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The Good Fight

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The end may be in sight for overager Nick Greenough.

It was nearly three weeks ago when the Halifax Mooseheads announced the
release of their spirited left-winger. A questionable decision at best but
certainly a chance for the feisty forward to shine elsewhere.

Should no other QMJHL team claim the 20-year-old, Greenough will be free to
sign with any OHL or WHL team.
Mooseheads GM Marcel Patenaude avoided comment as to the performance-related
reasons, if any, that may have influenced his decision on Greenough before
putting him on waivers.
“This [was] a difficult decision,” Patenaude said. “Nick has been a valuable
member of the Mooseheads and has always given 100 percent since he arrived
in Halifax last season.”
“It has always been the Mooseheads’ policy to make every effort to allow our
players to continue their hockey careers. We are making this move today to
give Nick every possible chance to complete the season in major junior.”
Greenough stunned the Mooseheads front office this past September when he
touted himself as a glowing asset to the team during training camp. Many
Moosehead fans expected him to fill the hole created by fan-favourite Ryan
Flinn after his release due to a questionable back.
“I’m going to try to step up offensively this year,” said Greenough at the
end of last summer. “If I get the chance in front of the net to bury it, I’m
going to bury it. I also feel, as a 20-year-old, I have to bring leadership
and the stuff that comes along with that, which I know I can do because I
was an assist Read more »

The Empty Nest Syndrome

by pbadmin
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The QMJHL’s Maritime Division is beginning to look a lot like the NHL’s
Southeast Division with it’s top team playing below .500 yet still winning.

With the 2000-2001 season winding down, the Halifax Mooseheads have been
somewhat of a disappointment for long-term fans. The folks who have watched
the likes of Alex Tanguay, Ramzi Abid, Brandon Reid and Jody Shelley must
feel like parents in a way. They’ve watched their sons grow and blossom and
become draftees into the pros. Now they’re gone.

In sociology, one would consider this the Empty Nest years with the kids
having grown up and moved away. In their absence, we’ve even had a Memorial
Cup hosted in Halifax last year. Once the hoopla had ended, it grew quiet.

Tanguay is now among the NHL’s elite as a member of the Colorado Avalanche
(of course he is, we didn’t have any doubts) and Jody Shelley has managed to
sign with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets. Not bad.

So the question on every Mooseheads’ fan’s mind is this: Who is going to be
the next Tanguay or Abid?

Two young men who have had an impact on the team are eligible for this
year’s entry draft and are expected to be picked within the first four
rounds. Netminder Pascal Leclaire is touted as the number one goalie
prospect of the Canadian Juniors while a six-foot four-inch Slovak named
Milan Jurcina is likely going to find himself grabbed within the third or
fourth round.

It’s no big secret that the Mooseheads are in a rebuilding phase but it
seems like everyone aro Read more »

The NHL Draft; A History Of Impressive Late Round Gems

by Matt Wood
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Every year about this time, things start heating up surrounding the
forthcoming NHL Draft. The world junior tournament is over, CSB Mid
season rankings are out, the CHL all star and prospect games have been
decided and the playoffs are near. Although its no surprise that so much
focus is placed upon the top junior prospects, NHL teams employ more pro
scouts and invest more money than ever before into the entire draft
process for a reason. In taking a close look at past drafts its
interesting to see how many of the more successful guys in the league
made it, when the odds were so clearly stacked against them. Here’s a
few late round gems from the early 80′s until 1996.


1996 Round  8 - Tomas Kaberle
     Round  7 - Pavel Kubina

1995 Round  7 - P.J. Axelson and Peter Worrell
     Round  9 - Danil Markov

1994 Round  6 - Daniel Alfredsson and Alexander Selivanov
     Round  9 - Steve Sullivan
     Round 10 - Richard Zednik, Sergei Berezin, and Tomas Holmstrom

1993 Round  7 - Todd Marchant and Darren Van Impe
     Round  9 - Mike Grier and Pavol Dimitra
     Round 10 - German Titov

1992 Round  7 - Ian Laperriere
     Round  8 - Stephan Yelle
     Round  9 - Nikolai Khabibulin
     Round 10 - Jonus Hoglund, Anson Carter, and Dan McGillis

1991 Round  8 - Dmitri Mironov, Brian Savage, Janne Laukkanen, and Corey Hirsch

1990 Round  7 - Jason York, Robert Lang, and Eric Lacroix
     Round  8 - Andre Kovalenko, Peter Bondra, and Alex Karpotsov
     Round 11 - Valeri Zelepukin,  Read more »

BCHL Player Profile: Brett Skinner

by Glenn Fugate
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Playing on a hockey club that is struggling can be difficult and the Trail Smoke Eaters are currently in last place.The Smokies only have one rear guard over 18 years old. Despite this Brett Skinner is having a good year. Skinner plays heads up hockey. He’s not a speedster but but he has a smooth stride and skates well. Not a overly physical defenseman Skinner uses other skills to showcase his game. At 6-1 170 pounds, Skinner has room to fill out and the hitting will increase with maturity. This first year player has his head up and makes alot of smart passes, short ones, a touch of the puck at the last moment springing a teammate free. Skinner seems to be able to find the guy on his club who is skating with a short solid pass not someone who is standing still. These type of passes are important in getting the biscuit out of your own end of the ice. This 17-year-old from Brandon, Manitoba had plenty of ice time including the power play. Currently,Skinner is third on the Smokies in points with 8G 23A in 54 games. Add in 37 penalty minutes and you have pretty impressive numbers for a 17-year-old, first year player in any junior league. This defenseman is smart, a player with good vision and good skills. If the Smokies can keep this player and the rest of this young group of d-men together they could make some noise in the future.Honorable mention to both goalies on this club, especially Isaac Reichmuth who played a good game in a 4-0 loss Feb. 16th against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

In other news the NOJHA defeats the BCHL 6-2 in Sault Ste. Marie. M Read more »

The New Kids on the Pond

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#35 - SCOTT LANGKOW
Ht: 5’11” Wt:190 D.O.B: 4-21-75 (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
  • Assigned toCincinnati February 9 by Anaheim (NHL) after being acquired along withdefenseman Sergei Vyshedkevich from Atlanta in exchange for right wing LadislavKohn.
  • Played four gamesthis season with Orlando (IHL), going 1-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA.
  • Assigned to Mobileof ECHL in January, went 2-4-0 with a 3.86 GAA in six appearances.
  • Has played in 20career NHL games with Winnipeg, Phoenix and Atlanta, going 3-12-1 with a 4.33GAA.
  • Was 3-11-0 with a4.31 GAA in 15 games last season with Atlanta and 14-8-2 with a 2.30 GAA in 27games with Orlando (IHL).
  • Two-time AHLAll-Star (1996-97 & 1997-98) and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as theAHL’s Top Goaltender in 1997-98 with Springfield.
  • Shared the Harry “Hap”Holmes Trophy (fewest goals-against in AHL) with Manny Legace in 1995-96 withSpringfield.
  • Is 63-37-18 with a2.77 GAA in 123 career AHL appearances.
  • In sixthprofessional season.
  • Winnipeg’s secondchoice, 31st overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
#23 - SERGEI VYSHEDKEVICH (D) Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 D.O.B: 1-3-75 (Dedovsk, Russia)
  • Assigned toCincinnati February 9 by Anaheim (NHL) after being acquired along withgoaltender Scott Langkow from Atlanta in exchange for right wing Ladislav Kohn.
  • Appeared in 23 gamesthis season with Atlanta, scoring one goal and two assists for three pointswith 14 penalty minutes.
  • Also played in 10games with Orlando (IHL) this season, scoring two goals and three assi Read more »

Oilers Prospect Update Part 1

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Without a strong farm team in the AHL this franchise is in a distinct disadvantage since it does not have the resources to make up for mistakes on draft day or in the developmental stage.

Shawn Horcoff
Hamilton GP:24 G:10 A:18 PTS:28 +/- -7 PIM:19
Edmonton GP:24 G:5 A:4 PTS:9 +/- +1 PIM:2
- Outstanding first quarter as a rookie in the AHL showing strong two-way play. Has adjusted well to the NHL and will progress to the next level with the experience from this year and training camp next season.

Mike Comrie
Kootenay GP:37 G:39 A:40 PTS:79 +/-(+23)PIM:79
Edmonton GP:16 G:2 A:2 PTS:4 +/-(+2) PIM:2
- Would have benefited greatly if he had started the season in Hamilton along side Horcoff instead of going to Cranbrook a quicker adjustment could have been made. Shows flashes of exceptional vision and playmaking ability, will have greater patience to let plays develop with experience. Needs to shoot more as he would create more scoring opportunities with his quick accurate shot.

Michel Riesen
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Stats and standings from the new german junior league DNL

by Oliver Janz
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Stats from the new top german junior-league DNL
(A junior league for the over ’83-born players) – Stats updated: February, 17th

Standings:
1. SC Riessersee – 31 GP, 163:85 goals, 52 pts.
2. Mannheimer ERC – 29 GP, 149:73 goals, 47 pts.
3. Neue Eisbären Berlin – 32 GP, 107:89 goals, 39 pts.
4. Berlin Capitals – 30 GP, 123:118 goals, 30 pts.
5. Star Bulls Rosenheim – 31 GP, 149:127 goals, 30 pts.
6. Kölner EC – 27 GP, 120:109 goals, 25 pts.
7. EV Landshut – 31 GP, 111:143 goals, 25 pts.
8. Krefelder EV – 29 GP, 101:128 goals, 23 pts.
9. ES Weißwasser – 30 GP, 121:155, 21 pts.
10. Frankfurter ESC – 29 GP, 113:175 goals, 19 pts.
11. Augsburger EV – 29 GP, 94:149 goals, 17 pts.

Top-Scorer:
Pos. / Player / Team / Born / Games played / Goals / Assists / Points
1. Marian Rohatsch (Rosenheim, 15-06-83) 30 GP, 22 G, 34 A, 56 PTS
2. Christoph Melischko (Riessersee, 25-07-83) 31 GP, 34 G, 21 A, 55 PTS
3. Danny Albrecht (Weißwasser, 17-01-85) 30 GP, 20 G, 34 A, 54 PTS
4. Markus Zappe (Mannheim, 22-06-83) 26 GP, 24 G, 29 A, 53 PTS
5. Stephan Gottwald (Rosenheim, 20-09-83) 28 GP, 33 G, 17 A, 50 PTS
6. Alexander Kanellopulos (Capitals, 11-02-84) 30 GP, 29 G, 21 A, 50 PTS
7. Frank Bertele (Augsburg, 28-03-83) 26 GP, 27 G, 22 A, 49 PTS
8. Yannic Seidenberg (Mannheim, 11-01-84) 27 GP, 13 G, 35 A, 48 PTS Read more »

Who on the farm can audition?

by Bill Placzek
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Who, on the farm we audition?
As Alpo hopes for new actors in his theatre company, and Mike Smith runs out of players of any real trade value, now is when the Hawks will be evaluating just who might possibly help the team until the Mike Smith drafts are ready for their auditions.

Picked in the 1995 draft, defensemen Marty Wilford, and forward Casey Hankinson remain Hawk property and play as minor pros. Hankinson, presently playing in Hampton Roads, shows average scoring ability and steady defensive play possibly penciled in as a 4th liner. At present, the Blackhawk major league club has almost three lines of the same.
Wilford, also drafted as a Chicago Cub pitcher, is a chunky six footer who has played well on the minor pro level, but is probably not quick enough for the present pro game.

Geoff Peters and Jeff Paul are all that remains from the 1996 draft where the Hawks traded their first round pick for two numbers twos, the third being the departed Remi Royer. San Jose picked Marco Sturm with the #1 and has never looked back.
Geoff Peters produces good all around play and could project as the next Chris Herpinger, a utility forward who always plays hard and does many things decently. And he fits the Chicago salary structure.
Jeff Paul has not shown enough progress to expect him playing in Chicago at this time. The smaller Hawk defensemen are better transition players and it is clear the Alpo system is “transition is much more important than transgression.”
At present, Kyle Calder has be the most intriguing of the class of 1997. An un Read more »

“Live and Learn” HF’s interview with Brad Ference

by jennifer-mccarty
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A Louisville First – Defenseman Brad Ference Named Sher-Wood’s Player of the Week

Interview by: Jennifer McCarty

“Live and learn” could be Brad Ference’s motto. It’s no secret, Brad Ference has had his ups and downs this season. From a broken jaw at the beginning of the season, until this week’s Player of the Week award, it’s been a rough road. I got the opportunity to interview Ference this week on his views of the season up until now. The highs and lows tend to come at you when you least expect it and for this defenseman, he knows first hand.

Ference currently leads Louisville defensemen in point scoring with two goals, 14 assists for 16 points.
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