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.
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?
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.