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by Steve Gandour
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LEAFS DRAFT RECORD ABYSMAL

What do the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils have in common? First, they have split all of the last seven Stanley Cups amongst themselves. What possible reason is there that these four teams have been dominant over the last seven years? The answer lies within their other commonality, their franchise superstar and base of surrounding stars were built from there own great draft selections.

Colorado drafted Joe Sakic, their franchise superstar, and also drafted star players Adam Foote, Milan Hejduk, Alex Tanguay, Martin Skoula and Chris Drury to compliment Joe. Dallas’ Mike Modano is their franchise superstar and a former first round selection. Dallas used draft picks to add Derian Hatcher, Jere Lehtinen and Jarome Iginla (who they used to acquire Joe Nieuwendyk) and this was the star base that took them to their Cup win. New Jersey’s franchise player, Martin Brodeur, was a Devils draft pick. They reinforced their lineup with superstar skill from the draft in the form of Scott Neidermayer, Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora. Finally, Detroit’s star player Steve Yzerman was a product of their amateur draft selections. They also added superstars Niklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Keith Primeau, Martin Lapointe and Chris Osgood from the draft.

If you look at the Leafs past decade of drafts, their top selections have never developed into anything more than role players. The only star they drafted, Kenny Jonsson, is far from a franchise player. Grant Marshall is a fourth line winger on Read more »

Windsor Spitfires playoff picture

by Rob Way
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If this year’s Windsor Spitfires hockey club is going to pull off a first round “upset”, or any subsequent round “upsets”, everyone knows that three players will be key: goaltender Cory Campbell, defenceman Tim Gleason, and forward/superpest Steve Ott.

Accepting this as fact is not difficult, it’s obvious. But what if….Campbell slumps, Gleason gets injured, or Ott finds himself more in the penalty box than on the ice? Would this automatically spell the end of Windsor’s chances?

No, and here are three reasons why:

1) Goaltender, Ryan Aschaber.

Ryan is now in his third year with the Spitfires. He’s played in more than 75 games over this time and sports a very decent 3.51 career goals against average. Not your everyday, average, backup goaltender. Furthermore, having had to take a back seat — first to Michael Leighton, and now to Cory Campbell — Aschie would have plenty to prove. Now throw in the fact he’s well rested and voila, the Spits have got themselves a goaltender who could take them just as far as Campbell — if need be.

2) Defenceman, David Bowman.

David is in only his second year with the Spitfires; but with confidence way beyond his two years of major junior experience, Bowman patrols the blueline both swiftly and aggressively. As in swiftly he races to the dump-ins, aggressively he fires the puck off the glass and out. Or swiftly he races to the front of the net, aggressively he tries to move his opponent. Now throw in the fact that a good playoff run might just be the determining factor on whether or not he gets drafted thi Read more »

Larrivée playing for a contract

by Chris Boucher
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The June 1st deadline to sign CHL players drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft is fast approaching. The Montréal Canadiens head into this year’s deadline with only two players directly affected by the previously mentioned cut-off date.

Josef Balej (3rd round, 78th overall), and Christian Larrivée (4th round, 114th overall) will need to be signed, otherwise the Habs risk losing their NHL rights. Balej is a speedy right winger playing with the WHL’s Portland Winter Hawks, while the lanky Larrivée currently toils for the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens.

Chicoutimi drafted Larrivée third overall in the 1999 QMJHL draft. The Gaspé native had just come off an impressive rookie season with Jonquiere in the Québec Midget AAA league. In 42 games Larrivée managed 62 points (26-36-62) to go along with 10 minutes in penalties.

The 6’3″, 195-lbs forward enjoyed a moderately successful QMJHL rookie season (99-00), finishing with 23 points (8-15-23) through 69 games. That said, it was his size, and offensive potential that initially drew Habs’ scouts to the then center. He’s a left-handed shot who protects the puck well. He has a quick release, rather than an overtly powerful shot.

Claude Ruel, who’s still involved in the Habs’ player development system once told Larrivée that he uses his size and speed well, and must continue to shoot as often as possible. “Claude Ruel has a great eye for what happens on the ice,” Larrivée told Chicoutimi’s Le Quotidien. “I listen to him as often as possible. He knows the game so well. He’s there to he Read more »

German Draftee Situation, Part 2

by Oliver Janz
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Change of team = change of mind

Change of team = change of mind?

It’s time to say goodbye to Munich for Christoph Schubert. The 20 year old defender from the Munich Barons is willing to leave his hometown for another DEL team. Rumors have been present for quite some time. While being in Salt Lake City, Schubert finally announced his deal with his new team in an interview with the German broadcaster ‘Premiere World’. The Nuremberg Ice Tigers will be the team boasting Schubert in their line-up. Schubert, a Senators prospect, and Ice Tigers’ general manager Otto Sykora reached an agreement. Schubert will sign a two year contract starting next season. What’s the reason for leaving the Barons for the Ice Tigers? Both teams are comparable in talent and experience and both are Top 4 teams in the DEL. His playing time should theoretically be about the same as in Munich.

“I’ll try everything to reach the NHL” and he thought that a change of teams would help him to get more experience. That’s his official statement. However, it has been a curious season for Christoph Schubert. Barons’ General Manager Max Fedra told the media at the beginning of the season that “Schubert doesn’t play like a NHLer, but he thinks he’s one of them.” Fedra talked about his playing style and his arrogance. National coach Hans Zach agreed with him. A few days after that, Fedra and Read more »

Updated statistics for Finnish 2002 draftees ranked by CSB

by Pekka Lampinen
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Goalies:

1st: Kari Lehtonen

Jokerit (Elite league): 22 GP, 13-4-2, 4 SO, 1.77 GAA, .941 SV%
Jokerit (Jr.A): 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 1.83 GAA, .944

4th: Tommi Tervo

JyP (Jr. A): 29 GP, 12-10-6, 2.84 GAA, .909 SV%

8th: Hannu Toivonen

HPK (Jr. A): 31 GP, 15-12-4, 3.29 GAA, .911 SV%

Skaters:

1st: Joni Pitkänen, D

Kärpät (Elite league): 46 GP, 4+14=18, +2, 61 PIM

7th: Sean Bergenheim, RW

Jokerit (Elite league): 27 GP, 2+2=4, +1, 4 PIM
Jokerit (Jr.A): 23 GP, 11+19=30, +20, 36 PIM

10th: Topi Jaakola, D

Kärpät (Elite league): 41 GP, 0+4=4, +4, 16 PIM

29th: Valtteri Filppula, F

Jokerit (Jr.A): 40 G, 8+15=23, -1, 14 PIM

30th: Mikko Kalteva, D

Jokerit (Jr.A): 29 GP, 5+3=8, +20, 10 PIM

37th: Jarkko Immonen**, C

Ässät (Elite league): 32 GP, 0+2=2, -14, 6 PIM

42nd: Jarkko Immonen, C

Blues (Jr.A): 34 GP, 14+12=26, +11, 18 PIM

46th: Jyri Marttinen**, D

JyP (Elite league): 47 GP, 1+4=5, +7, 65 PIM

59th: Joni Töykkälä, W

Blues (Jr.A): 44 GP, 8+18=26, +18, 18 PIM

69th: Joni Lindlöf, F

Tappara (Jr.A): 33 GP 17+8=25, +17, 14 PIM

72nd: Tommi Pelkonen, D Read more »

Interview with Louis Mandeville

by Aaron Vickers
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The Halifax Mooseheads have been skating in front of their hometown crowd in the Halifax Metro Centre. Moosemaniacs have seen the offensive exploits of players like Alex Tanguay, who registered 47 goals in 51 games in 98-99. Others saw Ladislav Nagy put up 71 goals and 126 points in 63 games in that same 98-99 season. Many saw Ramzi Abid blaze onto the scene from Acadie-Bathurst, to go onto his best junior season with 158 points in 72 games. This season, the fans of the Halifax Mooseheads are seeing a different breed of potential superstar in the making; Louis Mandeville.

Mandeville burst onto the scene during the 2000-2001 season when his current junior team, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, dealt him to the Mooseheads. Since that trade, his game has shown nothing but improvement. He completed the season with 22 points in 28 games for Halifax, after registering only 17 points in 42 games with the Huskies. But the story of Louis Mandeville starts much earlier than that.

After a hugely successful year with Col. Lemoyne in Midget, Louis realized that he could have a shot at the NHL somewhere down the road.

“Probably in Midget AAA I had a really good season,” said Louis, “People were talkin’ about me so I thought about it a bit at that time.”

People continued to talk as Mandeville made the jump for Midget hockey into Major Junior with Rouyn-Noranda, however, deciding between Major Junior and College hockey was one that Mandeville was forced to ponder.

Mandeville could have either taken the Major Junior route, or through t Read more »

ICE win keeps club in pennant hunt

by Jeff Bromley
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At the beginning of Tuesday night’s game at home against the Vancouver Giants the Kootenay were just three points back of the B.C. Division leading

Kamloops Blazers with three games to play in the regular season. At the end of the night Kootenay was just a point back of the Blazers with only two games left for each. Just over a week ago the Blazers were nine points up on the ICE, had a game in hand and had the division pennant all but hanging in the rafters of SportMart Place.

What a difference a week makes.

While the Blazers were in the process of losing their fourth straight to a Calgary Hitmen club that has now clinched a playoff spot in the WHL’s Central Division, the Kootenay ICE were having difficulty dispensing a pesky Vancouver Giant club that didn’t want to go away quietly. For the Giants the game was played purely for points in the pride column. Forced out of the playoff picture by a loss against the Seattle Thunderbirds last Friday, players on the coastal expansion squad were playing for jobs on the club next fall. That fact didn’t deter the club from being a thorn in the side of the ICE all night long. Being down by score of 2-0 and 4-1 and Kootenay poised to put them away for good, the Giants made things interesting and were down by only a 4-3 count with less than two minutes to play in the third frame before Kootenay put it out of reach with a 6-3 verdict on goals that included a fade-away lob-shot by Cole Fischer that fooled Giant netminder Jordan McLaughlin and an empty-net marker by Nigel Dawes.

Kootenay defensmen Girard Dica Read more »

Canadiens’ prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey managed 3 points through 9 games since our last update. He injured his shoulder during a March 3rd game against Manitoba, and has missed the last 2 games. There’s still no word on a possible return date. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 49 games. He has 27 points (7-20-27), and is +12 with 18 minutes in penalties. He’s second on the Citadelles in plus/minus, and is tops among the team’s current crop of defensemen. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 101 shots on goal.

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

Garon was recently recalled by the Canadiens, and will back-up Jose Theodore. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 42 AHL games. He has a 20-11-10 record with 2.63 GAA, and a .921 save percentage.

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

Chouinard picked up 6 points through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout by Lowell on March 6th, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 54 games. He has 39 points (17-22-39), and is -1 with 16 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 145
shots on goal.

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

Beauchemin scored 2 goals and added 5 assists through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout during a recent game against Lowell, thereby ending a 3-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’0″, Read more »

Norfolk Picks up Steam in the Playoff Race

by Corine Gatti
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Intensity.

The heat is on..

The last chapter has opened and the final page awaits an inscription..

And the Admirals’ starting to make notes. The Norfolk Admirals sit in second place three points behind Philadelphia in the Southern Conference are currently embarking on some of their most crucial games of the season. With the Hershey Bears snipping at the heels only four points in the rear- view mirror-the Admirals are running against time with only several games left on the calendar.
If the regular season ended today, Norfolk would be seeded eighth while Philadelphia would place third and Hershey ninth. The team earned three out of four points in its last weekends games against Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Game 1 Read more »

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release
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CHL RACES TIGHT AND SO ARE BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS

The races for top spots in the Canadian Hockey League are very tight as the
regular season winds down, as is the race for top spots in the Bank of
Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings.

The top three spots in Week 21 of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10
rankings remain the same as last week, as selected by a panel of National
Hockey League scouts. But there was a lot of movement on the rest of the
list, with just one more week of rankings to come for this season.

Just four points separate the top four teams in the Ontario Hockey League,
while the top four teams in the Western Hockey League are just seven points
apart. As a result, the overall Top 10 rankings saw quite a bit of movement
this past week.

Red Deer Rebels (43-18-6-1) of the WHL are still ranked number one, despite
losing two of three games this past week. Their lead in the WHL overall
standings is down to one point over the Swift Current Broncos, who move up
from sixth place to fourth place this week with a 40-17-5-7 record after
winning three games and picking up another point from an overtime loss this
past week.

Plymouth Whalers (38-15-10-2) of the OHL remain ranked second, going 1-0-2
in three games this week to hang on to the overall OHL points lead. The
red-hot Erie Otters have won 10 straight games and as a result, appear in
the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the sixth time this
season, jumping into sixth spot after being unranked since Week 8. Erie won
Read more »

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