Thursday reading: WCHA column, Winkler, Heil, Rothstein, Enga, Slavvin

I started new irregular features in the weekly WCHA column on USCHO, one focusing on an “unsung hero” for Bemidji State who has a young daughter and wife and still manages to find time to be a league academic honoree and log a lot of quality ice time for the Beavers. The Series Spotlight segment, naturally, deals with CC and Denver this weekend starting the annual battle for the Gold Pan Trophy, pictured.

CC senior Scott Winkler has the best numbers of any NCAA prospect for the Stars, especially in plus/minus.

Chicago Steel forward and CC commit Christian Heil scored two goals in 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Indiana.  It gives the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and pushed him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.

Future Tiger Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday in the team’s USHL-leading eighth home win.

Former Tiger RJ Enga and CC commit Jaccob Slavin played key roles in Team USA’s World Junior A challenge championship. Enga served at an assistant coach while Slavin was an assistant captain.

Former Penn State club coach Joe Battista penned this column praising Air Force coach Frank Serratore and hockey people in general.

CC commit Slavin selected for Team USA

Colorado College defenseman commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo. was selected to play for Team USA at next month’s World Junior A Challenge tournament.

The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States will be competing for the sixth time. The 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here … The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 11 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan has five players and Illinois and Massachusetts have two apiece. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin … Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, is the the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team … The assistant coaches are former Tiger  RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL’s Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.

2012 World Junior A Challenge
Nov. 5-11 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre

Date Opponent Venue Time
Sat., Nov. 3 Canada West (exhibition) Barrington Municipal Arena 7 p.m. ADT
Mon., Nov. 5 Canada East Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Tues., Nov. 6 Switzerland Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Thurs., Nov. 8 Quarterfinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Fri., Nov. 9 Semifinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Sat., Nov. 10 5th-Place/Bronze Medal Game Mariners Centre 2/7:30 p.m. AST
Sun., Nov. 11 Gold Medal Game Mariners Centre 7 p.m. AST

Tuesday reading: WJC, Crabb, Hillen, Petersen, Bachman, Sweatt, free agents, Cullen, Fredheim, Frischmon, Petiot, C. Stuart, Emrick

Here is the final Team USA roster for its World Junior Championship camp. Thirty-four of the initial 45 players in attendance at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will remain to oppose Sweden and Finland in a series of international games in Lake Placid this week.

The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

NHL.com predicts the lineup for the Washington Capitals as part of its 30 in 30 (days) series. Former Tiger Joey Crabb, pictured, is projected as the fourth-line right wing while Jack Hillen is the fourth pairing’s right defenseman.

In Dallas, former Tiger Toby Petersen is the extra (13th) forward while goalie Richard Bachman is the backup, though he may be challenged by top prospect Jack Campbell. Bill Sweatt is not projected to have a regular role in Vancouver.

Here are the remaining available free agents (all unrestricted) as of 2 a.m. Mountain on Tuesday: They are (name, 2011-12 team): Mark Cullen (Florida); Kris Fredheim (Wild); Trevor Frischmon, (Islanders); Richard Petiot (Tampa Bay);  and Colin Stuart (Sabres).

NBC play-by-play announcer Doc Emrick is doing his usual excellent job, this time covering water polo at the London Olympics. He talks about similarities between ice hockey and water polo and why fans should check this sport out. I agree as does Petersen. It is an entertaining sport to watch with lots in common with hockey.

Tuesday reading: Slavin video, NHL draft, USA, North Dakota, GLI

2013 signee CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin (No. 7, black and red jersey) is the subject of this isolation video by reelhockeyscouting.com.

Here is more on Slavin’s NHL Draft possibilities along with Hunter Fejes and Josh Thorimbert. Hockey’s Future lists 10 other collegians who may be drafted. Here is TSN’s top 60.

Plenty of future CC foes made the USA junior evaluation camp roster. Phil Housley will coach the world  juniors team in 2013.

Having Jonathan Quick on your roster would make most any college coach reconsider retirement.

North Dakota’s Aaron Dell and Danny Kristo impressed during the Canadiens’ pre-draft development camp. A Northeastern junior forward jumped for the pros afterward.

The Great Lakes Invitational will continue on through 2014. Michigan State announces six more commitments.

There is some major conference realignment going on in Division III hockey as well.

A former Denver Pioneer defenseman has signed with the CHL’s Cutthroats.