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by Brandon LeBourveau
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If you have watched the Rangers closely this season, Dan Blackburn has been a pleasant surprise. There were not many people who actually believed he could make the NHL at 18-years-old, but he is proving them wrong. In 6 games (5 starts), he is 2-3-0 with a 3.21 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. His numbers are not sparkling, but he has shown that he is not out of place in the NHL. The majority of the goals he has allowed have been mostly because of the Rangers’ horrible defense. There are not many goalies in this league who can consistently make 2 or 3 saves on one play. The Rangers’ defenseman have been horrible at picking up their man in the defensive zone and can’t clear the puck away from the net to save their life. Blackburn has made at least 1 or 2 outstanding saves in each game he’s played, and it was no different Friday night against Carolina. Blackburn was able to slide across the crease on one play with the pads stacked to stuff a Carolina attempt at a tap-in goal. The shot hit Blackburn right above the knee and he was down for a few minutes, but he shook it off and remained in the game. Minutes later he robbed another Carolina player in the slot with a lightning-quick glove save on a shot labeled to the top corner. That save was featured on ESPN’s Top Plays on Sportscenter that night.

Even though Blackburn has been impressive, the Rangers still have to ponder whether or not to keep him for the season or send him back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. Blackburn has up until 10 games before his contract kicks in and thus the Range Read more »

Albany/Hershey Game Summary

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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

by Zoran Manojlovic
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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 »

ECHL Southern Conference Report

by Ron Valerino
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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:

PEE DEE : The Pride today announced that they have signed defenseman B. J.
Adams to a contract, and that they have released right wing Matt Van Arkel.
The Pride claimed Adams, 24, off of waivers from Jackson on Saturday. He
played all of last season with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL, and opened this
season with Toledo, but was released after appearing in one game. The
6-foot-2, 215 pound defenseman played in 69 games with the Storm last
season, registering two goals, 14 assists, and racking up 110 penalty
minutes. To make room for Adams on the roster, the Pride released rookie
forward Matt Van Arkel. In seven games, the Notre Dame graduate had one goal
and was a plus-one.

LOUISIANA: The IceGators goaltender Marc Magliarditi is the Goalie of the
Month for October. The 25-year-old Magliarditi was a perfect 4-0-0 with a
2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage while helping
Louisiana to the best start in team history, 6-0-1. Magliarditi, who was
drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Blackhawks (146th overall) in
1995, opened the month making 23 saves in a 6-3 win at New Orleans in the
season opener, and improved to 2-0-0 with a 4-3 win against Arkansas on
October 14, making 28 saves. The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native made 32 saves in
a 5-2 win at Jackson on October 20 and closed out the month making 20 saves
in a 5-2 win at Mississippi. He finished the month stopping 103 of 113
shots.

MISSISSIPPI : The Sea Wolves announced that forward John Evangelist Read more »

Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field

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Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field


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:


Last Month This Month Team Player
- 1 Kristian Huselius: Got off to a slow start due partially to a lack of line chemistry, partially due to a habit of looking for the perfect play. Once these problems were solved Huselius went on a tear of monster proportions that he is still in the middle of. With Pavel Bure slumping like he is, his timing has been flawless.
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The Habs’ minor league recipe for major league success

by Chris Boucher
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Many people in hockey, and by extension the entire sports world feel that winning is a learned ability. Of course it is first and foremost the product of talent, but it also comes from confidence, and leadership. The two latter characteristics are normally acquired through experience, and can therefore be thought of as part of this learning “curve”.

The Québec Citadelles’ recent success can only help the Montréal Canadiens long-term. This is a franchise with the highest percentage of Montréal owned talent since the team’s inception.

Only 51% of the 1999-2000 Citadelles roster (the first year of its renewal) contained players with direct ties, or contracts with the Canadiens organization. This team finished the season with a 37-38-5 record, and 83 points. It was then eliminated in 3 straight games during the first round of the AHL playoffs.

The percentage increased to 74 % last year. This team finished with a 41-36-3 record, and 89 points. It went on to enjoy some success during the playoffs, but ultimately lost to the eventual Calder Cup champion St. John Flames.

The current team has increased this percentage to an impressive 85%. Twenty-two of the 26 players to dress for the Citadelles this season hold Montréal contracts, and all except for 3 were acquired (but not necessarily drafted) by Rejean Houle. Five of these players are former 1st round picks, while 3 others were chosen in the 2nd round. This could be considered a negative as it demonstrates an inability for some of the team’s top picks to make a quick jump to the NHL Read more »

Albany River Rats Report

by Mike Buskus
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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 »

ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Greg Pankewicz — Pensacola Ice Pilots
The 6-0 and 200-pound Pankewicz scored two goals and had five assists in
Pensacolao’s two games at Florida over the weekend, and he leads the East
Coast Hockey League with 13 assists and 17 points in seven games.

GOALIE OF THE WEEK:

Tyrone Garner — Greenville Grrrowl
The 23-year-old Garner went 2-1-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and a
.950 save percentage while playing three games in three nights. He opened
the week with a 3-1 loss against Trenton on Thursday, but rebounded on
Friday making 39 saves and picking up an assist in a 4-1 win against Macon.
The 6-3 and 200-pound Garner closed out the week with 35 saves in a 4-1 win
at Richmond to improve to 4-2-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .942
save percentage. Garner, who was drafted in the fourth round (96th overall)
by the New York Islanders in 1996, leads the ECHL with 211 saves.

NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:


ROANOKE:
The Roanoke Express lost in regulation for the first time this
season in Charlotte on Friday night, but bounced back on Saturday beating
Wheeling. The Express is now 6-1-1 and faces a home and home series against
Atlantic City this weekend. Goal scorers this week : Rick Kowalsky, Joe
Dusbabek, Bret DeCecco, Frank Novock, and Terence Tootoo.

RICHMOND:

The Renegades are now 5-2 after splitting two games at home last
weekend. Rod Taylor played in his 596th career ECHL game Saturday. He can
tie the league record held by Bob Woods Sunday in Cincinnati. T Read more »

Brampton Battalion Player Report

by Mark McDonald
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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 »

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