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08-31-2006, 03:42 PM
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Agreed. They seem like a team that will come on as the season gets older and they get more experience. Kirk -do you think some of the skilled guns will go to the ECHL to get PP time and lots of icetime in general??

Once again Versteeg seems to be the forgotten prospect... yes his numbers sucked last year. But he played for a rubbish team in the clutch and hold WHL and was 1pt away from leading the team in scoring despite playing a large chunk on D. Put him as a forward on a decent team in the QMJHL last year and I bet he would have had 100pts.
what's good for versteeg is that he'll be able to fly under the radar with all the talent that'll be in providence. then again, ice time will be harder to come by, as you suggest. i'd imagine there'll HAVE to be guys moving to the E, just going off of sheer numbers alone. a guy like hedman - is he better suited to the E than owen sound (if he signs)?

i do think versteeg will benefit from this though - he'll have skilled players to get him the puck, and he seems to amp it up when playing with better guys (he was great in training camp last year). could be a real sleeper for the p-bruins.

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08-31-2006, 09:11 PM
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i do think versteeg will benefit from this though - he'll have skilled players to get him the puck, and he seems to amp it up when playing with better guys (he was great in training camp last year). could be a real sleeper for the p-bruins.
Versteeg plays best when he's not the go-to guy for offense. As a complementary player, he's pretty good, though. He's not going to produce a ton of points in Providence, but he will get some memorable goals and assists because of his skill level and the fact that he'll probably be up against some of the lower line players in the AHL.

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09-03-2006, 03:48 PM
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Wacey Rabbit still hasn't signed

I heard this past Monday night that he was very close to signing a pro deal with the club. With many other of the Bruins younger prospects already signed, could this be a bad omen for Wacey right now? I know he is only 5'9 165 but the NHL is a different league now and I don't think he needs a 5th year in Junior. Hell he even played a game when he was not even 14 yrs old with the Blades because of his late bday which is OCT meaning he is still 19 yrs old but in his 20 yr old season and final season of Junior eligibility. What do you Bruin's experts think is going to happen here with training camp just around the corner?

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09-03-2006, 11:41 PM
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I think Rabbit will get signed, they've put in too much effort to this point to not sign him. I also think that Chiarelli needs to set up an affiliation with an ECHL team quickly. The reluctance to sign draftees like Rabbit or Hedman, who need to be tested at a higher level, is likely due to a numbers crunch in Providence. It already seems that 90% of the Providence squad will be under 21yo, adding more will jeopardize the icetime needed for proper development for some, and jeopardize the availability of adequately developed injury call-ups for the NHL team.

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09-04-2006, 12:17 PM
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I dont get it though...

Rabbit would get first line playing time here in Saskatoon where as if he went to a pro league, it'd likely be less since he'd be a rookie. Sure Rabbit doesnt have much more to prove but why waste one year outta seven before he can become a UFA when they can just leave him in junior for another year where he'll play lots. Seems kinda dumb to me.

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09-04-2006, 12:20 PM
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Rabbit would get first line playing time here in Saskatoon where as if he went to a pro league, it'd likely be less since he'd be a rookie. Sure Rabbit doesnt have much more to prove but why waste one year outta seven before he can become a UFA when they can just leave him in junior for another year where he'll play lots. Seems kinda dumb to me.
At this point in his career I think he is anxious for a bigger sea so to speak.

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09-05-2006, 03:31 PM
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Still Not Signed

I think he will go unsigned and return to Saskatoon for his 20 yr old season. Good news for the Blades. Normally it wouldn't have taken 8 days to sign him after it was quoted as being imminant. WOOHOO!!!

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09-05-2006, 03:44 PM
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I think he will go unsigned and return to Saskatoon for his 20 yr old season. Good news for the Blades. Normally it wouldn't have taken 8 days to sign him after it was quoted as being imminant. WOOHOO!!!

Don't hold your breath.

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09-05-2006, 04:04 PM
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09-05-2006, 05:53 PM
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Rabbit

I think the Bruins will deem him to small to play pro this season. Rabbit could do quite well racking it up one more season in the WHL. He never really has proven to be an elite player in the league and this could be the season.

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09-05-2006, 10:32 PM
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Rabbits pts in Junior this year

How many points will Wacey get with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL this year? 80 seems about right hey?

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09-05-2006, 11:14 PM
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How many points will Wacey get with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL this year? 80 seems about right hey?
if nothing else, you certainly are entertaining

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I think Rabbit will get signed, they've put in too much effort to this point to not sign him. I also think that Chiarelli needs to set up an affiliation with an ECHL team quickly. The reluctance to sign draftees like Rabbit or Hedman, who need to be tested at a higher level, is likely due to a numbers crunch in Providence. It already seems that 90% of the Providence squad will be under 21yo, adding more will jeopardize the icetime needed for proper development for some, and jeopardize the availability of adequately developed injury call-ups for the NHL team.
I'd like to see this as well; or even a Central League team, though the E might be better geographically. It would give the Bruins a chance to see some of their late rounders or more marginal prospects playing at a pro level, and would also be a nice option for some of their younger euro prospects who need a season to adjust to the North American game.

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Wascally Wabbit not signing

Looks like the talks hit a snag as it has been 11 days since news broke that he was close to signing with Boston's org. I guess they will not sign him, otherwise it would've been done by now. Wacey should have a nice year in the whl this season and could be in the TOp 10 in scoring.

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09-08-2006, 11:07 AM
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Looks like the talks hit a snag as it has been 11 days since news broke that he was close to signing with Boston's org. I guess they will not sign him, otherwise it would've been done by now. Wacey should have a nice year in the whl this season and could be in the TOp 10 in scoring.
Or the Bruins could simply be waiting to make the announcement. The B's have a habit of delaying announcements of signings at various times. This could well be one of them.

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09-08-2006, 12:40 PM
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Looks like the talks hit a snag as it has been 11 days since news broke that he was close to signing with Boston's org. I guess they will not sign him, otherwise it would've been done by now. Wacey should have a nice year in the whl this season and could be in the TOp 10 in scoring.
You're going to be disappointed. No Dub for Wacey this season.

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09-09-2006, 12:04 AM
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You're going to be disappointed. No Dub for Wacey this season.
glad to hear he will be playing in the "pub" - providence!!
it will be interesting how his game develops in the ahl this upcoming season.

thanks for the top 35 prospects read kirk.
j.sigalet looks very intreging....being out west i can't see most of these guys.
thats why i'm excited about kalus and rabbit
in my humble opinion, kalus will crack the b's this season

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