With less than three weeks remaining in the AHL’s regular season, the Providence Bruins are beginning to look ahead to the playoffs. However, if you ask their fans, they’d probably tell you that the P-Bruins have been looking ahead to the playoffs since Christmas.
When Santa Claus made his trip around the world, the P-Bruins were the best team in the American Hockey League. Owners of a 20-6-3-2 record (45 points), Providence was off to its best start in the nine-year history of the franchise. Despite lacking the services of their top two goaltenders in Andrew Raycroft and Kay Whitmore, who were both playing in Boston in place of injured Byron Dafoe and John Grahame, the P-Bruins managed to dominate the first half of the AHL season. ECHL import Judd Lambert was stopping everything in sight, newly-signed Eric Manlow and Peter Vandermeer were leading the league in points and power play goals respectively, and a young defensive corps led by Nick Boynton and Jonathan Girard were limiting opponents to a league-low 24 shots a game.
Three months later, the P-Bruins find themselves stumbling into the playoffs with a 30-27-10-4 record (74 points), good enough for third-place in the New England Division. Eight points behind second-place Hartford, the P-Bruins’ hopes of attaining home-ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs are all but gone.
What happened to this team in the span of the last three months is not a secret. The mystery is how such a grand collapse could happen to such a talented team. Indeed, the P-Bruins ha Read more »
The Kootenay ICE held the 2001 edition of their team awards banquet this past Tuesday at the Town & Country Inn Ballroom and similar to his play on the ice, team Captain Dean Arsene, nicknamed Captain Crunch for his punishing hits on opponents all season long, made his presence felt by being honored four times. The ICE leader captured the club’s Best Defensemen trophy for the second year in a row, the Community Relations award, also for the second year running, the Plus/Minus Award and the coveted Players Award voted upon by his teammates. Arsene, always the consummate team player, was overwhelmed with the honors bestowed upon him. “It’s definitely a nice honor, especially being my last year. I was pretty shocked last season when I received those awards, this year I’m pretty much overwhelmed,” said Arsene. “It’s a great honor to a part of this organization and being recognized among the players on this team makes it a pretty special night.” Arsene, who’s in his last year of junior eligibility doesn’t yet know what the future holds. At this juncture however, the well-spoken Captain of the ICE is focused solely on one thing – the playoffs and the defense of the WHL Championship. “Obviously, like every hockey player’s dream is to play pro at some level, which would be ultimate for me. I’d like to be able to have the chance to play pro somewhere but if that doesn’t work out there’s the CIAU route which is not a downer. There’s a lot of great players like Belak, Burt and Poole from our organization that have gone and their great players,” said Arsene. “Right now the playoffs Read more »
SM-liiga regular season ended last weekend and the
playoffs start today (03/22/01). Here are the regular season numbers for NHL draftes players and some undrafted juniors.
Name – drafter stats – since last update
W Frank Banham 56 24+27=51 +9 70 – 14 5+8=13 +2 18
Banham’s role wasn’t as big as in the beginning of the season,
maily because of Shayne Toporowsky’s arrival. Still he finished
with very good numbers.
W Teemu Elomo – Stars 56 2+10=12 +9 44 – 15 0+1=1 -2 6
This season must have been a disappointment for speedy winger.
Elomo was able to scro onl two goals despide playing last games
in team’s top line with Kimmo Rintanen and Niko Kapanen.
Elomo is going to play for Lukko Rauma next season.
D Ray Giroux – Islanders 46 7+18=25 +10 50 – 16 2+5=7 +6 12
Giroux wasn’t able to produce as much as when he joined Jokerit
but with his +6 in last games he was able to help his team
to clinch the reagular season win.
C Riku Hahl – Avalanche 55 3+9=12 -4 32 – 15 1+3=4 +1 8
Hahl’s last part of the season was pretty good.
He still hasn’t made his breakthrough, maybe next season?
W Niklas Hagman – Panthers 56 28+18=46 +1 32 – 15 9+8=17 +4 6
Hagman had a very strong last last part of the season. He finished
3rd in goal scoring after Jaroslav Bednar (32) and Vladimir Machulda
(29). Hagman is going to move to TPS Turku next season.
W Jukka Hentunen – Flames 56 27+28=55 +15 24 – 16 7+8=15 +7 2 Read more »
Matt Shasby -D (Drafted-99(5/150))
Alaska-Anchorage University’s Matt Shasby started the season strong with 3 points in the first 2 games. He trailed off in the middle of the season, but his offensive drought was directly related to UAA’s 20-game winless streak.
The 6’3″,196 lbs. Shasby played 35 games. He had 18 points (4-14-18), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on four different occasions, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point. Shasby finished with exactly twice as many points as last season, and was 3rd overall in team scoring He also tied for the team lead in powerplay goals with 3.
Shasby is considered by some observers to be UAA’s best all-round player. He is very poised, and is an above-average skater. He has strong puck-moving skills, but must increase his upper-body strength. Which is something his strong work-ethic should help him achieve.
Scott Selig -C/RW (Drafted-00(6/172))
Northeastern University’s Scott Selig started off the season with 5 points in his first 3 College games. He was named Hockey East’s rookie of the week on 2 different occasions in October, and was also named top rookie for the entire month of October. Unfortunately Selig was unable to keep up his offensive pace, as he all but disappeared offensively during the last third of the season. He registered only 1 point in his last 14 games.
The 6’3″, 180 lbs. Selig played 35 games. He had 15 points (7-8-15), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on three Read more »
All Awards and Trophies after the regualar season:
Andrej Trefilov (G, Düsseldorfer EG)
Petri Liimatainen (D, Krefeld Pinguine)
Shawn Anderson (D, Iserlohner EC)
Brad Purdie (F, Krefeld Pinguine)
Sergej Vostrikov (F, Augsburger Panther)
Jan Alston (F, Adler Mannheim)
Player of the year / MVP: Andrej Trefilov Düsseldorfer EG
Andrej Trefilov (Düsseldorfer EG)
Petri Liimatainen (Krefeld Pinguine)
Brad Purdie (Krefeld Pinguine)
Sergej Vostrikov (Augsburger Panther)
Rookie of the year:
Christoph Schubert (München Barons)
Coach of the year:
Gunnar Leidborg (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)
- Other Trophy’s:
Todd Hlushko (Adler Mannheim)
Mark MacKay (Schwenninger Wild Wings)
Peter Larsson (München Barons)
Jergus Baca (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)
Dominic Lavoie (Hannover Scorpions)
Peter Slapke (from Bad Tölz)
- More “Awards”:
Yvon Corriveau (Berlin Capitals)
Most Un Read more »
Name Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Tomas Surovy Poprad 53 22 28 50 +3 30
Michal Ruzicka Skalica 55 12 10 22 -16 16
Martin Drotar Kosice 44 10 8 18 -13 16
Michal Macho Martin 37 5 10 15 -5 12
Lukas Hvila Poprad 51 7 8 15 -8 89
Stefan Fabian Kosice 45 4 10 14 -8 41
Tomas Slovak Kosice 43 5 5 10 -9 28
Tomas Starosta Trencin 53 4 3 7 -3 16
Peter Gajdos Kosice 24 4 3 7 -8 8
Alexander Valentin Kosice 32 3 3 6 -9 20
Ladislav Gabris Trencin 49 2 3 5 -10 32
Peter Sivak L.Mikulas 36 1 3 4 -5 14
Martin Zajac Trencin 49 0 3 3 +7 20
Ondrej Kavulic Zvolen 13 0 3 3 -2 6
Pavol Hruby L.Mikulas 30 1 1 2 -7 8
Richard Stehlik Skalica 45 1 1 2 -7 14
Lukas Srnka Trencin 14 0 1 1 +2 4
Jozef Lukac Kosice 12 0 2 2 -6 8
Tomas Jurco Poprad 37 0 0 0 -7 14
Karol Sloboda Trencin 22 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Labaj L.Mikulas 27 0 0 0 -12 4
Ivan Kolozvary Trencin 14 0 0 0 0 2
Marek Grill Skalica Read more »
Drafting well is a major part of any hockey league. 1st round draft picks
are supposed to be the players that turn into the stars. Some do, many don’t.
Picking players very late in the draft is like a lottery many
times. Pick a few players and hope they turn into decent players. Yet the
Colorado Avalanche are gifted. Not only do they have stars like Joe Sakic,
Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake, but they have many young stars. Young stars who were taken late in their respective draft years. The Avs
dynasty seemed to start in 1994. That year with the 72nd overall pick they
drafted Chris Drury out of Boston University. Then just 15 picks later they
dug up some guy playing for Pardubice in the Czech Republic. His name Milan
Hejduk. Obviously no one thought he was worth the time with the 86 picks
before that. Pretty embarrassing 1997 rolls around and the Avs notice they
have the 78th overall pick. With that pick they draft Ville Nieminen. Don’t
be shocked if you see Nieminen turn in Hejduk or Drury type of play in the
next few years. He is already putting in goals left and right off Forsberg
passes. Now for the two guys you may not have heard of. Not yet at least.
Jordan Krestanovich was given the honor of being selected 152nd overall in
the 1999 draft. Krestanovich who is now with the Calgary Hitmen of the
Western Hockey League, leads that team in scoring. By the way that team
features players like Kris Beech and Pavel Brendl. Krestanovich averages more
points a game then Brendl and is just slightly behind Beech. Expect hi Read more »
1296 games, 3888 periods, 233,280 minutes of play (not counting overtime), over two million fans and now the fun begins. With the second season upon us, it just wouldn’t be the playoffs if we didn’t have predictions. So without further adieu, I submit for your perusal a glimpse of the first round match-ups of the 2001 edition of the WHL Playoffs. Of course as always, these predictions are solely for the purpose of entertainment and in no way are they to be taken seriously. Unless, of course, I get them right.
Western Conference - In the wacky West, where the difference from first to worst was only a handful of points all season long, the clubs’ position in the standings was as volatile as the stock market. You never knew which one was going to go up or go down. Take into consideration that at Press time, the match-ups for the Western Division clubs could still change. With two or three games left to played for most of the clubs in the West, it accentuates how close the teams really are.
Kelowna/Prince George - It would be easy to pick the top-seeded Rockets in this clash if only because of the Cougars being something of an enigma this season. Starting out the season with four wins in their first twenty games and then picking it up to go on a seventeen-game undefeated streak only to slump in the last quarter of the season. The Rockets have been steady all season long and even if the Cougars get hot. the only thing they’ll do is prolong the series. Rockets get their first-ever franchise playoff series win in six games.
Portland/Seattle – Read more »
Otter on Fire Again
Windor Spitfires forward Steve Ott has had a fantastic week and half. In each of his last three games (OHL), Ott has scored a hat trick (and two game winning goals). For his 6 goals and 7 points last week Steve Ott has also earned “Mac’s OHL Player of the Week” recognition for the week ending Sunday March 18, 2001.
18-year-old Ott, improved his season total to 49 goals and 37 assists for 86 points in 54 games
The left wing position has always been a difficult one to fill for the Buffalo Sabres, at least via the draft. Buffalo has had a handful of successes at the draft table when drafting for the left side, with the most notable choices being Rick Martin, Craig Ramsay and Tony McKegney, but those picks were made many years ago. Most of the Sabres’ LW choices have instead been of the journeyman variety, at best, or the picks have simply never made it past the minors.
Buffalo currently has some quantity when it comes to LW prospects, but few are blessed with great skill, and at least one will likely not become a part of the organization. That one black sheep, Barrett Heisten, also happens to be Buffalo’s best prospect at this position. Barrett has yet to sign a contract with the Sabres, so, due to the Mike Van Ryn loophole in the CBA, should Barrett not sign by 6/1/01, he will become a free agent available to the highest bidder. Buffalo would receive compensation should Barrett sign with another team (probably a 2nd Round compensation pick), so the blow of losing Heisten would be somewhat softened.
Given that Barrett is technically still a Buffalo prospect (and he could certainly still sign with the Sabres), it should be noted that Heisten is having a productive, though not spectacular, 1st junior season. Heisten is playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL, where he is currently 3rd in scoring for that team. Barrett got off to a hot start Read more »