In a league where offensive stars like Jason Spezza, Derek Roy, Patrick
O’Sullivan, Stephen Weiss, Nate Robinson, and Rick Nash are the most
recognized. There are players known as the “grinders” who open up the
for these skill players to score. They are the players that drive to the
net, throw the hits, and the type of players that always give their all,
you always want them out on the ice during the crucial moments of a tight game. Here are (in my opinion) the best grinders in the “O” in no particular order:
Daniel Paille (6’0″ – 184lbs) In only his second year in the league,
Guelph’s Danny Paille has lived up to the expectations put on him when he
was drafted 6th overall in the 2000 OHL draft. Paille is one of those
players who you need on your team. Paille, 17, fits a lot of grit and
leadership into his 6’0″, 184lbs frame. The leadership skills he shows on a
nightly basis, may just land him the “C” next year, as this years captain Morgan McCormick moves on. Paille’s main attributes are his work along the
boards, his 100% a shift work ethic, and his ability to take the
to score goals. When I watch Paille play, he really reminds me of a young
Adam Deadmarsh. He has a great balance of skill and grit, he also shows a
lot of character off the ice. Look for him to be selected during the first
two rounds of the 2002 NHL entry draft.
Kris Vernarsky (6’2″ – 207lbs) Kris is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey
League, in this, his fourth season. His offensive ability is beginning to
show a little more than it has in t Read more »
Springfield, Ma. The U-Mass Minuteman took on the U-Conn Huskies Sunday at the Springfield Civic Center. The Minuteman jumped out to a 3-0 start before the Huskies scored late in the second period. The two teams each played a hard fought third period with the Minuteman sneaking by with a 6-5 win.
The U-Mass Minutemen dominated the first period, but U-Conn Sophomore goalie Artie Imbriano only let one goal by him. Minutemen Freshman Sean Regan scored at the 4:25 mark of the period. U-Mass had the only penalty when senior Martin Miljko was called for interference.
U-Mass continued the domination they had in the first period scoring three more goals in the second period, including two on the power play. The Minutemen scored the first goal of the period by Miljko only 10 seconds into a power play. U-Conn Senior Trent Landry was spending time in the penalty box for hooking. Miljko picked up his second goal of the game when he lit the lamp at the 14:29 mark. The Minutemen added to their lead when Freshman Greg Mauldin scored 3:03 later, while the Minutemen were on a power play. At the time of the goal U-Conn Senior Mike Boylon was in the penalty box for cross checking. U-Conn finally beat U-Mass Senior goaltender Mike Johnson. The U-Conn goal was scored when Boylon made up for his penalty, which led to the fourth U-Mass goal.
The third period started with a goaltender change. The U-Mass Minutemen put Freshman Tim Warner in the net. U-Conn took advantage of the goalie change and Boylon scored his second goal of the game. U-Mass put a three go Read more »
By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova
Czech and Swiss Under-16 teams met for the first time in a series of three games that are going to be played this weekend. Check out the recap of this game including the coache’s and player’s comments!
On November, 9th, 2001 there was the first playing day of a three-game series in which the Under-16 teams of the Czech Republic and Switzerland test their skills against each other. The first contest took place in Kralupy nad Vltavou a town only 10 miles from Czech capital Prague. Like every year, the Czech roster boasts lots of NHL prospects. Those players, born 1986 are still far away from being concerned as players who will turn into sure-fire NHL stars but already at this time it is obvious that some of them will probably be called blue-chippers coming the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On the Czech side goalie Marek Schwarz, a Sparta Praha midgets starter is most likely going to be another in a long series of quality Czech netminders, defensemen Adam Lukacovic, also from Sparta, captains the squad as Jakub Sindel is on a stint with the Under-17 team, and he along with Lubomir Stach of Vsetin are also very good prospects who can have a NHL future. At forward the brightest stars are Michal Birner, a Slavia Praha midgets sophomore, Karel Hromas and Jan Dusatko of Sparta and Vitkovice midgets winger Petr Pohl.
And those players took on the Swiss squad. The Czech team seemed to be in control of the game since the opening faceoff and Radek Smolenak had the first scoring chance on his stick as he received a pass as he crossed the Read more »
By: Dmitri Ponomarenko
By: Eugene Belashchenko
Trio of Avangard’s Hawks: A Kalashnikov machine gun or a hockey stick?
year two of Omsk’s forwards, Stanislav Chistov and Alexander Svitov, who were
drafted in the first round 5th and 3rd overall, had to switch their hockey
uniform for kaki pants and shirt. Due
to the conflict between Avangard and NHL Anaheim and Tampa Bay teams, the young
players became military personnel and had to spend several weeks in barracks.
The players hardly had time to resume playing in the Super League when
clouds appeared above their heads once again.
This time they were claimed by the Department Read more »
Right-winger Jason King has been named the player of the month for October by the Mooseheads.
King netted 17 goals along with 5 helpers totalling 22 points in just 11 games during the month of October. It should be noted that the 20-year-old managed to get a point per game during 10 of the 11 games. Not too shabby considering a 7-2-2 record for the month.
After turning the big “2-0″ on September 14, the talented forward recorded five games with more than one point in each during October and also turned a lot of heads when he set a single-game team record of 5 goals in an 8-3 win over Baie-Comeau on October 10. King also netted a pair of goals and added 2 helpers for a four-point night on October 6 against Val-d’Orand led to an 8-6 win. The following night, he led the Mooseheads to a 6-4 victory over Rouyn-Noranda, contributing a hat trick. October 24 also saw King with a hat trick against division rival, Moncton Wildcats, and also handing the Cats a 7-2 defeat.
The crafty winger also managed game-winning goals against Baie-Comeau (October 12, 8-3) and Shawinigan (October 14, 3-2) and scored the game-tying goal on Hull (October 16, 2-2). King is also becoming well-above his already-noticable proficiency on special teams–netting 3 powerplay goals and 4 shorthanded goals during October.
Hats off to Jason for having a great October!
Mooseheads’ Director of Hockey Operations Marcel Patenaude has announced that defenseman Milan Jurcina has been invited to represent the Slovakian Republic in the 2002 World Junior Read more »
New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update
A biweekly article that will look at the development of Future Devils competing in the WCHA, CCHA and Hockey East
1.) David Hale, Defense, North Dakota, sophomore year
The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have had a tough beginning to the regular season thus far, especially after this past weekend when they dropped two contests to currently number one ranked St. Cloud. In Friday night’s game, David Hale did manage to score a goal half way through the second frame to tie the game. Hale received a nice pass from Ryan Connelly, skated in closer and beat St. Cloud goalie Dean Weasler for his first tally of the season. The tied game was short lived as St. Cloud scored 6 of the next 8 goals. David is seeing more ice time than last year and is playing a larger role. Hopefully he will take full advantage of the opportunity and improve upon his offensive numbers. The Fighting Sioux have the upcoming week off and will travel to MSU-Mankato in two weeks. Hale missed one game because he was ejected the night before.
2001/02 stats: 8 games, 1 g, 0 a, 25 PIM
2.) Paul Martin, Defense, University of Minnesota, sophomore year
One of the biggest surprises this year has been the play of the Golden Gophers as well as Paul Martin. Minnesota entered the past weekend undefeated and the number one team in NCAA Men’s Division One. Just two weeks ago, after a weekend set with Colgate, Paul Martin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after tallying four points Read more »
Here is a look at ten of the Capitals prospects playing in Portland through Game 13.
Veteran defenseman Patrick Boileau has been amazing this past week. Despite an injured ankle, he scored two goals on Wednesday night and looked great tonight.
Krys Barch has a broken arm and will not be playing for several weeks.
Tonight was Nolan Yonkman‘s first game of the regular season and he had a solid start. He seemed more physical than before. He did not play all that many shifts and is still easing his way back into the game after a knee injury.
The Pirates should keep Jason Ulmer and Brad Church on a line together for as long as possible. They are well aware that their spots in Portland can (and have been) taken away, and both were willing to stand on their heads for the team tonight. Ulmer scored the Pirates’ first goal of the night on an incredibly low-percentage shot from the side of the net that was impressive. Church set up both goals of the evening.
Barrie Moore appears to really be getting in the swing of things and looked much more like his old self this past week. He got his first point on Wednesday night and looked very good and very solid tonight.
My opinion on Kyle Clark is dropping rapidly. He used to have the occasional brillant play that would help to make up for the fact he would do nothing else for an entire game, but the past two weeks he has done absolutely nothing. The fact he is 6’7 is far less of a bonus than expected because he rarely uses this to his advantage. Read more »
“OHL’s Top Defenders”
Defensemen usually don’t get the praise that they rightfully deserve. They
battle hard, game in and game out, and are seldom rewarded. That’s why I
have composed a list of (in my opinion) the top ten rearguards in the OHL
(in no particular order). I stress that this is my opinion. I know some
people won’t be happy that I have left out Guelph’s Kevin Dallman and his
points. But I feel that there is more to a defenseman than points. I have
“honourable mention” list of players that I thought of putting on, but
didn’t have the room for them. Enjoy, and pick apart my list all you want.
The first five are below, and the next five will be posted tomorrow.
Mark Popovic (6’1″ – 194lbs) Mark is one of the most skilled d-men in the
entire league. He is the unquestionable leader on the Majors hockey club.
After a terrific camp with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, he was sent back the
the “O” for more seasoning. He is rounding out his game very well. His
skating and his offensive skills are top notch. He is an excellent puck
mover that needs to work on gettingmore physical in front of his net. But
nonetheless, Mark plays a terrific all-around game.
Malcolm Hutt (6’0″ – 195lbs) Malcolm is probably the most underated
defenseman in the OHL. While he is in the top ten in d-man scoring, that
not his calling. Malcolm is an exceptional defensive player who makes a
great first pass. Two words used most often to describe Malcolm are
and “dependable”. He rare Read more »
Here are some notes on the Johnstown Chiefs, Richmond Renegades, Louisiana IceGators, Florida Everblades, Dayton Bombers, and the Pee Dee Pride.
Eric Schneider leads the ECHL in goals scored (9), and is tied for second in the league in power play goals (4).
Both of Chad Onufrechuk’s goals have come in the shootout.
The last time the Chiefs had a three game winning streak was 1/27/01-2/2/01.
Jeff Sullivan is ranked 6th on the Chiefs all-time penalty minute list with 547 PIM.
The Chiefs have not surrendered a goal in the two shootouts they have been in this season.
The Chiefs have only one power play goal in their last 15 chances.
The Chiefs are tied (Columbia) for the league lead with 26 major penalties.
Schneider is currently riding a eight game scoring streak. He has 8 goals and 3 assists during the eight games.
Four of the Chiefs five wins have come by one goal.
Tonight is the first game of a six game home stand.
If Rod Taylor plays tonight he will tie former Chief Bob Woods for most ECHL games played with 599. Taylor has missed the last two games.
Rookie Garrett Prosofsky leads the ‘Gades with 7 goals and 4 assists (11 PTS).
Richmond has been outshot in eight of their eleven games this season.
Former Washington Capital Brad Church was recalled earlier this week by the Portland Pirates (AHL).
The Renegades are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Read more »