DENVER CO - FEBRUARY 16: Ryan Wilson #44 (R) and Cameron Gaunce #43 (2R) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate Gaunce's second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pepsi Center on February 16 2011 in Denver Colorado. The Penguins defeated the Avalanche 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
"It would be a lot of fun to win it, especially after Jeff won it last year. We're such good friends and roomed together in Kitchener," said Landeskog, who couldn't help but take a shot at his friend's suit from last year's Awards. "Didn't he get Teen Magazine or something to help him with his suit? Hopefully I'll be able to do it by myself."
Regardless of whether or not he earns the Calder in Vegas this week, expectations will be high for Landeskog entering season number two. It's a challenge he's looking forward to.
"I learned so much and had great teammates that supported me all along and made the transition pretty easy," Landeskog said. "I feel like I'm a better player today than I was at the start of the season, and that's the important thing."
The Denver Cutthroats inked Aaron MacKenzie to a contract for their upcoming initial year of operation. The 31-year-old native brings with him eight years of professional experience, including six seasons in the American Hockey League, as well as a handful of games with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche.
The 2012-13 season will be MacKenzie’s first in the CHL after spending last year in Asia playing for Japan’s Tohoku Free Blades.
Without being specific, Regier said he has had discussions regarding players who have been speculated to be on the trade block. Those could include Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Jordan Staal. Both have been linked in reports as players being targeted by the Sabres.
Regier is willing to trade players and/or draft picks in a bid to inject fresh blood and talent into what was a high-priced team that underperformed in missing the playoffs last season.
Brendan Gaunce (center) – A 6-foot-2, 215-pound lefty shooting center for the Belleville Bulls and led the team in rookie scoring with 36 points in 65 games. His older brother Cameron is a defenseman in the Colorado Avalanche organization that played 11 games for the Avs in 2011. Gaunce’s favorite player growing up was Brendan Shanahan and he was a punter on his high school football team showing a little bit of athletic versatility. He’d a very nice building block if he lasts to the 24th pick.