BOSTON — I finally got a chance to get Blake Wheeler’s reaction to being named to the rookie team for the YoungStars Game, which is scheduled for Jan. 24 in Montreal — the night before the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.
“It’s very exciting. It’s an honor to be part of the festivities, especially in a place like Montreal. So it’s very exciting,” he said.
Boston teammate Milan Lucic was named to the sophomore team for the game one year after he competed in it as a rookie. I asked Wheeler if he asked Lucic for any advice about the high-scoring, 3-on-3 affair. He said a little bit and added, with a smirk: “I hope we’re out there together because I’m going to shadow him. I’m not going to let him get on the score sheet. So it’ll be fun to get out there against Looch. He’s a lot of fun to be out there on the ice with, so it’ll be fun.”