11/28 Recap: Adam stars; Byron hangs ten

Luke Adam (+2) earned the game's #1 star with a goal and two assists, and T.J. Brennan (+1) added an empty-netter as Montreal downed Val-d'Or, 5-2. Adam, who was a machine with five blocked shots, notched his first goal in six Q games despite scoring in both of Team QMJHL's tilts with Russia in the ADT Challenge. In Shawinigan, Jacob Lagacé (-1) had a goal and a game-high six shots on goal in Chicoutimi's 5-2 loss to the Cataractes. The goal, his 11th of the season, was his first in five games as the quality road effort was rewarded with the game's #2 star. Paul Byron had an assist to extend his point streak to ten games, yet Gatineau fell to Victoriaville, 5-3. The loss ends the Piques run of four consecutive wins. Jean-Simon Allard assisted on the game-winning goal as Quebec defeated Baie-Comeau, 4-1. The Alma, QC native has three goals and four assists in his past four games for a total of 22 on the year. Also from the Q, Jordon Southorn (2 PIM) finished -1 in PEI's 4-1 loss to Rimouski. In OHL play, Nick Crawford scored for Saginaw in their 4-2 loss at Windsor. The goal, Crawford's second of the year, came :09 into a first period power play after he was checked from behind by the Spits Adam Wallace. St. Lawrence defenseman Matt Generous (+1) posted an assist in the Saints' 4-3 win over #17 Massachusetts. The senior now has five points (2+3) in his last seven games. Freshman Brad Eidsness made 21 saves in the North Dakota crease as the Sioux scored four third period goals to close out Cornell, 7-3. Eidsness has been in the net for all five NoDak victories this season. Corey Fienhage was in the lineup for North Dakota, earning a high sticking penalty while playing bottom pair minutes. At the College Hockey Showcase in Madison, Corey Tropp had two shots on goal as Michigan State lost to Wisconsin, 3-1. Spartan goalie Jeff Lerg made 50 saves in defeat. Justin Jokinen was scratched as Minnesota State played to a 2-2 tie with Bowling Green. Sophomore goaltender Nick Eno remains out of the Falcons lineup with an ankle injury.
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Saturday, November 29, 2008 ×

So would you say it’s going to look something like this next year:

- Orpik replaces Mancari (who stays w/ us)
- Ennis replaces Gerbe (who comes up)
- Byron replaces Kennedy (who comes up)
- Allard replaces Zagrapan (who doesn’t get resigned)
- Gogulla comes to Portland

- Brennan replaces Weber (who comes up)
- Schiestel replaces Butler (who may come up)
- Persson replaces Card or Gragnani (who still may move back to LW)
- Myers has chance to make the Sabres?

Kris Baker
Saturday, November 29, 2008 ×

I definitely think Myers has a chance to make the big club next season, but that would make the D very, very thin on years with Rej already there and Weber and Butler knocking.

I'm hoping they sign Orpik. He'll be effective immediately on a line with Schutz.

I don't want to forget about Generous as a wildcard for AHL blueline depth. If he stays healthy all year, I think you have to give it some thought.

I sometimes wonder if Gogulla stays in Germany, especially if Cologne eyes a move to the KHL. I think it's a two-year window to get him on to the NHL roster. Get him on the phone with Felix so he can hear how nice Portland is.

The Sabres like Allard. He's a nice player, but I have reservations about him making an impact at the NHL level until he gets more dirt under his fingernails. He skates and works hard, but I want to see it come through regularly. The AHL is so developmental at this point that I'm sure he'll get his look.

Zagrapan and Afinogenov to Russia in exchange for a transfer agreement and the 2nd rounder for Kriukov...