I saw Ryan Russell quite a bit, as he played just up the road from us in Kootenay during his junior career.
He was a good goal scorer (not great) in the WHL, though obviously undersized. He doesn't have the same skating ability as Kris, and is very easy to over power physically. That being said, he did look like he had potential to be a scoring threat in the AHL, but I don't see him being any more than that.
The first thing I remember about him was how hard he got rocked as a 16 year old, on a shoulder check by then Spokane Chiefs captain Joff Kehler. IIRC, Russell missed a good chunk of that season with a concussion and wasn't quite the same after that. Might have been a big part of the reason he didn't develop the same as Kris.
Hopefully, he will be a solid top-6 guy for the Falcons. Blunden wouldn't have done anything more than that.
Russell, much like his brother in Medicine Hat, provides an excellent offensive game on the ice. With strong vision and passing, Russell is also an excellent skater and isnít afraid to shoot the puck, which he does with great accuracy. Russellís only knock, though, is also one he shares with his brother. Being undersized at 5í9, 165lbs, Ryan is by no means considered a sure offensive threat, even at the next level of play, where physical play intensifies even more than that at the Western League level.
Should Russell be able to, at the very least, improve his overall strength, both upper body and lower, heíll greatly increase his chances of finding success at another level.
Habs fans: Blunden is a fourth-liner/AHLer who will scrap if need be. Rough and tumble guy.
And I really don't mean to beat this running gag to death and will stop if you're getting annoyed, but since it's uncanny that these things keep happening while I was away from the wonders of the internet...I was taking a nap when this trade was announced. Running tally:
-Todd Richards hired- No internet
-Carter acquired- At the beach
-Wisniewski signed- Out running around Daytona
-Sanford, Johnson, Dekanich signings- At NASCAR souvenir trailers
-Martinek signed- Traveling home
-Russell twin picked up- Nap.
Originally Posted by skimp
First ever CBJ winner of Claude Noel's hard hat.
I thought that was Mase...Mase gave it to Blunden after Claude's second win.