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Sabres Report: Q&A with Norm Milley

by Ken McKenna
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The Buffalo Sabres in recent years have built up solid depth at the right wing position via trades and good drafting. Some of this talent is already on the Buffalo roster, but there are still a couple of good prospects in the pipeline. One of those prospects, Norm Milley, is currently playing for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Norm was selected by Buffalo in the 2nd round of the 1998 NHL Draft, one of three 2nd round picks the Sabres made in that draft. The Toronto native starred for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, where he spent four seasons prior to turning pro in the summer of 2000. Milley set or tied several team records in Sudbury, and finished his junior career as the second-leading scorer in Wolves history. While the gentleman one point ahead of Norm on Sudbury’s scoring list (Jamie Matthews) may not be familiar to a lot of hockey fans, the two names directly after Milley’s, Ron Duguay and Mike Foligno, should be a little more recognizable to long-time NHL followers.

Milley turned in a solid first season in the AHL last year, earning Rochester’s Rookie of the Year award. His second season with the Amerks got off to a bit of a slow start, but Norm has come on in the season’s 2nd half to remind the organization why he was a high draft pick. Milley’s strong play recently earned him his first call-up to the NHL, where he picked up his first NHL point.

I had a chance to interview Norm following a recent Amerks practice. Below is a transcript of that conversation, with my questions bein Read more »

Norway News Updates

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Norwegian hockey which has from time to time almost fallen off the earth finally has some positive news stemming from their younger players who are making a splash in the international scene. Among them are Per Åge Skroder who plays for semi-finalist HV71 in the Swedish Elite Series along with NHL prospects Johan Davidsson, Anders Huusko and Peter Ekelund. Skroder registered 20 goals and 33 points this season for HV71 and was the only 20 goal scorer on his club. Skroder a 5-10 185 pounder formerly of Sarpsborg, Norway is opening the eyes of NHL scouts with his quiet but steady play. A trip to a NHL camp just may be in the works.

Martin Knold also of Norway is playing defense for Linkøping of the Swedish Elite Series posting(1-9-10) but a poor -9 +/-.

Meanwhile in Germany, Norwegians Trond Magnussen, Tore Vikingstad (St.Louis Prospect) and Tommy Jakobsen are battling it out in the playoffs. Jakobsen`s club the Panthers of Augsburg are set for a position in the finals while Magnussen and Vikingstad were knocked out in the semi-finals. Both play for DEG Metro-Stars.

Back in Sweden the Trygg brothers Marius and Mats have improved their games greatly and look to be long time Swedish League Professionals and National Team stalwarts.

Over the border Frisk Asker led by youngesters Lars Nagel & Rene Sethereng are ready for Norwegian Final. Their opponent is to be decided between Storhamar and VIF Hockey.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Stats

by Megan Sexton
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PlayerTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-PIM
Artukhin, EvgenyPodolskRus-1491572294
Bergfors, HenrikSodertaljeSwe-Jr
Bezrukov, DimitriNizhenkamskRussia38561120
But, AntonYaroslavlRussia4613102310
Hagglund, JohanHC OrebroSwe-127

Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/

Third Period rally lift Forge over Team USA

Forge 5 USA 2 : Read more »

The Blades are Playoff Bound

by pbadmin
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The Saskatoon are playoff bound for the first time in 2 years. They
will face the division champion Brandon Wheatkings in the first round of the
Eastern conference Playoffs begining Saturday night in Saskatoon. The
Blades will host the first pair of games at home due the Royal Manitoba
Winter Fair. Games three and four will be in Winnipeg, game five in
Saskatoon followed by games six and seven in Manitoba with game six in
Winnipeg and game seven in Brandon.

The series is likely to be a very low scoring series if regular season
head to head games are any indication. In nine meetings during the season
the Wheatkings outscored the Blades 28-19 or just over 5 goals being scored
per contest. The Blades were 3-6 vs Brandon this season including a 2-2-0-0
home road while only going 1-4 in the Keystone Centre. With the first pair
of games slated to take place at Sask Place, the Blades may have a better
opportunity to jump on the Wheatkings and perhaps win a couple if not
atleast split heading to Winnipeg. With the games likely to be very tight
checking and low scoring specialty teams could become a huge factor.

The
Blades were 9 for 53 vs the Wheatkings on the power play this season while
the Wheatkings were 8-45 vs the Blades on the power play. Although through
the course of the season the Wheatkings had a very successfull power play
finishing 4th in the league this season at 21.4 while the Blades opporated
at 18.3 which ranked them only 14th. Brandon also owns the leagues best
penalty kill unit at 85.0% Read more »

Poti finally has his “D” day

by Dean Belanger
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In what had become a cruel process, the Oilers have finally traded Tom Poti and Rem Murray to the NYR for Mike York and a 4th round pick in 2002. In an earlier deal, the Oilers also traded Sean Brown to Boston for prospect Bobby Allen. The Oilers have finally addressed their concerns at the center position, but in doing so have really weakened their blue line. Each deal on their own is a fine trade, but when you consider that the Oilers have given up two defencemen off their NHL roster, you have to wonder why the Brown deal was processed…

Sean Brown was originally a draft choice of the Boston Bruins and was traded to Edmonton with Mariusz Czerkawski and a first round pick for Bill Ranford in 1996. Since that time, Brown has been in and out of the line up and struggled with consistency and his confidence. What he has never had a problem with is racking up penalty minutes, and always sticking up for his teammates. In 269 career games with the Oilers, he has amassed 664 PIM. Brown started the year playing with Scott Ferguson and both were a steady pair on the blue line. Once Tom Poti was signed, both Brown and Ferguson were taking turns in the press box and it really affected Brown’s play.

Making his way to Edmonton is promising young D man, Bobby Allen. A second round pick in 1998, Allen is described as an exceptionally mobile defenceman with outstanding defensive skills. The Oilers feel he has a very bright future in the NHL, but will report to Hamilton for the time being.

Tom Poti saw his meteoric rise to stardom halt this season, mostly due to the fa Read more »

Wild Week in Review

by Chris Kitching
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Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 17

At the Deadline

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline will pass on Tuesday at 3:01
p.m. EST, not before putting a scare into the hearts of many players (and
their families) around the league.

“You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t think about it,” Wild defenseman Jason
Marshall told the Pioneer Press. “We all know it comes every year. It’s kind
of out of our control. We try to concentrate on playing the game.”

Marshall’s name has been included in several trade rumors, while goaltender
Jamie McLennan has had his name bounce around several times. McLennan has
been playing in the American Hockey League with the Houston Aeros all
season, and will be an unrestricted free agent come July. The chance of
finding a taker for McLennan is unlikely.

With only two years of existence in the NHL, the Wild could use help at
every position, unlike some of the top teams in the league, who are
well-padded in certain areas.

The addition of one or two experienced veterans will add some leadership and
much needed depth to the lineup, which is something Minnesota should seek
before the puck drops on the 2002-03 season.


By the Numbers

11 – Points Marian Gaborik has recorded in his last six games (nine
goals, two assists), powering the Wild to a 3-0-1-2 record in that span.

8 – Points the Wild have earned in their last five games, including
wins over St. Louis, Dallas and Columbus, a tie with Phoenix and an overtime
loss to Ottawa.

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The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release
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REBELS ON TOP OF FINAL BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS

The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels are the
number one ranked team in the final Bank of Montreal MasterCard Canadian
Hockey League Top 10 list of the season, as selected by a panel of National
Hockey League scouts.

The Rebels (45-18-7-1) still have one regular season game to play Tuesday
night at Calgary, but they have won the WHL overall title and they head into
the WHL playoffs as the number one seeded team again this season. Red Deer
was ranked number one for the last five weeks of the season and the first
seven weeks of the season, while the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League held the number one spot for the other 10 weeks
in a row.

Red Deer slipped out of the Top 10 for a week during the Titan’s run at the
top, but a franchise record 14-game winning streak and 17 of 18 wins during
one stretch was enough to give the Rebels the nod as No. 1 on the last Bank
of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 list of the season. The Rebels had an
18-week run in the No. 1 spot until the Titan started its 10-week run.

Acadie-Bathurst (44-16-4-5) wound up second in the final poll, up from third
last week, after clinching the QMJHL overall title. The Titan has 99 points
with one game to go Tuesday night and enter the QMJHL playoffs as the number
one seed after appearing on the Top 10 list 19 of the 22 weeks the list was
published this year.

The Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League drop down into third spot
in the fina Read more »

Kings at the Trading Deadline

by Tony Calfo
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As the trade deadline nears closer and closer, hockey critics have provided
us with their predications of what to expect before the 3:00 pm deadline on
Tuesday. According to the majority of critics, such as TSN’s Bob McKenzie,
deadline should be marked by a number of insignificant trades quite unlike
what we have become accustomed to in the past seasons.

Although the Los Angeles Kings started the season poorly, they have been one
of the NHL’s hottest teams and seemed destined to make some noise in the
upcoming playoffs, especially if they are lucky enough to play the Chicago
Blackhawks in the first round, who have had a strong season but really
cannot be considered a serious contender in the Western Conference.

The Kings were involved in the most talked about trade of last year’s
deadline when they sent Rob Blake to the Colorado Avalanche for Adam
Deadmarsh and Aaron Miller. Will the Kings once again make significant
adjustments to the roster? The answer is likely no, but it should be noted
the recent addition of veteran forward, Cliff Ronning, does improve the
team.

Cliff Ronning has played in over 1000 games and participated in the Stanley
Cup finals as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Although he is now 36 years
old, he once again led the Nashville Predators in scoring and can be relied
upon to provide some offense, taking away some of the burden from Jason
Allison.

The addition of Ronning provides Andy Murray with some more depth but
without Karalahti, the Kings are not willing to part with any other player Read more »

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