Anyone who's ever heard Pierre McGuire call a Minnesota Wild game knows that the Wild's own Jared Spurgeon won the Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs in 2008. The Memorial Cup is the biggest achievement in Canadian Junior hockey, and the winners are the champions of champions. Other winners include Zack Phillips, Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Milan Lucic, Corey Perry, Brian Campbell, Justin Falk, and a seventeen year old Nathan MacKinnon, just to name a few. This year, the round-robin tournament takes place in London, Ontario and is hosted by the London Knights. They are joined by the OHL champion Guelph Storm, the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the QMJHL champion Val d'Or Foreurs. The best teams in the CHL generally have their rosters stuffed with NHL drafted players because these teams get to be the best by having future NHL talent. The following players will be playing against the Wild in the future, so the Memorial Cup tournament is a great opportunity to get to know your future enemies.
The London Knights
Height: 196 cm / 6'5"
Weight: 103 kg / 227 lbs
Roster Number: 65
Name sound familiar? He is the player the Sabres took with the first round pick (16th overall) that the Wild traded in the Pominville deal. Even though there is little chance that the Wild would have taken him considering how rarely the Wild draft Russians, it is still fun to think about what might have been. He's a big defenseman with a powerful shot, and he's not a liability of the defensive side of the puck. He can also hit. In this video, a brutal hit leads to dropping the gloves.