Crawford to ADT; Schiestel punished?

Saginaw's Nick Crawford has been added to Team OHL for the upcoming ADT Canada/Russia Challenge.
The 1990-born defenseman will represent Team Ontario in the upcoming tournament which is used to evaluate players for the Canadian World Junior Hockey Team. Crawford will join fellow Spirit blueliner T.J. Brodie in the tournament. ‘We are excited for Nick and the opportunity he has been given," stated Spirit Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Todd Watson, "He deserves this opportunity and we know that he will proudly represent Saginaw and the Ontario Hockey League." Crawford is a third year veteran of the Spirit, having tallied 6 goals and 33 assists in his OHL regular season career. He has posted 1 goal and 10 assists in 16 games this season.
Also from the OHL, it seems that Drew Schiestel was held out of Niagara's lineup due to a curfew violation and not an imminent deal. The rumors do persist that Windsor is interested in the Hamilton native, but for now it looks like there is still a Dogs t-shirt beneath his street clothes.
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Anonymous
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Friday, November 14, 2008 ×

Bakes, it really seems like Pommers & Hecht play better with a guy like Briere or Connolly centering their line; depending on Connolly's health, if we choose to part ways with him, do you see any of our prospects centering that line as early as next year? What would be a likely scenario if they did decide to give someone a shot, does Kennedy jump up or Gerbe get moved back to center, or do we give someone like Ennis or Adam an earlier crack at it?

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Anonymous
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Friday, November 14, 2008 ×

or let me rephrase that, Gerbe goes to LW and Hecht back to center...I figure his accelaration at LW will keep him there.

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Kris Baker
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Friday, November 14, 2008 ×

Kennedy is clearly being groomed for a top-6 center role. Every scout will tell you that anyone can skate a wing, but it's a different set that allows some to learn center. As far as time goes, a full season of maturation in the AHL could very well be all that's needed. I've was nervous about TK's chances down the wing anyways, so I'm in full advocation of letting him learn Ruff's system as a pivot and rolling with it.

Gerbe will be serving goalies their lunch from the LW. It's a smart move to keep him there. His learning curve should be shorter than Kennedy's, making his offense come quicker.

I believe Adam will play a wing in the NHL. Ennis is smart enough to play center, but it remains to be seen what they do with him next year. I like his quickness in all areas of the ice. C may be the best spot, but he does little for putting size down the middle.

A safe thing to do would be seek a transition guy at center, like an Andy McDonald for example, who can contribute at both ends, win faceoffs, and add value while the future chips gain momentum. Plus, he's a Colgate guy. (I'm a Terp, but family connections make me a Raider fan.) He's not necessarily a Briere type, but he could possibly keep Hecht opposite Pommer to eat the boards up. Just a thought to chew on.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, November 15, 2008 ×

What are the lines looking like with Ellis in Portland now?

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Kris Baker
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Saturday, November 15, 2008 ×

It's been looking like:
Bouck - Ellis - Fretter
Gerbe - Zagrapan - Slattengren
Darche - Kennedy - Mancari
Bonneau - Whitmore - Schutz

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Anonymous
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Monday, November 17, 2008 ×

Darche-TK-Manchild as a 3rd line... that makes my spidey senses tingle.

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Kris Baker
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 ×

Typo on the first line above. Ellis is a W. Sorry.

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