Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Thoroughfare

Bring on Friday already!

It's been an off week for your's truly. Late on the WHM post. Delaying the posting of new 2011 recruit, Kyle Smith. No WWAW. Blame the weather, writer's block and life's time demands. Well, time to rectify some of these things with a terrific (allow me the exaggeration) Thursday Thoroughfare to get us through until tomorrow!

Tuesday's Terminology: Recruits

Our Wildcats secured a commitment from Kyle Smith, a member of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League's Team Comcast Under-16 team, on January 22nd, 2009. Per the UNH Hockey Prospects and Recruits Blog, the 5'10", 176 pound '92 born Smith hails from Lumberton, NJ and has 63 points - 30 of them goals - in 24 games. The Scouting News hails Kyle as "vastly underrated". Look for Kyle to matriculate in the fall of 2011.

Welcome, Kyle! I hope to hear much more in the intervening years!

What would have been Wednesday's Wildcat Alumni Weekly.

The WWAW is seriously truncated do to the various All-Star breaks across the leagues but let's see what we have.

Jason Krog once again tops our list. Scoring three goals and two assists around the week centered on the AHL's All-Star weekend, Krog takes a fifth place tie in the league scoring race with 16 goals and 32 assists through 41 games. Though slated to appear on the AHL Canadian All-Star Team, Jason did not make an appearance due to back spasms and was nearly suspended by the league for missing the event. His Manitoba Moose will travel tonight to face the Rockford IceHogs featuring Mike Radja.

Darren Haydar and his Grand Rapids Griffins are close behind Krog and the Moose. Just one point back in the standings of the North Division and the Western Conference from first place Manitoba. Haydar ranks 28th in league scoring with 16 goals and 22 assists through 45 contests. Darren has three assists in the three games since our last installment but was held scoreless in his most recent game breaking his yet another scoring streak at four matches. It was his third four or more game scoring streak in a little over a month dating back to December 21st.

Further east, Trevor Smith moved up to 33rd in league scoring with two goals in his last three games. He currently has 22 goals and 14 assists in 41 games. His 22 goals? Good enough for 5th in the AHL. Smith is also tied for third with 11 powerplay goals and in a fifth place tie for game-winning-goals with five - the four leaders are all tied at seven game-winning-goals apiece.

And, that's all!

Hope it gets you through the day!

Go 'Cats!


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