In the span of a year, Darren Reid has gone from long-shot project to virtual lock to get a contract. In the span of a playoff season, he may have raised his price significantly.
After Everett is up 2-0 in the 2nd period of Game 4, Reid scores 3 straight to almost single-handedly send the Silvertips packing. 4-2 final, Medicine Hat (who Reid played for in the gawd-awful days) wins the WHL Championship and advances to the Memorial Cup.
Medicine Hat 4
-Reid 3G (2 PP), E, 2 PIM (late elbowing call), 1st Star
-MH wins series 4-0
In the span of a year, Darren Reid has gone from long-shot project to virtual lock to get a contract.
I was REALLY impressed with Reid in training camp this year and I remember telling a friend, "I wouldn't be surprised if this guy really breaks out this year." Of course, I didn't realize he'd more than double his goal output, nearly double his point totals and go on to be a playoff hero. What a fantastic season for Reid, who turns 21 this weekend.
Maybe more heartening than his offense, though, is that stellar plus/minus. He simply wouldn't make it as a scoring-liner in the NHL, so I'm hoping that number is an indication of a committment to playing hard at both ends. Reid's not small, but as I recall he plays even bigger than he is, which bodes well for our lower-lines of the future.
Medicine Hat 1
-O'Brien ns, +1
-Reid 1A (primary), E
-There's the old wide-open Q can't compete with the rugged WHL talk again.
-MH, the WHL's top offensive club, went 0-7 on the PP.
Medicine Hat 0-1
Gatineau vs. Kelowna tonight in a match-up of two very different teams. Gatineau has the CHL's most explosive offense, Kelowna and goalie Kelly Guard (7000 shutouts this year... or close) one of the better defensive teams.
Not so nice game last night from the OHL Champs, who scored 3 goals in 3 tournament games and are done.
-O'Brien 1G, 2A, +3, 1st Star
Kelowna vs. MH tonight. If Kelowna wins, they get a bye into the championship. If MH wins, tiebreaker rules are applied and Gatineau or MH could sneak in. Gatineau's +5 goal differential win last night will help them in that area.
Medicine Hat 1-1
Guelph 0-3 (eliminated)
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Last edited by Oceanic39*: 05-20-2004 at 09:41 AM.
Since I know every TB fan was more concerned with the Gatineau-Medicine Hat match-up today, here's the results:
Medicine Hat 5
-O'Brien 1G, 2A, 2 PIM (CC), E
-Reid 1G, +1 (and a missed penalty shot - shot wide)
-Scoresheet not loading, but both TB prospects got at least one goal, according to a game story.
QMJHL Champ Gatineau vs. MemCup Host Kelowna tomorrow for the Memorial Cup.
2nd straight year Gatineau's a finalist.
Last edited by Oceanic39*: 05-23-2004 at 11:06 PM.
Yeah, Ex is in line first, then me with the NA Jr. wrap-up.
A fun year to follow prospects (for me, anyway, maybe not so much for Pete, thanks to the departure of Dudleyov). We got lucky this year with nearly every NA jr. prospect showing great improvement - especially Coleman, Reid, O'Brien, Hrdel, Smaby, Boutin (late), Ranger, Tarnasky ... Henrich was kind of stagnant and Femenella didn't do a whole lot at Vermont, but there was some good things happening on the Bolt farm this year. I've been pleased with Feaster's drafting so far. Maybe, (unlike Dudley), some of his picks will actually make it into the lineup eventually.