By Michael Russo
Last night on the NHL Network, I watched the opening of the Memorial Cup (CHL Championship tournament), with Kelowna and Rimouski. The Rockets, which feature Wild prospect Cody Almond, pounded Rimouski, 4-1.
If you want to pay attention to the tourney, click here. I’ll tell you what, Almond is a really good player as the Wild’s 2007 Draft continues to look better and better. The fifth-round pick, who will play in Houston next season unless he somehow makes the Wild, finished second in WHL playoff scoring (27 points in 22 games), takes all the big faceoffs, has great wheels and is the center on 3-on-5 situations, which is always a good sign of trust from the coach.
Could be quite the find for the Wild. I believe Kelowna plays next on May 18 (Monday) against Drummondville.
The Houston Aeros lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 2-1, Friday night. Here’s the link. Game 2 is tonight (Saturday).
Ok, since it’s 20 degrees with hurricane-forced winds out, I’ve decided to go to the airport and get on a flight for Hawaii now.