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McColgan playing well; aiding rookies

Wednesday, 11.17.2010 / 9:00 AM

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

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…