Daily Dose of the Dub: Rebels without top defenceman; 15 WHLers crack mid-season draft rankings; Hitmen recall two; DUBNetwork expanding

Rebels lose Alexeyev

The Red Deer Rebels will be without defenceman Alexander Alexeyev for about a month with a lower-body injury. The 19-year-old Russian was injured during the Rebels’ 2-1 loss to Lethbridge on January 19th. He has 37 points in 35 games for Red Deer and represented Russia in this past World Juniors, putting up six points in seven games.

WHLers ranked

TSN’s Bob McKenzie released his mid-season draft rankings on Thursday, which included 15 WHLers combined in his top 80 and honourable mentions list:

  • #4 – Kirby Dach (Saskatoon)
  • #5 – Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge)
  • #6 – Bowen Byram (Vancouver)
  • #9 – Peyton Krebs (Kootenay)
  • #16 – Matthew Robertson (Edmonton)
  • #25 – Brett Leason (Prince Albert)
  • #27 – Nolan Foote (Kelowna)
  • #35 – Lassi Thomson (Kelowna)
  • #37 – Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna)
  • #59 – Josh Williams (Edmonton)
  • #69 – Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle)
  • #71 – Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer)
  • HM – Jake Lee (Seattle)
  • HM – Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat)
  • HM – Dustin Wolf (Everett)

Hitmen recall two

The Calgary Hitmen recalled two players on Thursday, including 16-year-old goalie Brayden Peters and 18-year-old forward Orca Wiesblatt. Peters had been previously called up to back up with 18-year-old Carl Stankowski being injured, but did not see any action. Peters has been playing this season with the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes, posting an impressive 1.74 GAA and a .936 save percentage in 13 games this season.

Wiesblatt comes up from the Portage Terriers of the MJHL where he has 15 points in 16 games this season. The Calgary native has played in 51 WHL games with the Hitmen, having 13 points.

DUBNetwork expanding

The DUBNetwork announced that we will be expanding to OHL coverage with the OHL Network. Applications are now being accepted for Content Manager/Editor positions and they can be emailed to  info@ohlnetwork.ca.

Thursday Night Hockey

The Langley Events Centre was riddled with NHL reprentatives ahead of a big Thursday night match up of two division leaders in the Prince Albert Raiders and the Vancouver Giants. Notable names in attendance were Marc Bergevin, Scott Walker, Kris Draper and Steve Konowalchuk among others took in the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Raiders.

Three Stars of the Night

1st Star: Vancouver’s Trent Miner stopped 31 of 32 shots as well as an assist to improve his record to 14-3-2-0.

2nd Star: Vancouver’s Davis Koch scored twice as the Giants pushed past Prince Albert 3-1.

3rd Star: Prince Albert captain Brayden Pachal scored the Raiders’ only goal in the loss to Vancouver.

 

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