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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Legein update

CBC just posted a radio interview with Stefan Legein's parents that talks about:

Top NHL prospect 19-year-old Stefan Legein puts his hockey hopes on hold while he considers whether it's really what he wants to do with his life. His parents talk about his struggle and what they hope for their son, in a documentary by Teddy Katz. Also, a recent study shows female hockey players are twice as likely as males to suffer concussions. Coach, consultant and former player Kim McCullough explains why and what can be done to reverse the trend.

You can listen here.

There is also a good read about Derick Brassard from Wes Goldstein of CBSSports:

Moreover, Brassard has become the quarterback of the team's power play, and after starting the season on the second line between Voracek and Jason Chimera, he has been moved up to the anchor the Blue Jackets top line. In a strange way, Brassard's ability to earn so much ice time so quickly has created some concern for Hitchcock. "I think sometimes it's a little bit unfair for younger players to play that role because over time they get exposed to other teams top pair of defensemen, who are you know bigger guys, and they get the other top teams centers over time," Hitchcock said. "That's what happens when you aren't under the radar any more.

"There's no question he was at the start of the season, but he definitely has everyone's attention now. I'm seeing it because other teams are changing on the fly to play against his line. He goes against really good players every night."

One reason is that Brassard has found a comfort zone between wingers Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius. The unit has been the best and most consistent for the Jackets of late as they try to hang around the .500 mark and vie for their first playoff appearance ever. Brassard is doing his part and in the process putting himself in contention for the rookie of the year award, something few people would have considered him for only a couple of months ago.

"I guess that would be nice, but the only thing I think about it is helping this team get to the playoffs," Brassard said. "I want to make a difference."

Read the rest here.


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