Brett Bulmer was returned to Kelowna this week and while First Round Bust and other blogs and papers (HW, Wild Nation, Russo)commented on the strange events (Bulmer playing nine games before being scratched and sent down so the first year of his ELC wouldn't start), Regan Bartel was able to talk to the man himself.
The post is an audio interview and it sounds like Bulmer says all the right things and is now looking forward to trying to make Team Canada's World Juniors team. He's happy with the opportunity the Wild gave him and enjoyed every game. However, Bulmer was shocked with being sent down.
"I was playing really good hockey," Bulmer said. "I thought things would work out, I might get back in the lineup. It's hard when there's only nine games to make a decision."
Speaking of making Team Canada's World Junior team, Zack Phillips is looking to make his own bid for the squad. With 25 points in 14 games for Saint John, the 19 year-old would be a worthy pick.
And finally, Mario Lucia made the US squad for the World Junior A challenge November 7th - November 13th after a terrific start (10G-19A in 14 games) to his Penticton Vees career. Chris Peters, former PR guy for USA Hockey who runs the terrific United States of Hockey blog, wrote on Lucia's inclusion and his forthcoming leadership role.
Mario Lucia, the Minnesota Wild second-round pick and son of University of Minnesota Head coach Don Lucia, is likely the headliner of the forward group. He’s one of two players from the BCHL to make the U.S. club (Mike Reilly is the other).
Lucia has lit up the BCHL, and sits second in the league with 29 points in just 14 games for the Penticton Vees. He could be a focal point of Team USA’s offense with his great size and developing skill.
It should be interesting to see how Lucia fares in international competition. The Notre Dame commit did have a brief stint with the US Under-18 development program last season but doesn't have much experience on that end (unless being an American playing in Canada counts).