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Only Time Will Tell with Thurkauf and the Blue Jackets

Five minutes into overtime, in the seventh game of the WHL western conference semifinals, the puck slid loose in front of the Victoria Royals net. Calvin Thurkauf jumped onto it, spun and fired a wristshot five-hole, giving his Kelowna Rockets the win.

“After the game you could tell that he was still in shock that it had happened,” said Rockets assistant coach Kris Mallette in an interview with the Hockey Writers. “But he was pretty proud.”

It’s that kind of clutch scoring the Columbus Blue Jackets hope to get from Thurkauf, who they drafted in the seventh round (185th overall) last week. It’s a low-risk, high-reward pick for Columbus, but definitely not a complete write-off.

You can read the rest of the story at The Hockey Writers.com.

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