Friday afternoon. They play the All-Star Boston University team at 3pm and should lose. I say should because BU is very deep and talented, but UND's been playing really well the last three weeks, so you never know.
Nelson Nogier: On getting the call up. Who did he call? What was his parents reaction like? How does he assess his year so far? What does he need to work on to improve his game? On the change from Junior to the AHL game. What were the nerves like today? Did playing in the Memorial Cup help him prepare? Playing a more advanced role with the Moose with all the recalls? Handling the next 24 hours. What are the biggest strengths to his game?
It's easy to get a bit cynical (Guilty) when we watch the Jets do their annual rite of passage and bail out of contention sometime around Jan and make it official when the math finally delivers that knockout punch in March. So it is always good for me to listen to an interview like this with Nogier. I laughed when his mom was saying they were going to drive to Winnipeg just to see him practice with the Jets. Happy for any young kid to achieve an important milestone of their dream to play in the NHL one day.
I suspect we may see all the AHLers, Poolman and possibly Green (one game?) play a few games this year. Wonder if Stanley will be healed in-time for a few games?
need to have a poll going on who will get playing time.
Stanley will still be playing long after the Jets are golfing. There is 0 chance of him playing an NHL or AHL game this year. His team is hosting the mem cup so play-offs have no bearing, they are going.
Funner fact, Poni now plays for Beijing Red Star of the KHL and you can just wander up drunk and chill with him against his will after the game.
Seriously though, I didn't hear what happened to our *entire defense corps.* What did I miss? Enstrom and Myers I knew about, obvs, but I was pretty shocked to see neither Trouba nor Postma were suiting up for the Minny game.
Even funner fact. The Kunlun Red Star feature none other than former Winnipeg Jets draft pick Zach Yuen. Yup, the Zach Yuen Chevy traded up for in the draft.
With Nogier playing his first game tonight it is a good time to remember this:
WHL Scholastic Players of the Year Winners:
2013-14 Nelson Nogier, Saskaton
2012-13 Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert
2009-10 Adam Lowry, Swift Current
1987-88 Kevin Cheveldayoff, Brandon
Good luck Nelson!
Thats fascinating, hadn't realized. Maybe we won't be the leagues dumbest team for long. Those guys all seem very sharp. Listening to Nogier talk today he kinda reminded me of Scheifele.....starting to see a trend, TNSE clearly likes these perky, hockey nerd types. Attitude above skill it would seem, although clearly Sheif is a high skill player as well.