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Breakaway relay steals the show

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 12:37 AM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / Road to St. Paul 2011 Entry Draft Blog

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Breakaway relay steals the show
Polling a few of the prospects Tuesday night, it's obvious the Showdown Breakaway contest was the star of the show, especially Saint John's Tomas Jurco.

"The thing that Tomas Jurco did, his shootout move, that was pretty slick," said Kelowna's Shane McColgan. "That was pretty cool, never seen anybody do that. And (Sven) Baertschi told me he was going to do that one-handed thing and he pulled that off. So that was pretty cool."

"Jurco's move was pretty cool," said Saskatoon's Duncan Siemens. "When I saw him flip it up and started spinning his stick and the puck landed on it, that was like, wow. Baertschi's one-handed move was pretty cool. There was a lot of cool moves, a lot of creativity."

The one surprise entry in the event was Portland Winterhawks defenseman Joe Morrow. Morrow isn't really known as an offensive player, but he made the most of it. His highlight was a Superman dive with the puck in his left hand, and then he slid it onto his stick for a shot that was stopped.

"He had some fun with it," said Siemens. "That last one with the Superman, that's pretty fun."

Siemens and Bell were happy to limit their participation to the hardest shot contest.

"Kind of happy I didn't have to embarrass myself out there," said Bell, who won the hardest shot contest.

"I was glad I was put where I was," added Siemens. "If I could stay away form the breakaway and accuracy, I was fine.

"Just a tough break for Morrow, I guess. … Not too many d-men that have good gloves out there. There's guys like (Kitchener's Ryan) Murphy, (Montreal's Xavier) Ouellet that got some hands and some moves, but for the most part d-men aren't known for their good mitts."