MONDAY MATTERS: The Recharged Roundup

SPEAKING OF MONDAYS

Here’s to this Monday as a driver + five iron in two.

I’m back from vacation. As a fella who’s Californian by growth and Washingtonian by choice, the stretch of eight days away to see family serves the purposes of:

  • Replenishing
  • Reconnecting
  • Recharging

Mission accomplished in the categories of In-N-Out, La Tolteca (childhood hometown of Azusa, CA baby!), Mom, Dad, In Laws, seeing friends, the beach, the city by the bay, and where I got my start in hockey.

Consider my engine revved for 2016-17. Here’s what went on in the meantime:

  1. BROWNE / HOLLOWAY: As if no surprise, two Silvertips prospect (one’s signed already) have made the cut for Hockey Alberta’s U16 Challenge Cup. The shortlist contains 1st rounder and signed Ethan Browne, along with Dylan Holloway.

    As a refresher, here are texts from Silvertips scouting guru Bil LaForge on both players in the initial Hockey Alberta camp (as blogged, two weeks ago):

    BROWNE: “Displayed the elite offensive ability we expected.  Natural hat trick in the second period of a game on Saturday. [Had] 2 of the biggest hits in the camp.  Really growing now, 5’11” and over 185 lbs.”

    HOLLOWAY: “Coaches dream. Wins face-offs, kills penalties, very good on the power play. Hockey sense is evident every shift.”

  1. NO STANDING “PAT”: Dawson Leedahl respectfully will move on after four seasons in green, and is now a respected member of the Silvertips Alumni worldwide chapter after last week’s trade. Headed with him to the Regina Pats are the rights to forward Tyson Jost, and the Silvertips get a forward to stock the 98-born column in forward Sean Richards, who’s pumped to come to Everett.
  1. OUR CALL TO HELP: “Silvertip Country” is more than a phrase, it’s a meaning to connect those across this beloved game. It now calls for your help, if you can, to the family of defenseman Tristen Pfeifer who tragically lost a beloved uncle. Full details here and, if you’re led, a way to help financially.
  1. ANOTHER MENTION FOR KC: The Players Tribune has ascended to one of the iconic and en vogue “must reads” on the internet today, famously for its first person accounts from athletes across all major sports. This time they tabbed Joel Ward, whose rise to fame has already been incredibly documented, and again illustrates the dynamic impact Kevin Constantine had on his growth as a player.
  1. TWITTER STREAMING (NHL): Well, technically it happened my first day back on the job, but this has been something in the works for awhile. NHL teams (at least, one game per week) will be streamed on Twitter, further enabling the convenience of live hockey viewing right from the hands of you, dear smartphone / mobile device user. It’s the world we live in: while terrestrial radio remains a high-impact (not to mention, vital) reach for the listener, the convenience and routine usage of the online channel are making this stuff more common.

    Hey, last season’s Silvertips Awards Ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live, and it drew nearly 3,000 viewers.

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton will be entering his second season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips. Tweet at him here

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MONDAY MATTERS: Everyone’s En Fuego.

SPEAKING OF MONDAYS  

“Mondays can either be the start to a struggle week or a fresh reminder that this week, you will be strong.”
– Unknown

The Silvertips have a strong future, a deeper goaltending pipeline, another Hart who could turn famous (potentially to join these two?) and a broadcaster with sore ankles.

  1. OUTBREAK IN ALBERTA: We documented on an earlier occasion of a whopping five Silvertips prospects latching onto the prestigious Hockey Alberta U16 Summer Camp (those who make the cut are in line for the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in Calgary):
  • Ethan Browne
  • Dylan Holloway
  • Conrad Mitchell
  • Aaron Hladiuk
  • Alex Young

    I texted Bil La Forge, Silvertips director of player personnel about all of them. He was in Camrose and saw them in person. He said “all five were very impressive.”
    More texts from Bil on each player:

  • BROWNE: “Displayed the elite offensive ability we expected.  Natural hat trick in the second period of a game on Saturday. [Had] 2 of the biggest hits in the camp.  Really growing now, 5’11” and over 185 lbs.”
  • HOLLOWAY: “Coaches dream. Wins face-offs, kills penalties, very good on the power play. Hockey sense is evident every shift.”
  • HLADIUK: “Plays with edge, but also has the skill to lug the puck up the ice. Not easy to play against. Looks like a player that has just begun to tap into his potential.”
  • MITCHELL: “Has continued to grow and is now a solid 6’4” (editor’s note: !!!).  Used his size well. Undervalued skill. Sees the ice very well. Reach makes him very effective in the defensive zone.”
  • YOUNG: “Opportunistic scorer. Scored in both games on the weekend. Finds goal scoring areas in the offensive zone. Responsible all over the ice. Not always flashy but very productive.”
  1. WHAT A SAVAGE: The numbers don’t lie, and they back up the skills. The narrative and resume continue to blossom for Silvertips prospect forward Ryan Savage, selected in last year’s WHL Bantam Draft and off to a roaring start with USA Hockey at their U16 development camp. He’s doing pretty well:

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No surprise here. Ryan began the games with a two-goal, one-assist effort on July 9. Remember that he’ll be draft eligible in 2018. And Savage’s father Brian, you won’t forget, forged a 12-year NHL career as a left winger for Montreal, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Philadelphia. This is quite a talent with a terrific numbers inside a prestigious program.

    1. DEVELOPMENT CAMPS: Silvertips of present and past continue to make their mark in NHL development camps. Of note: Noah Juulsen and Nikita Scherbak are with Montreal, Carter Hart’s with Philadelphia, Brycen Martin with the Buffalo Sabres, and Austin Lotz who continues to battle back after last season with the Winnipeg Jets.Hart, who turns 18 next month, has engaged digitally with a great read. Check out his blog on the Flyers website here.
    2. SPEAKING OF GOALTENDING: You may have heard of today’s trade that landed 6-foot-2 goaltender Lasse Petersen from the Spokane Chiefs, costing just a sixth round pick in next year’s Bantam Draft. Many on social media have understood the context of the trade, considering that Hart has started to move up the Hockey Canada elevator again this year. The top floor would be the World Junior Championships, this winter in Toronto and Montreal. Should he make the final roster, it would mean, maximum, a projected a partial or whole five of nine weeks he would be absent from the Silvertips for Team Canada commitments. The Silvertips now have three goaltenders on their roster with WHL experience: Hart, Mario Petit, and Petersen.

       

       

    3. EASY AS ONE, (EE)TU, THREE: Seen Eetu Tuulola lately? The Silvertips secured him in the CHL Import Draft, shortly after he was picked by the Calgary Flames in the NHL Entry Draft. Then he met the Flames Development Camp. This is what happened:

       

       

       

       

       

6. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: I haven’t played in a game of competitive hockey since probably before the lockout (the 2004 one). Last Saturday at 122-year old Clark Park was a great venue to shake off the rust  – yours truly with one goal, two assists, a flubbed breakaway, a near-miss “put it all the way into my own goal” (errant pass from corner to blueline, we’ll leave it at that), and a tweaked ankle that calmed down after one hour of walking for the 1-2-1 Team Dunder Mifflin. Felt like Jim or Pam had more offensive touch than me, but that’s not what matters.

 

Next week: this space will take a break. I’m on vacation to California to see my parents in Los Angeles and my wife’s in the Stockton area. Fresh entry coming July 25!

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton will be entering his second season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips. Tweet at him here