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The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Blueline makeover continues: After studying several other market opportunities, the Maple Leafs opted to stay with the organization’s long term focus on deadline day … rather than chasing any of the veteran blueliners available (Lumme, Housley, Houlder, Leschyshyn, Slegr, Svehla, Hedican etc.), Toronto obtained a player whose best years are still decidedly in front of him … Aki-Petteri Berg was selected 3rd overall by Los Angeles in the 1995 Entry Draft, behind only fellow defenders Bryan Berard and Wade Redden … a 5 year NHL veteran at the tender age of 23, Berg has thus far failed to live up to the lofty expectations attached to him during his junior career … Aki certainly has prototypical NHL size (6-3, 220) and is an extremely fast and agile skater … these two factors have allowed the strapping Finn to deliver many devastating hits already during his young career … it would be fair to say that Berg is mainly a “non-factor” on the attack at this point and that he still has much to learn about defensive play as well … during the 1998/1999 season, Aki played for Turku in the Finnish League following a nasty and prolonged contract dispute with the Kings … Berg joins a burgeoning group of young blueliners in the Toronto organization (Kaberle, McCabe, Markov, Belak, Svoboda, Rourke, Zion, Zavoral and others) and this key position could Read more »

A Rating for the german under-20 national-team

by Oliver Janz
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Ernst Höfner, coach from the under-20 german national-team, rated the
players, who played at the B-junior-world-junior-championship.

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G Dimitri Pätzold (TSV Erding Jets/Second League)

+ constant

+ many self-confidence

+ coolness

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G Dimitrij Kotschnew (Crocodiles Hamburg/Third League)

+ constant

JAY HENDERSON

Age: will turn 23 in September

Role: pest
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Jarret Stoll Takes Charge

by Jeff Bromley
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While not nearly as successful as the weekend before, the Kootenay ICE accomplished what they needed to in their second three game in three nights weekend in a row. Coming off a 4-0 loss to Red Deer and a 2-1 overtime loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on the road on Friday and Saturday, the ICE saved their best for last in front of the seventh sell-out of the regular season at home with a crucial 4-1 win over their Eastern Conference rivals, the Swift Current Broncos. In getting a leg up on the Broncos by two points, the ICE have the slight edge for maintaining home-ice advantage as the Broncos, as Eastern Division champions will have the second seed for the first round of the playoffs with the ICE settling into the third spot but in the subsequent playoff rounds, the home-ice advantage will go to the club with the better points total.

As the ICE enter into the 2001 edition of the WHL playoffs almost exactly where they started last season before going on their amazing Memorial Cup run, it is clear that where the leader of last season’s playoff run Mike Green left off, Jarret Stoll is ready to emerge as a leader in his own right as the club begins the playoff portion of their defense of the WHL Championship crown.

Starting the season it seemed that everything that Jarret Stoll touched turned to points. Playing on a line with Mike Comrie it was easy to see why. At the same time Stoll would have trouble establishing himself as a dominant player if only for the fact that he was on a line with Mike Comrie. When Comrie was here the perception was that Mike C Read more »

The Rangers update

by Evan Andriopoulos
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G.M.Glen Sather apparently did not give in to cravings for Keith Tkachuk, Eric Lindros and Andrei Nikolishin at trade day… While each opposing GM asked for most of the Rangers “future” puzzle Sather held fast. (end)

But to believe all is well in New York…is deadly wrong… look for Sather to try again to deal for the Big E, Eric Lindros, Jaromir Jagr and more in the offseason after he re-evaluates the “prospects”. It appears that Rangers management has soured so much on the “prospects” that they would have been dealt for a lot less than they could have brought. It also appears Mike York, the smallish gutty center, is about to be booked a summer flight to somewhere as well as Jan Hlavac, perhaps Buffalo. Mike Mottau has been treated like a yo-yo even after the swiss cheese like defense has needed re-enforcements. Management has identified the few players and prospects that have “tried” as the ones who have value and can be dealt while clinging to the big paycheck, no production “stars” in New York. (end)

I expect to see some big signings this summer and some moves that will clean house in Hartford(AHL). Look for Brad Smyth, Derek Armstrong, Todd Hall, Michal Grosek to be elsewhere… look for either Pavel Brendl and or Jamie Lundmark to be elsewhere and look for Mike Mottau to become Barry Richter and visit each NHL city as a member of the home team. While Pat Aufiero and Filip Novak may spell DEFENSE 2001-02 addition it is not likely… the management has made been run by the free spending Dolans and the team by the same. (end)

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