Legein, who last month stunned the hockey world when he announced he would hang up the blades after suffering from burnout, may now be contemplating a return to the ice. According to Legein’s agent, Doug Woods, whose client was a member of last year’s Canadian World Junior championship team and a second-round draft pick of the Blue Jackets in 2007, he has had conversations with Legein regarding the subject.
“I think after assessing the situation, I’ve learned that he had a lot of pressure on him the last year,” Woods told NHL.com. “He’s now seriously thinking about it and working some things out right now, and I feel confident that there’s a good possibility he will be back. We’re talking very regularly and certainly he’s willing to discuss it now. Once I return to Toronto, we’ll be talking more about it.”
Legein scored 37 points for Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League in April and was then assigned to Syracuse, where he played two AHL playoff games, before being given permission to go home rather than participate in the team's minor-league playoff run.
--Mike G. Morreale
Here’s your chance -- When told that at least one hockey publication has already projected him to score in the neighborhood of 50 points this coming season, Atlanta Thrashers prospect Zach Bogosian was somewhat stunned.
After all, he hasn’t even made the team yet, or even spent one day in training camp.
“To be honest, I didn’t even know,” Bogosian told NHL.com.
Bogosian, though, knows all too well that the Thrashers’ top brass are expecting him to play this season and be a major contributor on the back end and on the power play. He also said he understands all eyes will be on him during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, but he doesn’t feel any added pressure to perform among his peers.
“(Thrashers GM) Don Waddell has said it numerous times that he was going to give me an opportunity,” Bogosian said. “Not too many 18-year-old kids have an opportunity to play in the NHL, so that’s all I can ask for. Hopefully I can capitalize on that, but first I want to make it. If I make it, I want to stick. If I stick, I want to make an impact.”
If he makes an impact, maybe 50 points isn’t a stretch.
“We’ll have to see,” Bogosian said. “I don’t know yet.”
A Star in the Making – Fabian Brunnstrom, the Swedish sensation who signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars in May, was front and center during the team’s morning practice on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound native of Jonstorp, Sweden, one of the more hyped NHL prospects not to be drafted this summer, is grateful to have an opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing in the NHL while warming up to the organization.
“I think the transition has been really good,” Brunnstrom said. “I’ve received a lot of help from the coaches and all the players and that has really been a benefit. It was a very tough decision to make, but I felt Dallas was the right fit for me. I just felt comfortable there. Now, I just have to become accustomed to driving in the city. I know it’s a simple trip to the practice facility, but staying on the right road has been tough when you aren’t familiar with the area. But I’m getting there slowly but surely.”
Before signing with Dallas, Brunnstrom was also courted by Detroit, Montreal, Vancouver and Anaheim. He posted 37 points and a team-leading 28 assists in 54 games last season for Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League.
--Mike G. Morreale
Looking good in blue -- Alex Pietrangelo was sporting a St. Louis Blues sweater at the draft in June after the team made him the fourth pick, but Saturday morning was the first time he got a chance to sport their jersey on the ice.
Pietrangelo sat out the Blues Prospect Development Camp in late June because he was still recovering from mononucleosis, which sidelined him during the OHL playoffs. He admitted he was eager to get to Traverse City just so he could wear that jersey again.
“I was kind of anxious to get it going because I didn’t play at the prospects camp,” Pietrangelo told NHL.com. “It’s been good and it’s only going to get better.”
"(The Traverse City tournament) is me giving them the first look of what I have. I’m trying to make the team just like everyone else."
-- St. Louis prospect Alex Pietrangelo
“I was really just trying to get myself back into shape because that was really when I first started to train and get back into things,” Pietrangelo said. “Off the ice I was hanging out with all the guys, but on the ice (the Traverse City tournament) is me giving them the first look of what I have. I’m trying to make the team just like everyone else.”
A Ty to impress in Tampa – Ty Wishart, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman who was traded along with Matt Carle to the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 4 for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich, appeared ready to turn some heads on the opening day of the Prospects Tournament.
While the trade caught him off-guard, he’s grateful to have a shot with a young and exuberant group in Tampa
“I think the trade was a little bit of a shock at first since I wasn’t really expecting it,” Wishart said. “I was supposed to head down to San Jose the week after the trade actually came down but it kind of leaked out in the media and my good buddy Keaton Ellerby told me before I even knew about it. But I was happy after I got traded and am now just looking forward to making the most of my opportunity in Tampa.”
Wishart played with Ellerby, a first-round pick (No. 10) of the Florida Panthers in 2007, in Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League last season.
-- Mike G. Morreale