Rangers WHL report

By Michael Theodore

Pavel Brendl: Looks solid so far this season, his imporved conditioning is
obvious and though it would be hard for him to take his scoring up even
higher, his defense is noticeably better. He will never be a Selke candidate
but he is getting stronger in his own end and has actually assumed a position
of leadership on the Hitmen. If he shows up at camp he could easily win a
roster spot next season. Has proved that he never lost his scoring touch and
his showing in training camp was indeed just him showing his defensive
improvement. First line winger someday.

Jamie Lundmark: Appears more determined then ever to show why he was drafted
9th overall. Despite playing on a team that is not necessarily better then
his old one {Moose Jaw} he is by far and away Seattle’s best player. Two way
hockey, with an aggressive touch and leadership. He is on pace to break 100
points despite only playing in 64 games {max}. Has played on every line for
Seattle, and played all three foward positions. Is proving that his poor
perfomance in camp was a result of the injury nothing more. Looks like the
Rangers first line center of the future.

Filip Novak: A surprise at camp and a solid pickup by the Sather
administration. Is bigger then his listed size and appears to be around 6’1,
maybe 6’2 and about 185- 190 pounds. Will probably play at around 6’2, 200.
He plays a similar game to Kim Johnnson but may be a little bit more
aggresive. Doesn’t really look like a number one defenseman but a solid
number two guy. He has done everything for the Regina Pats and his
potentially moving himself into challanging for a roster spot next season
with the Rangers.

Garrett Bembridge: Fourth Round draft choice in ’99 is having a solid season
so far in which he has already netted 20 goals. Though not overly big,
Bembridge plays a solid game and has a quiet aggressiveness to him. At 6’0,
190 he looks like a right handed version of a Jan Hlavac type player.
Possibly a solid second or this line player, he is capable of playing any
foward position. Though he is not signed at the moment, it would be a wise
idea to sign him and take a chance. At the very least he is a solid depth
player.

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