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Finnish regular season ends

by Mikko Vuori
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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 »

Hainsey Leads Habs’ NCAA’ers

by Chris Boucher
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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 »

Official Awards and Trophies for the 2000/2001 season!!

by Oliver Janz
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All Awards and Trophies after the regualar season:

 

DEL

All-Star-Team:

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

Best Goalie:

Andrej Trefilov (Düsseldorfer EG)

Best Defender:

Petri Liimatainen (Krefeld Pinguine)

Best Center:

Brad Purdie (Krefeld Pinguine)

Best Wing:

Sergej Vostrikov (Augsburger Panther)

Rookie of the year:

Christoph Schubert (München Barons)

Coach of the year:

Gunnar Leidborg (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)

- Other Trophy’s:

Best Two-way-forward:

Todd Hlushko (Adler Mannheim)

Best Bully-player:

Mark MacKay (Schwenninger Wild Wings)

Fair-Play-Trophy:

Peter Larsson (München Barons)

Best Stay-at-home-defender:

Jergus Baca (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)

Best Blueliner:

Dominic Lavoie (Hannover Scorpions)

Best Referee:

Peter Slapke (from Bad Tölz)

- More “Awards”:

Hardest Bodychecks:

Yvon Corriveau (Berlin Capitals)

Most Un Read more »

Slovak Extra League – Junior Players In Regular Season 2000-01

by Daniel Kysel
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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 »

Diamonds In The Rough: The art of Colorado Avalanche draft picks

by Jonathan Litterine
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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 »

The Second Season Begins – Playoff Time

by Jeff Bromley
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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.


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Steve Ott Update

by Keith Riskey
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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

Sabres Report: Left of Center

by Ken McKenna
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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 »

Prospect Ilja Gorokhov

by Evan Andriopoulos
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See Prospect Ranking for more information on this future Ranger. Thank you Eugene Belashenko for the information and please visit his site for more information on Russian prospects www.russianprospects.com

Blackhawk Prospect News

by Dan Flodin
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Defenceman Kent Huskins helped Clarkson to a 4-1 over Vermont on Friday as he had two assists. The 1998 draftpick has a total of 5 goals and 26 assists in 31 games… Austrian forward Matthias Trattnig had two assists as he helped his Maine to a 4-2 win over Providence. The senior has now scored 9 goals and added 10 assists for 19 points in 31 games… Freshman goalie Adam Berkhoel won his 7th game of the season as he made 29 saves in Denver’s 8-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Berkhoel improved his record to 7-4-1 with a 2.89 GAA… After losing four straight, goalie Michael Leighton picked up his 27th win on Friday as Windsor won 5-1 over Guelph. Leighton made 31 saves and his record now stands at 27-12-4 with a 2.78 GAA…

Kent Huskins (5+27 in 32 games) had an assist as he helped Clarkson to a 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Saturday. With the win Clarkson captured the ECAC regular-season title and will host Vermont in the first playoff-round… Forward Mattias Wennerberg scored once and added an assist as his Boden won 6-3 over Tierp lastnight. Wennerberg, who has scored 5 points (3+2) in his last 3 games, has a total of 9 goals and 4 assists in 27 games… Forward Tyler Arnason scored his 24th goal of the season and added two assists in St. Clouds 5-2 win over Minnesota and now has 45 points (24+21) in 36 games… Goalie Michael Leighton followed up his 31 saves performance on Friday with a 30 saves performance lastnight as he lead his Windsor to a 4-1 win over Owen Sound. With the win Leighton won his 28th game (28-12-4) and lowered his GAA to 2.74…

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