Keven Veilleux is out indefinitely. Possibly for the rest of the year. He suffered a shoulder injury akin to what Sergei Gonchar is experiencing. Early MRI’s are indecisive because of constant swelling but he’s going to require surgery. This isn’t good for Veilleux, he had started the year with Rimouski well and had only recently fallen into a few of the lazy habits he exhibited last year. Rimouski is already decimated by injury, so KV was going to be relied upon heavily and the extra ice time could have done him a ton of good. Through 17 games, Veilleux had 20 points (8+12).
Casey Pierro-Zabotel continued his streak this weekend earning 4 points in 2 games. Vancouver is an offensive powerhouse right now, and CPZ is right at the heart of it. I said he was a dynamic offensive talent when we drafted him, and he’s showing what he’s capable of with top minutes. His vision is second to none. His goal scoring is starting to catch up with his playmaking. Although he’s racking up assists, I still think he’ll make his noise scoring big goals when it counts later in the year. He now has 38 points in 24 games, 8 goals and 30 assists. Just an unreal start to the year for him.
Carl Sneep earned more playing time at BC last year, and he’s making the most of it again this year. He’s got 1 goal and 7 assists in 11 games this year.
I had a discussion with Ian from HF the other day who said his contacts were telling him the oft-forgotten Michael Gergen was playing very well for UMD. He’s got 3 goals and 3 assists in 12 games. Good news for Gergen, who had fallen off the radar after two consecutive seasons playing relatively poor hockey. The points will come if the ethic is there.
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