Larry Fisher over at DubNation has a piece on Rangers 2011 5th round pick Shane McColgan being sent home early from Team USA’s world junior evaluation camp…
“It was a good experience, and obviously I’d rather still be there, but I’ll be back in December to show them what I can do again,” McColgan said. “They just told me to keep working hard and be a leader and a captain on the team next year for Kelowna, to have a good first half of the year and get invited back for December (selection camp) and hopefully make the team.”
The 5′ 10″ McColgan adds the reason he was cut was because he didn’t produce offensively.
Bruce Hamilton the President and GM of McColgan’s CHL team, the Kelowna Rockets, feels that politics were involved with McColgan being sent home. He feels Team USA favors college kids over those from the CHL. He also feels that McColgan will still make the national junior team when they reconviene in December.
Hamilton adds this on why McColgan, who was touted as a potential top-10 pick, plummeted so far in June’s draft…
“I think he gets a bad rap because people think he’s selfish and this and that, but he’s a team guy. I don’t think that (draft position) is a big deal. He’s a good player that’s going to be given an opportunity down the road here to show what he can do. Kudos to the Rangers, they took the chance and went with him, and they’ll be rewarded with a special player.”
…sounds like McColgan will be playing with a little chip on his shoulder this fall to prove that Team USA made the wrong decision to send him home early.
McColgan led the Rockets with 21 goals and 66 points in 67 regular-season games last season, before adding a team-best eight goals and 19 points in 10 playoff games.
For more on McColgan visit The Prospect Park.
…h/t to Buzzing the Net.
Speaking of Rangers prospects, a couple of readers have asked why Max Campbell was left off the Blueshirts Traverse City roster. Well, Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park was able to track down the answer as the Rangers told him that Campbell has an AHL contract already so they want him to report directly to the CT Whale camp.
Rubenstein feels that the Rangers must feel they know what they are getting out of Campbell because of this strong senior season at Western Michigan.