Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tigers Deal Koper to the Kings

TO Edmonton: Josh Koper
TO Medicine Hat: 17-year-old defenseman Austin Bourhis

Austin is playing in the Saskatchewan Junior League with the Yorkton Terriers. The whl website lists him as 5'11 162 but the Yorkton website lists him as 6'0 185 lbs.

I've read that Austin is a smooth skating stay at home defenseman that may have some offensive potential. His PM total may indicate he is not afraid of the rough stuff.

His Yorkton Profile:

Josh Koper
Koper had only played in about half the teams games so far. This brings the tigers 19 yr olds down to 8.

I thought Josh Koper had played well in the handful of games he dressed for. I thought not putting him into more games was unfair to him. If you asked me about him last year I would have told you he should have been sent down.

This year I liked what i saw from him, he showed hustle, ability to dig the puck out of the corners, and wasn't taking unnecessary penalties like he was last year. I think the tigers didn't really have ice-time to give him though, as when Koper Dresses, someone like Dylan Bredo or Reid Petryk sits. This Year Josh Koper managed 5 points in 7 games.

Edmonton seems like a great fit because he can play at home. I think he is a guy who given the right situation could develop into a 35ish point player.

One thing to note, the tigers now have a total of 13 forwards including, grbavac. 12 If he doesn't come back. This means that if the tigers were to suffer an injury or two, they might be forced to call up one of their 16 year olds.

Direct Link to Tigers Media Release :
Also I should say thanks TO Jon Keen who recently gave this blog a mention on his blog @ Keen's Korner.

Kris Russel Signs 3 year NHL Contract Extension.

The Medicine Hat News has Mentioned that Curtis Valk practiced with the team yesterday. HE has bnen playing with the AAA Midget Tigers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bredo shouldn't even be with the tigers he's a slug