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Rookies In and then Out

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

September 12

The rookies are in the big city and on their way to life in the big leagues… for now anyway! Physicals were in order on Friday morning and then the boys boarded the "iron lung," the land version of course, and will make haste to Traverse City. This is the annual Rookie Tournament hosted by the Red Wings that will attract several NHL teams with their prized possessions. Some of the games will be taped delayed and will be shown on the NHL Network:


Prospects Tournament at Traverse City, Michigan coverage on NHL Network (All games on next-day tape delay)

Sunday, September 14

8:00 PM ET – Thrashers vs. Lightning

10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blues

Monday, September 15

8:00 PM ET – Wild vs. Blues

10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blue Jackets

Wednesday, September 17

8:00 PM ET – Rangers vs. Lightning

10:00 PM ET – Red Wings vs. Thrashers

Thursday, September 18

8:00 PM ET – Third Place Game

10:00 PM ET – Championship Game


There is a lot of optimism in the young crop and it will be nice to get a chance to see them on the ice and in competition first hand.

As I walked into the Dispatch Ice Haus today, the first young man in the rink this morning was Nikita Filatov. He was with pro scout Artem Telepin from Russia who escorted "Nicky" to Columbus. Let it be stated, what a pleasure to talk with the young man, yes talk. No offense "Z", but if you had made just a little more of an effort… let it go, Bill… Nikita had a hard day of travel on Wednesday and was told by Tyler Wright to sleep in… yea right… he and Artem were up and ready to go, but it was life in the stands today. The stands will be one area of the rink that he will not get a chance to see much during the course of the season, no matter where his skills will put him.

He gave a big "ooooooh" of emotion when he had a chance to see the speed of Jason Chimera break around a defender and deposit it into the net… fun to see not only on the ice for Chimmer scoring, but the childish emotion shown by a young man that will possess the same skills when given a chance this year.

Hats off to Manny Malhotra and CBJ Foundation in teaming up to build a playground at our adopted inner city school at Arlington Park. With the assistance of management, staff and players, a beautiful result will put smiles on the faces of all the children.

“Thanks for paying forward Manny!”

Thanks to Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, Adam Pineault and Andrew Murray for taking time out of their busy day to spend time with me and the Columbus Capital Youth Hockey Association. It was a nice gathering at the beautiful Pinnacle Golf Course.

As the news gets a little more interesting, expect the blog to increase… hockey is back people… can't wait… stay tuned!!


*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blog - "Davidge Dishes". The Columbus Blue Jackets radio color analyst will try to keep you updated on all the season action through his blog, especially when the Blue Jackets kick off the 2008-09 campaign October 10 @ Dallas.

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