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02-22-2013, 03:30 PM
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Who knew there was a chat room for Buffalo Sabres prospects?

Victoria Royals forward Logan Nelson, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick of the NHL club, sometimes goes on it to join the cross-talk. Asked if the firing this week of Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff was much discussed, Nelson pointed out the often-harsh bottom-line nature of hockey at this level: Ruff is now irrelevant to the prospects since he won’t be there if any make the jump to join the organization.

What matters is the here and now. For Nelson, that’s to keep improving at the Western Hockey League level with the next chance being tonight and Saturday against the Kelowna Rockets at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

The native of Minnesota has been back only three games after missing 22 consecutive following a lower-body injury Dec. 28 that put him on crutches. He has been part of the Royals’ evolving injury situation.

Nelson and goaltender Patrik Polivka, who missed the last two games because of a lower-body tweak, were going full speed in practice Thursday, while captain Tyler Stahl and leading-scorer Alex Gogolev (both lower body) did not skate and likely will not play this weekend. Forward Trent Lofthouse skated but is likely also out against the Rockets.

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