Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Couple Good Reads

Habsworld interviewed Mac Bennett. A great read all around, but here are a couple of Michigan-relevant bits:

HW- Is playing for Gatineau of the QMJHL still something you'd consider?

Mac- I'd say at this point I'm pretty much locked in with University of Michigan. So it really isn't an option right now. It just seems to be the better fit for me right now to go the college route and join Michigan.

HW-Do you have a timetable in mind for when you'd like to turn pro?

Mac-I'd like to turn pro 2 or 3 years down the road, but that's a best guess. When they think I'm ready, I'm going, and I'll do everything in my power to make sure I'm ready as soon as possible. If it takes 1- 2 years or 4 years, whenever I can, I'm going to play pro.

He also mentioned that Max Pacioretty was his roommate at the development camp and that he also hung out with Greg Pateryn.

Also, the Daily talked with Chris Brown. Interesting tidbit at the end of the article:

At this point, though, Brown’s potential at the highest level is exactly that — just potential. He plans on earning an undergraduate sports management degree in the next four years, meaning the NHL will have to wait.

And those four years could mean a great deal to Berenson, who's had to deal with early exits from Michigan for several years.

“You can’t turn down a Michigan education,” Brown said. "So for right now, it’s four years, and I’m going to do whatever I can to bring a national championship within those four years.”

Based on his earlier interviews it sounded like he was two (at most) and done. Granted it might just be that he knows his audience here, but it's still nice to think that a highly draft player might think about staying four!

Edit: One other thing...JMFC kept being a bad-ass in international play. He backstopped the US to a 6-1 win over Russia in game two of their exhibition series in preparation for the World Junior Championships. Campbell made 24 saves and turned aside four Russian 5-on-3s. He made 13 of his 24 saves in the first period when the outcome was still in doubt.

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