Wolski will give Battalion a boost

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Now that Wojtek Wolski has proven he can contribute in the NHL, he wants to demonstrate he can be a nightly force in the OHL.

Wolski yesterday was returned to the Brampton Battalion of the OHL by the Colorado Avalanche after recording six points (two goals and four assists) in nine games.

"There's no question that's the case, that I want to come back and dominate and help Brampton win," Wolski said yesterday afternoon from Denver before catching a flight to Toronto.

"I wish I would have stayed, but I'm all right. My expectations were to just get in a few exhibition games."

Wolski, 19, averaged nine minutes, 44 seconds a game, the lowest among Avs forwards who have played in all nine games. Both of Wolski's goals were on the power play, as were three of his assists.

He was minus-5, the worst mark among the club's forwards.

A first-round pick by Colorado in 2004, Wolski showed he will belong in the future, but Avalanche brass did not think he was ready for a full-time role.

Had Wolski played in a 10th game for Colorado, one year would have counted on his entry-level contract.

Naturally, the Battalion welcomes Wolski, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left winger, with open arms.

Brampton has a record of 6-5 and Wolski will be in the lineup tonight at the host St. Michael's Majors. The Battalion has scored 32 goals, the second fewest in the OHL, in 11 games.

"He brings a dimension we didn't have," director of hockey operations/coach Stan Butler said. "He has been sent back to get as much ice as possible and he will get as much as he can handle."

Wolski had no inkling when he arrived for practice yesterday that he was bound for Brampton.

"I was pulled into a meeting with (coach) Joel Quenneville and they felt I did well, but I would be helped by one more year in junior," said Wolski, who had 73 points in 67 games for the Battalion last season.

"I know they're looking out for my best interests."

Though he did not have a good development camp with Team Canada in August, Wolski also has his mind set on making Canada's roster for the 2006 world junior championship in B.C.

"I definitely want to be on that team and help them win a gold medal," Wolski said.


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