Get real

by VO #23

 

Moose Jaw, both as a city and as a major junior hockey franchise, has nowhere near the drawing power of the franchises you mentioned. New facilities aren't the be all, end all. The Warriors just do not have the established links with NHL clubs, access to professional training staff and specialized coaching, or the track record in developing ex-NCAA players for the NHL, that Calgary, Vancouver, etc do.

Beyond the big market clubs, it seems Medicine Hat is starting to carve out a name for itself as a destination for NCAA defectors (Pitlick, and now Koules) but I'd argue that they have been a more stable, more successful club over the past decade than the Warriors have. It seems that they have started branching out from drafting and developing talent through the bantam draft to now supplementing it through the NCAA-defector route. Good on them.

The Warriors need to crawl before they can walk - prove to the hockey world (read: parents, players, and agents) that they can ice a competitive team year in and year out before thinking they'll start to snag big name players on their way to the NHL.





Posted on Apr 30, 2012, 9:19 PM

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  1. True but..... Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 8:29 AM
    1. world class?. CanadianFan, May 1, 2012, 8:42 AM
      1. World Class Junior facility. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 8:48 AM
        1. very few. CanadianFan, May 1, 2012, 8:59 AM
          1. Not sure what your point is there.. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 9:33 AM
    2. re: it wasn't that long ago that MH was the laughing stock. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 9:39 AM
      1. Not a pissing match. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 9:46 AM
        1. you are right about one thing. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 10:18 AM
          1. Better check the rest of the players on those teams. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 10:27 AM
            1. I don't know what you are talking about. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 10:37 AM
              1. Don't remember mentioning 07 or any other year for that matter. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 2:06 PM
                1. Cherry draft picks can set you up for about 4 seasons. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 6:58 PM
          2. .. ., May 1, 2012, 1:02 PM
            1. Your obession with Portland is edging on creep status. HawksFan4Life, May 1, 2012, 1:25 PM
              1. I'm not obsessed, but,.... Hugh Jorgen, May 1, 2012, 1:45 PM
                1. Technically. HawksFan4Life, May 1, 2012, 2:21 PM
      2. The part below i have copied ..... Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 9:54 AM
        1. re:dressing room, video room, training facilites, weight room. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 10:29 AM
          1. Like I said. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 10:33 AM
            1. And I am hoping. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 10:40 AM
      3. LOL @ Helm being the best 2-way player in the CHL when he was playing.. Pepper Carrot, May 1, 2012, 1:00 PM
        1. not defensively he wasn't. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 1:21 PM
          1. Dont just stare at a stat sheet. Pepper Carrot, May 1, 2012, 5:04 PM
            1. You're just still buttsore. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 6:55 PM
              1. Re: You're just still buttsore. Pepper Carrot, May 1, 2012, 7:38 PM
                1. reasoning with you. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 9:24 PM
                  1. Your memory failed you again. Pepper Carrot, May 1, 2012, 9:41 PM
                    1. It's unfortunate. hoople head, May 1, 2012, 11:03 PM
            2. alot of people that saw him this playoffs might say otherwise. Some_Arrogant_Jerk, May 1, 2012, 7:28 PM
              1. Ha.... Pepper Carrot, May 1, 2012, 7:33 PM
  2. Re: Get real. CanadianFan, May 1, 2012, 8:35 AM
    1. What?. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 8:46 AM
      1. Re: What?. CanadianFan, May 1, 2012, 8:54 AM
        1. Wow. Old Vet, May 1, 2012, 9:35 AM

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