Monday, August 30, 2010

Colten Teubert Update

I wondered in a previous blog posting if there was any chance of Colten Teubert coming back to the WHL as a 20 year old. It would appear as if Teubert won't be playing any hockey for a bit. The following is from a Sportsnet article that came out last week that was just brought to my attention.

LA Kings Insider indicates that Kings GM Dean Lombardi was a guest on "Oilers Lunch" on Team 1260 in Edmonton yesterday, talking about a variety of issues. Lombardi said he met with Colten Teubert that morning and learned that Teubert has a bone injury in his hand and will be out for perhaps the next three months.

The same blog actually had an interview Teubert back at the end of June, where he talked about the injury. At the time he believed he'd be ready for training camp, although he wasn't 100 percent sure.

There were a few particularly interesting notes from that Q&A...

Question: When there are so many defensive prospects in the system, is that motivating to you, or challenging, or both?

TEUBERT: "I think it's both. I think it's motivating and challenging. You look at the quality players they have in the defence corps, with us just drafting a first-round D-man too, and we're definitely looking to build defence first. With the success that Manchester had last year, it just shows that drafting D-men and having good, solid D really helps both teams, especially with the Kings."

Question: When you see them draft a defenceman, does it concern you about where you stand with the team?

TEUBERT: "I mean, that's their decision to make. I'm going to do whatever it takes to stay up on top. I know we're all a team in this organization here, but individually, I want to be the best and I want to play in the NHL one day, so I'm going to do whatever it takes to do that. With that, with them drafting other players, it just sets a real challenging environment and it makes it really competitive to play on this team in the future."

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