The Beatrice Ice Gardens was about half full of fans, scouts and media on Wednesday night to observe the second red and white game for the Canadian World Junior Team. With the first five cuts expected to come early Thursday morning this game was very important for those players on the bubble. This is especially true for the d-men since there are only 2 spots open on the blueline and 8 guys trying out. Here is a rundown of some of the players who impressed and also 5 players I believe will be going home Thursday.
Mike Cammalleri (LW) – The little dynamo from Michigan was probably the best player on the ice. He is skating very well and passing the puck beautifully. He also scored a very nice goal with a pinpoint accurate shot in the top corner.
Brian Sutherby (LW) – It is obvious that this guy had been playing with the big boys in the NHL for a while this year. He was a physical presence as well as showing good speed down the wing. Sutherby is a sure bet to win one of the available forward spots.
Scottie Upshall (LW) – Played very well, has good speed and works hard on every shift. He will also make the team in my opinion and will be a valuable asset. Looked much better than Nash. At this point I would say Upshall is ahead of Nash for the 2002 draft.
Matthew Lombardi (C) – It is obvious that Lombardi wants a spot on the team badly. He is working very hard and has great speed. He seemed to adapt to there being no red line very well, getting in behind the defense to spring himself Read more»