Junior forward Chris Calnan participated in both practices so far this week after suffering a shoulder injury versus New Hampshire two weeks ago. The training staff has Calnan outfitted in one of those no-contact medical jerseys and he is only skating for about half of the practices. I am the furthest thing away from a medical expert but I thought he looked relatively healthy when taking part in the drills. It was certainly surprising to see him back so early but I wouldn't bet on him being in the lineup this Saturday because they don't want the injury to get any worse before fully healing.
Brendan Silk continues to be sidelined with nerve damage in his shoulder but other than that, BC is healthy.
On another note, USA Hockey should be coming out with their World Jr camp roster within the next few days. Many scouts feel that Colin White and Alex Tuch are sure bets to make the team but there is clearly a lack of depth on the defensive end. It probably won't happen but I think the USA staff would do themselves a favor by giving Casey Fitzgerald a chance to make the roster later this month. He has the highest +/- rating out of any defenseman in the entire country (along with McCoshen), can play on both special teams units, and would make an impact on any game he is in. I am not going to mention any names but there are certain guys that Fitzgerald played behind at the NTDP last season who are projected as first or second round picks, but their production at the NCAA level has been significantly lower than Casey's. Of course, there are other factors that have played a role in #5's rise- BC has not played a very tough schedule, Demko has covered for more than a few defensive errors, and due to the firepower up front, none of the defenseman have had to spend much time in their own end. With all that being said, the numbers are the numbers and I believe he should be on that team.