Sunday, August 16, 2009

Badger alumni updates

  • uwbadgers14 on uscho has posted that Shane Connelly has signed a tryout contract with the Senators organization and will try for a spot in Binghamton. I can't find any links, though. He also indicates that if Cons doesn't make the cut, he'll head to Europe to ply his trade.
  • Andy Baggot had a really nice article over a week ago about the Badger alumni who are training this offseason in Madison, including Tom Gilbert, Adam Burish, Jake Dowell, Brian Elliott, Davis Drewiske, Jeff Likens, and Kyle Klubertanz.
  • Speaking of Badger alums in Madison, DPlaya shared a story emailed to him about the Badger alumni and current players skating @ the KC after the Badger Youth Development Hockey Camp. My favorite part: "Burish and Gilbert both play at another speed on the ice. Their experience in the NHL is very telling even in a session of pond hockey. When those two want to they played at a speed the others (even Engel and Drewiske) struggled to keep pace with and the fact it was evident even in a game of pond hockey tells me why those two are where they are considering the D1 talent that was on the ice with them at the time."
  • This is an old video that I missed it when it was originally posted (11/4/08), but Paul Capobianco recently posted it on twitter. If you remember a ways back, the Oilers had a Guitar Hero contest in which winning players would get to play in the finals against Tom Gilbert, and this is the video of Tom Gilbert at the Guitar Hero finals. I think TG is funny.
  • In his most recent blog post, Tom Gilbert writes about his summer travels, summer training, and his new house. I know I'm easily amused, but I thought his comments about Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano not knowing what to do since he moved out were amusing.
  • CHED's Dan Tencer has an audio interview with Tom Gilbert. In the 13-min interview, he talks about his new house, Andrew Cogliano's involvement in the Dany Heatley trade rumor, the Oilers' new coaching staff, his offseason training and conditioning, and the upcoming US Olympic orientation camp (Aug 17-19, Woodridge, IL).
  • Jim Matheson reports that the Oilers may be looking at moving one of their top defenseman, one of which is Tom Gilbert, in order to get a good forward. Jonathan Willis of the Copper and Blue isn't buying that the Oilers have enough depth at D to make this move advisable.