Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:43 AM
The deadline for sending players back to the farm just passed, and four Cheap Thieves made the cut and will be on the team for their rookie season:Bobby Ryan, ANA. $2.00 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 1st rd 2nd 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2005)- Ryan led all NHL rookies last season in points despite starting out in the minors and is looking to win the AHL rookie of the year award this season. He started out slowly, being demoted from the top line in Anaheim, but recently had a breakout game and looks to be on track.T.J. Oshie, STL. $1.00 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 1st rd 24th 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2005)- Oshie currently had an emergency appendectomy but should be back in action next week. Oshie is an exciting prospect that often dominates a game, but started off slowly in his sophomore season. Nonetheless, Oshie is a lock to be awarded a 5 year contract from the team at season's end.Nicklas Bergfors, NJ. $0.50 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 1st rd 23rd 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2005)- Bergfors could be a key member of the Cheap Thieves because of his relatively inexpensive salary. The team is stacked with high end forwards and Bergfors represents that cheap contract with upside kind of player who could score 60+ points in the NHL. Bergfors wasn't expected to make the Thieves this season, but impressed coaches and is getting PP time in New Jersey. Taylor Chorney, EDM. $0.25 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 2nd rd 36th 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2007)- Chorney was overlooked in 2005, 2006, and fell to the 5th round in 2007 where the Thieves nabbed the d-man. He isn't expected to produce much offensively this season, but the Thieves needed bodies on the back end and Chorney won the job in Edmonton and is playing regularly. His future with the team is undetermined, but he likely won't even qualify for a multi-year contract.MISSING THE CUT:Jack Skille, CHI. $1.50 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 1st rd 7th 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2005)- Much like Bobby Ryan last season, Skille is a victim of the numbers game as the Blackhawks are flirting with salary cap trouble. Skille has proven he can perform at the NHL level and will eventually get his chance, however, in the meantime he is being shuffled back and forth from the minors to the NHL.Benoit Pouliot, MIN. $2.00 Age 22 NHL Draft Pos: 1st rd 4th 2005 (drafted by Cheap Thieves in 2005)- Pouliot has been a huge disappointment after being a 1st round pick in 2005, a draft class that essentially built the strength of this Cheap Thieves team. Pouliot's passion and work ethic have been questioned, and he will not get a call up until he can show more consistency at the NHL level. His future with the team is undetermined.