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PHT Morning Skate: Where James Sheppard is looking to revive his hockey career

Oct 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Brent Burns #8 (R) of the Minnesota Wild greets James Sheppard #51 (L) after Sheppard's third period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on September 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wild defeated the Flyers 5-4 in the shoot out.
(September 28, 2009 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After they each enjoyed stints with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Saad, and Andrew Shaw are back with the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Their respective goals of solidifying themselves at the NHL level are on hold until the lockout ends. (CSNChicago)

Meanwhile AHL Chicago Wolves skating and skills coach Kenny McCudden has started to assisted the locked-out Blackhawks in their practices. (CSNChicago)

In Ottawa the number of locked-out players participating in Tuesday’s on-ice workout was nine. Their ranks are likely to continue to dwindle as more players head to Europe. Peter Regin and Milan Michalek might be the next to go among the Senators. (Ottawa Citizen)

James Sheppard was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made it into the NHL straight from the QMJHL and played in 224 games with the Minnesota Wild. However, he’s only played in four games — all in the AHL — since suffering a major knee injury in the summer of 2010. He’s better now and looking to restart his career with the AHL Worcester Sharks while the lockout drags on. (CSNBayArea)

Taylor Hall is focused on making sure his shoulder heals properly instead of rushing back. (Edmonton Journal)

JC Lipon is the Canadian Hockey League player of the week. (

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    James Sheppard never had the talent to be in the NHL. Just another failed Doug Risebrough draft pick.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      I can stomach the Shep pick a lot easier than the Colton Gillies selection. Shep had talent but needed two+ years in the minors, another in the Q and at least one with Houston. Gillies is a 4th line / 3rd line at best prospect when he was drafted. (PALM FACE) !!!

      Thank Jebus Fletcher is running the program

      • lordfletcher - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        and to be fair to Shep, Lemaire ruined his development and wasn’t given much of a chance to survive the NHL. He was rushed and too much was expected of him as a 19/20 year old. Once he lost all confidence, all hope was lost. On the plus side we don’t have to listen to Terhaar comment about his size 15 skates anymore, on the negative side, we now have to stomach LaPanta. !(Palm Face)! I hate FSN North!!!!

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        LaPanta was the worst choice of all possible candidates. Secretly I was hoping Mike “Big Drive” Goldberg would be back.

      • williplett - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        I don’t blame Lemaire one bit for Sheppard’s failure with the Wild.

        DR drafted him and rushed him into the league as a rookie with heaps of unearned praise, setting Sheppard and Wild fans up for major disappointment . While his first two seasons were a huge let down, Sheppard’s career didn’t go completely into the tank until Todd Richards took over for JL during Shep’s third season: he became a healthy scratch on a pretty regular basis, saw him ice time decline sharply and then came the ATV accident.

        At least Lemaire got something out of Sheppard, and he may end up being the only NHL coach able to make that claim.

      • lordfletcher - Oct 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        as I agree with most of what you said… but JL had enough power to send Shep to the AHL from day 1 if he knew he wasnt going to be the impact prospect out of training camp. No doubt most of the blame should go to Doug R but JL could have easily prevented the waste of another 1st round selection if he spoke up.

        Lapanta was easily the worst choice and FSN should have done everything imaginable to get Gary Thorne out of Baltimore!!!! OMFG !!!!

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comparing Sheppard and Gillies is like comparing leukemia to terminal cancer. Either case isn’t very good.

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