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  1. The season is over for Lillehammer IK, having played relegation matches where they managed to keep their spot in the Norwegian elite league. Very poor season for the team, though the silver lining is that a lot of young guys from the academy and the under-aged teams have had good amounts of ice time over the course of the season. Some of the guys show real promise, hopefully next year will be a better one. Patrick White finished with 2-9-11 in 17 games played, most of them centering the top line. 8 PIMs and -2. Showed good skill and good hands most of the time, specially in playmaking. The must frustrating thing is perhaps his work ethic. He floats around a lot, but seems to end up in the right place most times. However, the collective performance has not been there this year. Coming in to the team this late in the season, already in a spot for relegation matches probably does something to the motivation. White is signed through this season only, as is most of the other players on the team, except for a few Norwegian players. I doubt he will be back next year. The teams recent performance has made it difficult to keep the good "import players".
  2. Are the jerseys available for online purchase anywere?
  3. Patrick White (26 y/o), former 1st round draft pick (#25) for the Canucks back in 2007, has signed for my hometown team here in Norway, Lillehammer IK. He played his second game for the team today, first on home ice. They lost 2-3 to Manglerud Star, a team from the outskirts of the capital, Oslo. Patrick White had an assist on the game tying goal at 2-2. Since his last NCAA season with the Univ. of Minnesota, White has bounced around Europe, from 3. and 2. division hockey in Germany, where he had good numbers, to Slovakian hockey and a brief stint in the KHL. He started the 2015-16 campaign in Austria with the Graz99'ers, played 8 games, recording 2 points before heading to second tier hockey in Sweden. 7 games, 2 points before landing in Norway, with Lillehammer IK. Lillehammer IK has struggled this season, and is currently second to last in the league, which means playing relegation matches against the last placed team. The team brought in two new players during the Christmas break, Patrick White and Mike Banwell, an undrafted defenseman with 68 matches in the AHL, mostly with the Albany Devils, back in 2010-11/2012. I knew about Patrick White as the selection in 2007 and obviously from this forum. I was excited to hear that he had joined the team. Obviously Norwegian hockey is not the go-to-league for most players, but it's what we got. Hopefully Patrick White can step up his game and lead the team into a place, safe from relegation matches in the standings. I went to the game today, and at first it seemed like he had some trouble adjusting, which is fair, considering the larger ice surface and the fact that it is only his second game with the team. He seemed slow at first, losing a lot of one-on-one battles and turning the puck over in the neutral zone, but he found his footing towards the end of the game, and played a big role in the game-tying goal. He also showed good hands with some nice dekes. One can only hope that he will spark a better last-half of the season for the team! http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11470 I thought it would be interesting for some of you to hear where he is at the moment, and perhaps some observations of his play!
  4. Go Canucks Go!
  5. I think the boys played a pretty good game. Didn't get the bounces, but kept on fighting. Entertaining game! You win some, you lose some. Bring on the Oilers! Hope Virtanen will take McDavid for a spin again!
  6. Go Canucks Go! Predicting 3-1 W. Sutter, D. Sedin and Virtanen with the goals.
  7. Watched part of the game. Great game with all the young guns and the forever-young Jagr showing their best, and nice to see the sellout BB&T Centre! I really hope this continues. The difference is huge compared to last season. Quiet barn most of the season.
  8. Excited to see all the young guns on the roster. I think it is much better to watch these guys giving it their all on every shift to earn the spots, than watching Vey slide around the ice. On the other hand, the people who have called for this youth movement have got to be patient with the young guys. Same as for the other players on the roster, they will make mistakes, and when they do, we can't hang them out to dry. Developing talent takes patience. Let the season begin!
  9. I'll take that lead! Go Canucks Go!
  10. For a 2nd round pick?!?
  11. OMG!!!!! BENNING YOU SNEAKY FOX, YOU!
  12. In OP says Bruins are looking to add depth on D. Trading Hamilton won't make much sense... Trade some of the Canucks depth d-men to Boston.
  13. The Great Wall of Broadway
  14. So happy for this! The only Norwegian in the NHL is here to stay. Partial NTC as well. Here's to hoping Zuke continues to put the points up! Good bang per buck for NYR as well, if he continues to produce, as he will!