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Leafs Rookie Camp Primer

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Primer

Here it is folks, the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Roster and a short preview of what to expect. Keep in mind that the following list does not take into account the team physicals that each player must go through before being cleared to play.

Goaltenders:

J.F Racine, Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, Jan Chovan.

Keep an Eye On:


Jan Chovan-

As the new kid on the goaltending block he can only go up. He’s already pushed aside Paulo Colaiacovo for the starting job in Belleville so he knows what it takes to move up the ladder.

Defensemen:

Jonathon Zion, Carlo Colaiacovo, Christian Chartier, Brendan Bell, Jay Harrison, Lubos Velebny, J.P. Cote, Tomas Mojzis

Keep an Eye On:


Christian Chartier-

The WHL’s best defenseman last year, he’ll be one of the oldest players in camp. He needs to dominate from start to finish in order to put his stamp on a defense that is going to be his for the taking on The Rock.

Forwards:

Luca Cereda, Brad Boyes, Kris Vernarsky, Miguel Delisle, Jaroslav Sklenar, Nicolas Corbeil, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathon Roy, Joe Talbot, Robb Palahnuk

Keep an Eye On:


Jonathan Roy-

This former Moncton Wildcat like many forwards coming out of the Q is a bit short on size and long on missability. With other more highly touted names like Cereda, Boyes, Corbeil, and Wellwood being bandied about, one shouldn’t forget Roy, who had 2 goals and 3 Read more »

The Kaberle Question

by David Lau
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Tomas Kaberle’s Contract Situation A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

He was one of the most underpaid and overworked players in the NHL last season and now Tomas Kaberle may choose to stay in Europe for 2001/2002 – that is if he can’t secure a new deal that would pay him something in excess of one million dollars per season. It is widely speculated that he is seeking a 2 year pact that would take him up arbitration eligibility after the deal expires. However, Leafs management is seemingly not willing to give him that opportunity and they would like to get Kaberle onto a long-term deal (perhaps lasting 3 or 4 years) that would effectively eliminate his first year or two of arbitration rights. Failing this, Toronto is offering the smooth Czech defender only the minimal 10 percent raise mandated by the current CBA. This arrangement would still leave Kaberle’s annual stipend just shy of $300,000 for the upcoming season.

If Kaberle chooses to stay home, maintaining a high level of conditioning and fitness will become a big concern – despite the fact that he intends to play for the Czech National Team and also in the Czech Elite League. The potential impact upon Tomas’ long-term development (bearing in mind that he is coming off a season during which he amassed 6 goals and 40 assists – leading all Leafs’ defensemen in scoring) is another serious concern. Consider similar holdouts from the past.

Fellow Maple Leaf blueliner Aki Berg held out in 1998-99 because of a contract dispute when he was still a member Read more »

HF’s Interview with Martin Hyun

by Oliver Janz
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HF’s Germany writer Gerd Hahn interviewed Martin Hyun

As Germany`s National team is preparing for Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games – German National Team Coach Hans Zach has many players to choose from. Despite giving chances to younger players of the German Hockey League ( DEL ), German players in north american Colleges or Juniors have not yet been given a chance. Oliver Jonas of Harvard University, Nils Antons of the University of British Columbia, Paul Weismann of Bowling Green State University and last but not least St. Michael`s College Martin Hyun. I had a chance to meet Martin Hyun at the Duesseldorf International Airport and talked with him about his future.

HF: Welcome to Germany Martin ! Did you have a long flight ?

MH: Thank you, my flight was not bad. It usually takes up to 10 hours pure flying excluding the waiting.

HF: Let`s talk hockey – How was your season last year ?

MH: Generally I would say it was okay but there is still room for improvement. I ended up fourth in scoring but you can never be satisfied. During our Air Force tourney in Colorado I had a severe shoulder injury and was not able to play Read more »

Panthers Rookie Camp Preview

by Mark Fischel
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Panthers Rookie Tournament and Camp Preview

The light at the end of the non-hockey tunnel is coming into view, and for those lucky enough to live close to Hull, they have the pleasure of watching four team’s rookies compete in a round-robin tournament. Taking part in the tourney are the Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes (replacing the Lightning after they pulled out due to the brawls last year), Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators. A schedule can be found at the end of this article.

For Panther fans, this will be an opportunity to preview Stephen Weiss, who will given the opportunity of competing for the second-line center spot on the Panthers, and also get a glimpse of several promising prospects who will be pushing veterans for spots within a few years. Players such as Lukas Krajicek, Davis Parley, Tomas Malec, and Niklas Hagman are all being counted on to provide future depth and ensure a smooth turnover as the veterans retire or are traded away.

Florida Panther Rosters

Centers: Stephen Weiss, Plymouth; Dustin Johner, Seattle; Janis Sprukts, Lukko Rauma; Mike Green, Knoxville; Jordan Walker (Amatuer Try-Out), Acadia Univ.; Jonathan Labelle (ATO), Hull.

Of all the players here, Stephen Weiss is the one to watch as his performance here will earn him the flight to South Florida for the NHL Training camp. Panther brass will also be looking at Janis Sprukts making his first North American training camp after playing a few years in Europe, as well as looking at recent Read more »

More recent Hab happenings

by Chris Boucher
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With the lull that usually takes place between the Rookie Development camp and the upcoming prospect tournament almost over, it’s time to update fans on the most recent happenings related to Hab-Land.

Where are they now?

Four former prospects who were let go, or lost by the Canadiens have received invitations to other NHL camps. Sean Dixon (6th round, 1999), who the Habs were unable to sign by the June 1st deadline of this year will be skating with Dallas during their upcoming camp. Terry Ryan (1st round, 1995), who remains an unrestricted free-agent was also invited to Dallas’ camp. The Stars’ camp begins September 11th.

Tyler Hanchuk (3rd round, 2000), who the Habs lost when they did not tender him a contract by the June 1st deadline was invited to Edmonton’s upcoming training camp. The Oilers’ camp officially begins September 8th.

Matt Carkner (2nd round, 1999), who like Dixon was lost when the Habs were unable to sign him by the June 1st deadline will be at the San Jose Sharks training camp. The Sharks signed Carkner quickly after he became an unrestricted free agent. The Sharks’ camp opens September 12th.

On the Farm

The Quebec Citadelles have invited both Mario Joly, and Sebastien Thinel to their upcoming training camp. Joly and Thinel are members of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, and will play in the Q if they don’t stick with the Citadelles.

Thinel is the 6’0″, 170-lbs. twin brother of Habs’ prospect Marc-André Thinel. Both brothers played with Victoriaville last season. Sebastien pl Read more »

Thoughts and Questions going into Oilers Training Camp

by John Christie
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The Edmonton Oilers open their 22nd NHL training camp in Sherwood Park, Alberta on September 12, 2001. Here are some random musings heading into training camp and other things to loom for.
Who will be the New Oilers Captain? The top three candidates are Ryan Smyth, Todd Marchant and Jason Smith with Rem Murray, Mike Grier, Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios as long shots. The Oilers have three excellent choices and they can’t go wrong with any of them. Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish will determine the Oilers captain after the last pre season game. It looks to be a race between Todd Marchant (longest serving Oiler) and Ryan Smyth who was captai Read more »

Interview with Pierre-Marc Bouchard

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Position: forward
Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

RN: At what age did you start playing hockey?
PMB: It was when I was three years old.

RN: Where did you start playing hockey?
PMB: I started in Sherbrooke.

RN: What is your favorite NHL team?
PMB: It’s the Colorado Avalanche.

RN: Your favorite NHL player?
PMB: Wayne Gretzky.

RN: Do you have a special team you would like to be drafted?
PMB: I don’t care about the team that selects me.

RN: The biggest success in your previous hockey career?
PMB: Playing major junior.

RN: How does it feel to win the tournament?
PMB: It’s really a good feeling, I enjoy it very much.

RN: Thank you

Devils NCAA prospects

by Andrew Clark
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It is very refreshing to see more and more future NHLer’s and hockey prospects playing for College and University programs. NHL franchises and their scouts are looking towards the NCAA as a source of fresh, new, young potential talent. In due time, the NCAA will be to American skaters as what the CHL is to Canadian prospects. And, who else to pave the way for this eventual event is none other than the one and only Lou Lamoriello. He, himself, basically made the jump to the NHL through the collegiate ranks, first as a coach, then Athletic Director at Providence College. Also, during his tenure with the Friars, he was one of the founders and first elected commissioner of what is now considered the best conference in college, Hockey East.

Here are seven prospects in the Devils organizations currently enrolled in a collegiate program. And who else better to start with then the teams that meet in the Frozen Four Championship, Boston College and University of North Dakota.

Coach Jerry York has a lot on his plate for the upcoming year. Or maybe had. The defending champs lost speedy sniper Brian Gionta and improving starting netminder Scott Clemmensen to graduation and the Devils. But it also looks like he lost Underclassmen standouts Chuck Kobasew, Brooks Orpik and Krys Kolanos so that they could make a jump to the CHL and the NHL. So that leaves us with 1999 late round selection Justin Dziama. He is entering his sophomore year after only posting one goal, one assist and 36 penalty minutes in 28 games. The 6’3” 220 pound forward hopes he will get more i Read more »

2001-02 Season Previews, from Bonni to Branham.

by Kirk Pedersen
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The Canucks 31st Training Camp gets underway September 11th in Burnaby, and they are still without a goaltender. There are many options for the Canucks, however, most exist in the form of possible trades. A couple of guys who interest me are Tomas Vokoun from Nashville, who is roadblocking young prospects Jan Lasak and Brian Finley, and Jamie Storr, who had a terrible season with the Los Angeles Kings. Storr may come cheap, but not until the Kings get Felix Potvin under contract. Also, there’s old vet Kirk McLean. He’s aging, and declining in effectiveness, but McLean could be good at keeping the seat warm for Alex Auld, who might be ready after this coming season.

Canucks 2001-02 Player Previews Installment Number Four

Ryan Bonni was a second-round pick in 1997 by the Canucks, a draft which also yielded current Canucks Harold Druken, Matt Cooke, and acquired from the Flyers in 1999, Pat Kavanagh. Bonni was thought of as a rock-solid defender at that time, and not much has changed. He’s limited offensively, which is obvious, if you look at his junior and minor-pro scoring totals, but that’s not what he’s on the ice for. Bonni is a tough, stay-at-home Defenseman. His puck-moving skills are below average, and he’s not a particularly good skater, but Bonni does the job on the defensive end. He took a big step back in his development this season in Kansas City, posting poor offensive totals, but, once again, that’s not his game. He improved little by little as the season wore on, but has nonetheless slipped on the Canucks defensive depth ch Read more »

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