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July 29, 2009

Jakub Petruzalek going to Finland

Another former Ottawa 67s is on the move. You've already heard that Lukas Kaspar has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. Well now his former long-time team mate, Jakub Petruzalek has signed signed with Lukko Rauma of SM-Liiga, in Finland. I stumbled across this little tidbit while surfing around the blogosphere.

Here are some thoughts from 'Canes fans. Seems he had some fans who were hoping to see him in the NHL.

I really enjoyed his play while here in Ottawa and wish him every bit of success in Europe.

July 26, 2009

Former 67s Lukas Kaspar now in the Flyers Organization

Former Ottawa 67s Lukas Kaspar didn't get a qualifying offer from the San Jose Sharks, who made Lukas their first round draft pick (22nd overall) in 2004. That made him an unrestricted agent on July 1. The Philadelphia Flyers announced on July 23rd that they signed him to a one-year contract. It's an interesting signing given that one the knocks against him is that he doesn't really use his size as much as he might.

A take on the signing from a Philly fan perspective.

Let's see how he pans out this year.

July 09, 2009

Tyler Cuma Goes Wild!

As faithful reader Mike2006 noted in a comment in the previous posting, Tyler Cuma has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract. It is expected to be announced on Friday according to Wild beat writer, Michael Russo of the StarTribune. Here's a link to his blog.

Waydago Tyler!

On another front, former 67s Nick Boynton has been signed by the evil Anaheim Ducks to a one year deal.

Update: The Wild make it official! Here's their announcement. Note his mug shot in the lower right corner of their site. A first round draft pick is pretty important. Too bad their jersey are so uuuuugly. They look like Christmas trees on skates.

July 07, 2009

Tyler Cuma at the Wild Development Camp

Now we get to follow Tyler at the Minnesota Development Camp. He was featured in today's video clip from camp.

Wonder if they will sign him soon.

July 04, 2009

Cowick at Deveopment Camp

Today was a Senators Season Ticketholder event for the Development Camp. The camp was open only to those STHs who had registered in advance.

We got to see the prospects go through a practice, a scrimmage (including a shoot-out contest) followed by a Q&A by some Sens management and then prospects and then an autograph session.

We didn't get there until about halfway through the drills. They looked pretty uptempo and intense. They practiced for an hour, got off the ice just long enough for a flood and then a scrimmage (2-20 minute periods, clock running except for the final minute).

Corey was on the "white" team and his team won both the scrimmage (4-1) and the shoot-out competition (Andre Petersson last man standing having scored in each round).

A lot of really good hockey players out there, each working hard for a spot/contract. The scrimmage was surprisingly fast and intense after such a pretty hard practice. Corey didn't score any of the goals but drew one of the three penalties in the game with a blatant trip at one of the faceoffs.

Here are some pictures from the day (most were taken through glass at a distance):

Who knew development could be such a drag!


Apparently it's harder than it looks - going fast enough to inflate it and then dealing with the resistance.


Driving for the net.


1-on-1 against Eric Karlsson, Ottawa's first rounder from last year.


Signing autographs.

July 01, 2009

67’s revamp look in goal with pick from Europe

Also from today's Ottawa Citizen


The Canadian Hockey League’s annual import draft resulted in a new look in goal for the Ottawa 67’s.

On Tuesday, the 67’s shipped 20year-old netminder Adam Courchaine to Sarnia in exchange for the Sting’s first pick in the two-round draft of European players. With it, Ottawa flopped places with the Erie Otters, moving up from the 36th selection to No. 30, where it chose Czech goaltender Peter Mrazek.

Courchaine, from Kanata, is already signed by the NHL’s Boston Bruins and is unlikely to return to junior for an overage season. If he doesn’t suit up for an Ontario Hockey League game with the Sting, Sarnia will also receive a fifth-round draft pick from the 67’s.

Mrazek, 17, spent last season with Czech club HC Vitkovice Steel.

“Adam has already signed a contract, and we knew that we’d need a goalie,” 67’s general manager Brian Kilrea said. “(Mrazek) was recommended to us and Chris (Byrne, the 67’s coach) had talked to his agent, and he had said he wanted to come over.”

The 5-10, 170-pounder is expected to begin the season in Ottawa as the backup to Chris Perugini.

The 67’s also took Finnish leftwinger Matias Sointu with the 48th pick. The 5-10, 180-pound Sointu, 18, from Ilves SM Lugu, was a seventhround selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2008 NHL draft. “He decided he wanted to come over and get the exposure,” Kilrea said.

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Looks like a couple of new faces at camp this year.

Required Reading for Dany Heatley

From today's Ottawa Citizen, a great article about Corey Cowick


Living the dream

Since being selected by the Senators in the NHL draft, Corey Cowick has reveled in the little things, reports DON CAMPBELL.

One of the newest members of the Ottawa Senators family noticed one major difference from the moment he showed up Tuesday at Scotiabank Place for the start of the team’s development camp.

“Well, I got to go through the freight door and right into the rink, instead of climbing all those stairs to my seats up in the 300 level … where I usually sit,” a laughing Corey Cowick said. “That was different.”

Truth be known, nothing has been the same for the Ottawa 67’s standout since shortly after noon on Saturday, when the Senators made the home-town star their sixth-round pick, No. 160 overall, in the National Hockey League draft.

Cowick, 19, is having trouble taking it all in. He talks about all the little things. About his name plate in the dressing room with “the little Sens logo” on it. “It might seem like not much, but it’s big to me.” About the Senators-issued equipment, even the prospects’ strict schedule for the next several days.

Some draft picks immediately see dollar signs. Cowick prefers to look at all the little things, and he still can’t believe it’s all happening.

Fourteen months ago, Cowick was agonizing over another brutal season with the Oshawa Generals, and was seriously considering giving up on major-junior hockey and heading to university.

One breakthrough Ontario Hockey League season with the 67’s later, followed by the events of Saturday, Cowick is rooming with the Senators’ No. 1 pick, Jared Cowen, and looking ahead to possible American Hockey League employment in Binghamton, New York, maybe even some day to NHL duty at Scotiabank Place.

He doesn’t even mind that he was assigned No. 54, twice his No. 27 with the 67’s.

“I used to think I was good with words, but I really can’t describe what it feels like,” Cowick said after going through physicals and testing, then finally onto the ice in the afternoon. “I slept well (Monday night). Maybe because I didn’t sleep at all last week. “It has been unbelievable.” So was the post-draft gathering at the Cowick household in Beacon Hill after a slow start on Saturday.

Dwayne and Liz had no idea what team, if any, would choose their son.

Corey spent the morning watching a Little League baseball game in Orléans, then went grocery shopping with his mother.

Dwayne had spent the past week scouting all area sports stores to see who had which NHL team flags. He even made a list of who had what, just in case.

Then, in a rare show of great confidence, he went out and bought a flag pole, erected it on the front lawn, telling the neighbours something to the effect that, if they saw a team flag go up, there would be no shortage of beer in the back yard.

Conversely, if no flag went up, no party.

About 12:15, all hell broke loose around the Cowick household, triggering a series of comical events.

Dwayne checked his list for Senators flag suppliers and enlisted Corey and his friends, Alex Allard and Justin Guidreault, to travel to St. Laurent Shopping Centre, where they purchased a flag, a Senators jersey and some hats.

At that point, Corey decided no draft party would be complete without balloons, so that came next.

Only on the way home, though, he decided to stop in at the Beacon Hill Butchery to see his best friend, Marc-André Wathier, who was behind the counter.

Unfortunately, Corey and his buddies left the car windows down. By the time they got back, the balloons were floating high in the sky over a nearby McDonald’s restaurant. So back to the balloon store. Finally the party began. “I woke up (Sunday) and had 85 new friends on Facebook,” Cowick said Tuesday. “But lots of people helped get me to this point, so what’s wrong with that? Everything has just been kind of hectic.”

One of the first calls young Cowick made, and there were many, was to his uncle Bruce, a retired police officer who was away on a camping trip in the British Columbia woods.

Bruce Cowick, now 58, was an original Ottawa 67, then later a Philadelphia Flyer. He was also part of one of the worst expansion NHL teams ever, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals, and finally a St. Louis Blue.

“He just said, ‘Congratulations,’ and asked if I was heading to a good situation,” Cowick said.

Right now, Cowick couldn’t imagine a better one. He didn’t even tell his uncle about getting to use the freight entrance.

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I like this kid - he will do well where ever life takes him (and I really hope it takes him to the NHL - certainly won't be for lack of trying hard).