5/13 Recap: McNabb's ICE take WHL title, deal next?

Written By Kris Baker on Saturday, May 14, 2011 | 5/14/2011

Brayden McNabb notched a pair of assists Friday including the primary on the game winning goal as Kootenay won the Ed Chynoweth Cup with a 4-1 win over Portland. The ICE, who earned their third WHL Championship in franchise history, will savor the flavor of victory before joining the Owen Sound Attack and host Mississauga Majors at the 2011 Memorial Cup. The QMJHL Final between Saint John and Gatineau is still being played with the Sea Dogs holding a 3-2 edge.

Moments after his nice slap pass wasn't converted, McNabb's patient power play quarterbacking found Matt Fraser in front of the Winterhawks net for the game winner at 19:16 of the 2nd period. The 6'4 defenseman would later assist on an empty-netter to finish the playoffs with a line of 3-24-27 (t2nd overall in WHL) and a +23 rating (1st). He had more assists than any other CHL defensemen had points in the postseason.

Portland's Riley Boychuk skated -1 while earnng a slashing/roughing double minor after he got his stick tangled between a Kootenay forward's legs on his way to a line change. The edgy 6'5 forward finishes his playoff year with four goals, 12 points and 50 PIM in 21 games.

With the Memorial Cup tournament set to being May 20th, McNabb may still make news before the puck drops. Back in 2009, the Sabres signed Tyler Myers to an entry-level the day after Kelowna's WHL Championship win. Keep an eye in the coming days as it's reasonable to suggest the Sabres use the short window prior to the tourney to get a deal done with Myers' former Athol Murray College of Notre Dame teammate.

10 comments:

boos said...

myers
butler
sekera
gragnani
weber
___

schiestel
brennan
persson
biega
crawford

a couple of questions, kris:
--is signing mcnabb now, like myers, a prelude to a myers'-like jump directly to the big club?
--does it matter when he signs this (sabres) off-season?

Kris Baker said...

Boos -

1) not necessarily. He'll have his shot, but like the other guys his time with the big club will have to be earned. Myers' exceptional feet and range made him a natural in year one. McNabb is strong enough now, but maybe he starts the year on the farm and works his way up. I can certainly see him getting NHL games. Free agency and/or trades will determine when and how many.

2) As a 2009er drafted out of Canadian juniors, McNabb must be signed by June 1st for the Sabres to maintain control of his rights. He and Foligno will be locked up, so no one should worry.

boos said...

most excellent...

i'm assuming he's being looked upon as a shutdown d-man who'll eventually be paired with myers...

with next year in the "a" and the following year with the sabres, it might be safe to assume that come the 2013/14 season, the sabres will have that top-pairing set...

two points, if that's the case:
1. myers and mcnabb should be considered the only "untouchables" within the organizations d-corps...
2. the sabres will need a veteran, shutdown d-man to pair with myers for two, maybe three years...

big props to kevin devine and his whl scouting staff...

speaking of which, do you know how many amateur scouts the sabres have, and where their focus might be?

thx, in advance

Anonymous said...

we need to trade some of our defensive talent to gain a 2nd line center.... at least. keep mcnabb

Anonymous said...

Ok why are some people thinking Mcnabb is ahead of a few of the other D prospects? He is a senior playing in a minor league and should play well. He is only a third round pick and needs at least a couple of years in the A to get his skating up to speed. No way is he ahead of Brennan and Schiestel.

boos said...

@7:48

it's not so much that he's ahead of brennan or schiestel, it's that he seems to be a different type of d-man--a big, two-way, shutdown rear-guard...kinda like hank tallinder with a serious edge and, possibly, more offensive up-side...

not that it makes too much of a difference, but if i recall correctly, kevin devine looked at mcnabb as a second-rounder and was thrilled that he was still available in the third...

i guess we'll see next season if he can skate with the pro's at the ahl-level, but for now, he seems to be progressing nicely...

Anonymous said...

boos please relax. mcnabb has a long way to go.

Anonymous said...

I know this is all in good time, but who is SP liking at 16th Overal this year? McNeil? Scheifele? Catenacci? Jenner? Someone else?

Dave said...

Good to see him signed.

foligno71 said...

MARCUS .... please pick him !!
ive watched him play all year in sudbury and the worlds and sudbury loves him he needs this i cant wait anymore i keep checking sites 100 times a day to see if anything has happened i just want to see him play !!

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