North Pole offensive stud Jared Linnell says he want's to follow in his dad's footsteps. The junior Patriot has apparently been on the phone with some of the folks in the UAF Athletic Department, as well as some media outlets. The descendant of former Nanook Derek Linnell was the top scorer for North Pole last season, boasting 53 points from 16 goals and 37 assists. Not too shabby. The high schooler was selected in the futures draft byCedar Rapids of the USHL back in early May. Will he decide to forgo juniors, and head straight into D-1 hockey? Probably. But the 5' 10" 160lb forward has a lot of work to do.
He's slated to attend a few skate camps this summer, including the Lions camp, as well as the the Fairbanks Ice Dogs camp. All the opportunities that come his way, he should take advantage. I've seen him skate, and he is definitely pretty quick on his feet for being 16 years old. He's got two more seasons with the Patriots, and I'm pretty anxious to see this kid take off. Props for staying and helping out the home team.
So I didn't want to make a separate post about this, but this, at least deserves to be a nice footnote. So here is the would-be headline: Ex-UAA commit Spencer Bennett stuck it to Coach Shyiak and the UAA "Seawolves" just after the NHL draft. Bennett was selected in the 2009 NHL draft 141st overall by the Calgary Flames, and apparently, decided UAA wasn't good enough after riding the hind end of the WCHA for so long. So he dropped them like a stinky pair of underwear. But rather than sign with the Nanooks, he signed with my former hometown major junior league team, the WHL Portland Winterhawks.
Man, those guys in Anchorage were just getting over John Hill, now this? I love off-season drama...