Author: Mike Halford

Evgeny Svechnikov

Wings sign ’15 first-rounder Svechnikov


Just one week after returning him to junior, Detroit has signed Evgeny Svechnikov to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Svechnikov, 18, was the Red Wings’ first-round pick (19th overall) at this year’s draft, which came on the heels of a 32-goal, 78-point performance in QMJHL Cape Breton last season, over just 55 games.

The Russian forward has looked equally good, if not better, in his second year with the Screaming Eagles — through three games this year, he already has six points.

Flames lose Colborne to thumb injury

Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks - Game One
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Calgary forward Joe Colborne, who notched a career-high in assists last year, suffered a thumb injury in Thursday’s game against Winnipeg and is out week-to-week, per head coach Bob Hartley.

Colborne, 25, was a regular fixture in the Calgary lineup last year, though he did miss time with a wrist injury (unrelated to his current issue). When healthy, the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder averaged over 15 minutes a night during the regular season, then saw more in the playoffs, when he was bumped up to 17:13.

Colborne finished with two points in 11 games which included this nice breakaway goal against Anaheim in Round 2:

As for how long he’ll be out?

Welcome back, Wild Thing: Vancouver hires ex-Canuck Walker

Guelph Storm v London Knights

The “Wild Thing” has returned to the West Coast.

Scott Walker, who spent four of his 16 NHL seasons with the Canucks, has been hired by Vancouver as a player development consultant, the club announced on Friday.

Walker joins the Canucks after a successful four-year stint as head coach of OHL Guelph, and as an assistant on Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2015 World Juniors.

During his playing days, Walker — who was drafted by the Canucks in ’93 — earned a reputation (and the nickname) as an undersized yet fierce competitor that was unafraid to fight, or throw his 185-pound frame around. In his final two seasons with Vancouver, Walker racked up 296 PIM and scrapped a combined 22 times.

Walker has been out of coaching since January, when he resigned his post with Guelph due to personal reasons.