I pretty much have got nothing. But I know everyone is dying for something. I'll do a full blown recruit update in a couple of weeks or perhaps sooner. For now I'll rundown what I do know.
The BCHL started last week. The Seawolves have 2 future recruits in that league this season. Wes McLeod is with the Prince George Spruce Kings. He picked up 1 assist in an 8-3 blowout applied by the Westside Warriors and 2 assists in a 9-2 thumping that Penticton put on them. Prince George looks perhaps to have some work to do.
UAA's only other current recruit in the "B" is Sam Mellor with the Trail Smoke Eaters. They've only played one game losing 4-2 to Merritt. Sam didn't show up on the scoresheet; he turns 17 in November, it may take him a measure of time to get used to the pace of the game. Or maybe he'll bag a hatty next time out?
Over in the AJHL, there are 3 current UAA recruits. The Spruce Grove Saints have two of them in Scott Allen and Brett Cameron. The Saints were highly regarded in the CJHL's preseason poll locking down the 4th spot. Scott Allen tallied a goal versus Sherwood Park on Saturday and Brett Cameron added a goal and an assist. I'm hoping to see both of these guys amongst the top scorers in the league at the end of the season.
A couple of years ago I noted somewhere here that UAA was actively recruiting a kid named Adam Henderson from the "A" and ultimately Adam chose Michigan State. I made some smart ass comment about nobody really "enjoying" playing for Rick Comely. In 27 games last season Adam managed one goal and one assist. I bet he didn't enjoy that. I mention all this because playing junior hockey again for Spruce Grove (and looks to be a linemate of Allen and Cameron) which likely means he'll be looking for a another school. Was UAA his 2nd choice back then? Suze said that staff were out on recruiting trips. Don't be surprised if we hear his name down the road.
Also in the "A" with the Okotoks Oilers is defenseman Quinn Sproule. He bagged his first goal of the season against the Olds Grizzlys last night in a 5-2 win for Okotoks.
The Alaska Avalanche handled Kenai River fairly easily in their first three games by a cumulative 17-5. UAA's single current recruit on that squad Matthew Friese was named the 1st Star in their first game last Friday night with a goal and two helpers in the 7-3 win.
That's pretty much all I know. So now for all the stuff I don't know.
Gustav Bengtson? I have no idea where he's playing this season. He isn't with his last team. He isn't with any past team. I haven't looked at every roster in junior A hockey but I've scanned quite a few. Anyone else know where he is playing? Is he playing? I'm not sure what the deal is ... I know he was pushed back another year which is understandable with the tumult he's seen in juniors. I hate to say it but maybe he's going to fall through the cracks? It'll be a shame if that happens. He was a very early committment having done so at the end of his major midget career.
And why exactly do I have this kid Joe Giordano listed? Because I had an unimpeachable source tell me that he'd committed verbally to UAA. I leave it there until someone tells me otherwise.