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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pennsylvanians Trocheck and Saad provide all the offense in Saginaw win

Two Americans and natives of the Keystone State playing in the OHL-- Vince Trocheck and Brandon Saad-- tonight provided all the offense their Saginaw Spirit team needed in a 3-2 win over the Erie Otters in Saturday action.

Saad, who is widely believed to be a top-10 pick in the making for next June's draft, has that big body (6-2, 210) and skill that every NHL team is on the hunt for. He was held off the scoresheet in Saginaw's season opener, but broke through for a goal and assist tonight.

Trocheck scored twice for the Spirit, and doesn't have Saad's hype mainly because he doesn't have the size and power forward projection. However, Trocheck made a little noise at the Ivan Hlinka and is someone who can really flash the offensive characteristics and has a quick stick, especially between the hash marks.

Trocheck for a small guy can throw 'em, too. Here's the evidence.

Saad is obviously the one scouts are going to key on in Saginaw games, but given Trocheck's speed and opportunistic style, I wouldn't at all be surprised if they come away with some nice notes on the Pittsburgh native (his family moved to Michigan a few years ago where he could pursue his elite hockey options with the Little Caesar's program), too.

P.S.-- Although this is the 2011 draft watch blog, I can't help but notice that our young friend Jared Knight scored the winning goal in London's OT win over Sarnia tonight. He finished off a nice pass from Seth Griffith, who, you may have read about on this blog as a sleeper pick. Kudos to Jared for carrying over the positive energy he got from his first NHL training camp with the Bruins. I'm sure he would have liked to have stuck around in Beantown a little longer, but after reading about his interesting trip back to London from Boston, it's pretty obvious how much the Knights missed him and wanted him back in the lineup.

Think Dave Reid and the Peterborough Petes are feeling the same way about Ryan Spooner? You betcha, but after tonight's performance, he'll be sticking around in Boston a little longer.

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