Since I have nothing to do and it is 4 in the morning here in Sweden (obviously I am drunk, just watched Detroit beat Toronto and cried), I think I should open the call for Merrimack College forward Stephane Da Costa. His team just lost to Ottawa prospect Jeff Costello's Notre Dame 4-3 in OT, and baring a miracle, Stephane Da Costa will begin to select his future NHL team. The 5'11, 181 pound man from Paris, France is the most sought-after college free agent this season.
We all know GM BM's
nastylove of college boys, and that includes Jesse Winchester from Colgate and Bobby Butler last season from New Hampshire. Do also realize the Sens were also in the thick of things for Tyler Bozak a couple off-seasons ago but he eventually signed with Brian Burke and the Leafs. And all media outlets say Ottawa's the big suitor after him. And it's a perfect match really. The Sens get a guy who they hope can produce for years to come and add to the stack of players from countries that usually don't produce hockey players. Stephane's best chance to get NHL minutes even this season and for seasons to come is in Ottawa, with the rebuild in full force. You've also got think he would like to go to a city that has a lot of French-speaking people and a knocking door to Quebec.
I also read somewhere that the Philly Flyers are heavily scouting Da Costa, but my money would still be Ottawa unless he decides he wants to go directly to a contender. My question is if there's any other college free agents that Murray might be interested in.
And from Sweden, your dear David Rundblad and Skelleftea are down 2-1 in their series, recently winning 2-1 in OT on Erik Forsell's two goals. Rundblad has been playing good, and seems to be in tune. If Skells can turn around and take control of this semi-final series, they're gonna need an defensive effort like Game 3's every night. One quick note, Andre Petersson almost returned in Game Three of their first-round series vs. AIK. He was kept out of it thought, and HV71 were shocked in 4. Doesn't bode well for his future, and likely he stays in the Elitserien next season. Jakob Silfverberg likely ended his SEL career with Brynas, losing in 5 games to Farjestad. Didn't watch much of his games on TV, but his stats weren't particularly good. I still think he is AHL-bound next season. And Adam Larsson has just been dynamite in the playoffs, you wonder if Bryan is paying attention. Not with the way Ottawa's been winning, if they win tomorrow they could slip into fourth place. I thought I'd never say this, but please, just lose.
Oh, and congrats you guys, hope you have a good election! Don't be like Americans! Or Swedes!