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By Mike Buskus
ALBANY, NY. (November 2, 2001). Scott Clemmensen got his first professional start tonight in Albany. (He played 20 minutes in relief of Martin Brodeur during the Devils’ 6-1 loss to Washington on opening night, stopping 3 of 4 shots.) With Devils’ General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, chief scout, Dave Conte, and countless other Devils’ scouts and senior management watching, Clemmensen played capably, but his defense did not do him justice in front of the net. The 3-1 loss belonged to the blueliners, rather than to the netminder, before the crowd of 5,888 at the Pepsi Arena.
The main bright spot for the River Rats tonight was winger Jiri Bicek, who generated strong short-handed chances while killing penalties, gave some spark to the offense and relentlessly chased down loose pucks. He also scored the lone Albany goal, a power play goal from the right wing circle. For his efforts, the media bestowed “third star” on Bicek, though this writer would have elevated the honor to “second” in a valiant effort in a losing cause.
Tonight, NHL referee Paul Stewart made another comeback effort. A year or so ago, battling back from cancer, he went down to the AHL to demonstrate his abilities in the orange armband. This evening, while rehabilitating from an unspecified injury, Stewart was on the ice before the teams’ pre-game skate, skating around the ice. When his name was announced as referee, a sizeable number of fans applauded, a rare tribute to referees who are more used to boos than to cheers.
Nothing that the referee Read more »
Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects Update
All of the Red Wings prospects are in action all over the world. In Canada, Usa, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Russia. Some are playing good and some arn`t, some of them will play in Nhl, some will not.
So let us take a look at the Top 10 players in the Red Wings organisation and their statistics so far into the season.
1. Henrik Zetterberg, C, 21 years, 6-1, 185, Grade: 8.5
01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 1 Assists 5 Points 6 Pim 4
Henrik Zetterberg has shown that last year was not an isolated case, during the pre-season he was dominating games like only he can, with great moves, nice passes, and his great two-way play. He has also become Alternate Capitan in Timra. Henrik played three games with the National Team where he picked up two helpers and played very good overall. So far in the season Henrik has been struggling (1G+5A in 16 games), but he has been playing good but unfortunately he has had some problems with the scoring. Henrik is allready one of the best in Sweden, this year he will look to become THE best and prepare himself for Detroit, and the NHL for the 2002-03 season. Henrik is Detroit`s indisputable Top Prospect and could become top line star in NHL.
2. Niklas Kronwall, D, 20 years, 6-0, 172, Grade: 7.5
01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 2 Assists 2 Points 4 Pim 24
Niklas started the year slowely while not picking up a point in the first 6 games of the season, but lately he has reganed confidence and started to produce, in the last 9 games he has scored 2 goals and 2 Read more »
PEE DEE : The Pride today announced that they have signed defenseman B. J.
LOUISIANA: The IceGators goaltender Marc Magliarditi is the Goalie of the
MISSISSIPPI : The Sea Wolves announced that forward John Evangelist Read more »
The Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-October
As part of the Calder Corner’s continuing coverage of this year’s NHL prospects, once a month Hockey’s Future will be handicapping the race for the Calder Trophy and presenting you with our Top Ten favourites for the league’s coveted Rookie of the Year Award. Therefore, without further ado CC’s inaugural picks for the silverware:
Rats are re-stocked with veterans
The New Jersey Devils have bolstered the Albany River Rats with the signing of three veteran players in the past week. Forwards Bruce Gardiner and Steve Guolla and defenseman Joel Bouchard joined the club and played this past weekend.
While the mission of the minor league club continues to be developing “prospects” for the NHL, in a nod to the more competitive nature of the American Hockey League in recent years (a trend accelerated by the merger or acquisition of former International Hockey League teams), the Devils for the first time in recent memory will have a roster that will allow the team to field a maximum of six “veterans”.
The incoming players join Richard Rochefort, Sylvain Cloutier (out with a knee injury) and Ted Drury. These players, as well as Gardiner, Guolla and Bouchard have played more than 260 combined NHL and AHL games.
The Devils and Rats have not gone overboard, and will not face the situation of being forced to sit a veteran every game to avoid the veteran player ceiling. Indeed, as of the moment, with Captain Sylvain Cloutier still out with a knee injury, the Rats have only five “veterans” on the roster.
The transactions which bolstered the River Rats started on October 21, when the Devils signed Gardiner and Guolla. They were placed on waivers, and after getting no takers from NHL clubs, were assigned to Albany. Both were in the starting lineup on Friday as the River Rats visited Rochester. Bouchard was signed on October 25 and cleared waivers the next day Read more »
GOALIE OF THE WEEK:
Tyrone Garner — Greenville Grrrowl
NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:
The Renegades are now 5-2 after splitting two games at home last
Jay McClement (St. Louis Blues, 2nd round 2001)
Jay has good reason to be very proud of his first 15 games of the 2001-2002 season. In fact, apart from Battalion captain Kurt MacSweyn, it could easily be said that Jay has been the team’s best two-way forward, a style of play that he will definitely depend on if and when he cracks the Blues’ lineup.
After potting 30 goals in his sophomore OHL season, he has continued that pace in his third year in the league, with 7 goals in his first 15 games. What’s more, he has been able to keep up that pace without the benefit of Raffi Torres (now with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL) and Lukas Havel (playing professionally in the Czech Republic) as his linemates. Several of his goals have been of the highlight variety, including a short-handed marker against the Erie Otters that featured him splitting the defence and putting a move on Adam Munro that still has Munro looking for his jockstrap. McClement has only three assists thus far this year, due to several factors. For one, McClement’s versatility allows coach Stan Butler to play him in all situations, including defensive roles that don’t allow McClement to play with the team’s more offensive weapons. Perhaps more importantly, his left winger (Chris Rowan) has taken until the last few games to get untracked, and his right winger (Aaron Van Leusen – Detroit, 4th round 2000) has missed nine games with an injury.
McClement is the type of player that any coach wants on the ice to protect a one-goal lead in the final minute. His innate ability to g Read more »