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Sabres Report: An Interview with Doug Janik

by Ken McKenna

This past summer, the Buffalo Sabres signed defensive prospect Doug Janik to his first pro contract. Janik, a 2nd round pick of the Sabres in ’99, played in the U.S. national program before attending the University of Maine for 3 years. He is currently playing for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

I had a chance to speak with Doug following Rochester’s 12/14 game vs. Cleveland. The following is a transcript of that conversation, with “HF” representing yours truly, and “DJ” being Mr. Janik.


: Tonight’s game- frustrating. For 2 periods, you guys played pretty well, but you’re down 4-1.


: Yeah, coming off last week, we hoped to have a little better effort and outcome than we had tonight, definitely. So, it’s a disappointing game for us.


: The whole season’s been like that, basically- getting some chances, but not burying the puck.


: We had a lot of chances tonight; we also had some defensive breakdowns, and it’s just been kind of up and down like that all year.


: Personally, how do you feel you’ve progressed so far this season?


: Not too bad. Just kind of learning as I go. The older guys and the coaches have been really good so far. I’m very appreciative of that, and I hope to just get better every day.


: You played at Maine the last 3 years, right?


: Yes.


: You left school early- do you think that was a good move? Was that something Buffalo wanted you to d Read more »

ICE caught looking ahead, now find themselves behind

by Jeff Bromley

ICE caught looking ahead, now find themselves behind

Perhaps I was erroneous in last week’s column in the statement that the ICE had yet to find any consistency after the big trade. The ICE have indeed found consistency – of the losing kind.

Barring the excuse of having arguably their two best players off at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Jarrett Stoll and Marek Svatos, the ICE haven’t played well even with the two sharpshooters in the lineup in going 1-4 in their last five games. Coincidentally the Swift Current Broncos are 5-1-0-1 since the trade and Jason Jaffray has scored 11 pts (7g, 4a)good for seventh in the WHL scoring race and seems bent on sending a message of why the ICE shouldn’t have traded the gritty forward. Some other telling stats since the trade; the club’s leading scorer, Tomas Plihal has but one goal; the club’s power-play, once the best in the league, has gone 1/24 since the deal, good for a 4 percent success rate. Now, usually five to seven games are not nearly enough to judge a major deal such as this. But one can’t help but think that the deal will be the major turning point in the ICE season – one way or the other. Right now, it’s the other . . .

While you were sleeping – Here’s the good news – Shane Bendera doesn’t play for the Red Deer Rebels any longer. Now for the bad news – the 19-yr-old Columbus BlueJacket draft pick and most recent ICE-melting nemesis was just traded to Kelowna for 19-yr-old goalie Jason Stone and a 19-yr-old high-scoring forward for the Rockets, Carsen Germyn. Kelowna, in case you’ve forgotten, is t Read more »

Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/16

by HF Staff
Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/16

The Calder Corner

One of the unheralded rookies this year, Erik Cole of the Hurricanes explodes for 6 points to take the Calder Corner Prospect of the week.

4 Games
Heatley: 1 Goal (10), 2 Assists
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (13), 4 Assists

2 Games
Noronen: 45 Shots, 40 Saves (1-1-0)

4 Games
Cole: 3 Goals (5,6,7), 3 Assists

3 Games
Bell: 1 Goal (7)

3 Games
Klesla: 1 Goal (3)
Nielsen: 1 Assist
Shelley: 1st NHL Goal and Point (1)

Dallas Stars
2 Games
Gainey: 1st NHL Point

Florida Panthers
3 Games
Hagman: 2 Goals (2,3)
Huselius: 1 Goal (14)

Minnesota Wild
3 Games Read more »

From the Editor: New Features and Draft Centers

by Mark Fischel

Since we are always thinking here at Hockey’s Future on how to improve our site and make it more enjoyable for all of you to spend your time here, some new features are going to be coming soon to our pages.

Over the next few weeks, Hockey’s Future is going to expand our coverage of the jr. Leagues and Teams with the addition of several CHL Team pages similiar to the NHL Team Pages. As the Editors complete the pages, their link will appear on the right hand side under the “HF Country Pages”. Right now we currently have the Kamloops Blazers page up, and it will be fully completed within the next few days. Please do keep in mind that it is a work in progress and there are still some features that aren’t implemented yet. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see or any thoughts, you can always e-mail me or Shane Malloy.

Also coming near the New Year, will be “A look past” the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with our publishing of a list of the top prospects eligible for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Drafts. Compiled by Jake Dole with the assistance of several of our editors from the various leagues and countries, this preview will surely be something to give you an idea of the top 20+ players to watch for down the road.

In addition, Hockey’s Future will be publishing the 2002 Draft Previews for each league after the Olympics. Look for complete profiles, stats, pictures, and interviews for the top players in each league, Country, and the NCAA Ranks. Our staff of over 20 contributors are currently working to put all of this together, which will culminate in the la Read more »

Josef Vavra – a wildcard for the draft

by Robert Neuhauser
Josef Vavra didn’t have the opportunity like lots of fellow 2002 prospect had, for example Jiri
Hudler, Petr Taticek or Petr Jelinek. He wasn’t born in a family of a former active player
or even active coach. Josef’s dad enjoyed a basketball career but was a huge fan of hockey, though.
Because he didn’t play organised hockey, only when he had the opportunity to agree with
some friends on a match, then he laced up the skates and the puck began to fly on the ice. Read more »

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey scored 1 goal through 3 games this week. His first goal since returning from a wrist injury came during a 6-5 loss to Worchester. The goal was also his first non-powerplay goal this season. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 15 games. He has 7 points (4-3-7), and is +2 with 8 minutes in penalties. Three of his 4 goals were scored on the powerplay.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon was unable to record a win through 3 starts since our last update. He continues to struggle to find his game, as well as his confidence. This week saw his goals against average balloon from 2.54 last week to 3.14 this week. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 5-2-2 record with an already mentioned 3.14 GAA, and a .904 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard scored 2 goals and added 3 assists through 3 games this week. He rebounded from a 9-game scoreless streak, and now has points in 5 of his last 6 games. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 28 games. He has a team-leading 25 points (11-14-25), and is +1 with 8 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, only 1 of his 11 goals has been scored on the powerplay; which speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He also has a team leading 83 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 1 game this week. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of the last 3 games. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 12 games. He has 4 poi Read more »

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release

The Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 16
is forward Andre Martineau of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League.

Martineau, 20, picked up four goals and six assists for 10 points in just
three games this past week to earn the weekly recognition. He becomes the
fifth QMJHL player in 10 weeks to get the nod as CHL Player of the Week and
was also selected as the QMJHL’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Goaltender Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL
was the QMJHL’s Defensive Player of the Week. Forward Shawn Snider of the
Sudbury Wolves was the Ontario Hockey League’s Player of the Week, while
goaltender Josh Harding of the Regina Pats was the Western Hockey League
Player of the Week (see details below).

This is the final CHL Player of the Week selection for 2001. The next CHL
Player of the Week will be selected Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, along with the
CHL Player of the Month for December.

The CHL’s Player of the Week is announced in every Tuesday’s edition of the
CHL Daily News. The CHL Daily News is also posted each day at the league’s
official website, The CHL Player of the Month will be selected
each month from among the top monthly performers in the Ontario Hockey
League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.


Dec. 17 – Andre Martineau, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
Dec. 10 – Shawn Roed, Portland Winter Hawks, WHL Read more »

Shawn Snider Named OHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves
centre Shawn Snider is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
December 16, 2001 after scoring four goals and two assists for six points
three games.

Snider, a 20-year-old native of Fergus, recorded at least one point in
of three Wolves wins last week. He opened the week with a goal in a 5-3
ice win over the Barrie Colts on December 14. He scored the game-winning
goal and assisted on another as the Wolves defeated the Kingston
5-0 in Kingston on December 15 and scored two goals, including the
game-winner, along with an assist in a 4-3 road win over the Mississauga
IceDogs on December 16.

Snider leads the Wolves with 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 33
games this season.

Shawn Snider
Born: Fergus, ON, February 1, 1981
Position: Centre Shoots: Right
Ht: 5.10 Weight: 170 lbs.
Sault Ste. Marie’s 5th round selection, 102nd overall, in the 1998 OHL
Priority Selection.

Canadian Hockey League News and Notes

by League Press Release

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League continues
to top the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings in Week 11.

Despite having their 20-game unbeaten snapped at Rimouski on Friday night,
the Titan continue to lead the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10
rankings, selected by a panel of NHL scouts, for the fourth consecutive
week. Acadie-Bathurst has been in the rankings for eight of the 11 weeks the
poll has been conducted this season.

The Titan continues to lead the overall QMJHL standings and have the most
victories and best winning percentage of any CHL team. The 20-game unbeaten
run was the longest by far this season in the CHL.

The Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League hang on to second place in
the weekly rankings, picking up a couple of ties this week. The Whalers lead
the OHL in winning percentage and points and have just five losses in 34
games this season.

Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League were the team on the move
in this week’s rankings, moving into third place in the weekly poll, up from
sixth. With another two wins this past week, the Cougars have been one of
the hottest teams in the CHL in the past month since first cracking the Bank
of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 list four weeks ago.

There were no teams on last week’s Top 10 list that didn’t make the list
this week, but a few teams switched positions. Still in fourth spot are the
Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, with the Barrie Colts of the OHL moving
up one spot, from sixth to fifth, Read more »

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