|It’s time again for Hockey’s Future to answer the question “If the Calder Trophy were awarded today,|
based on what you have seen so far this season, who would your Top 10 Rookie Finalists be?” We’ve recruited several of
HF’s finest to take part this month and totaling up their votes, here is this month’s version of ‘Handicapping the Field’:
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News & Features
The playoffs are currently taking place in Major Junior Hockey and in Europe, while the NCAA Frozen Four kicks off tomorrow with two huge games. Although none of this means much to the current Rangers squad, some youngsters and prospects are gaining valuable experience playing in high-pressure situations and against top competition.
An update with stats for all Carolina Hurricane prospects. Most of the individuals to be profiled are embroiled in their respective playoff races. Therefore, let’s take a look at how they all faired as their regular seasons wound down.
Up front for the Lock Monsters, Brad DeFauw has put together a respectable sophomore season but has, probably not matched the pre-season expectations that would have been placed on him by the Hurricanes’ brass. He has 17 goals and 36 points after 60 games. However, he does have 6 points in his last 9 contests as the team has finished off strong, just like they started.
Jesse Boulerice has, probably fulfilled all expectations since being traded from the Philadelphia Phantoms as he has tallied 4 points and 80 penalty minutes in 14 games.
Mike Zigomanis has faded offensively as his rookie season has progressed. He does have 46 points after 76 games. However, 31 of those came in the first 44 games. On the other hand, Jeff Heerema has been dynamite all year and now has 33 goals and 68 points after 73 games.
Tomas Kurka has been fairly steady throughout the season and now has 27 points after 68 games. Whereas, Brett Lysak hasn’t demonstrated the offensive capabilities that he displayed in junior during his rookie pro campaign and, with 14 points after 53 games, was sent down to Florida of the ECHL where he has 9 points in 16 games. Ian MacNeil has a respectable 32 points and 126 penalty minutes after 76 games, totals that mirror his previous two seasons. He is yet to receive a call-up Read more »
March 25, 2002
Saint John 2, Quebec 1
Last Friday, the Citadelles had visited the Flames in Saint John and had
The two teams started the game quietly as no goals were scored in the first
In the second period, the Flames and the Citadelles traded goals. Saint John
The third period was scorless, which forced both teams to play an extra
in some way the NHL teams should worry, too. Because Kladno and Litvinov are the biggest
Czech producers of NHL talent. Among those risen in Kladno you can see the likes of
Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias or Tomas Kaberle. Also this season the coach Jaromir Sindel’s
roster boasted young promising prospects like Tomas Plekanec or undrafted gem Miloslav Horava.
But now with the team being relegated it’s almost sure that all the top prospects will leave.
One talented forward with NHL upside left Kladno already one year ago. The story is about
Jakub Langhammer started playing hockey when he was only four years old. The major factor
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Captain Danny O’Brien changed his pregame meal hoping to change his luck. He went from the normal pasta before games to peanut butter and jelly. That’s right, good old-fashioned p, b, and j. Well it seemed to work so far as O’Brien scored a powerplay goal Saturday night against Rochester to open the scoring at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The Riders came out a little sluggish during the first period and gave up a goal late in the first to tie it at one heading into the break.
RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson must have lit a fire in the locker room during the intermission. The Roughriders came out like their butts had been chewed on a little bit. Just 47 seconds into the second period Nate Meyers scored another goal for CR or did he? Meyers took a pass from Kevin Brooks and muscled it under Yen I-Chen for an apparent goal but the on ice officials didn’t see it. Even though the goal judge lit the lamp to signal a goal, the goal was not allowed at that time. About 40 seconds later the officials stopped play and talked it over via walkie-talkie and then allowed Meyers’ 27th goal of the season. Kevin Brooks scored about 5 minutes later to give Cedar Rapids a 3-1 lead. Toward the end of the second period things got a little testy. As Rochester net minder Chen froze the puck, there was a lot of pushing and shoving. Meyers held onto Rochester defensemen Matt Manina moving him away from the scrum toward center ice, Manina thought it would be a good idea to take some swings at Meyers. I wonder if he still thinks it was a good idea? You could s Read more »
Playoffs are out of the question but that doesn’t mean the Minnesota Wild
The Wild need just one more victory this season to break their first-season
As mentioned before, the Wild have a perfect opportunity to put a dagger
Looking at this month’s schedule, the Wild may be a deciding factor in which
By the Numbers
79 – Faceoffs were taken during Sunday’s game in Chicago.
2 – Home games remaining for Minnesota.
1 – Points shy Marian Gaborik is of 100 for his young career.
The Week That Was (2-2-0-0)
Tue, Mar. 26: W 2-1 at St. Louis Blues (24-30-11-7)
Minnesota kicked off the week with a big win in St. Louis, striking a major
Wed, Mar. 27: W 4-2 at Atlanta Thrashers (25-30-11-7)
Report to your respective corners..
No, it¡¦s not a Tyson fight..
It’s what Matt Henderson called a desperate attempt to gain dignity in Admirals 5-1 win over the Penguins last Friday night. Without a pause, “We beat them on the board and on the ice and instigating fights and they got what they deserves,” said Henderson who recorded two goals and a helper in the third period.
Before the 122 penalty marathon, Ty Jones grabbed the first goal of the game one minute in the second period. Henderson joined his teammate with his 19 goal of the season when the rubber bounced over the glove of Sebastian Caron 2:27.
A handful of squirmishes were sparked by a clash of fists from winger Shawn Thornton and Darcy Verot would even make Mike Tyson look respectable. Trent Yawney and Penguins’ Glenn Patrick sealed the game with an exchange of looks and words .
The Penguins who are out of contention this year battled back, but the Admirals thawed any chances with another goal at the end of the stanza with a top shelf by Valeri Zelepukin. Norfolk is seven points ahead of Hershey and nine points above the Philadelphia Phantoms in the southern Division, added two goal s before the a final wrap.”Yea, there was too much testosterone out there tonight, but we need to move on and focus on our next game (Philadelphia on Saturday night),” said Peluso whose goal was on the first power play of the night.
Philadelphia Phantoms 4 Norfolk Admirals 2
With only two games left of the regular season and eight consecutive wins on the books–Norfo Read more »
It was from there that Pat Quinn plucked him last season, amid cries from the media to trade for Rob Blake. Needless to say, the similarities between Belak and Blake gave birth to a good many jokes about the Leaf GM’s literacy level. That said, the journey for the strapping westerner still wasn’t over even though he has yet to don a different jersey. No, rather than another city, the last leg is a rather short one geographically from the blueline to the center red line. That said, it is probably the most difficult part of his travels.
To be sure, he can still play defense, and he has been called on to fill in there on occasion this season. More and more though, the Leafs, as they did for the Detroit game, are leaving him up front, and calling up a rearguard from The Rock rather than sending him back to the defense. No, Belak’s future lies not on blueline but on the fourth line. Skating with Alyn McCauley and Gary Valk, the trio has been dominant when on the ice. While they don’t often finish their chances, they generate chaos in the opponent’s zone i Read more »
Prospect Report for the game Hannover against Mannheim on October, 28th: #91 Seidenberg, Yannic (Adler Mannheim – 17 years old, NHL Entry Draft eligible 2002) Yannic Seidenberg played for one minute and 30 seconds in the first period. He seemed to do anything he wanted except defensive work. He just spent the whole time skating in the offensive zone. In total, he took part in a fast break, made one pass and didn’t dish out any checks in the first period. The second 20 minute frame was played without him as Seidenberg watched with his butt firmly planted on the bench. The third period saw him back on the ice. 50 Minutes and 15 seconds had been played when Hannover’s David Haas made the score 5-2 by completing the hattrick. Mannheim’s coach Bill Stewart recognized that there was no real chance to come back in this game so he decided to use this opportunity to give Seidenberg some ice time. The 17 year old wing garnered three minutes of playing five on five and – very important – he played over one minute positioned behind Hannover’s Goal on a power-play, which started in the 56th minute. If he finds himself in two or three more situations like that, then his first point at the pro level isn’t far away. This could certainly be the Read more »
Prospect Report for the game Hannover against Mannheim on October, 28th:
#91 Seidenberg, Yannic (Adler Mannheim – 17 years old, NHL Entry Draft eligible 2002)
Yannic Seidenberg played for one minute and 30 seconds in the first period. He seemed to do anything he wanted except defensive work. He just spent the whole time skating in the offensive zone. In total, he took part in a fast break, made one pass and didn’t dish out any checks in the first period. The second 20 minute frame was played without him as Seidenberg watched with his butt firmly planted on the bench.
The third period saw him back on the ice. 50 Minutes and 15 seconds had been played when Hannover’s David Haas made the score 5-2 by completing the hattrick. Mannheim’s coach Bill Stewart recognized that there was no real chance to come back in this game so he decided to use this opportunity to give Seidenberg some ice time. The 17 year old wing garnered three minutes of playing five on five and – very important – he played over one minute positioned behind Hannover’s Goal on a power-play, which started in the 56th minute. If he finds himself in two or three more situations like that, then his first point at the pro level isn’t far away.
This could certainly be the Read more »