The NHL.com has released two more prospect reports, one for the Florida Panthers, the other for the LA Kings. That is right - LA, it is a baby Bernier lovefest all up in here today.
From the LA kings Prospect Report:
Jonathan Bernier -- Bernier, the Kings' No. 1 pick (No. 11) in the 2006 Entry Draft, was impressive enough in training camp to earn the starting job for the season-opening game in London -- and was the No. 2 star in the Kings' 4-1 win over Anaheim. But he struggled after that and quickly was sent back to juniors to avoid destroying his confidence behind the Kings' porous defense. He was 1-3-0 with a 4.03 goals-against average with the Kings, then went 18-12-3 with Lewiston of the QMJHL and 1-1-1 with the Kings' AHL farm team in Manchester. At age 20, the Kings are hoping he's ready. "We don't want to rush him, but we have high expectations for Jonathan," (Mother F'n sexy mustachioed ex-goalie) Hextall said. "He's got the skills to be an elite goaltender. He's a very athletic goaltender with good quickness, and he's very willing to learn."
Dear Jon, for the love of the hockey gods - put on a mask. You wouldn't want to hurt your pretty, pretty. What will Connie over at the Kings Blog think if you come to her all puck faced?
From the Florida Panthers Prospect report:
Mike Frolik -- Frolik has been compared to Steve Larmer, the longtime NHL veteran who starred for the Chicago Blackhawks. The native of Kladno in the Czech Republic played his first season of North American hockey with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07, finishing fourth among rookies with 73 points (31 goals, 42 assists). He then represented the Czech Republic in the 2007 World Junior Championships, registering four goals and two assists in six games. Injuries slowed his progress this past season with Rimouski, but he still managed 65 points, including 41 assists, in 44 games.
In an attempt to be better behaved (and less lazy) I have gone back and edited a few posts for which I had been naughty and ripped whole newspaper articles. I know that all y'all West coast and TO folks are bums like me and will likely not click the link to read stories in their entirety about kids you know nothing about. However, if I demand it then it must be done. How else will you learn? Once again it is a case of 'push button, get treat'.
Besides would you want me gettin' spankin's from this guy. This is Kenneth Irving (or at least I hope so) - his family owns Saint John, New Brunswick. Sure he may be dead, but that doesn't mean he can't still be VP in charge of spankings. I though Wrap Around Curl was sending her Spokane Chiefs Captain Bruton here to administer my spankings. That would be much more pleasant.
edit- We will start today's lesson on pushing buttons with this story on Saint John Sea Dog forward and native Haligonian Steven Anthony which was written by Nathan White for the Telegraph Journal. Anthony was a rookie with the SeaDogs in 2007-2008. He was invited to participate in the Canadian under 18 tryouts but did not make the cut for the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.
A Mooseheads story would be nice for a change *cough, Halifax newspapers, cough*.
Baby Jonathan Bernier picture from TSN's 2008 IIHF world Jr page
Irving pic from http://new-brunswick.net/Saint_John/fame/fame1.html