Gazdic: Part two

Jason Gregor
April 30 2014 09:58AM

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If you missed part one of our conversation you can read it here.

In part two we discuss Don Cherry, practicing with skilled players, Ryan Smyth and more.

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Gazdic discusses his rookie season

Jason Gregor
April 28 2014 08:34PM

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Luke Gazdic was drafted 172nd overall by the Dallas Stars in 2007. He scored 20 goals his final year in junior, and the next season he had 21 fights as an AHL rookie. Gazdic slugged it out in the minors for four seasons with the Texas stars, playing 269 games (regular season and playoffs) scoring 27 goals, 55 points and he picked up 62 scraps.

He was claimed on waivers by the Oilers on September 29th, and then fulfilled his childhood dream of playing in his first NHL game two days later. I had a lengthy conversation with Gazdic about his rookie season, Zack Kassian, shoulder surgery and how he will try to improve as a player.

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WEEKEND WRAP

Jason Gregor
April 28 2014 01:21PM

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What a weekend, especially if you're a sports fan. We saw a lot great, some good and bad and unfortunately one really ugly.

The alleged recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to his girlfriend in a private conversation was hard to listen to, but it illustrates how far we still need to go in society before we are accepting of others.

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Getting to know Sam Bennett

Jason Gregor
April 25 2014 10:18AM

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Sam Bennett will turn 18 one week before the 2014 NHL entry draft. His belated birthday present to himself will be hearing his name called early in the draft, most likely within the top five picks. Bennett told me is 6'1" and 180 pounds, and that he plans to add between 5-10 pounds this summer before he heads to an NHL camp.

I spoke with Bennett yesterday and we discussed his feisty, two-way game, Aaron Ekblad and why he feels more comfortable playing centre rather than on the wing.

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LEARN FROM LANDER

Jason Gregor
April 24 2014 07:50AM

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Moving forward, Craig MacTavish and the Oilers have to ensure they don't develop players in the same fashion that they did Anton Lander. Lander is a perfect example of being put in the NHL too quickly. I think Lander will still be a solid NHL player, but his growth was rushed and that has delayed his development.

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