The Hawks’ Nest

Ponich drawing raves at Blues camp
July 9, 2009, 4:08 pm
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When most 18 year-olds draw rave reviews from their boss during their first week on the job, it’s usually because they learned the proper amount of salt to put on the fries, or the right way to pump gas to avoid spillage.

Brett Ponich, on the other had, has the team president of the Blues rhapsodizing about him.

Blues president John Davidson was interviewed today following today’s prospects camp  and when asked about Ponich, delivered a ringing endorsement of both his ability and character (that part starts at the 1:30 mark).

Along with Davidson, Ponich himself is also quoted in a notebook piece on the web site of, the daily St. Louis newspaper’s site.  

It’s clearly been a great start for Ponich in his Blues debut at their prospects camp this week. If any more news on Ponich comes out of St. Louis, we’ll link to it here and on

Meanwhile, speaking of the main site, we have an interview today with one of Ponich’s off-season power skating partners, Riley Boychuk.

Boychuk will be a very interesting player to watch next season. The former first round pick’s WHL career didn’t start off as he would have hoped when double hip surgery essentially sunk his 2007-08 season. He wasn’t even able to start training last year until August, which is when camp started. As such, it took him longer than he would have liked to get a feel for the league last year.

But with health no longer a concern and a summer of intense power skating sessions under his belt, Boychuk’s combination of size, speed and skill  could make him a breakout player this season.

We’ll have plenty of other interviews with Winterhawks players over the course of the summer.

**Update: has an interview with Travis Ehrhardt from the Red Wings’ prospect camp at the bottom of this blog entry.


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