Monday, December 15, 2008

Wiercioch cut from Team Canada

Sens prospect Patrick Wiercioch was among the final cuts for Team Canada's 2009 World Junior Championships roster. Unfortunately.

And that's all there really is to say about it. Maybe he'll turn his disappointment into motivation and become the next Bobby Orr. That would be sweet.

EDIT: The Sens' official site has a bit more on Wiercioch, including a scouting report from Al Murray, head scout for Hockey Canada. The good news is that Murray's criticism of Wiercioch is all on thing that he can improve with relative ease, namely his physical conditioning and his confidence:
"For his first time involved in the program ... you're never sure what to expect when you come into that," Al Murray, Hockey Canada's head scout, said as Team Canada assembled at the Bell Sensplex for media photos and interviews. "He looked a bit tentative, then seemed to get a little bit more comfortable as the week went along."

With a little bit more physical strength, Murray believes Wiercioch could be a part of the team Hockey Canada sends to the 2010 WJC in Regina and Saskatoon.

"He needs to gain more strength so he can handle the physical battles," Murray said of Wiercioch, the Senators' second-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place. "When you're playing against the best players your age in the world, you've got (have) a lot of physical strength on some of the those guys.

"As the week went on, he got more comfortable in the offensive situations, better in his positioning, used his stick well and I thought he handled himself very well. We're anxious to see him here again and if he's not in the National Hockey League, I think he's got a real good chance to be a part of our program."
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