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Here is a ‘preview’ of sorts which would be leading up to the wholesale re-ranking of the Canucks prospect depth.
One player who more than deserves to be here is Thatcher Bell. The speedy Rimouski centreman has missed well over half of the season this year for the Oceanic, which has hurt their attack overall. He probably won’t be signed by the Canucks unless he turns in one heck of a playoff for Rimouski, and so far in two games, he has two goals and one assist for three points. Since he’s been drafted Bell has been a rather large disappointment, as all he’s done in the nearly two years since having his name called is get injured, and when healthy; not play up to his ability.
He’s got a lot of the tools to be a solid NHL’er; which include speed, shot, some intelligence, and decent hockey-sense. What he doesn’t have, however; is what will hold him back. He doesn’t have very much size, he doesn’t appear to care too much for the defensive aspects of the game, and his durability can be likened to porcelain.
So, to sum up, he’s easily been the worst of the two QMJHL Canuck picks of 2000. The progress of players such as Reid and Barrett has been excellent, even though Barrett and Reid didn’t really break through until their final year of junior. Bell was one of my favorite Canuck prospects going into the season, and, like the aforementioned Barrett; he’ll probably be looking for a new club to house his rights if he isn’t dealt befo Read more »
Playing three games in a row in the USHL is always a tough order, especially if you have to travel from Topeka, Kansas to Waterloo Iowa overnight only to play the US National Under 18 Development squad a few short hours after returning home. The Black Hawks showed obvious signs of that three game stretch when they took the ice against Team USA, who also had played three games in three nights. The Nationals however, only had to travel from Cedar Rapids and got a good night’s rest.
Team USA got out of the gate quickly getting goals by David Booth and Timmy Wallace 4:33 and 6:33 into the game. Booth’s goal came right in front of the Waterloo net where he was all alone and wristed the shot past Waterloo goalie Jeff Jakaitis. Waterloo looked a bit weary early on but managed to knot the game up with two quick goals midway through the opening period. Ross Carlson scored as he was coming into the offensive zone through a line change. Team USA cleared the puck out and Carlson intercepted the pass and came in uncontested to slap the puck past Timothy Roth. 41 seconds later Aaron Johnson tied the game off a scrum towards the side of the US Nationals net. Carlson tallied his first of three assists on the night. The game didn’t stay tied for very long unfortunately as Brett Sterling received a perfect pass as he was streaking towards Jakaitis and he put it home giving the Nationals the lead once again at 3-2. Jakaitis and the Black Hawks penalty kill were instrumental in keeping the score where it was while two men down late in the opening period. A number of good sav Read more »
Bucs play 20 minutes of hockey and lose 6-3
By Kevin Kasel on 03/23/2002
Saturday night at the Metro Ice Sports Arena in Des Moines, the Buccaneers managed to play only 20 minutes of good hockey falling to the Sioux Falls Stampede by a 6-3 score. The Stampede took advantage of their power plays when they got them, converting on 3 of 6 opportunities.
In the first period, Sioux Falls outshot Des Moines 16-10 and where it counted led 3-0 on the scoreboard. Sioux Falls went 2 for 4 on the power play in the 1st period. Sioux Falls 1st goal was a rebound left lying around that the Bucs were unable to clear that Eric Przepiorka was able to bury. Jacob Micflikier got a one-timer feed from the USHL’s leading scorer, Thomas Vanek to give the Stampede the 2-0 lead. Marty Sertich then converted on the power play to give the Stampede the 3-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission.
In the 2nd period, someone flipped a switch on the Bucs. Des Moines, who outshot the Stampede by a 18-9 count in the period, controlled things on the scoreboard where it counts to tie the score 3-3. Chris Collins got the Bucs on the board first by putting home a rebound on the power play. Keith Boyer got a gift as a clearing attempt hits one of the linesmen and the puck stays in the zone, Boyer came in and goes top shelf to bring the Bucs within one, 3-2. With about five minutes left in the period, Luke Irwin got a shot that flipped over Stampede netminder Kellen Briggs to tie things up at 3 a piece.
Four minutes into the 3rd, Jason Moul found himself with a w Read more »
Last year at this time the talk was all about the bodies that were flying around the Western Conference, as there were a couple big moves that shook the world. Colorado airlifted Rob Blake in from Los Angeles on their way to the Stanley Cup at the cost of Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin and David Steckel. The Kings used the first two players to get themselves to the Conference Finals. St. Louis traded a bucket of youth for Keith Tkachuk. San Jose landed Teemu Selanne. This time however, most of the fireworks happened in the East. That said, there was still enough wheeling and dealing to go around. Here is the second part of this two part series, this time focusing on the Western Conference. Each team is given a mark 1 through 10 with 10 being excellent. In case of a tie, the teams are listed in alphabetical order.
Holding two number one picks in the 2001 draft, Hawk G.M. Mike Smith chose to pass on Rangers rookie Dan Blackburn in favor of Tummo Ruutu with his #9 overall selection.
would be the guy if a goalie was picked. He played for the Chicago Freeze, in a northwest Chicago suburb, and was rated a late first rounder.
He was in fact picked by Dallas a few picks before the Blackhawks picked.
A big goalie, Adam presently progressing in the AHL.
Q&A with Adam Munro.
By Ken McKenna.
Hockey’s Future : We’ll start with this season. Erie is on its way to another division title. How do you feel about the teams’ chances of going to the Memorial Cup?.
AM:I feel like we have a good enough team to do it this year. Last year we had a lot of skill, but I don’t know if we had the character there. This year, I think we’ve got a lot of experience from last year, we’ve got a lot of guys back. We probably don’t have as much skill, but a lot more character on this team this year than we did la Read more »
The moment many Minnesota Wild fans waited for since June’s entry draft
Right-wing Tony Virta was called up by the parent club March 20 to help fill
Virta, playing in the first National Hockey League game of his career,
“I wasn’t nervous, but it was new,” said Virta to the Pioneer Press. “I was
In 67 games with the Aeros, Virta has been a pleasant surprise, leading the
Virta led the team in scoring with 27 goals 60 points in 56 games, while
Aft Read more »
The playoffs begin in the OHL with some teams just happy to be there and others with something to prove. The Guelph Storm enter the playoffs assured of a Memorial Cup berth as they are the host city, while the other 15 teams in the playoffs try to claim the other spot. The Western Conference probably has more roadblocks for any teams with championship intentions, as the Eastern Conference has several teams at the bottom that won’t be much of a threat, not so in the West.
Plymouth vs London
On paper a mismatch, one of the fastest teams in the league vs one of the slowest. A stingy defence against a team that relies heavily on 3-4 guys to carry the load. However, games are played on the ice, and London did fare very well against the Whalers and the Greyhounds on back to back nights late in the season without superstar Rick Nash and Captain Danny Bois. Special teams will be critical, London has numerous players who consistently take stupid penalties and most referees seem more than happy to rule against London when a fracas occurs, due to London’s past reputation. The Knights have an awesome power play at times, especially when leading scorer Mike Stathopoulos gets set up on the half boards, looking to feed Dennis Wideman who has a howitzer from the point.
They need someone to step up on the point and make the basic plays to take pressure off of Wideman, something no one has been able to do this year so far. Also they need to have better plays on the other side of the ice, especially from Nash, who tends to try to force the puck and spen Read more »
With nine games left on the schedule, the Houston Aeros have picked a bad
The Aeros (32-25-9-5) have dropped four of their last five games, and now
The Aeros, meanwhile, are coming off losses to Chicago and Milwaukee – with
“It was deserved,” said Aeros forward Brendan Yarema to the Houston
Their uninspired play has led to a shortage of offense, with only nine
“Offensively, we have to create a little bit more and I think that comes
The Aeros have some critical games ahead, as five of their last nine are
While the NHL’s trade deadline passed March Read more »