Maine Hockey Journal

Lewiston gets to know their opponents

This year the Maineiacs played three two-game sets during the preseason. A couple of the players enjoyed facing each team twice and getting use to the opposition’s tendencies.maineiacs logo

“It will for sure,” said Maineiacs’ goaltender Jordan Kennedy. “That’s one good thing about playing in these preseason games, it helps me out. It gives me ideas on shooters, plays, what the style of the powerplay is. It helps me out.

“It’s good to beat (Shawinigan), but we still have to face them eight more times,” said Maineiacs forward Samuel Granache.

I found it interesting that the team only played three teams. They played quality opponents. Saint John is on the short list for teams that have a real shot to hoist the President’s Cup Trophy. Drummondville and Shawinigan should be good this season. Will they run away with the division like they did last year? I don’t think so.

Alexander Picard signs with Columbus

Former Lewiston Maineiac Alexander Picard has signed a one-year deal worth $865,700 according to the Columbus Dispatch. It’s a two-way deal, meaning he could be sent to Syracuse, if he doesn’t make the NHL roster.

Picard played two seasons with the Maineiacs from 2003-2005. In the two seasons, he accumulated 79 goals and 89 assists for 168 points. With the Blue Jackets, he has two assists in 58 games. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets.

Brickley and Matt McNeely to play in the USHL

Although he turn downed an invitation to the Maineiacs’ training camp, Connor Brickley, the Maineiacs’ 11th round pick will play for the Des Moines Buccaneers this season.

USA Hockey officially announced the National Team Development Program’s Under-17 team yesterday. No surprise here, but 2011 Maine recruit Matt McNeely will be on the roster.

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