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Vaclav Nedorost – an avalanche of talent

by Robert Neuhauser
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It looks like the Czech great hockey prospect Vaclav Nedorost became a wrong surname. Nedorost,
meaning non-grown in Czech, has no signs of a small frame or a small talent. In fact, this
center is the future star of the Colorado Avalanche…
No doubt, Joe Sakic will depart or hang his skates sometimes. So will Peter Forsberg. After that
it’ll be time for Vaclav Nedorost to take over as the No.1 center for the Avs. Pierre Lacroix
knows which players are among the Colorado prospects and he can count on Vaclav already by this
time.
Vaclav started playing hockey as a small kid for Ceske Budejovice when he was five. He followed
the footsteps of his one year older brother David. The Nedorost guys went together to the rink
and competed in every hockey skill. Of course younger Vaclav wanted to skate faster, shoot more
accurate and be stronger than his older brother. And so they competed, besides the coaches
immediately recognized what a natural talent do these two have. This lasted till Vaclav was
nine. That year David suffered a very serious injury which prevented him from playing hockey
for years till he was eligible to play in the midget league. So Vaclav went to the rink alone.
Soon he played against guys older than him and he was able to dominate also at this level.
Vaclav wasn’t a kid who would love sitting at home and learning, instead of it he played sports.
Till midget age he played soccer besides hockey and is an accomplished player.

He is also a
huge NHL fan who is interested in the theoretical part of hockey. He likes the Read more »

Stars prospects notebook

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 3/7/2001

Utah Grizzlies Notes

The Utah Grizzlies are presently mired in a long, so far winless, road trip (0-2-1) that

doesn’t end until three games from now in Chicago (on Sunday). Coach Bourne had publically stated that he expected a

big pick up from the team, given the recent seasoned NHL additions: Roman Lyashenko

and Tyler Bouck. Unfortunately, though Bouck and Lyashenko provided a little offense

in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Aeros, the Grizzlies continued their four game losing

streak.

In one interesting Hitchcock-esque move from the game, however, Coach Bourne placed

Richard Jackman (one of the hottest, most dominant players on the Grizzlies) at a

forward wing position for the 3rd period — sparking two additional Utah goals in the 3rd.

Jackman, though he has yet to make his mark as a solid NHL player, has been one of the best

Grizzlies this year in the 40 games he has played, averaging about a point every two games

as a defenseman. Furthermore, defensive coach Craig Ludwig continues to rave about how

solid Jackman has become behind his own blue line.
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BCHL’s three solid defensemen

by Glenn Fugate
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Dale Lupul is a 20-year-old defenseman with the Burnaby Bulldogs. Lupul seems to more of a stay at home d-man but has enough skill to get power play time.At 6’2 205 Lupul can keep the traffic from in front of the net. Defensemen like this are a coach’s dream, you can put them out there when you need solid play in your own end or if you need some offense. Lupul is not much fun to mess with looking at the PIMS. In 56 games this year Lupul has tallied 149 of them. On the offensive side throw in 64 points and you have a pretty good all round d-man. Lupul has a presence on the ice, a solid junior defenseman.

Brad Farynuk is a 18-year-old defenseman with the Vernon Vipers. A good open ice hitter,forewards have to watch when he is on the ice. Farynuk moves the puck well and can play all special teams. A rookie in the BCHL, he has already obtained a scholarship. Farynuk will attend R.P.I next season and should make an impact right away. This native of Enderby B.C. has decent size at 6’1 195 and racks up close to a point a game. He probably plays as much for Vernon as fellow d-man Reilly Olson who will be attending the U. of Michigan. Farynuk is a solid skater and should have a good future at R.P.I.

Duncan Keith is a 17-year-old defenseman with the Penticton Panthers. You only have to watch this player skate once to see why college scouts were all over him. Keith floats on the blades and can take the rough going despite his smallish stature(5’11 160). He takes big hits and he doesn’t flinch — when he’s hit, Keith is a to Read more »

Rangers Make Some More Moves

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Vitali Yeremeyev’s recent play for the Rangers is living proof that success in the AHL does not always translate into success in the NHL. Yeremeyev, who shot up the depth chart this season after playing great down in Hartford, has been roughed up pretty bad so far in his stint in the NHL.

Yeremeyev is 0-4-0 in 4 games in the NHL this season, allowing 16 goals on 120 shots. He has a 4.53 GAA and an .846 Save percentage during those games. Although he has looked very good in practice, he hasn’t played the same during the games. He’ll be excellent for 10 minutes, than he’ll give up 3 goals in 2 minutes, which was basically what we saw Monday night in a 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders. Yeremeyev made some great saves in the first half of the 1st period, but then everything went downhill from there, as the Islanders goals just starting to keep piling up.

One thing I have noticed about Yeremeyev that needs improvement is the fact that he comes out too far on breakaways. He has let up 3 breakaway goals, and all because he was way too far out, allowing the player to just go around him and tuck the puck into the open side of the net. Martin Straka scored against him this way in Pittsburgh, and so did Jason Blake and Kenny Jonsson on Monday at the Garden. I’m surprised though that the Rangers have given up a couple of breakaways with the rookie in net, as you would think the Rangers would tighten up defensively do help their young goalie out. But, that hasn’t been the case and one can only wonder why.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Yeremeyev will be r Read more »

Islanders Prospect Report Part II

by Drew Bennett
on

Stephen Valiquette- Right before a foot injury, the man they call
“Valley”
was having a good season with the Springfield Falcons of the American
Hockey
Leauge. He had a 7-10-1 record with a .907 save percentage and with
time and
expierence, the game’s tallest goalie ever could be a solid NHL
back-up.


Arto Tukio-
Tukio was the Islanders fourth round draft pick last
summer and
the 19 year old Finnish defenceman was to be the captain of the Finnish
team
at the World Junior Championships before an ankle injury. He has
reminded
Islanders Assistant General Manager Gordie Clark of Don Sweeney.


Radek Martinek-
Martinek was an Islanders draft pick in 1999 and most
people
forget about him when they think of that years draft. The Czech
Republic
native has opted to play in the tournaments there, instead of playing
in the
minors this year. Martinek is a little older than most prospects at
24,
Martinek could be seen in an Islanders uniform in a few years.


Dick Transform-
Another older Islanders prospect, he also opted to
spend
this season in Europe. After being drafted in 1994, Tarnstrom has
shown
improvement and is a solid defenceman.


Marco Charpentier-
After a good training camp, Charpentier was signed
to a
contract in December. Playing for Baie Comeau in the QMJHL, he has 50
goals
and 94 points in 55 games.


Mattias Weinhandl-
After a very serious eye injury, Weinhandl is back
to his
old form. Playing for a rebuilding MoDo team in the Swedish Elite
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Rangers Acquire Peter Smrek

by Brandon LeBourveau
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From the 1st day of this season, fans of the Rangers pleaded for General Manager Glen Sather to deal the high-priced veterans on the club who no longer could help them out in return for some young players and draft picks to quicken a hopefull rebuilding process that most fans would like to see take place.

It took until March 1st for the Rangers to finally make a deal that could actually help them out in the future, by dealing soon-to-be UFA Eric Lacroix to the Ottawa Senators in return for 25 year old, 6’4 215 pound Colin Forbes. Although Forbes is not known for his offensive abilities, he’s a nice sparkplug for the 4th line who mucks it out in the corners and plays a physical game. Forbes has looked pretty good in his 2 games so far as a Ranger, and I am already liking him better than Eric Lacroix.

But the better deal came today, March 5th, as the Rangers traded 36 year old defenseman Alexei Gusarov to the St. Louis Blues for 22 year old Slovak defenseman Peter Smrek. I love this deal for the Rangers. Smrek is a solid two-way defenseman who has the potential to put up 10 goals and 20 assists in the NHL. He has spent the majority of this season with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL, posting 2 goals and 6 assists in 47 games this season, to go along with 69 penalty minutes. In 6 games with the St. Louis Blues, he has registered 2 goals and 2 penalty minutes. To put things in a different perspective, the Rangers acquired Alexei Gusarov from the Colorado Avalanche in December for a 5th round pick. So in reality, we give up a 5th round pick for Peter Smrek. I woul Read more »

OHL Prospect Report : Jay McClement

by Bob Chery
on
If anyone were to write a textbook or make a video of how a
young prospect should play the game of hockey, especially in
this era of a defence-first NHL, they could do worse than use
the Brampton Battalion’s Jay McClement as an example. The 18
year-old native of Kingston, Ontario has exhibited hockey smarts
and attention to defensive detail not often seen in a player
this young, combined with a steadily improving offensive game.

DEFENSIVE ZONE: When he’s not actually going behind the
goal-line to bump an opponent off the puck and gain possession,
McClement always, ALWAYS lends puck support in his own zone.

He will follow the cycle along the boards and take up the
defenceman’s position in front of the net. When he sees that the
opposing forwards have been tied up, he will be the third man in
and gain possession of the puck. Earlier in the season Jay was a
very conservative, safety-first player who would dump the puck
out of danger into the neutral zone. As the season has
progressed, he has started to make outlet passes, work the give
and go, and make the rush out of the zone. On occasion he has
calmly taken the puck behind his own net to start the transition
game, as if he had been playing defence for the past ten years.

When playing high in the zone or covering the point on the
penalty-kill, McClement does a good job of making an obstacle of
himself. He will either block the shot or force the point-man to
shoot around him, ensuring that the point-blast does not become
a shot on goal.


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