Friday, June 27, 2008

Things That Make Me Go Hmm...

  • What would it be like to be the son of Len Barrie? Kelowna Rockets defenseman Tyson Barrie can answer that question. Your dad is a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and owns a huge development near Victoria. To say your dad is high profile would be an understatement. The question I want to know is would Len Barrie draft his son?
  • And then their was one. Overage defenseman Tysen Dowzak is not only the remaining 20 year-old on the Rockets roster, but the final player from the 2004 WHL bantam draft.
  • Colin Joe's departure leaves a significant hole in the Rockets dressing room. Joe was the team comic, and would often leave his teammates in stitches as he impersonated an Asian tour guide. Joe, who's dad is of Asian decent, loved to poke fun at himself and others. His outgoing personality will be missed.
  • I haven't spoken to him, but I find it interesting that 17 year-old Stepan Novotny has decided to join the Rockets despite signing a letter of intent to play with the University of Denver in 2009. Novotny, who won't turn 18 officially until September, obviously see's the benefits of playing major junior and taking the fast track to the NHL.
  • You shouldn't notice a language barrier when Novotny puts on a Rockets uniform. He's spent the last two seasons taking high school at Shattuck St. Mary's prep school in Minnesota, so his handle of the English language should be strong.
  • Rockets veteran defenseman Tysen Dowzak and Novotny should have something in common. Dowzak also attended Shattuck St. Mary's.
  • Below you will find a picture of Jared and Tyler Spurgeon. The brothers have not only won a WHL title and Memorial Cup, but both have now been drafted by an NHL team.

7 comments:

Jeff said...

Hey Regan,

I'm curious to know in your honest opinion, what the chances are of Backlund playing for the Rockets this season. I noticed they took 2 import players, so that'd indicate that he's not likely to join.

Regan Bartel said...

You hit the nail on the head. Hamilton is not confident that Backlund will play here this season. He will attend Flames camp, and it will be interesting to see what happens if he is cut. Hamilton has a feeling he will return to Sweden a play another year there. The cool thing is Backlund can remain Rockets property even though they picked two players in the Euro draft.

Jeff said...

ok that's good to know. I participate in a fantasy WHL league and had the 1st overall pick in our import draft and I had him as a high commodity , glad I came here and asked. So thanks for the prompt reply.

Regan Bartel said...

If you win it do I get a cut of the winnings???

Jeff said...

Well there is no money involved. Just bragging rights.

Jared Comeau said...
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Jared Comeau said...

Considering he is my competition Regan thank you for that much appreciated insight into Backlund! Jeff...I love how your asking the inside sources for your drafting decisions HAHA

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