Results from Friday’s NHL preseason games involving Canadian teams, plus updates on Ryan Smyth, Matt Stajan and more.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets ended their preseason with a listless 5-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, giving them a 1-4-3 record in eight preseason games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets start the season with the same record, then it’s time to worry.
EDMONTON SUN: Veteran Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is making the most of his opportunity starting the season on the club’s top line with Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How long Smyth remains there, however, is another matter. If not for injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner (forcing the Oilers to move winger Hall to center), Smyth probably wouldn’t be on their top line.
CALGARY SUN: Center Matt Stajan faces more responsibility and leadership this season on the rebuilding Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offense to Stajan, but having him as their first line center to start the season indicates just how weak the rebuilding Flames are at that position.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk isn’t ready yet to consider rekindling his relationship with former captain Daniel Alfredsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only been three months since Alfredsson departed for Detroit.That rift is probably gonna fester for a little while.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford believes the Canucks lack of depth is the only reason prospects Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are still on the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once the lineup gets healthier and Zack Kassian returns from suspension I expect Horvat and Shinkaruk to be returned to their junior teams.The Canucks could be busy over the weekend keeping an eye on the waiver wire.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael Bournival is satisfied with the effort he put in to make the club’s roster this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have to work harder if he hopes to remain there throughout the season. Preseason is one thing, the regular season is much tougher.