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Posted On Friday, 05.20.2011 / 9:12 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

Kelowna's McColgan pitches NHL GMs, scouts

Shane McColgan is a right wing for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. McColgan, the only U.S.-born player selected in the first round of the WHL's 2008 bantam draft, finished runner-up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels) as the league's top rookie in 2009-10 after posting 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games. In 67 regular-season games this season, McColgan led the team with 66 points, including 21 goals. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., rated No. 125 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters in April, also led the Rockets with 8 goals and 19 points and was second with a plus-5 rating in 10 WHL playoff games. A participant in the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August and the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, McColgan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Hello everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read my second to last Draft blog for NHL.com. After the season I took some time off; I think that was important. I won't start skating again until June 14 so I'll be off the ice for about two months but I have started my training program. That's why I'm now back in Kelowna … to train with a couple of the guys over here and with our athletic trainer (Jeff Thorburn) and skating coach (Aaron Konecsni) on the skating treadmill and that's been great. It's been good so far and I'm looking forward to getting started with the training.

While it is disappointing that I won't be able to attend the NHL Scouting Combine, I know that was something that was out of my control. Everyone knows how strong I am. I feel I can do anything in the gym but the main reason I wanted to go there was for the teams to really get to know me as a person, so that's the only reason why I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get to go, but everything will work out the way it will. If scouts or GMs want to call or do interviews with me, that'll be great.

I do feel I can bring my playmaking ability and leadership as well to any team -- since I feel I've grown as a leader in Kelowna. I feel my strengths are my offensive ability and will to win because I always want to win … I'm a real competitive guy and I think every team needs that. Obviously I'm not going to be a fighter or a fourth-line type player but if they want me to do a different role, then I'll try that. I'll do whatever it takes to play.

I'm prepared for whatever round I go in or whatever number I'm chosen at the NHL Draft. It doesn't matter to me. At the end of the day, you still have to make the team. I'm not going to go to the Draft. I'm just going to stay at home with my family and watch it with my family on television. I'll celebrate it with my friends and family back home (in Manhattan Beach, Ca.).

Individually in the WHL playoffs, I really excelled and took to heart what my coaches told me to do in the playoffs and really focused on that. Team wise, I thought we had a really good chance this year to go further than the second round. Playing Portland was pretty huge for us and everyone was expecting them to sweep us but we took it to six games, so I think we can build off of that going into next year but it was a good season overall.

When I look back, I did go to the Top Prospects Game and the fact this is my Draft year, there was a little pressure but now that the season is over, I think I can sit back, relax and play the waiting game now. But it was a tremendous year and all the guys are great on my team. We're a tight-knit group in the locker room and looking forward to 2011-12.

As a rookie, I had a tremendous year and this year I kind of got off to a slow start (sidelined three weeks) with my surgery (to remove an abscess in the right tonsil) and everything going on at the start of the year, but there's no excuses. I knew I had to battle through that. Overall, I think I had a pretty solid year. I would have liked to score a few more goals but that's about it.

Thanks for reading and check back next month after the Draft for my final blog of the season.
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Posted On Wednesday, 03.30.2011 / 9:00 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

McColgan dishes on final ranks and WHL playoffs

Shane McColgan is a right wing for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. McColgan, the only U.S.-born player selected in the first round of the WHL's 2008 bantam draft, finished runner-up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels) as the league's top rookie in 2009-10 after posting 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games. Through 67 regular season games this season, McColgan led the team with 45 assists and 66 points, including 21 goals. The native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., rated No. 103 on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term release of North American skaters in January, has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Hello everyone. Here's a quick blog update for you since there are so many meetings and schedules to keep at playoff time.

I heard that Central Scouting will have their final draft meeting for rating the prospects this weekend. I had a few interviews with members of the media, but it hasn't really been too bothersome. I haven't really had a lot of media attention, which is a good thing, so you don't think about it too much. Whatever happens, happens. But I'm really looking forward to the Draft come June.

Fortunately, Kelowna captain Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche, drafted 64th overall, 2009) has gone through this process and can help me. He's given good advice already, telling me not to worry about the ratings too much. He was rated pretty high (No. 52 among North American skaters) and he dropped a little bit and went in the third round. That's kind of my situation right now, but at the end of the day, you still have to make the team no matter what round it is and that's my ultimate goal.

Through the whole regular season, it was a good race between us and Vancouver (in the Western Conference). Over the last 20 games, we showed what we could do and pulled ahead of Vancouver quite a bit (by 12 points) and got that second seed in the West (behind Portland), which was huge for us.

We're up 3-games-to-0 in our first playoff series with Prince George and just hope to keep it going (in Game 4 Wednesday in Prince George).

In three playoff games, I have 1 goal and 6 assists (and team-high 7 points). As long as I can contribute and the team is still winning, then I'm fine with that. Obviously, I have to produce a little bit more offensively in the goal department and that's going to come. I've been close in the last couple of games and if one goes in, I know I'll get on a little role, so it's just a matter of time. I just have to keep working hard.

I think it was a good regular season for me individually (with a team-leading 45 assists and 66 points in 67 games). I think I would have liked to score a few more goals (21) but the most important thing is we had a good regular season as a team and we finished with over 40 wins which is pretty cool. We got that second seed in the West. For me, I'm happy with it but for the team, I'm really happy.

Until next time, enjoy the playoffs!
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.16.2011 / 9:00 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

Prepping for the stretch run

Shane McColgan is a right wing for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. McColgan, the only U.S.-born player selected in the first round of the WHL's 2008 bantam draft, finished runner-up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels) as the league's top rookie in 2009-10 after posting 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games. Through 50 games thisseason, he leads the team with 54 points, including 19 goals. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native was rated No. 103 on NHL Central Scouting's mid-term release of North American skaters in January. A participant of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August, McColgan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Hi everyone. Thanks for checking in this month. We have a busy schedule the next four days with three big games. Two of our games are against Vancouver, which has 65 points (30 wins) in the B.C. Division. We're second with 63 points (31 wins). We're in Vancouver on Wednesday and then play Spokane (34 wins, 74 points) on Friday before hosting Vancouver on Saturday.

I went out to lunch with our coach (Kelowna's Ryan Huska) on Tuesday afternoon. It was a one-time thing. I think that Coach is just trying to be a little more positive with us and have a little fun. If he's having fun then there's a good attitude in the room and we feel like we can talk about anything when we're getting along with him. Every player, including myself, perform better on the ice when we're not worried about what he's thinking or what the assistant coaches are thinking. So I think it's good to do things like this … maybe we should do it a little more.

Personally, I was up and down last month (6 goals, 5 assists). But the last 17 games are really important to me and most important for the team since we're coming down to playoffs. I think I've done well so far. I battled through surgery at the start of the season but the main thing is I think I need to shoot the puck more. My 19 goals (this season) isn't bad, but I should be up to 25 by now. I just need to shoot the puck more and work hard and things will go my way.

As a team, we did alright in the month of January (8-5); losing is never fun but we battled back after going through some injuries a little bit here and some adversity. Every team goes through that but we have to battle and play as a team and whoever is on the ice must do their job. I think we're having fun with the game. We take ourselves serious but not too serious. The next three games are huge and we just need to play hard and do the little things right. No one is ever satisfied with their play, so you can always step up. We just have to keep winning and keep on that role.

I don't really look too much on the computer to get extra information about upcoming opponents. We have team meetings and before we leave for the game, we have pregame meetings in the morning and prepare for our opponent before our afternoon nap. We know who we're up against and how they might match up lines. It's important and you have to be ready. You have to know who you'll be facing, so I do make it a point to know the opponent and who I might be up against before a game.
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Posted On Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 11:48 PM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

Postcard from Top Prospects Game

Well, I just finished up a great experience at the Top Prospects Game in Toronto, so this blog is hot off the presses.

Our team, Team Orr, scored a 7-1 victory over Team Cherry so we feel pretty good. Everyone wanted to showcase themselves and I thought it was a good turnout. It was an honor to be out there with these guys and it's pretty cool that everyone showcased themselves. You could see guys from different leagues and listen what different coaches had to say, so there was even more to learn.

Once I was out there, it was just another game. You want to showcase yourself (to those scouts in attendance) but you have to keep in the back of your mind that people are watching. You try not to do things you can't do right; you have to play your game right.

It was great sharing in this with everyone from the CHL. It was an honor for sure and it's been fun. It was great because coaches Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark skated with us for the first time on Wednesday morning. It was great learning from them and hearing what they had to say.

I know I'm a smaller guy out there, but I knew I could use my speed and quickness to my advantage to get around those big defensemen. I think I have the speed to do it as well. (Daniel) Catenacci and me are almost the same size and he won the fastest skater competition (Tuesday). We worked the same line during the top prospects game and it was fun. Lucas Lessio was also on our line. Catenacci is a quick player. We were talking in the locker room about using our speed wide; that's our best asset out there and we did that.

Before leaving for the top prospects game, I talked to (Tyson) Barrie (who played at the top prospects game and is captain in Kelowna). He just said to have fun with everything and play your game like you know how.

I was a part of the fastest skater competition during the skills event on Tuesday but fell and couldn't make up the time. As I was rounding the net on the stretch run, I think the guy told me I was at 8.5 seconds and he said I would have had the record (Catenacci in 14.017) if I didn't fall. So that was pretty disappointing but we all had fun out here. I was mad but I guess I can laugh about it now.

It was really cool watching those breakaway shots. (Tomas) Yurco was unreal … I've never seen that before and the crowd was loving it for sure. (Sven) Baertschi and me were talking, and I told him to do the one off his head. I also kind of gave him the idea with his stick, but he modified it a little bit and it was pretty cool how he went top shelf with that one.

During the 3-on-3 game, I wasn't expecting (Duncan) Siemens to come over and cross check me in the stomach twice. So I said something to him during the play and he did it again. So I whacked him there in the skates. I guess it's all part of the game.

I was also asked to comment on the recent NHL Central Scouting rankings (McColgan rated No. 102 among North American skaters). It's always disappointing when you're in the triple digits. It's not where I want to be, whatsoever. But, it is what it is and I was here at the Top Prospects Game for a reason --  to showcase myself and make sure I get up in that draft. Just like I know I should be.

Thanks for reading and talk to you next month.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.15.2010 / 9:09 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

McColgan recommends friend/linemate for U.S. National Jr. Team

Shane McColgan is a right wing for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. McColgan, the only U.S.-born player selected in the first round of the WHL's 2008 bantam draft, finished runner-up to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels) as the league's top rookie in 2009-10 after posting 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games. Prior to joining the Rockets, the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native played for the Los Angeles Junior Kings and produced 14 goals and 35 assists in 44 games. A participant of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August, McColgan has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Hello again. Everything is going really well at Kelowna at this point in the season. The BC Division in the Western Conference is really tight … just a few points separate the last place team and the first. We're 1-1 on our Alberta swing here and we've come a long way since the beginning of the year. At one point, we were 4-10 and now we're 17-14 (7-3 over last 10) and one of the best teams in the league right now.

I know I'm second on the team in scoring, but I'm struggling right now scoring goals, but every player goes through that and I just need to shoot the puck a little more. Mitch Callahan is first in scoring and he's having a great year so far. I think I can bring more to the table for the team, but the most important thing is we're doing pretty well right now as a team, so that's all that matters.

I was really happy for (Kelowna linemate) Mitch Callahan (Whittier, Calif.) when he got word he made the U.S. National Junior Team camp. I was actually with him when he got the phone call. It's his last year to make the team and he has a really good chance this year. No one that went to the camp, I think , can play his role any better than he can so. There's an advantage there and obviously he's having a pretty good year with us this season and I enjoy playing with him.

For the U.S. team, I think he can bring an energy-line role as well as an agitating role. He gets under the players' skin pretty well and obviously he's leading our team in scoring so he can do that as well. He can bring the whole package, but I'm sure what the U.S. will want from him is to bring energy, bring those big hits to get the team going. Obviously, there's no fighting in international hockey, but he can bring that energy and get the team going that way.

I've known Mitch since I was about 10. We weren't really that good of friends when we were younger, but always played in the same club and we've known each other for a while. His hometown is about 40 minutes from me. I'm closer to the beach and he's a little more near the city, but we'll see each other here and there during the summer. We try and stay in contact the best we can.

But, getting back to the season, I'm looking forward to playing in the Saddledome in Calgary (on Dec. 17). I really like that rink, so that'll be our last game before we leave the last day for Christmas. The tough thing about road trips are that the bus rides are pretty long and pretty grueling. You really have to stay mentally prepared and really have to enjoy the game to play this time of the year. But it's really fun, too. In Edmonton, we went to the West Edmonton Mall and that brought back some memories because I played in the Brick Tournament there in 2003. That was the last time I was in that mall so that brought back memories for sure.

I'm looking forward to seeing family and friends over the Christmas holidays. I think getting away from hockey a little bit and taking some time to rest your mind and body is pretty important. Hopefully, we'll have a nice, hot Christmas out in Southern California so that I can get on the beach and swim in the ocean a little bit and relax -- yeah, I'm looking forward to that.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.17.2010 / 9:00 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

McColgan playing well; aiding rookies

I'm back for a recap of the first month and a half of the season. I've actually been happy with my play and the team had a stretch of six straight wins last week so we were rolling pretty well. For me, I'd like to shoot to shoot the puck and score a little bit more. That's really been my focus -- to shoot more pucks. I've been doing it more in practice, but feel I need to step it up a little bit more every game.

We're fifth in our division but only seven points behind the frontrunners (Vancouver Giants), so we're right there.

Right now I'm on a line with with Mitch Callahan and Zach Franko. Callahan and me built some really good chemistry and it's getting better every game. Franko is the rookie on our line and he's doing very well. This being his first year in the league, he's been holding his ground and he's been playing really well so far. We've had good chemistry the last few weeks.

With any rookie on the team, if they have a question or need someone to talk to, I'm one of the guys they can talk to anytime. I want them to feel right at home.

I feel when I have an opportunity like that, I need to give back. When I came up for training in Kelowna, I talked to (Kelowna alum) Tyler Myers quite a bit and hung out with him. When I came here as a 15-year-old, he actually was the guy who showed me around and was very nice to me. He always gave me advice when I was here in the summer and has been talking to me about the upcoming draft. I also talked to (former Kelowna players) Luke Schenn in the summer too while he was up here, along with Jamie Benn and all those ex-Kelowna guys. It was pretty cool speaking to all of them and hearing what they had to say. Ty Myers and Brandon McMillan got an apartment here, and Benn, Shea Weber and Blake Comeau also come back … I could go on and on. These guys come back and it's great to hear what they have to say. I've been lucky to be in Kelowna.

It'll be nice to have some time off this week before a big two games at Prince George (Nov. 19 and 20). The last movie I saw with the guys was "Due Date" with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and it was pretty funny.

Well, that's it for now and thanks for reading! Until next time…

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.20.2010 / 9:00 AM

By Shane McColgan -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Shane McColgan draft blog

Rocket man in Kelowna

Hi everyone. My name is Shane McColgan and I play for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. I started playing when I was 2 1/2 years-old on the roller rinks in California because there aren't many ice rinks there. The first ice rink opened up when I was 6 in El Segundo (Calif.) where the Kings and Lakers practice. It's a nice facility and it was great to go there.
 
Every kid has a dream of playing in the NHL and getting drafted, but not until I was a about 12 did I feel I could make a living playing hockey. That's when I started producing and helping my bantam team win while being one of the top three guys on the team. It was around that same time when my coach at the time, Sandy Gasseau, moved me to forward from defense. If he didn't switch me, I'd probably be playing defense right now so I'm grateful he had the foresight to do that -- it's a move I don't regret.
 
My coach for the LA Junior Kings, Jack Bowkus, also helped me a lot along the way.
 
A lot of people ask me about hockey in California and how popular it's becoming. When Wayne Gretzky got traded to the Kings, it was huge for California hockey. You'll see some kids who will come out of there as top notch kids born in 1995 and '96. I'm hearing about some good ones waiting in the wings already … I don't know them well but have heard good things. We're competing with Canada and are proving to be pretty good at hockey too. Some people just think we're all surfing and chillin', going on the beach and things like that, but hockey in California has grown for sure.
 
My first season in Kelowna was great experience. Kelowna is a top-notch organization that treats you like a professional, and they expect you to be professional on and off the ice and that's what has really helped me. The coaching staff has given me a chance to play as a really young guy as a 16 year old. Most players wouldn't get the chance to play at that age but they believed in me and I believed in them.
 
I had a rough start to this season as I had to have my tonsils removed and missed a few games. I was out three weeks with an abscess in the right tonsil and they had to get them out right away so I flew back to Manhattan Beach to have the procedure taken care of. Everything went as planned and I'm just trying to get my step back now and getting back into game shape.
 
It was kind of hard coming back because we played three games in three nights and two were on the road and those were my first three games back so it was pretty tough. But there was a break between games after that and I think I'll be fine the rest of the way.
 
I had a great experience at the Research, Development and Orientation Camp over the summer. Going up there with all the top prospects who could potentially go in the first round, seeing Brendan Shanahan and Commissioner Gary Bettman, was all very cool. Just getting a taste of the NHL like that was great experience.
 
Most of my goals are really team-oriented. I want to win a championship in Kelowna and have a successful season. My individual goals are just to produce offensively and be a good defensive player as well. I'll stick up for my teammates whenever I can; I don't shy away from the physical side of the game.

I'm pretty excited about the draft. There's always a little pressure and I think about it in the back of my mind but obviously I did something that worked last year and I'm not going to change it up. I have a year of experience under my belt and I think that'll really help me this season.
 
We got off to a pretty slow start but I'm confident we'll get the points back. I'm confident we'll have a good season. I appreciate you reading my first blog and check back next month with a new update.

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