Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Blake Wheeler saga

What are we to make of rookie sensation to be Blake Wheeler? The Phoenix Coyotes’ first round pick, 5th overall, in 2004 has already jumped- ship on Phoenix. What made the blue chip prospect Wheeler not sign with the young upstart Coyotes? Upon further research, money wasn’t the problem. He was offered the maximum rookie contract, which I believe is around $900,000. Why he left for greener pastures, then, remains a mystery. There was talk of Wheeler playing for his hometown Minnesota Wild, which would make a lot of sense since he played his High School hockey at Breck, an Episcopal school near Minneapolis. He also played his College Hockey at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Or maybe Wheeler was looking to play with former teammate Phil Kessel in Boston. With Wheeler putting up a respectable 15 goals and 35 points in 44 games in the challenging WCHA, I think he could make an immediate impact on Boston’s third or fourth line.