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Giants' Benson's surgery deemed successful

TSN's Button releases first rankings
September 11, 2015 10:59 P.M.

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If you are into such, Craig Button of TSN has produced his first 2015-16 rankings (top 41) of players eligible for the NHL’s 2016 draft. F Auston Matthews, whose WHL rights are held by the Everett Silvertips, is ranked No. 1. He is scheduled to make his debut with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss NL A next weekend. . . . The top-ranked WHLer is D Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who is No. 11. . . . Button’s complete rankings are right here.
The Vancouver Giants reported Friday morning that F Tyler Benson “has undergone successful surgery to repair a lower body ailment. The hockey club expects to have a more specific timeline for his return within the next 10 days.” . . . Benson, from Edmonton, is projected as a first-round selection in the NHL’s 2016 draft. He is ranked 20th in Craig Button’s afore-mentioned pre-season rankings. . . . Benson, from Edmonton, had 45 points, 14 of them goals, in 62 games as a 16-year-old freshman last season.
The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed F Ian Briscoe and F Connor Pyne. . . . Briscoe, from Winnipeg, was a fifth-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft. Last season, with the midget AAA Winnipeg Warriors, he put up 54 points, including 21 goals, in 31 games. . . . Pyne, from White City, Sask., was a third-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft. Last season, he had 32 points, 18 of them goals, in 31 games with the bantam AA Prairie Storm.
The Portland Winterhawks announced Friday that a preseason game they were to have played host to on Friday (Sept. 18) now will be played in Everett that same night. Game time will be 7:05. . . . According to a news release: “The cancellation is a result of repairs being done to the roof of the Skating Center, causing a deterioration of the ice. After carefully monitoring the arena’s ice conditions over the last week, it was deemed that the ice would not be in good enough condition to hold a game by Friday afternoon.”
Former Portland Winterhawks head coach Rich Kromm has been hired as a pro scout by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. Kromm lives in Stockton, Calif., where he coached the ECHL’s Heat for each of the last two seasons. The NHL’s Calgary Flames have relocated their AHL franchise to Stockton and it will be coached by Ryan Huska. . . . Kromm, 51, will work the west for the Blackhawks. . . . He coached the Winterhawks in 2007-08, the last season before Calgary-based businessman Bill Gallacher purchased the franchise.
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The Portland Winterhawks have acquired F Igor Larionov Jr., 17, and an undisclosed conditional bantam pick from the Saskatoon Blades for F Garrett Wait, 17, and a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 bantam draft. . . . Wait, from Edina, Minn., was an eighth-round pick by Portland in the 2013 bantam draft. He played for the U.S., at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in August. He has committed to attend the U of Minnesota, so has been placed on the Blades’ college protected list. He is expected to play this season with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks. . . . Should Wait sign with the Blades, Portland would get a mid-round bantam draft pick. . . . Larionov Jr. had a concussion when he arrived at Saskatoon’s camp and never got on the ice. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Igor Larionov Sr., who now is a player agent. . . .Larionov Jr. was a 12th-round selection by the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL’s 2014 draft. The Larionovs, who then lived in Detroit, now are living in San Jose. . . . Last season, he played 10 games with  the U18 Honeybaked team, scoring three goals and adding an assist.

In Kennewick, Wash., G Mario Petit stopped 24 shots to help the Everett Silverbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Portland Winterhawks. . . . In a later game, the Kootenay Ice beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-2, in OT. Seattle came from 2-0 down to force OT, but lost it at 3:01 on a goal by F Mario Grman. With players away at pro camps, Seattle dressed four defencemen and nine forwards. F Donovan Neuls was among the scratches. He suffered a knee injury last weekend on a hit by Spokane Chiefs F Hudson Elynuik, who has been suspended for three games. . . . Kootenay D Nathyn Mortlock was ejected with a checking-from-behind major at 2:06 of the third period. . . . In the day’s last game, the Red Deer Rebels broke a 2-2 tie with three third-period goals and beat the Tri-City Americans, 5-3. . . . D Colton Bobyk and F Presten Kopeck each had a goal and two assists for the Rebels. . . .
In Brandon, F Connor Gutenberg had two goals, while F Tanner Kaspick and F Caiden Daley each had a goal and two assists as the Wheat Kings bounced the Regina Pats, 6-2. . . . F Sam Steel was in the Pats’ lineup for the first time since suffering an ankle injury late in 2014-15. . . . Swedish D Oliver Kylington, whose WHL rights belong to the Wheat Kings, was injured while playing for the Calgary Flames in the Young Guns tournament in Penticton, B.C., on Friday night. He left a game against the Winnipeg Jets in the first period and didn’t return with the Flames saying he was held out as a precaution. Former Kelowna Rockets head coach Ryan Huska, who is coaching the Flames’ prospects, later said there was “nothing major” to Kylington’s injury. . . .

In Prince Albert, F Cameron Hebig had three goals to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 6-3 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Saskatoon got two goals from F Logan Christensen and four assists from F Josh Uhrich. . . . The Raiders scratched D Jesse Lees and F Dylan Stewart, both with undisclosed injuries. . . . Among Saskatoon’s scratches were F Connor Gay and F Nolan Reid, both with undisclosed injuries. . . .
In Kamloops, F Luke Harrison broke a 1-1 tie at 18:19 of the third period as the Blazers beat the Kelowna Rockets, 3-1. . . . Kamloops G Dylan Ferguson stopped 31 shots, including a first-period penalty shot by F Kole Lind. . . . Kamloops F Matt Revel suffered a shoulder injury in the second period that could keep him out for a couple of weeks. . . .
In Ralston, Alta., Hungarian D Tamas Laday had a pair of goals and an assist as the Medicine Hat Tigers dropped the Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-1. . . . Last season, with the Spokane Chiefs, Laday was goalless with six assists in 60 games. . . .
In Coaldale, Alta., G Travis Child stopped 39 shots to spark the Swift Current Broncos to a 2-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in front of a capacity crowd of 625 fans. . . . Broncos F Scott Feser broke a 1-1 tie at 2:29 of the third period while on the PP.

Concussion Report
Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice reports that the career of F Ryan Clowe is over after 10 NHL seasons. “The (New Jersey) Devils left wing will not officially retire,” Gulitti writes, “but will not play again because of a series of concussions over the last two-plus seasons, general manager Ray Shero said (Friday) morning.” . . . A series of concussions is the reason for Clowe’s having to leave the game. . . . Gulitti’s complete report is right here.

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