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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Sounds like the Connecticut Whale made a good move today signing center Max Campbell to an AHL contract.

Jess Rubenstein of Prospect Park called Campbell “the comeback kid who rebuilt his entire game” at Western Michigan University and should have been given at least an amateur tryout contract with the Whale at the end of last season.

“The lack of centers, let alone those who are natural goal scorers in the system, should have been enough to earn Campbell a look,” Rubenstein said via email. “The kid scored some huge season-saving goals for Western Michigan. Heck, Campbell is the kid who knocked off (wing) Carl Hagelin and Michigan in the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) semifinals. He had one game where he scored with like 0.09 on the clock to beat Notre Dame.

CAMPBELL IN WHALE SOUP

Connecticut WhaleThe Connecticut Whale make a signing for next season. Former 5th round pick Max Campbell will be in camp in September.

According to Hockey’s Future, Campbell is a playmaking center and a left-handed shot. Of him they say that he is a, “a real offensive threat on the power play.” However, they caution that he needs to improve his speed to make it at the next level.

Of Campbell they say the following:

A highly skilled player with good hockey sense and a nose for the net, Campbell has a lot of upside.

“Max seems to excel in pressure situations. He has consistently shown the ability to make the big play when the game is on the line.”– Rich Brown, NY Rangers Amateur Scout.

In danger of becoming a specialty player, to succeed at the next level, Campbell will need to better round his game.

Here’s the official release:

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

PORTLAND, Maine – A week ago Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., Carl Hagelin experienced the biggest bummer of his hockey life.

Saturday night at Cumberland County Civic Center, Hagelin began “the next chapter of my life” while trying to put the aftereffects of the University of Michigan’s 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA championship game in his rear-view mirror. Continue reading

WHALE ANNOUNCE HAGELIN SIGNING

Connecticut WhaleWHALE SIGN CARL HAGELIN TO ATO

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Swedish Forward Went to Frozen Four Championship Game with University of Michigan

HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Carl Hagelin to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement. Hagelin, 22, was the parent New York Rangers’ sixth-round pick (168th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  The 6-0, 187-pound Sodertalje, Sweden native has played the last four seasons in the NCAA’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association for the University of Michigan Wolverines.  In 2010-11, Hagelin skated in 44 games for the Wolverines, notching 18 goals and adding 31 assists for 49 points.  Those numbers were good for first among Wolverines players in points, goals and assists, and a tie for fourth in the CCHA in assists and fifth in points. Hagelin helped lead Michigan to this year’s Frozen Four title game as one of the teams’ co-captains. He was also named to the All-CCHA First Team, while also winning the CCHA’s award for Best Defensive Forward.

In 171 career games with Michigan, Hagelin totaled 61 goals and 91 assists for 152 points, to go along with 133 penalty minutes.Capture

The Whale continue their Atlantic Division Semi-final Calder Cup playoff series tonight, with Game Two at Portland (7:00 PM faceoff, WTIC HD 3, www.ctwhale.com, www.wtic.com).  After tonight’s clash, in which the Whale go for a split of the first two games after a 3-2 loss in Game One Thursday, the series switches to Hartford’s XL Center for Games Three and Four tomorrow, Sunday, April 17 (6:00 faceoff), and this Tuesday, April 19 (7:00).

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, CT. – The newest Connecticut Whale player, University of Michigan left wing/captain Carl Hagelin, circled the team’s XL Center locker room early Wednesday afternoon, extending his right hand to introduce himself.

Hagelin, fresh off exit meetings with his Wolverine teammates after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA title game Saturday night, didn’t know any of his new teammates except one, injured right wing Chad Kolarik.

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