Friday, September 30, 2011

Gavin Broadhead Sent to Midget AAA Tigers

With the return of Emerson Etem, Gavin Broadhead was sent down to the AAA Midget Tigers this weekend. That means the Tigers forward group is pretty much set with 2 spares up front unless trades are made.

Keeping Broadhead with the "AAA" team also gives the Tigers quick access to possible call-ups if and when injuries occur.

This leaves the Tigers with 26 players on their roster. I believe they have until October 13th to cut down to a 25 player limit.

The Tigers are still carrying 2 spare defenseman and an extra goalie. With the 3 games in 4 nights its possible we might see MacAuley or Cameron get a start in net. both of them have rotated back-up spots for the opening two games.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pats Drop Tigers 5-3

The Tigers did their best impressions of Dr Jykel and Mr Hyde with the Regina Pats in attendance.

First Period

The tabbies played very well in the opening ten minutes of hockey creating lots of offense and upping the tempo of the hockey game. An unfortunate hooking penalty to Emerson Etem midway through the first period erased that strong momentum, as Regina changed gears and started to test the Tigers defensive firewall. I thought the Tigers played ok defensively in the first they just had troubles breaking up Regina's cycle and making passes out of their zone.

2nd Period
In the second period it didn't take long for Regina to get on the scoreboard as the talented third round NHL draft pick Jordan Weal sniped a laser top shelf past Tiger Goaltender Tyler Bunz. From their it was ALL Regina in the second period as they piled on 14 shots and built a 2-0 lead as Dyson Stevenson would pot his 2nd of the season.

The Tigers really struggled from the top of the circles and down. It looked like the Tigers were playing perimeter hockey letting Regina swallow in to the inside and also having a real tough time communicating between transition from down low to up high in their own zone. Regina had plugged up the holes and did an outstanding job at penning the Tigers in their own zone. Regina's strong second period is what won them the hockey game.

Matt Konan decided to drop the gloves after a short pushing match behind the Tiger net with Campbell Elynuik. Konan must not have wanted to fight after a couple missed punches from both players, Konan grabbed Elynuik's leg and tackled him to the ice. Konan was given an extra 2 minutes and a game misconduct. dumb decision, if Konan didn't want to fight keep the gloves on.

Third Period
third period started off the exact same way as the second period as Jordan Weal potted his second goal of the game. The momentum would take its second rapid change of the game as Regina Pat forward Campbell Elynuik would get called for slashing.

After some strong pressure Cole Grbavac rocketed a one timer top shelf past goaltender Matt Hewitt on the power-play. The Tigers didn't stop their as they hemmed the pats on their own zone for a couple very lengthy shifts. Scott McKay's shot from the point bounced off somebody in front and beat a screened Matt Hewett for the Tigers 2nd goal in 2 minutes. 3-2 Pats

The Arena was rockin and Regina called a Timeout to settle their troops. Two minutes later Emerson Etem was sprung on a partial break and managed to tuck the puck between Hewitt's pad for the tieing 3-3 goal. Wow what a game. Unfortunately the Momentum would shift one more time.....

14 seconds later Dylan Busenius misplayed the puck attempting to pass it behind the net to Scott Mckay, however Mckay was no-where near the attempted pass. Dyson Stevenson would eventually send a pass into the slot area as Morgan Klimchuck teed it up and blasted a howitzer passed Tyler Bunz ans stunned the crowd.

Minutes ago everyone was celebrating a rapid 3-0 comeback, and now the Tigers were in the hole again. Curtis Valk came oh so close to tieing up the game as he wristed a shot off the crossbar.

A Kellan Tochkin penalty would put a temporary hold on the Tigers charge. The Tigers did manage to control the puck in the Regina end with the goalie pulled however some nervous passing gave Regina a chance to clear and score the empty netter to cement their Victory 5-3

First ten minutes, Last ten minutes.
Boston Leier, Alex Theriau and Emerson Etem were the best Tigers of the night.

Spenser Jenson played well on the back-end. He made one little mistake as he lost his balance with a Regina forward one on one and slashed the guy near the neck, other than that I liked his game.

Curtis Valk had a couple real good shifts at the beginning and end of the game.

The rapid Comeback scoring 3 goals in 4 minutes.

The play of Emerson Etem. Regina was aware and keeping a close eye on him.

Reduced their penalties to 5 disadvantages

Besides Alex Theriau the defensman had troubles.

Matt Konan was too liberal with his stick he is getting caught reaching and poke-checking where he should be rubbing guys out on the boards. Pokechecking is fine and should be a defenceman's first weapon however once you start reaching it gives the forwards an opening.

Tigers need to find a way to get out of trouble and clear their zone to put an end to momentum changes. I'm not sure if its communication with the forwards, or players not getting in position for passes something needs to be tweaked in their own end.

Busenius and Mckay were -2 on the night. (they were 2nd line defensive partners for a chunk of the game)

The Tigers only have one defensive pair playing consistent.
Too many shots against.

Regina Players I Noticed
Jordan weal who scored 2 goals was very noticeable.
I thought Dyson Stevenson played a dynamite of a game for the pats. 2 points and a +3
Brandon Davidson their captain is very smart defensively. I wish the TIgers had a guy like him.

Side Note*

Ryan Aasman was a scratch for tonight's game, with Jensen getting inserted.
Haven't seen Trevor Cox, or Gavin Broadhead dress yet. Riley Sheen was scratched for emerson etem.

Kyle Becker is listed as injured for 3 weeks on the whl injury report.

Leader Post blog

Next Tigers Game
They play a home and home with Edmonton this weekend (Friday in Edmonton, Saturday back here)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Emerson Etem sent back to the Tigers

Didn't expect him to be sent back so soon. I guess Anaheim felt that he wasn't quite ready for the NHL. Nevertheless he will be a much welcome addition to the Tigers team as goal scoring looked to be a bit of an issue in game 1.

The Ducks made the following roster moves today:

Assigned to Syracuse (American Hockey League):
Mark Bell – Center
Mathieu Carle – Defenseman
Matt Kennedy – Right Wing
Jake Newton – Defenseman
Richard Schofield – Center

Assigned to Medicine Hat (Western Hockey League)
Emerson Etem – Right Wing

Anaheim now has 37 players remaining on its 2011 Training Camp Roster – 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goaltenders.|ANA|home

A re-run of the fights from last nights game.

Blomqvist vs Grbavac

Yakubowski vs Leier


I fudged up the score on my post from last nights hockey game. My post said 3-1, but the score was 4-2.....fixed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tigers Drop Home Opener 4-2 to the Canes

The Tigers also dropped last years home opener by the same score.


Konan, and Theriau were absolute walls playing defence. They looked good together. Boston Leier showed great hustle and got into a very spirited fight in the first period. Theriau has great lateral movement on the powerplay.

Hunter Shinkaruk generated the most offense and was using his speed, very dangerous throughout the night. (only 17 and the best forward on the ice!!!!)

Tyler Bunz let in 1 weak goal through the legs but stopped a bunch of quality scoring chances.

Adam Rehak (the new euro) showed an aggressive spirit. He is not your typical euro, has that dirty shirt style of play and continued his scoring ways from the pre-season.

I thought Cole Grbavac, Kellan Tochkin, Curtis Valk could have played better. Despite being a local kid and I hate to say this but I don't think Ryan Aasman is the right guy the tigers need on the back-end. I'd like to get a look at how Lewington, Becker and Jensen play during a regular season game.

I liked the TIgers top defensive pairing but they need someone else to step up and join Scott McKay to complete a solid top 4. I felt like they didn't quite get that. If the Tigers can solidify their top 4, with Bunz on the back-end defense can be a strength this season.

The Tigers started off the game in control, however the Hurricanes pushed back quickly and I felt like it caught the Tigers by surprise, as the Canes pounced on Sloppy defensive coverage from the Tigers to take an early 2-1 Lead. From their on in it was a see-saw parade to the penalty box.

The game was marred by penalties galore from both teams. Mark it up as a learning experience for the refs and the players as the refs were extremely loose with their call selection.

The Tigers had their chances, but they went 0 for 9 on the PP. While giving the Canes 10 PP chances.

Grbavac Fight

Their was one play with 5:39 left in the game that I didn't particularly like, but it was entertaining at least.

Kale Kessy was hit from behind into the boards and Cole Grbavac charged in and gave Albin Blomqvist a whoopin'. Now Kessy is a big boy and the hit wasn't overly raunchy, and anytime other than the last few minutes of a game where your behind by a goal I would 100% support Grbavac's decision to fight.

However that fight took a potential powerplay situation away late in the game (with the instigator). Even Moreso that Lethbridge took back to back penalties soon after and the tigers could have had a few more minutes of quality power-play time.

Etem Watch
Etem was a scratch for Anaheim's preaseason game against Vancouver. The Ducks play their 3rd game in a row sunday against L.A

WHL Gamesheet
Hurricane watch

Next Tiger Home game is Wednesday against Regina

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tochkin Assigned Back To the Tigers|VAN|home

Tochkin's pre-season rookie camp play earned him a second look at Canucks camp, but the Canucks decided he would be best served playing another year of junior.

No word on if he will make it in time to play in Saturday's Home Opener.

So the only Tiger Left At Camp is Emerson Etem.

Etem Watch
Anaheim lost to the Sharks 5-1. Etem had no points, 3 shots on goal, and 13:43 of icetime

Cole Grbavac has been named the Captain for the Tigers 2011-2012 Season.!/tylerbunz

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Owuya Odd Man Out

The MH News just broke the story

Well no surprises here. A 2 spotter being a euro and a 20 yr old was writing on the wall. Sebastien Owuya has cleared waivers so he could be picked up by anyone.

Leaves the door open for Tochkin to come back. If he doesn't return the Tigers would be in the market for a 20yr old.

It looks like the canucks are giving Tochkin a long look to see whether he would be better fit in junior or the AHL/ECHL. From what I've read he had a very good pre-season rookie tournament and the Chicago Wolve's head coach Craig Mactavish really liked his play. However the Canucks fans says he wasn't that noticeable during the nhl exhibition games and practice. Tochkin was scratched for tonight's pre-season game, which leads me to believe the Canucks have already decided what they want to do with him.

Tochkin also gave off this tweet: "has a feeling fate will be found out tomorrow"

The Canucks also have 2 pre-season agme on saturday and sunday so they may wait to make some more cuts.

Kale Kessy Returns from Phoenix|PHX|home

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have returned three players to the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) while also reassigning 18 players to the Portland Pirates (AHL) training camp. There are now 35 players remaining in Coyotes training camp.

The following players have been returned to their respective junior clubs:

Player: Position-Team-League:

Louis Domingue: Goaltender-Quebec-QMJHL
Kale Kessy: Forward-Medicine Hat-WHL
Mark Visentin: Goaltender-Niagara-OHL

So that Leaves just Emerson Etem, and Kellan Tochkin who have yet to come back.

Emerson Will have a shot to make Anaheim so he wont be back for a while, IF he comes back at all. The Canucks just signed an echl affiliate deal with the Kalamazoo Wings so they have more pro spots open up.

Tochkin did not dress for tonight's exhibition game against Edmonton

Sebastian Owuya sent back to the Tigers

That leaves the Tigers with 3 Overagers and 3 euros right now + Kellan Tochkin who may get sent back as well, as his future is uncertain.

Left at Camp
Emerson Etem
Kale Kessy
Kellan Tochkin

My Thoughts
I like Owuya and how he can create a little bit of space whena player is right on his butt. has a long reach and occasionally when the mood hits can bring a real physical demeanor. He has two switches and when he is playng with no fear he is one of the best Dman on the ice. This is an extremely tough decision as owuya has the potential to log a lot of minutes if he can play like he did last year in the playoffs.

But to keep him you would likely have to trade Parkonnen and (konan/tochkin) IF tochkin comes back. If tochkin doesnt come back I think parkkonen could be an odd man out, but the Tigers would want to bring him back next year.

I could see tochkin as a point per game player this season, and Parkonnen is poised for a breakout year. So I could forsee the Tigers applying for an extension past the october 13th date if Tochkin does indeed return. Overall as a junoir player I like Owuya's game but him coming back puts question marks on everyone as the Tigers have some options to run with.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bunz sent back to the Hat

Bunz had a very good camp with the Oilers, so hopefully he can continue that play into the beggining of the season with the Tigers.

Left At Camps
Kellan Tochkin
Sebastien Owuya *didnt play duing the Jets split squad yesterday
Emerson etem
Kale Kessy - Phoenix has a split squad game tonight and Kessy might get another chance to play a preseason game, against Linden Vey. He will probably be sent back very shortly.
Last Edit 10:00 Pm Sept 21

I don't see any of the above mentioned on the nhl game-sheets this evening. I expect Kale Kessy to be sent back Thursday or Friday

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Players at NHL Camps

last Edit: 10:30 PM PM Sept 20th

An New update on players at nhl camps. Kale Kessy and Tyler Bunz survived the first rounds of cuts at thier respective nhl camps.

Alex Theriau has been sent back to the Tigers

Cole Grbavac has been sent back to the Tigers.

Todays Tiger Edition Pre-season Games
Anaheim(Etem) vs Phoenix(Kessy)-- Etem is playing tonight, Kale Kessy is with Phoenix roster travelling and could play tonight and/or tomorow. Also Former Tiger Ryan Hollwegg is trying out for Phoenix.

Calgary vs Vancouver(split squad)(Tochkin) --Tochkin playing in the game televised by sportsnet pacific

Edmonton(Bunz) vs Chicago and Minnesota split squad) Bunz will be backing up Khabibulin against the wild.

Winnepeg(Owuya) vs Columbus (Split Squad)

Left at NHL Camp

Kessy and Bunz should be returning fairly soon as nhl exhibition starts. NHL Teams Sometimes like to reward good camps with playing in an exhibition game.

Also wanna say thanks to the Medicine Hat Tigers facebook page for linking to TigerTurf.

Devan Dubyk has reported to Moose Jaw

Day Game Stats

Wild 4 Oilers 3
Bunz played 28 minutes and stopped 10 of 11 shots.

Vancouver 4 Flames 3
Tochkin received 8:43 of ice-time, no points

Phoenix 7 Anaheim 4
Kale Kessy -1, 1 charging penalty, 8:42 of ice-time

Emerson Etem 1 assist, -1, 2 penalties, 1 shot, 12:11 of ice-time

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tigers Defeat Rebels 3-1 Exhibition

Last Edit: 8:35 Monday Sept 19th

The Tigers soundly defeated the rebels 3-1 in their last tuneup game before the season starts. According to the game-sheet the Tigers outshot the rebels 46-10.

Scott McKay, Adam Rehak, and Rhys Dieno all scored for the Tigers. Dylan Busenius was back from Minnesota's camp and played in the game. Kenny Cameron picked up the win in net.

The Tigers finish the pre-season with a 4-1-0-1 record.

Away At Camp
Their are still 7 Tigers Away at nhl camps:
Kale Kessy, Alex Theriau, Tyler Bunz are all expected back (From all accounts Bunz and Theriau have had very good rookie camps. Can't find very much info on Kale Kessy other than 1 twitter user saying they have become a big fan of his, so you know he is throwing his weight around)

Tochkin, Owuya and Emerson Etem's future are all uncertain.

Cole Grbavac has made the stars main camp as a free agent which indicates they have some interest in him. Hopefully they sign him and send him back for another year of junior. If Dallas signs him its possible he plays in the AHL this year.
If he does get signed hold your breath that he comes back.

Vancouver has a new AHL affiliate this year(Chicago Wolves) and their is a bit of uncertainty as to where everyone will fit. Their was a rumor earlier in the year that the Canucks wanted to send Tochkin back for another year of junior. Tochkin was one of the better forwards at Canucks rookie camp, and interviews with him during the camp said that he isn't sure where the Canucks plan to play him.

Sebastien Owuya has made the Jets main camp. I watched a couple periods of their rookie camp games and he didn't look out of place. Having only 1 year of junior as a euro, and where it took him a while to get adjusted, it would be wise to send him back for another season of junior however, that may throw a wrench at the Tigers roster situation, depending on the other overagers.

The Tigers open the season at Home Saturday September 24th against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Phoenix Coyotes first cuts are expected Wednesday following thier pre-season game. (Kale Kessy is in camp for phoenix)

Edmonton Oilers have said thier first cuts may possibly come today.(Tyler Bunz in camp with the Oilers)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tigers Cut Defenceman

The Tigers cut 16 year old Ty Stanton earlier today.

I didn't like his Intrasquad game, but I really liked his last couple periods against Lethbridge in the exhibition game, where the Tigers won 10-1. If Stanton can develop his defensive ability and get stronger he could have a good shot at making the team next year.

Ryan Aasman (19)
Kyle Becker (17)
Dylan Busenius (18)
Spenser Jensen (16)
Matthew Konan (20)
Tyler Lewington (17)
Scott McKay (19),
Sebastian Owuya (20)
Patrick Parkonnen (18)
Alex Theriau (19)

So roughly 3 cuts to make.

I have learned that Sebastien Owuya has made the Jets Main Camp

Tigers Cut Wheaton King

Last Edit: Septmeber 16th, 9:25 AM

Thier roster now sits at 30 players.

Dylan Bredo (18)
Gavin Broadhead (16)
Trevor Cox (16)
Rhys Dieno (18)
Emerson Etem (19)
Jonathon Gaudet (19)
Cole Grbavac (20)
Jayden Hart (17)
Kale Kessy (19)
Boston Leier (18)
Reid Petryk (18)
Adam Rehak (19)
Riley Sheen (17)
Hunter Shinkaruk (17)
Curtis Valk (18)
Kellan Tochkin (20)

The Tigers have about 1-2 more Forwards to cut however they will probably stick at this number for a while depending on if Kellan Tochkin and/or Emerson Etem are sent back, as currently they only have 1 spare forward.

Alex Theriau has made main camp with the Stars. Cole Grbavac is listed on Dallas main camp roster. Dylan Busenius who was not listed on minnesota's main camp roster is back.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NHL Camp - Tiger Edition

Jets 2 Vancouver 0

Kellan Tochkin -1, 1 shot, 2 PM's
Sebastien Owuya +1, 1 shot.

King 3 Coyotes 3
Linden Vey scored at least one goal and one assist. Full Boxscores aren't available at time of post.

Kale Kessy had at least 1 assist

Still No Fight videos available from last night.

Players Status Updates

Dylan Busenius wasn't listed as a try-out players who made main camp for Minnesota so I assume he is on his way back.

Kale Kessy is listed on Main Camp With phoenix which starts on Saturday

Cole Grbavac not lsited on Main Camp so I assume he is returning to the Tigers.
Alex Theriau ihas been invited to Main Camp
Emerson Etem. The ducks didn't have a rookie camp but their main camp opens Saturday 17th and of course Etem is listed on it.

Tyler Pitlick it has been confirmedby a twitter user that quoted Edmontons's GM saying that he wont be sent back to junoirs for an overager season

Linden Vey has had a very good rookie camp playing on the Kings rookies top line. Pretty much guaranteed to stick n the Kings farm system this year.

Tyler Bunz
Oilers kick off their Main Camp on Friday and Bunz is still in Edmonton So I assume he will take part in it.

Sebastien Owuya The Jets listed their roster for training Camp yesterday and Owuya is not on the list. However they played their last prospects game today(thursday) so its unknown if they plan to invite a few more players to main camp.
Kellan Tochkin The canucks made 8 cuts yesterday and Tochkin was not among them.

Dubyk's Thoughts on Being Claimed

medicine Hat News Link

The following quotes were from the News Article
"Right now, I am kind of mind blown," said Dubyk over the phone from Humboldt. "I am a Bronc right now.

"None of the coaches have phoned me from the Moose Jaw Warriors. The only way I found out was going on the Internet, and I found out I was claimed. That is where I am sitting right now.

"I thought I put up good enough numbers to get listed or even traded," said Dubyk. "I went down to Humboldt, and you know what, I am with them right now, and I don't have any plans right now about what I am going to do.
"We will see in a couple of days."
"""""(End Quote)

--Article Goes on to interview the Warriors Director of hockey operations Alan Miller, and he wasn't sure if Dubyk is their answer but wants to find out.


- Well If Dubyk does go to Moose Jaw it sucks that the Tigers get nothing for him. The Tigers must have been aware of Moose Jaw's interest as the MH News article suggests, and that's probably why they delayed putting him on waivers.

If Dubyk makes moose Jaw he gets another crack at the can to open some eyes if he can play solid #1 hockey. If the Jaw were to hold onto him for a month or two and then release him, he might have a tougher time finding somewhere to play.

He has a tough decision to make.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Night Games

Tigers Defeated Lethbridge 3-2 in Exhibition Play. Dawson MaCauley played the entire 60 minutes for the Tigers while the Hurricanes new 20 yr old goalie Damien Ketlo played in net for Lethbridge.

Sheen, Petryk, and Dieno scored for the Tigers. Gavin Broadhead was involved in a fight.


The Tigers have 1 final pre-season game in Stettler facing the Rebels. The Tigers are 3-1-0-1in pre-season

Tigers At NHL Camps

Vancouver 5 SJ Sharks 3
Kellan Tochkin had 2 assists and a +1 rating.

Flames 4 at Oilers 3
Tyler Pitlick 1 goal, 2 PM's, +1
Oiles have 3 goalies and they each were given 1 start. Bunz turn to be scratched

Thier was some speculation among oilers fans that Pitlick may get sent back to Junoirs but that speculation has been put to rest as Steve Tambellini has confirmed that Tyler Pitlick will turn pro this year.


Minnesota 4 Dallas 1
- Dylan Busenius +3, 1 shot
- jace Colye -1, 2 shots
- A.Theriau -1, 1 shot
- C.Grbavac 2 shots, a fight and 7 PM's
-Triston King - no stats
-Dallas finished last in the Traverse City 6 team tournament.

Phoenix 8 Kings 7
Linden Vey 1 assist
Kale Kessy 19PM 1 fight+instigator+tripping penalty

I'll look for the fight videos tomorow as they aren't up at the time of posting

Devan Dubyk claimed off waivers by Moose Jaw.

Moose Jaw Times article on Moose Jaw's Claim

Devan Dubyk left the Tigers Recently to head to the Humboldt Broncos, due to the 3 overager rule. Interestingly enough when Devan Dubyk left he had this to say:

"I've got to be loyal to the Humboldt Broncos," says Dubyk. "They gave up a roster player for me so I've got to be loyal to them and stick with them and that's what I'm going to do. If someone comes knocking at my door, I've just got to politely turn them down and say I'm loyal to this team and I'm going to stick with them."

Will Dubyk change his mind and report to the team that traded him away 2 years ago? Or will he stick with Humboldt? The warriors may be out of luck?

An Anonymous poster in the comments has mentioned that Dubyk will need a release before he can officially join Humboldt.

Moose Jaw currently has 5 20's on thier roster including Dubyk.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NHL Prospects Tiger Edition Cont.

Tuesday September 13th Games

Oilers 2 Jets 0
-Tyler Bunz Shuts out the Jets!
-Tyler Pitlick no points, shots not updated at time of post
-Sebastien Owuya no points but he crunched Drew Czerwonka along the boards

St. Louis 6 Dalas 1
-Jace Coyle 1 shot
-Alex Theriau -1, 2 PM's
-Cole Grbavac -2, 2 shots 6 PM's
-Triston King -1, 1 shot

Columbus 3 Minnesota 1
-Dylan Busenius Scratched

For Days 1 and 2


Almost Everyone's teams are playing Wednesday Night as the Traverse City prospect camp Concludes.

Tigers Release 3

Jared Wilson, Chad LaBelle and Cole Sanford were all released to their respective midget AAA teams, with 17-year-old Wilson going back to the Calgary Royals, 16-year-old LaBelle headed to the Calgary Northstars and Sanford, also 16, going back to the Program of Excellence in Kelowna, B.C

So thier Roster now Looks Like:

Tyler Bunz, (19)
Dawson MaCauley (17)
Kenny Cameron (18)

Ryan Aasman (19)
Kyle Becker (17)
Dylan Busenius (18)
Spenser Jensen (16)
Matthew Konan (20)
Tyler Lewington (17)
Scott McKay (19),
Sebastian Owuya (20)
Patrick Parkonnen (18)
Ty Stanton (16)
Alex Theriau (19)

Dylan Bredo (18)
Gavin Broadhead (16)
Trevor Cox (16)
Rhys Dieno (18)
Emerson Etem (19)
Jonathon Gaudet (19)
Cole Grbavac (20)
Jayden Hart (17)
Kale Kessy (19)
Wheaton King (19)
Boston Leier (18)
Reid Petryk (18)
Adam Rehak (19)
Riley Sheen (17)
Hunter Shinkaruk (17)
Curtis Valk (18)
Kellan Tochkin (20)

31 Players Total

Likely To Not Return(2)
Tyler Pitlick(20)
Linden Vey(20)

The forward group is almost set. The Tigers have 2-3 cuts on forward to make. Although this year they may keep an extra depth player with Etem's return uncertain.

4 Defensive Cuts to make. This will be a very tough decision for the Tigers to make as a couple of thier new rookies are making legitimate cases to stay. Are they good enough to push out a veteran or two for thier spots?

Monday, September 12, 2011

NHL Prospect Camp - Tiger Edition

Last Edit: Tuesday Morning 8:45 AM (included Dylan Busenius game with minnesota)
For my thoughts on Saturdays exhbition game look down 1 post.

The Traverse City Tourney started on Saturday and here is a recap of Tiger Performers for both Days

Sat Sept 10. Dallas 8 Carolina 2
Jace Coyle: +1, Alex Theriua: +6, Cole Grbavac 3 shots, Trisston King 1 assist +2

Sun Sept 11 Dallas 2 NY Rangers 6:

Jace Coyle 1 shot, 2 PM's
Triston King -2
Cole Grbavac 2 assists +2 1 shot 7 PM's 1 fight
Alex Theriau Scratched

Grbavacs Fight - Cole Grbavac vs Tayler Jordan
-Nothing Landed Grbavac with the takedown.

Saturday Sept 10 Buffalo 6 Minnesota 3
-Dylan Busenius was scratched

Sunday Sept 11, Minnesota 4 Detroit 2
Dylan Busenius was a +1

Sun Sept 11 -- Oilers 7 Canucks 2
-Bunz ws the backup, Pitlick healthy Scratch, Tochkin Scratched

EDITED In Mondays Game
Vancouver 4 Calgary 3
Kellan Tochkin 1 goal 6 shots +2

Jets vs SJ
- Owuya Scratched

Tigers Defeat Lethbridge 10-1 Exhibition

Was busy this weekend plus my internet was down, but here are a few notes from this weekends exhibition game.

The Tigers simply played like a team full of players still looking to grab a roster spot. Lethbridge Came out and played more physical early in the second but they couldnt withold a Tigers Surge.

2 players Jared Wilson and Kyle Becker were not listed on the Tigers Gameday roster sheet, everyone else including the gameday scratches were listed. Haven't heard anything news wise about them being released, but it may be the case?

EDIT Kyle Becker is injured.

Notes On New Players
Ty Stanton(16) - Very smart, and very quick. As a 16 year old he has lots or room to fill out his frame but this Dman could be a stud for the Tigers down the road. He looked very good

Tyler Lewington(17) - Reminded me of Former Tiger Thomas Carr - Very steady work ethic, made all the right plays. Lewington and Stanton played the majority of the game together, and they looked very poised and confident all night.

Spenser Jenson - Big body but looks like he hasn't 100% adjusted to the whl speed, which may not be a great thing when it comes to regular season play. He could possibly be an odd man out.

Rhys Dieno - Reminds me of Bretton Cameron, but with quicker acceleration. Finishes his checks, works hard, and also displays some skill.

Adam Rehak - 4 goals. This kid loves to shoot. He was on a 3 on 1 and shot the puck from the high slot(of course he scored). Has an aggressive nose for the net, and tried to go after a hurricane player after he knocked over his linemate in the corner, has a fiestyness to him.

Riley Sheen - displayed a couple nice offensive moves. Has nice hands in tight however while he wasnt bad defensively he wasn't winning some of the puck battles that the other players were winning in his own end.

Trevor Cox(16)- Small speedy but with the forwards left he could be an odd man out.

Jonathen Gaudet - He got into a fight early on was behind the paly but the opposing player got an instigator. Gaudet pounded on him. Gaudet, Grbavac, Kessy - could be the most feared(intimidation wise) line in the league if they happened to play together. Although it might be better to spread their toughness out.

Ryan Aasman - Got into a fight after he was tangled with a Hurricane player who was looking to go all night. The Tigers have two rookies who have looked pretty good. If the Tigers want him to stay they will likely either have to cut a young rookie in lewington/stanton or trade someone like Mackay.

Overall a very good showing by the rookies. By my account they have roughly 1 goalie, 4 defenseman, and 4-5 forwards to cut. Although they might not get down to the numbers for a while.

Goaltenders - Both played half the game. MaCauley let in one goal. As it stands the goaltending battle is still very close, with Bunz a key prospect in the Oilers system one of these two might be the starter for the Home opener in two weeks. Right Now its too tough to call.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pats Defeat Tigers 6-5 SO Exhibition


The Tigers have Video highlights on their website.

Tiger Vets In Lineup:6 + Wheaton King, Ryan Aasman
Regina Vets In Lineup: 8 + 5 players with 30 games or more whl experience

Dawson MaCauley was in net for all 5 Regina goals. Kenny Cameron came into the game in the second period and shut the door the rest of the way. However he was beaten twice in 2 attempts in the shootout. The seesaw battle for backup continues.

The Tigers make their only home exhibition game Tonight at the Arena.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Devan Dubyk Moving On

Full Article:

"It was a tough overeager situation here, and I didn't crack the top three so I've decided to play Junior 'A' in Humboldt, Saskatchewan for the Broncos," states Dubyk.

"It's sad to leave a great organization like the Tigers, and a great group of guys. I know I'll miss them and hopefully they miss me, and hopefully they'll make a long playoff push."


Well with the numbers game, I think he knew that the oulook for this season didn't look very good for him. I'm happy to see that he will be able to keep playing hockey for another year, where it looks like he will be a starter. I wish him Good Luck!

That essentially cuts camp down one more to 34.

Tigers Cut 4

Blake Penner(15)
Nathan Mortlock(15)
Quinlan Moore (17)
Brennan Hunker (17)

35 players remain in camp. From what I remember last year they had 29 players but had no extra's spares as players left for NHL Camps. 8 Players will be heading off to pro camps this next week(not including linden Vey, or tyler pitlick) Both are expected to be gone. Their may be an outside shot of pitlick returning if the Oilers farm system is filled with thier many up and coming prospects, however I still think it is unlikely for that scenario to happen.

Emerson Etem will have a chance to make the Ducks this year. If Anaheim Forward Teemu Selanne decides to retire Etem might just be given a chance to stick in the nhl if he impresses. IMO I think they will send Etem back after a handful of nhl games, but if selanne does retire they just may end up keeping him. Keep your fingers crossed.

Dieno Shows Spark

Camp Exodus Set to Begin

If I may make a comment :), this year the MH News and have done an excellent job at reporting any and all news about the Tigers so far this season. Much Much better than in years past. Keep it up, Good Work!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Oil Kings Defeat Tigers 3-2 in Ex. Game 2

WHl Gamesheet:

Despite the loss the Tiger rookies should be proud as they played a more veteran Oil King lineup, as I counted 12 Oil Kings vets who played last season in the game.

The Tigers dressed Devan Dubyk,Patrik Parkkonen, and Curtis Valk along with (,King,Aasman) as the other whler's with at least half a season of whl experience.

Curtis Valk wore the "C"
Patrik Parkonen the "A"
Ryan Aasman the "A"

Rhyse Dieno scored a pair of power-play goals. Dawson MaCauley stopped 20 of 20 shots for the Tigers, while Devan Dubyk surrendered 3 powerplay goals.

In the past the Tigers have made a couple more cuts after the Edmonton Tourney. They'll likely cut down on their 15 year olds as well.

Their Next game is on Friday in Shanavun against the Regina Pats. Followed by their only exhibition game at home on Saturday against Lethbridge.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tigers Win First Exhibition Game 4-2 Against Calgary

Game Sheet link:

Kenny Cameron and Dawson MacAuley split the goal-tending duties for the Tigers.

The Tigers dressed 3 whl regulars in Hunter Shinkaruk, Ryan Aasman, and Sebastien Owuya, as well as two former wheat kings in Wheaton King, and Jonathen Gaudet.

The Tigers also dressed Two 15 year olds in Blake Penner, and Nathyn Mortloch. Penner had a goal while Mortloch had an assist.

Hunter Shinkaruk wore the C, while Ryan Aasman and Sebastien Owuya wore the "A"'s

Rhyse Dieno, and Jayden Hart lead the way with a goal and assist each.

Next exhibition game is tomorrow vs the Oil Kings.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tigers Cut Down to 39 listed their current roster

Comparing that to the players who played in the intrasquad game the following players have been cut.

Cody Schlosser
Spencer Bomboir
Wyatt Trumbley
Wyatt Johnson
Allan Killback
Devon McAndrews
Cameron Gotaas
Paige Maul

The Tigers play a couple exhibition games Sunday and Monday in the Oil Kings annual Pres-season tournament. Historically the Tigers have played mostly all of thier new players to see how they fit in, and make more cuts after the weekend.

MHNews Article on the cuts:

EditAlso added Tyler Bunz blog to the blog roll on the right hand side.