The Future

Lightning defense prospect Callan Foote plans to make own mark

BRANDON, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning defense prospect Callan Foote has learned to embrace the comparisons to his father, Adam, but the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft also is quick to say that he plays a different style.

Adam Foote, who was selected by the Quebec Nordiques with the No. 22 pick in the 1989 draft, was a stay-at-home defenseman known for his physical, gritty play as part of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Colorado Avalanche. Callan Foote considers himself more of a “modern defenseman” with a two-way skill set that fits in well with changes in the game in recent years.

“I understand you have to compare us and talk about both of us,” the 18-year-old said Tuesday after the Lightning opened development camp. “We’re totally different players. The game has changed. I feel like I [have] more of an offensive game. I take pride in playing defense, I try to have good positioning, but I also like to add to the offense.”

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Lucas Johansen could vie for job with Capitals next season

ARLINGTON, Va. — When the Vegas Golden Knights claimed defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Washington Capitals in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, Lucas Johansen immediately understood what it meant to the Capitals and to him.

The loss of Schmidt and expectation that defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner will leave as unrestricted free agents will create openings for at least two defensemen in Washington. Johansen, the Capitals’ first-round pick (No. 28) in the 2016 NHL Draft, views it as a chance for him to possibly compete for a job in training camp.

“For us young guys, it’s an awesome opportunity for us,” Johansen said after the first day of on-ice sessions at Capitals development camp on Tuesday. “That’s about the only positive out of it is the young guys get a chance.”

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Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

Adam, a 20-year NHL veteran, even took Cal into the room for Colorado’s Stanley Cup celebration in 2001. Cal was 2. “I wish I could remember more,” Cal said, smiling.

But Friday, the two Footes shared an unforgettable moment. Cal, a defenseman like his dad, got picked No. 14 overall by the Lightning in the first round of the draft. The father and son embraced in the United Center stands, Adam beaming with pride.

“(Adam) pretty much taught me everything I know about the game,” Cal said. “To be around him, He’s helped me a ton. I’m very fortunate.”

The Lightning felt fortunate to land the 6-feet-4 Cal, who played for Kelowna in the junior Western League last season. The Lightning had plenty of other options at No. 14, including Swedish defenseman Timothy Liljegren and Russian power forward Klim Kostin. But general manager Steve Yzerman said that not only is Cal a great prospect, he fills an organizational need, adding another right-shot puck mover.

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2017 NHL Draft: Golden Knights Pick Erik Brännström #15 Overall

With a pick they landed from the New York Islanders as part of a deal for the Expansion Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights took defenceman Erik Brännström from HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League. A very offensively-minded defenceman, Brännström can move the puck up the ice quickly and has great vision to go along with some incredible skating abilities.

He played 19 games with HV71 J20 team in 2016-17 notching 23 points (nine goals 14 assists) in that span. Jump up to the SHL’s HV71 team and he notched six points in 35 games playing against the men. Not bad when you consider he made the transition mid-season.

It definitely can’t be said about every player, but it can be said about Erik Brannstrom: He plays hockey with a personality. That’s why the 17-year-old defenceman became a regular on the Swedish Hockey League team HV71 in the 2016-17 season, with a quality to his game that was far beyond ordinary.

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NHL Draft 2017: Arizona Coyotes Select Filip Westerlund at 44th overall

The Coyotes select from Frölunda HC of Sweden, Filip Westerlund at 44th overall.

He played with the Frölunda and Frölunda HC J20 and has played for Sweden internationally in the U18’s as well. He played 33 games with the Men’s team as a steady defenseman, logging more minutes than next year’s projected #1 draft pick, Rasmus Dahlin.

Frölunda, captained by Joel Lundqvist, is one of the top teams in the SHL and produces some of the best players that come over to the NHL. Westerlund is quoted of wanting to go somewhere with sunshine, which he will get tons of in Arizona. He is a playmaker who likes having the puck.

You can listen to Jonathan Sigalet speak about Westerlund and Dahlin at 40:41 of the PuckDrop Europe Podcast here.

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Ben Kuzma: Cal Foote admires father’s feat, but carving his own pro path

CHICAGO — Cal Foote has probably touched the Stanley Cup and sipped something from it.

He just doesn’t remember — and that’s no surprise.

The Kelowna Rockets defenceman, who’s expected to be selected here Friday in the latter half of the first round of the National Hockey League draft, was 2½ years old when his famous father, Adam, paraded around the Pepsi Center in Denver with the Cup.

The physical defensive defenceman also made sure his son was in the room to savour the 2001 championship — a seven-game triumph over the New Jersey Devils — after also winning a Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996. That was two years before Cal was born.

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Grand Rapids Griffins react to winning Calder Cup Trophy

GRAND RAPIDS – Here are some of the reactions from the players, coaches – and even owners – from the Grand Rapids Griffins after winning the 81st Calder Cup Trophy.

Coach Todd Nelson, on when the momentum changed:

“When Bert scored (early in the third) that’s when it changed. We were a lot more crisp and when he scored our bench lifted up and we said, ‘That’s it we’re going to take the lead tonight and end this thing.”

Defenseman and captain Nathan Paetsch, on hoisting the Calder Cup:

“It’s one of those surreal moments that you dream about and then can’t believe they’re happening. I’m just so happy for our fans, for the boost they gave up tonight. I love this city and its passion for the game. It makes you proud to be a part of it.”

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CAMPBELL NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Ontario Reign goaltender Jack Campbell has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 9, 2017.

Campbell allowed just one goal on 58 shots in his two starts last week, leading the Reign to a home-and-home sweep of their arch rivals and helping them clinch a berth in the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

On Friday night, Campbell made 30 saves and recorded his fifth shutout of the season, earning first-star honors in Ontario’s 4-0 win at San Diego. The victory, Campbell’s 30th of the year, secured the Reign’s second postseason trip in as many seasons since joining the AHL, and the 18th trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings’ top affiliate in the last 19 seasons.

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The Man Behind the Mask: Goaltender Jack Campbell

As Jonathan Quick closes in on his 500th career game, he continues to show the importance for an NHL team to have an elite level goaltender.

From 2006 to 2008, the Kings used 11 different goaltenders.

Over the next eight seasons, the Kings have called into action just eight goalies.

Dating back to his breakout season of 2008-09, Quick has been the de facto starting net minder for the Kings, appearing in 75 percent of games prior to the start of this season.

When it was clear that Quick would be sidlined for the majority of 2016-17, the Kings weren’t the only team impacted.

With Peter Budaj filling in for Quick in LA, the Ontario Reign had to turn to the newly acquired Jack Campbell.

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Penn State’s Pedrie Signs With Rangers

The New York Rangers have signed Penn State defenseman Vince Pedrie, according to Pedrie’s own Twitter feed.

Pedrie, 6-foot, 195 lbs., had 30 points in 39 games form the backline, most among defensemen, and his plus-27 was second-best on the team behind defense partner Erik Autio. He also led the team with 167 shots on net.

“It comes with a heavy heart that I announce I will not be returning to Penn State for my final two years,” Pedrie posted to his Twitter. “(Five) years ago Penn State didn’t have a (D)ivision I hockey team; today we are Big Ten Champions. … I love everything about this university and I will always be a proud Penn Stater.”

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