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Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey managed 1 goal through 3 games since our last update. Despite Québec losing 2 of 3 games this week, Hainsey still managed to raise his plus/minus from +6 to +8. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 33 games. He has 19 points (7-12-19), and is +8 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 71 shots on goal. The 20-year old rookie will play for Team PlanetUSA during the upcoming AHL all-star game.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon recorded a 1-2 record through 3 games since our last update. Saturday’s game against Providence was the 24-year-old’s 21st straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 28 AHL games. He has a 13-7-7 record with 2.71 GAA, and a .916 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard picked up 4 points through 3 games since our last update. He averaged 3 shots per game over the recently mentioned 3-game span. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 36 games. He has 31 points (13-18-31), and is +2 with 12 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 107 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 2 games since our last update. He suffered a concussion during a game against Manchester, and is out indefinitely. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 28 games. He Read more »

The Weekly Dose

by Kirk Pedersen
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The Canucks are in the midst of their best run of the season, and are, as a write this, in a tie for the eighth and final play-off spot in the Western Conference.

I attended the Toronto-Vancouver game last night, and, it was probably the best game I’ve taken in at the Garage since the building opened back in ’95. A complete offensive and defensive effort on both sides of the ice, and Peter Skudra, when tested, was more than equal to the challenge posed by the now-anemic Leaf offense. Brent Sopel, who is a shadow of his former self, (in a good way, though) is producing offensively, and being responsible defensively. He’s gone a long way to help a defensive corps which was severely hurting going into the Christmas Break.

This week, Alex Auld made his first start for the Canucks against the former juggernaut in Dallas, and did very well for himself, turning aside twenty-two of twenty-four shots in a win. He reminded me a great deal of Phoenix goaltender Sean Burke, big, lanky, not much of a flopper, and always was at a good angle to make the save. I enjoyed watching the youngster play, and the more I saw, the more I liked. When Dan Cloutier gets back, Canuck management might have a decision to make, but I would let Auld play at least once more before they make it.

Down on the farm, recent acquisitions Tyler Bouck and Read more »

HF’s Interview with Brampton’s Adam Henrich

by Mark McDonald
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Hockey’s Future recently caught up with Adam Henrich of the Brampton Battalion after the team’s practice last Saturday. Henrich, an 18-year-old left winger from Thornhill, Ontario, is ranked 12th among North American skaters in the CSS’s mid-season prospect rankings. Henrich, with 21 goals and 26 assists in 46 games, is having a breakout second season in the Ontario Hockey League and is headed to Saskatoon for this week’s CHL Top Prospects Game. Here’s what he had to say.

HF: First of all, Adam, a big win last night, going into a pretty crazy barn (London) and getting two points against a team you’ll be fighting with for a playoff spot. What’s the feeling in the dressing room now, when the team getting on a roll late in the season, especially with a few key players out of the lineup?

AH: Well, you know, we’ve got about four injuries, and all four guys are really important parts of our team, so these two last games were a big four points. We went into London last night, London’s a really good team and we got the win. We needed that; it was a four-point game and we’ve moved ahead of them now. It was a big win, hopefully we can continue that streak, everyone will keep going and do whatever we have to do to get the two points every game.

HF: So you’re playing in the CHL Top Prospects Game this week, a game where you’ll no doubt be watched by a lot of scouts and GM’s. What’s going through your mind about playing in that game?

AH: Well yeah – that’s coming close, and you always get a little nervous before big g Read more »

Follow the Bouncing Biron…

by Megan Sexton
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Ever wondered how it feels to be tossed around like a hacky-sack?

Just ask Mathieu Biron. The 21-year old has been passed back and forth between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Springfield Falcons four times already this season.

Frustrating? Hardly. Biron takes the transition in stride. “It’s not what I prefer, but it’s part of the business,” he explains. A business that might require the young defenseman to take stock in Dramamine. As if being traded three times in three years weren’t strain enough, Biron has spent the past two seasons being juggled between his NHL teams and their affiliates.

Follow the bouncing defenseman…

He’s up: Averaging over 14 minutes of valuable NHL experience per game, not to mention the off-ice guidance he’s receiving from veteran defenseman Grant Ledyard. He’s down: Displaying offensive potential with three goals and four assists in his 23 games with the Falcons. He’s up: Disproving his critics, averaging 1.4 hits per game. He is currently ranked 10th among his teammates in hits, even though he’s played half as many games. He’s down: Fine-tuning his game while awaiting his return to the city by the bay.

While most players may view a trip to the farm as a confidence-denting demotion, Biron takes it as a challenge and utilizes his time there to improve his game. “The style in the AHL is so much different,” he said. “Here (in the NHL) it is so much more under control. When you make a mistake, you are going to pay for it.”

The more open Read more »

WHL – OHL All Star Game

by Aaron Dowding
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The cream of the crop from the WHL East and the OHL West gathered in central Alberta for the second annual Hershey Cup All-Star series.

The series consists of the best players from the QMJHL, WHL and the OHL.The League that wins the most games wins the Hershey Cup. If there are ties, the goals for/goals against tiebreaker system is in effect. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) won the first cup last year.

On Wednesday night, the aggression style of play by the WHL was exceeded by the passing and defensive plays of the OHL resulting in a 7-2 win. Western Hockey League falls in All Star Game 7-2

It looked good early for the West when Red Deer Rebel Doug Lynch scored with only 51 seconds gone in the first.
Ontario West was quick to respond when Brad Boyes of the Erie Otters snuck it past starting goaltender Josh Harding from the Regina Pats 4:48 into the period.

Coach Brent Sutter combined Brandon Segal and Tyler Beechey of the Calgary Hitmen on a line but they were unsuccessful in any points.

The first 20 minutes ended in an unlikely 1-1 tie when both tenders turned away tricky shots by doing nothing short of standing on their head.

The second half of the game was more of a one-sided goalie duo as Jason Bacashihua turned away everything in sight. Michael Garnett was not so lucky when his defense failed and was faced with many odd man rushes from the hash marks.

The contest had a player of the game for each team with the award going to Brent Kelly (OHL) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Starting Read more »

Colorado Prospect Update (1/25/02)

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Juniors:

Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 31 GP, 27 G, 23 A, 50 P, 28 PIM, +3

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 40 GP, 2 G, 13 A, 15 P, 49 PIM, +18

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 9-13-4, 3.39 GAA. .876 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP, 16 G, 25 A, 41 P, 43 PIM, -21

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P, 190 PIM, -15

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 43 GP 3 G, 23 A, 26 P, 29 PIM, Even

Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP, 7 G, 9 A, 16 P, 89 PIM, -22

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 10 G, 12 A, 22 P, 86 PIM, +6

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 36 GP, 25 G, 35 A, 60 P, 84 PIM, +28

Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 7 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 7 PIM, +2

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 26 GP, 15-7-4, 2.35 GAA, .920 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »

Belleville Bulls Update

by Bill Thompson
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Belleville GM Brad Vaughn’s latest moves seem to have elevated the Bulls to serious contender status for the OHL crown this year. Newcomers Jason Spezza and Michael Mole, both ex Ice Dogs, have been heavy contributors to Belleville’s current 7 game winning streak. Mole has been in net for all 7 wins and Spezza has 15 points in the last 5 games, including 7 points in last nights 9-2 romp of the Sarnia Sting.

The latest win brings the Bulls record to 26-18-2-1 for 55 points, one point behind Ottawa in the East. Belleville is now 2-0 on their 5 game stint away from home due to the Nokia Cup Ontario Curling Championships taking up residence in the Yardman Arena. The Bulls get their biggest challenge tonight as they face the OHL’s top team, the Plymouth Whalers. They return home for a game against the London Knights on Feb. 9.

Belleville also got a chance to shine on TV as they played in CFMT’s game of the week against the Oshawa Generals. The Bulls crushed the Generals 8-1. If not for a slight mental lapse by Mike Renzi, Mole most likely would have earned his first shutout of his OHL career. In preparing for a face-off outside Belleville’s zone, Renzi took his glove off to adjust some equipment, not a wise move in today’s fast face-off OHL. The puck was dropped and squirted into Belleville’s zone. Renzi’s man, Mike Minard, took off on a breakaway and put one between Mole’s legs at 14:34 of the 3rd period. Mole did earn his first shutout during inter-league play against the Victoriaville Tigres as the Bull

Garth Murray up close

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Garth Murray up close

The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was one of the deepest drafts of talented players in a long, long time. Many scouts believed you could get just as good of a player at 30th overall that you could at 15th overall. The entire draft was filled with a large group of highly skilled youngsters, with Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk, now a budding star with the Atlanta Thrashers, topping the list. When the topic was brought up among scouts concerning a power forward by the name of Garth Murray from the Regina Pats of the WHL, most said he could go anywhere from late in the first round to the end of the third round. Apparently the Rangers shared this opinion, having ranked Murray 29th overall on their list of available players. After trading down in the third round, swapping the 74th overall pick to the Minnesota Wild in return for the 79th overall pick and a fifth rounder, the Rangers’ scouting staff were very pleased to see Garth Murray still available at pick number 79. They wasted little time selecting Murray, a 6’2 206 lbs. forward who potentially could become the physical second liner that they are lacking. After the third round came to a conclusion, the Rangers had to feel pretty excited after being able to select three of the players they had ranked in their top twenty-nine.

Hamilton Bulldogs Mid-Season Report

by AHL Report Staff
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Hamilton Bulldogs Mid-Season Report Card

As the Bulldogs progress through the 2001-2002 season, we have seen them
shake off a poor start to become the AHL’s most dominant team and then
we have seen them falter again since Christmas. In this report, we’ll
take a quick look at the players currently on the Hamilton roster and
how they have fared thus far.
NOTE: Players with 10 or fewer games played have been omitted. Stats
accurate as of Jan. 23, 2002.

Goaltenders:

30 Ty CONKLIN – Plays well until he gives up a bad goal, then usually
gives up another bad one shortly after. Needs to work on puck-handling
and mental toughness. Current record stands at 8-5-4 with a 2.57 GAA and
a save percentage of 0.916. GRADE: B-

35 Marc LAMOTHE – Very solid in net. Gives up a softie once in a while,
but generally makes up for it by saving the Bulldogs asses late in the
game. A little too “floppy.” Current record is 14-10-2 with a GAA of
2.34 and a 0.923 save percentage. GRADE: A

Defense:

4 Ales PISA – Reads plays well both offensively and defensively. Not
afraid to jump into the rush, but knows enough to peel off and get back
into position if things don’t look right. Current stats are 4-8-12 in 29
GP, rating of +7. GRADE: B+

5 Chris HAJT – Good defensive awareness, but needs to play with more of
a physical edge. Can’t seem to figure out what the word “offense” means.
Current stats are 2-2-4 in 21 GP, +/- rating is even. GRADE: C-

6 Alex HENRY –Read more »

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