Bruins rebuke Kessel reports
Last week, both Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Kessel informed Gophers coaches that he was returning for his sophomore season.
However, the Globe reported that Kessel's family advisors will talk with the Bruins this week and that a signing is still possible. Kessel and Boston assistant GM Jeff Gorton said they were confused by the reports out of Minneapolis.
Don't be surprised if Mankato loses a fourth underclassman early. Travis Morin, the Mavericks' leading scorer last season, played well at the Washington Capitals prospect camp last week and Washington's AHL affiliate, Hershey, is short on centers. Could Morin be more likely to choose the AHL over college hockey now that he is minus his main scoring support from last season -- David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Kyle Peto (Finland) and Ryan Carter (Anaheim)? We'll see. Besides Morin, Mankato's top returning scorer from last season is Joel Hanson, who scored just four goals.