Even if it was a true rumor, the Windor Spitfires are not only making a run for the 2009 Memorial Cup but for the 2011. McCollum is probably the better of the two but Maxwell would still have eligiblity in 2011 if he goes the junior route.
"We're going to be good for the next three years and we'll have him for the next three years," Spitfires GM Warren Rychel said.There goaltending isn't a weakness. As for someone that hasn't seen them on tv or person this team has no real weakness. If they had trouble scoring then maybe they have to think about trading for McCollum.
As you go through the thread on thenoof, it talks about Austin Watson being the Nazem Kadri of this deal is going to far. I was told last week he's happy in Windsor and once again tonight I was told that Watson isn't being involved in any trades.
Here's why I think Maxwell will go the OHL even if it's with the Spitfires or the Storm. The playing dumb card:
We're shocked," said Maxwell's father Brad yesterday from Lake Placid, N.Y., when informed of the trade that sent his son's Ontario Hockey League rights from the Erie Otters to the top-ranked major junior hockey club in Canada.People who follow junior hockey on a daily basis isn't bitting on the hook. It's been done before. Tell your "Family Advisor" to go back to the drawing board on what you want to say when the newspaper calls. Why would a team trade for a blue-chip prospect who has shown little interest going the OHL route all sudden get traded within the OHL?
"I haven't heard from Windsor."
Then the most recent story from The Record.
I personally got told this when I interviewed John Carlson just after the OHL Draft. He didn't want to talk about the OHL. A month later he signed with London. Maxwell is in a middle of the season which he doesn't want to stirr up the locker romm.
Finally the Guelph Storm Head Coach went to scout him over the weekend.
- Coach/GM Jason Brooks misses both games this weekend to go to Lake Placid on a scouting trip. Maxwell and the US under 18 team just happens to be playing in Lake Placid at the same time. I can't remember Dave Barr ever skipping games to go scouting, and if they do leave it would be for something major like the OHL cup or the Marlie Xmas tournament where all the best players will be, not for some random event in November.That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)