Christian Dvorak doesn’t need to be a Badger, lands in London: the coast-to-coast

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The Seattle Thunderbirds’ bright young hope, No. 1 overall pick Mathew Barzal, is trying to keep expectations for his rookie season within the realm of reasonable. (Vancouver Province)

Some Monday morning fun: Medicine Hat Tigers captain Hunter Shinkaruk is quicker packing an equipment bag than fellow Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Brendan Gaunce. The Belleville Bulls captain had some zipper issues.

The Vancouver Giants might have parted with Matt Bellerive too soon, since the forward is expecting a 30-goal campaign in Red Deer. (Vancouver Province)

Edmonton Oilers prospect Jujhar Khaira is a very welcome addition to the Everett Silvertips, seeing how they scored a WHL-worst 171 goals last season. (Everett Herald)


Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) ranks the league’s top 50 prospects for the 2014 draft. (Dobber Hockey)

Sean Lafortune looks at who the Saginaw Spirit have waiting in the wings, although high NHL picks J.T. Compher and Ian McCoshen are still committed to NCAA schools. (

The London Knights are it again, as 17-year-old forward Christian Dvorak has de-committed from the Wisconsin Badgers to join the Memorial Cup host team. (Bucky’s 5th Quarter, London Free Press)

Did come sadistically close to winning the OHL title put the Barrie Colts and GM Jason Ford in a go-for-broke position? It depends on whether overage forwards Mitchell Theoret and Zach Hall are each back. (Barrie Examiner)

New Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter has to hit the ground running in his new job, what with the Junior Club World Cup tourney in Russia beginning this Saturday. The Dubuque Fighting Saints are waving the USHL banner. (The Sudbury Star)

Wolves centre Mathew Campagna is expecting a big 19-year-old season: “I know this town and this crowd after being here for three years already, so hopefully I can take a leadership role and I want to be the go-to guy.” (The Sudbury Star)

Could the Erie Otters be a high-scoring team? (Erie Times-News, Thorold Niagara News)

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds alumnus Jordan Smith, whose professional prospects were derailed by a serious eye injury in 2006, is back in the steel city as head coach of the Junior A Soo Thunderbirds. (Soo Today)

It is more than likely that NHL draft prospect Spencer Watson, who tore it up for Canada with 10 points at the Ivan Hlinka tourney, will be joined by his twin Matthew Watson on the Kingston Frontenacs. Spencer’s two minutes older, if you’re wondering. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Which 17-year-old rookie is the best bet to make a large impact? (OHL Prospects)


Keep CTRL+R’ing the trades section of the Q’s website all morning, since teams are in a frantic scramble to set rosters. (Le Soleil)

By far the biggest swap so far? Sophomore defenceman Kameron Kielly is headed home to the Charlottetown Islanders, while the Gatineau Olympiques shored up with 19-year-old defenceman Alexandre Chénier-Allard and also now have three first-rounders in the 2014 draft. (Le Droit)

Sixteen-year-old forward James Phelan, who scored in his preseason debut Sunday, has committed to the Shawinigan Cataractes. (Le Nouvelliste)

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