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German Ranking of 2001 eligibles

by Oliver Janz
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German Scouting: End-Season Rankings
Goaltenders

Rank Name (CSB-Rank)         League        Team            Birthdate   HT    WT Catches
 1   Pätzold, Dimitri (3)    Germany       Erding          03-Feb-83  6     183    L
 2   Koslow, Patrick         Germany Jr.   Mannheim Jr.    06-Jan-85  5'10  168
 3   Rohde, Christian        Germany       Augsburg        02-Okt-82  6     172    L
 4   Kotschnew, Dimitrj      Germany III   Hamburg         15-Jul-81  6     179
 5   Morczinietz, Martin     Germany Jr.   Geretsried Jr.  16-Aug-84
 6   Voigt, Benjamin         Germany II    Bietigheim      19-Mar-82  6'1   185
 7   Schnelle, Tim           Germany II    Bietigheim      02-Jan-82  5'10  186
 8   Ehelechner, Patrick     Germany IV    Mannheim II     29-Sep-84
 9   Aus den Birken, Danny   Germany Jr.   Mannheim Jr.    15-Feb-85
10   Niemz, Martin           Germany Jr.   Riessersee Jr.  30-Mar-83


German Scouting: End-Season Rankings
Forwards

Rank Name (CSB-Rank)            League       Team            Birthdate   HT    WT Pos Shot
 1   Goc, Marcel (12)           Germany      Schwenningen    23-Aug-83  6'1   187  C   L
 2   Greilinger, Thomas (70)    Germany      Schwenningen    06-Aug-81  5'11  194  RW  R
 3   Grygiel, Adrian            Germany      Krefeld         13-Sep-83  5'10  179  RW  R
 4   Hinterstocker, Martin (100)Germany II   Riessersee      01-Feb-83  6     187  LW  L
 5   Ullmann, Christoph         Germany IV   Köln II         19-May-83  6     192  C
 6   Kink, Marcus               Germany Jr.  Riessers Read more »

Lancers claim USHL’s Clark Cup

by Jason Shaner
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The 2000-2001 season is finally over with the Omaha Lancers grabbing the Clark Cup for being the playoff champion. The Lancers defeated the Lincoln Stars, quite possibly their biggest rivals, who won the regular season title and claimed the Anderson Cup. In getting to the final series Omaha ripped the Des Moines Buccaneers in a 3 game sweep of their best of 5 series. All series this season were 5 games. Omaha then handed the Sioux Falls Stampede their lumps beating them in 4 games. Lincoln also went through the playoffs with relative ease sweeping the Sioux City Musketeers and the Tri-City Storm en route to the Clark Cup finals. Then came the finals.

Omaha and Lincoln played a series that will be remembered for years as one of the best finals in USHL history. Lincoln, defending their home ice in game 1 won 6-1. In game 2 Omaha proved they could defend their turf too handing the Stars a 6-2 loss. Although the scores were pretty one sided, the games were not. Every game in this series was played with ferocity that could not be matched during the regular season. Game 3 saw the games get even tighter as Lincoln was victorious at home 4-3. With the Lancers season on the brink of ending they went home to Ak-Sar-Ben Arena and fought hard to win 4-3 to set the stage for the 5th and deciding game in the series. In Lincoln, most felt the Stars would take the Cup as they had only lost 1 game at home during both the Regular season and Playoffs. But as we know, when it is playoff hockey time, the home ice advantage really doesn’t make a difference. The L Read more »

Habs’ Prospects Improving

by Chris Boucher
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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 1999-2000, Johan Eneqvist shows the greatest improvement. The young Swede was chosen with one of the Canadiens’ 4th round picks, 109th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’0″, 183 lbs. center averaged 0.64 PPG during the 99-00 season. Through 21 games this season he averaged an incredible 1.62 PPG; an improvement of 0.98. Canadiens’ fans will be keeping a close eye on Eneqvist’s progression next season.

A close second to Eneqvist is Chicoutimi’s Christian Larrivée. Chosen in the 4th round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Larrivée scored more goals this year than he did points during the entire 99-00 season. The 6’3′, 195 Lbs. center averaged only 0.33 PPG in 99-00. Through 72 games this season He averaged 1.11 PPG; a solid improvement of 0.78 PPG. Larrivée must however, improve his defensive game. He finished 99-00 with an ugly Read more »

Sabres Report: An Embarrassment of Riches

by Ken McKenna
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For as long as the Buffalo Sabres franchise has existed, there has been one position on this team that is rarely wanting for talent, specifically the goaltending. From the early years of the franchise with the acrobatic Roger Crozier, to the present day team featuring future Hall-of-Famer Dominik Hasek and star-in-waiting Martin Biron, the goaltender’s position has been the one area where Buffalo has seemingly always had quality talent to draw upon.

The good news for Sabres fans is that this run of good fortune at the goaltending position should continue into the foreseeable future. Indeed, Buffalo may have more good young puckstoppers in the organization than at any time in team history. Buffalo’s current backup goalie, Martin Biron, has already shown that he has the ability to be the go-to guy once Hasek decides to hang up his pads, yet Martin won’t turn 24 until August. And the depth does not end with Biron, as the Sabres have a couple of quality prospects waiting in the wings should Martin falter or become trade bait.

Buffalo’s top goaltending prospect, not to mention the top prospect in the organization, is Mika Noronen of the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Mika last season turned in a performance that earned him The Hockey News’ Minor Pro Prospect of the Year award, as well as several other honors. Not content to rest on his laurels, Noronen has turned in another strong showing during the 2000-01 season, as he was the major reason that the low scoring Americans Read more »

ECHL Playoff Summary

by Parker Neale
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Kelly Cup Playoffs

The race for the Kelly Cup has definitely heated up. Here is a brief recap of the series results to this point.

In the Southern Conference, a Wild Card Round was held to determine who would occupy the number 7 and 8 seeds for the quarterfinals. Subsequently, New Orleans toppled Augusta and Arkansas ousted Baton Rouge in two tight one-goal contests. These two victors then moved on to the Conference Quarterfinals where South Carolina rolled over Arkansas 3-1 and New Orleans lost a hard-fought battle to Louisiana 3-2. The other two series also went the distance as Mobile upset the number 3 seed Jackson and Pee Dee had a minor upset over Florida.

No Wild Card Round was needed in the Northern Conference. Therefore, teams jumped directly into the Conference Quarterfinals and their best-of-five series. Trenton had little trouble dispatching Johnstown 3-1. After losing the first game at home, Peoria dominated Richmond the rest of the series, outscoring them 11-3 in the remaining three games. Dayton ousted Charlotte in a series where three of the five games went into overtime. And, Toledo was stretched to the limit against Roanoke yet prevailed 5-2 in the fifth game.

The Conference Semifinals are now well underway with a best-of-five format again being employed. In the Southern Conference, top-seed South Carolina is tied 1-1 with sixth seed Mobile. Dave Seitz leads the way for the Stingrays offensively with 15 points in only 6 games while Jason Elders of Mobile counters with 1 Read more »

Bolts Bits – Tampa Bay Update

by Megan Sexton
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The Newest Bolt

The Tampa Bay Lightning took a step into the future Tuesday, by signing first round draft pick, Nikita Alexeev.

Alexeev received a three-year rookie contract. Per club policy, the terms were not disclosed.

Alexeev has spent the 2000-01 season with the top OHL team, Erie. He enjoyed a career season (31 goals, 41 assists) while playing along side Brad Boyes. Alexeev also added 13 points (6 goals, 7 assist) to his total, in 10 playoff games.

Among his accomplishments this season, Alexeev was names to the OHL 3rd All-star team. He was also voted the 3rd best skater in the OHL Western Conference Coaches Poll.

Alexeev is currently out of the Otter’s lineup, having suffered a knee injury.

Erie is currently 1-2 in the Western Conference Finals versus Plymouth.

A European Vacation

Nine Tampa Bay Lightning players and prospects have headed to Germany this month. Not for a team vacation, but rather to represent their respective countries in the 2001 IIHF World Championships.

2001 World All-Star Fredrik Modin will be teaming up with prospect Jimmie Olvestad (Djurgarden) for Sweden. Alexander Kharitonov, who caught GM Rick Dudley’s eye in last year’s competition, will return for the Russian team, while defenseman Pavel Kubina will represent the Czech Republic. Detroit Vipers, Thomas Ziegler (Switzerland), Konstantin Kalmikov (Ukraine) and Kaspras Astashenko (Latvia) will all be making appearances for their respective countries. Last but certainly not least, childhood buddies Vincent Lecavalie Read more »

Canucks Prospect Awards

by Kirk Pedersen
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Well, the off-season is upon us, and there’s no better time to check up on prospects that the Canucks have, and how they faired, this season.

Canucks Prospect Awards for 2000-01

Most Improved Prospect
The Nominees are:
1. Pat Kavanagh, by doubling his point output.
2. Ryan Ready, for improving his overall play.
3. Bryan Allen, for overcoming all those injuries he had.

And the Award goes to..
Bryan Allen!, Congratulations Bryan on overcoming all your injury woes and posting solid numbers across the board for the Kansas City Blades, and playing well in your call-up.

Least Improved Prospect
The Nominees are:
1. Mike Brown, for not improving on any of his ’99-00 totals.
2. Darrell Hay, for being sent down to the ECHL after a mere nine games.
3. Jonas Soling, for dropping off the prospect chart, and spending most of the year in the ECHL.

And the Award goes to..
Darrell Hay!, Poor play in Kansas City had him sent down to Florida of the ECHL, and he never quite recovered, only posting nine points in forty games in the ECHL, this is too bad, because he is an offensive defenseman.

Best Goaltending Prospect
The Nominees are:
1. Kevin Swanson, for posting a very good season in junior, and somehow remaining unsigned by Brian Burke.
2. Alfie Michaud, for improving upon his rookie numbers. Read more »

2000-2001 USHL Top Prospects – The Keys to the Offensive Engine

by Jason Shaner
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2000-2001 USHL Top Prospects List

The Keys to the Offensive Engine

Offense is just one thing that wins hockey games. Solid D and great goaltending can steal games by themselves alone, however if you can’t score you aren’t going to win many games. The USHL, which is considered by many to be the top Junior Hockey League around, sends truckloads of young stars to the Collegiate ranks every year. Many of them continue their rise to stardom. Below is a list of 15 of the top offensive players in the USHL in my opinion and in no particular order. They are comprised of scorers, grinders, playmakers and all around superstars. Any one of these players has the chance of going on to the promised land of the NHL.

1. Chris Fournier – Lincoln Stars
We’ll start things off with the top scorer in the league this season. Chris Fournier is not big by any means, but he plays bigger than his opponents night in and night out. Fournier put up monster numbers this season scoring 26 goals and 57 assists for a league leading 83 points. Chris is a thorn in the opponents side at all times, as the hard work never stops. Fournier is a gutsy player who does not let size intimidate him, as he will skate around his opponent or fake him out of his breezers, whatever he needs to do to get him where he is going. Chris is property of the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota and they are excited to have him coming to town next season.

2. Doug Meyer – Des Moines Buccaneers Read more »

Under-18 WJC: A look back at the Czech Republic team

by Robert Neuhauser
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Since 1994 the Czech Under-18 teams have been waiting for medal success. Even this year
they finished out of the medal ranks. It is said that the 1983 birth year isn’t so good in the Czech
Republic and top prospects like Ales Hemsky or Lukas Krajicek are playing overseas, but this
team wasn’t shaky in any way. The team showed his spirit in the 5-4 penalty shots win over
Team USA in the quarterfinals. The Russians were the clear champions. But the other teams,
the Czech team including, played very solid games. Of course, every team is as good as the players
are. And there were quality players on the Czech roster. Here’s a review of the play
of every Czech player at the Under-18 WJC.

Goaltenders

Miroslav Kopriva
Was supposed to be the backup but won the starting role. Even if he gave up 8 goals in the
first contest, he proved that he is a confident goalie with good reflexes. In the
quaterfinal game was replaced by Martin Laska, but the goals weren’t only his fault. However,
his chances to be drafted remain quite low.

Martin Laska
Played well in the quarterfinal game and was the hero of the penalty shots contest. Just like
Kopriva he was doomed by the Russian forwards in the semifinals, but showed that he can carry
the team when neeeded and that he can make the big save. Moved into the final CSB list.

Defensemen – surprises

Petr Puncochar Read more »

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