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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kessel Not Available for Team USA

Phil Kessel will not be playing in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The Bruins said they will not allow Kessel to play. Kessel was the top scorer in the 2006 WJHC, where he collected 11 points. Team USA lost to Finland in the Bronze metal game (4-1). Brad Marchand, this year's 3rd round selection(#71 overall), will compete for a spot on team Canada. Marchand, a forward, currently plays in the QMJHL. There are 38 players on the roster, 22 forwards,12 defensemen, and 4 goalies. For Marchand to make the team, he will have to beat out atleast 10 other forwards.

2 Comments:

Blogger Walshie said...

Honestly I am not surprised. However, I don't see why they don't lend him out unless they expect to start giving him some more playing time. I would love to see the Bruins loan him out and light it up for the USA and come back with a ton of confidence. Are there any NHL'ers going to be playing in it? Or any big name players?

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't see why they don't lend him out unless they expect to start giving him some more playing time."

Of course they expect him to play more. If they had given up on him he'd be in Providence. But, like any young player, he's going to have to earn it by improving his play. Lewis is just doing his job, and so far he's done everything else well that he's turned his attention to, so hopefully Kessel will show some real improvement sooner than later.

3:43 PM  

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