serious. Alex Chiasson returned to full contact drills. David Warsofsky spent the entire practice at forward, including some time on a line with Nick Bonino and Chiasson.

► The Bleacher Report looks at the defensive prospects in the Avalanche system, including juniors Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen.

► 20 games into the NTDP U18 schedule, 2010 recruit Matt Nieto is tied for second on the team in scoring with a 6-8-14 line. Defenseman Adam Clendening has picked up 8 points. On Sunday we reported Nieto's final-minute game-winning goal for the U18s to beat Green Bay. Here's a look at it, as Nieto, with a burst of speed, breaks in alone and beats the Gamblers' goalie.

►Due to their late birthdates, neither Nieto nor Clendening appears on NHL Central Scouting’s latest rankings of draft-eligible players. Yasin Cisse is rated #17 among USHL players.

► Tonight’s lineup of guests on Hockey on Campus Webcast includes two leading Western coaches, Michigan State’s Rick Comley and North Dakota’s Dave Hakstol. Also Vermont’s Justin Milo who spent last summer playing baseball in the Yankees’ farm system. He was profiled this week in New England Hockey Journal. With all the representatives of "green" schools on the program, will Bernie and Paul open the show with a song from Green Day?

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