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Ams break into CHL poll

It's been one of those weeks, and it's only Wednesday.

Monday, my car thought it was Canadian, giving me kph instead of mph. It kind of freaked me out because I was driving 58 down Clearwater and didn't know why. Turns out, when they changed my oil, someone pressed one too many buttons and switched it from mph to kph. Glad that got fixed.

The Americans move into the CHL poll this week, debuting at No. 7. Even though they have a loss to Spokane, two wins over Portland (dropped out of the poll this week) and one over Spokane was enough to catch the attention of the NHL scouts who vote on this. Here is this week's poll.

1. London Knights (4-0-0-0)

2. Baie-Comeau Drakkar (8-1-0-0)

3. Miss. St. Michael's Majors (5-0-0-0)

4. Regina Pats (4-1-0-0)

5. Victoriaville Tigres (7-3-0-0)

6. Saint John Sea Dogs (5-4-0-0)

7. Tri-City Americans (3-1-0-0)

8. Shawinigan Cataractes (7-3-0-0)

9. Kelowna Rockets (2-0-0-0)

10. Ottawa 67's (3-1-1-0)

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The Seattle Thunderbirds were shuffling their roster again Wednesday, picking up D-man Brad Deagle from the Red Deer Rebels for a conditional pick in the 2013 bantam draft. Deagle, 19, played in 55 games last year with the Rebels and had 12 points, all on assists, with 51 penalty minutes.

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Prince George made a trade to get goalie Drew Owsley from the Americans during the summer, in hopes that he could back talented forward Brett Connolly and the rest of the Cougars and put together a decent season. Those plans have changed. Connolly, 19, made the season-opening roster of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. It's back to the drawing board for the 2-1-0-1 Cougars.

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