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Calder Corner for the Week Ending 12/24

by HF Staff
Calder Corner for the Week Ending 12/24

The Calder Corner

Andy McDonald of the Mighty Ducks takes home the HF prospect of the week by scoring 3 goals and 2 assists, to help the Ducks go into the holiday break by going 3-1.

In addition to Andy McDonald taking home the weekly award, a special award goes out to all the parents of hockey playing children everywhere. Without there countless hours and dollars spent driving to tourney’s and upgrading the equipment seemingly every 2 months, no child who has played hockey past the “learning stage” would have been able to get to where they are.

A special holiday thanks goes out to the parents!

4 Games
McDonald: 3 Goals (1,2,3), 2 Assists

4 Games
Heatley: 2 Goals (11, 12), 1 Assist
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (14), 1 Assist
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
Hordichuk: 1st NHL Goal and point

3 Games
Boynton: 1 Assist

2 Games
Noronen: 1 Game, 33 Shots, 30 Saves (1-1-0)

2 Games
Nichol: 1 Assist Read more »

USA-Czech Republic WJC game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
On Christmas Day, December, 25th, the Czech Under-20 team took on the USA Under-20 squad
in the opening game of the WJC. This was an usual meeting of both opponents, those two
teams met in the regular group also in the previous two years. On the Czech side there
was a change in the net, starter Lukas Hronek was suddenly sidelined with a flu, so backup
Michal Fikrt stood between the pipes and Plzen juniors netminder Petr Sulan was called
back to the team to serve as the backup. Quite surprisingly was hulking Atlanta Thrashers
prospect Libor Ustrnul selected the Czech captain, Tomas Plekanec captained the Czech
squad on the previous tournaments, but finished with only an ‘A’ on his jersey.
The US team was as usual build mostly of college players, with some already drafted players
on the team along with bright prospects. The second cathegory consisted of the likes of
defenseman Ryan Whitney or winger Dustin Brown, a Guelph Storm standout.

So USA captain Richard Umberger and Czech Tomas Plekanec took the opening draw of the
WJC. After the first careful seconds of the game Petr Chvojka went to the penalty box
for interference after 65 seconds played but it was the Czech team who had the first chance.
Filip Novak coralled the puck, unleashed a blast of a shot which was turned away by Jason
Bacashihua in the net for USA, but Ales Hemsky got to the rebound. Bacashihua was lucky
that he couldn’t lift the puck over his left pad. Read more »

Merry Christmas with Marco Sturm

by Oliver Janz

You spent the last weeks home in Germany, the same procedure as every year

He’s a fan favourite in Germany, he’s 23 years old, he plays for the San Jose Sharks and his name is Marco Sturm. Sturm is currently in his fifth NHL-season. Maybe, this his best season. He scored 11 goals and recorded six assists for a total of 17 points in 35 games. Other interesting stats: he scored three Power Play Goals, three Short Handed Goals and three Game Winning Goals, too.

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today that left wing Marco Sturm has been named to the German Olympic team for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

In addition, the Sharks have granted Sturm permission to compete in Germany’s two Olympic Qualifying contests on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 versus Slovakia and Austria, respectively. Sturm will play for San Jose on Feb. 8 vs. Chicago, miss the Sharks game on Feb. 10 vs. Carolina and return to the team for their Feb. 12 contest at Edmonton.

Sturm will fly with the private jet from Dean Lombardi to Salt Lake City … enjoy the interview:

HF: You spent the weeks leading Read more »

WJC rosters

by Robert Neuhauser

Czech Republic

Lukas Hronek (HC Slavia Praha)
Michal Fikrt (HC Chemopetrol Litvinov)

Filip Novak (Regina Pats, WHL)
Libor Ustrnul (Plymouth Whalers, OHL)
Petr Chvojka (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL)
Lukas Krajicek (Peterborough Petes, OHL)
Tomas Mojzis (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)
Miroslav Blatak (HC Continental Zlin)
Lukas Pozivil (HC Chemopetrol Litvinov)
Jan Hanzlik (HC Sparta Praha)

Tomas Plekanec (HC Vagnerplast Kladno)
Jiri Novotny (HC Ceske Budejovice)
Ales Hemsky (Hull Olympiques, QMJHL)
Frantisek Lukes (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL)
Jiri Jakes (Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL)
Jiri Hudler (HC Vsetin)
Petr Prucha (HC IPB Pojistovna Pardubice)
Martin Podlesak (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL)
Miloslav Horava (HC Vagnerplast Kladno)
Jan Bohac (HC Liberec)
Jaroslav Sklenar (HC Senators Rosice)
Michal Vondrka (HC Ceske Budejovice)
Radek Dlouhy (HC Slavia Praha)


Pascal Leclaire (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL)
Olivier Michaud (Shawinigan, QMJHL)

Jay Bouwmeester (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL)
Dan Hamhuis (Prince George Cougars, WHL)
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild, NHL)
Nathan Paetsch (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)
Carlo Colaiacovo (Erie Otters, OHL)
Jay Harrison (Brampton Battalion, OHL)
Mark Popovic (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL)

Forwards Read more »

Czech Under-20 team: WJC preview

by Robert Neuhauser
The long waiting is finally over. The whole Czech hockey nation is looking forward to see
another top bunch of junior-aged players fight for gold. The excitement is even increased
by the fact that the host Czech Republic won the last two WJC titles. People want to see
their players win gold again.
To fulfill the wish, head coach Jaroslav Holik, father of New Jersey Devils’ Bobby Holik,
selected 22 top 1982 and 1983 born players along with one 1984 born, tremendously talented
Jiri Hudler. Among those players are nine CHL players which is an unprecended number. CHL
additions showed to be a huge boost to the team both on and off the ice in the previous
seasons and so this number leaves most likely nobody to shake his head. This year’s team
is solid in goal with Lukas Hronek and Michal Fikrt, the defense corps boosted with five
CHLers look to be the biggest weapon of the team and the forward lines look balanced, too.
From skyscrapers like Martin Podlesak or Jiri Jakes to smallish speedsters like Jiri Hudler
or Frantisek Lukes. Read more »

2003 draft promises to be fantastic

by Jake Dole
Although the 2002 draft is still 6 months away, a lot of talk and news are going around about an NHL draft that could be the best ever. If you thought that the two-way race of Jason Spezza and Ilya Kovalchuk is exciting, you might be surprised to know that in the 2003 draft, there could be 5-10 potential candidates for the top spot overall.
The 2002 draft looks to be an average one, in comparison to most, more comparable to the one taking place in 2000. A lot of the players are considering passing the draft as well, such as the Austrian Thomas Vanek and the American blueliner Mark Stuart. This would only forebode a potentially mind-boggling first round extravaganza in 2003.
The European invasion will be the most noteworthy of that class. Excellent players will be eligible from Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The United States and Canada will offer solid depth of talent, but it will be overshadowed with the plethora of Europeans. Needless to say, this could be the first time Europeans outnumber North Americans in the first round in history of NHL drafts.
Here is the sneak peak outlining some of the talent eligible for the 2003 draft:

Steve Bernier , Right Wing – A feisty, physical player is turning heads in the Quebec hockey league.

Dustin Brown , Right Wing — 32 goals in 35 OHL games this year.

Braydon Coburn , Defense – A Saskatchewan kid is a combination of size and skill with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL.

Denis Ezhov , Defense – A stay Read more »

Habs’ Prospects Improving

by Chris Boucher
When trying to determine whether a player will develop NHL calibre skills, we tend to look at how that player is improving year to year. A prospect is just that; a prospect. Only by improving year to year will any player develop the skills necessary to produce at the NHL level. Skating, speed and strength are difficult attributes to measure on a year to year basis. They are far less tangible than raw stats, but in no way less important. The easiest way to measure a player’s improvement is by breaking down their production into a point per game basis, then comparing that number to the previous year’s total.

When comparing The Montreal Canadiens’ prospects’ point per game totals from this season with those of a year ago, Chris Dyment shows the greatest improvement. The 22-year-old defenseman rebounded from a difficult 00-01 season to put up numbers similar to those from his 99-00 campaign. The 6’3″, 202-lbs. defenseman averaged 0.30 PPG last season. Sixteen games into this season he’s averaging a solid 0.75 PPG; an improvement of 0.45. Dyment is one of Boston University’s co-captains, and plays on the Terriers’ number-one defensive unit with highly touted prospect Ryan Whitney. Dyment was chosen in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

An impressive second to Dyment is Michigan’s Mike Komisarek. The Habs’ chose Komisarek with their first pick during the 2001 draft. He has already registered more points this year than he did during the entire 00-01 season. The 6’4′, 228-lbs. defenseman averaged only 0.38 PPG last year. Through 18 g Read more »

The German Under-20 promoted to the first class

by Oliver Janz

What they said

Back in the first class

What a good year for the German Nationalteams. The first team played a sensational world championship, the U18 finished their championships on position five and the U20 won the division I world championships which where held in Austria. 7-1 in the final against Austria. Germany played on a higher level than the other countries during the whole tournament. Including Draft Picks Dimitri Pätzold, Christian Ehrhoff, Stefan Schauer, Christoph Schubert and Marcel Goc, this team was the best German Under-20 team since the squads with players like Jochen Hecht and Marco Sturm. And this year’s Under-20 should be good enough to play with the big boys. Against Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and so on.

The best from the best

Christian Ehrhoff, topscorer, captain and team leader. Ten points in five games, tremendous numbers for a defender. Ehrhoff was named the best defender of the tournament, the same award he garnered last year… His Power-Play-Partner was Christoph Schubert, who scored all his four (!) goals from the blue line. A dou for the german hockey future. Another star was Dimitri Pätzold who extended his excellent performances in international appereances. Others like Sebastian Jones, Adrian Grygiel, Marcel Goc or Sebastian Furchner showed good performances, too.

Carolina Hurricanes Prospect Profiles

by Parker Neale

The motto for the Carolina Hurricanes seems to have become ‘quality, not quantity,’ as can be demonstrated by the mere 13 members of their Top Prospect List. However, if you look at their track record over the past few seasons, it becomes clear that they are doing a good job of drafting and producing NHL-ready players at a fairly quick pace (please refer to David Tanabe, Josef Vasicek, Shane Willis and Niclas Wallin).

Therefore, here is a look at the top 13 in the organization right now:

Rob Zepp

(6’01 – 200 pounds)
(Born: 09/07/81 in Canada)
(After re-entering draft, was selected by Carolina in the 4th round, 110th overall in 2001)

The acquisition of Tom Barrasso forced the Hurricanes to send Tyler Moss to Lowell (AHL). Therefore, there was no room for Zepp and he landed in Florida, their ECHL affiliate. He has won 6 of the 13 games he has played and tied two others while notching a 3.33 goals-against-average and a 0.902 save percentage. Zepp had a stellar three-year career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. He is the goaltender of the future for Carolina.

Brad DeFauw

(Left Wing)
(6’03 – 210 pounds)
(Born: 11/10/77 in the United States) Read more »

Where are they now: Part 4?

by Joeri Loonen

An overview of drafted players and undrafted players with an NHL-career currently active in the Swiss league(s).

Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team

Philadelphia Flyers:

Partik Juhlin
Drafted 1989, 2nd rnd, 34th overall
Current team: SC Bern

Juhlin enterred the NHL as a 25 year old after he was doing very well in the Swedish league. Owever 3 seasons later and 56 NHL games and 101 AHL games later he decided to return to Europe and went to Finland. After 2,5 good seasons with Jokerit Helsinki he moved to Switzerland in the 99-00 season. In Switzerland Juhlin is one of the top forwards in the league. In his first season he registerred 31 points in 37 games and that was followed by a 43 point saeson. This season Juhlin has already equalled that total and that after only 33 games.

Phoenix Coyotes:
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