St.John's IceCaps Update: Christmas Break

Trin Potratz
December 30 2014 11:04AM

The IceCaps get into the rhythm of standing still by losing one game and winning the next. Heading into the Christmas break, they stayed true on that form. The IceCaps split the mini-series with the Hamilton Bulldogs, leaving themselves entrenched in the playoff battle once again.

While Connor Hellebuyck continues to impress, the IceCaps saw more from their veteran players than from their upcoming prospects. Jason Jaffray and John Albert had the most enticing boxcar numbers, while Carl Klingberg was the headline stealer among prospects.

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Meet The New Guy: Jay Harrison

Trin Potratz
December 19 2014 10:42AM

Kevin Cheveldayoff finally did something! The Jets GM, in the midst of an incredibly bruised blueline, acquired depth defender Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2015 6th round pick.

Harrison is a quality NHL defender, and with the recent injuries to Mark Stuart and Jacob Trouba, joining Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian on the sidelines, it was a move that needed to be made.

Harrison has a connection to head coach Paul Maurice, as he coached him as a Toronto Maple Leaf and during his second tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Defying The Odds: The Chiarot Chronicles

Trin Potratz
December 15 2014 04:11PM

If you're drafted in the first round, it's likely that you'll see some NHL ice. If you're drafted in the second round, then you'll have to show a little something, but it's still likely that you'll get a chance or two to get that call-up. If you're drafted in the third round, you have keep improving. Beyond that, it's unlikely that you'll become an NHL player.

In the case of Ben Chiarot, he's one of those players that has defied the odds of making it to the NHL as a late round pick.

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St.John's IceCaps Update: December 15

Trin Potratz
December 15 2014 07:30AM

The IceCaps didn't do themselves any favours in regards to their playoff chances as they completed a week that saw some up and down play leading to a 1-2-1 record in back to backs against the Providence Bruins and Toronto Marlies.

With Patrice Cormier returning to the IceCaps, it seems like Eric O'Dell will be getting the next call-up based on performance. O'Dell was on fire playing on a line with Kyle MacKinnon and Carl Klingberg. O'Dell exploded with five goals including a hat trick in the team's only win over the week.

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WWYD WEDNESDAY: THE LAST LINE OF DEFENCE

Trin Potratz
December 10 2014 07:30AM

Ever since the Jets were reincarnated, goaltending has been a favourite focus of controversy and that doesn't seem to be changing. Well, in today's WWYD Wednesday, that's our focus.

In previous years, the main topic of discussion was Ondrej Pavelec's incompetence as a number-one goaltender in the National Hockey League. For years, it was debated that the Jets would never be able to compete for a playoff spot with Pavelec in the crease. Well, the Jets are in competition for that playoff spot and Pavelec is still part of the team...however he's not the main reason.

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