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Top 5 Bantam Ratings For the OHL Cup

by CHL Press Release

Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the weekly list
of the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings for the 2001-02 season.

Each week, the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings are selected by a panel of
Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting staff based on team play during the
ranking period. Teams are divided into four territories for the purpose of
the rankings including; Central (GTHL), East (Ajax and east), West (Oakville
and west) and North (Richmond Hill and north).

The OHL Cup, which is sponsored by the Ontario Hockey League, showcases some
of Ontario’s finest Bantam aged hockey players during a six day tournament
held March 25 – 30, 2002 in Brantford.

The champion from each of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association,
Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ontario Minor Hockey Association, Minor Hockey
Alliance of Ontario, Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Greater
Toronto Hockey League, along with the host Brantford 99’ers, will compete in
the 2002 Ontario Bantam Championship for the OHL Cup.

The Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings will be released each Tuesday leading
up to the 2002 OHL Cup, along with a monthly composite ranking.

Regional Rankings – Week 5


1) Nepean Raiders
2) Quinte Red Devils
3) Ottawa Valley Titans
4) Whitby Wildcats
5) Peterborough Petes


1) Oakville Rangers
2) Huron Perth Lakers
3) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4) Grey Bruce Highlanders Read more »

London Knights Report Cards

by Jason Ahrens

The OHL season is creeping up on the halfway point and with the Canadian Junior camp opening up this week it’s a good time to review the progress of a few of the Knights.

A Grades

Rick Nash-Hard to find too much bad to say about this guy, he has worked his way up into the top 5 scorers in the league, competes hard every night, uses his body, plays thirty minutes a game a lot of nights, and is hungry for the puck. He is the only 17 year old invited to try out for Team Canada, is rated the top skater in the OHL by central scouting and will likely be no lower than second in North America when they come out with those ratings. He is worth the price of admission most nights.

Dennis Wideman-This undrafted 18 year old defenceman is really rounding into top form. Now that Lubos Velebny has been dealt, he is the top defender on London and quarterbacks the power play. Is averaging exactly a point a game, his plus minus is respectable for the amount of minutes he plays, and is the best open ice hitter on the Knights. His strong points are his puck handling and shot, he has to bulk up a bit and make sharper passes on the breakout. Look for a team that needs some depth on D in their minor ranks to draft him next June in the later rounds.

Corey Perry-This sweet sixteen year old has had one impressive autumn. He was recently named to play for Team Ontario in the under 17 championships this Christmas. He is tall and lanky, but is like the Timex watch, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He never shies away from going to the Read more »

Canadian Junior Camp Update

by Bill Thompson

The Beatrice Ice Gardens was about half full of fans, scouts and media on Wednesday night to observe the second red and white game for the Canadian World Junior Team. With the first five cuts expected to come early Thursday morning this game was very important for those players on the bubble. This is especially true for the d-men since there are only 2 spots open on the blueline and 8 guys trying out. Here is a rundown of some of the players who impressed and also 5 players I believe will be going home Thursday.


Mike Cammalleri (LW) – The little dynamo from Michigan was probably the best player on the ice. He is skating very well and passing the puck beautifully. He also scored a very nice goal with a pinpoint accurate shot in the top corner.

Brian Sutherby (LW) – It is obvious that this guy had been playing with the big boys in the NHL for a while this year. He was a physical presence as well as showing good speed down the wing. Sutherby is a sure bet to win one of the available forward spots.

Scottie Upshall (LW) – Played very well, has good speed and works hard on every shift. He will also make the team in my opinion and will be a valuable asset. Looked much better than Nash. At this point I would say Upshall is ahead of Nash for the 2002 draft.

Matthew Lombardi (C) – It is obvious that Lombardi wants a spot on the team badly. He is working very hard and has great speed. He seemed to adapt to there being no red line very well, getting in behind the defense to spring himself Read more »

Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/9

by HF Staff
Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/9

The Calder Corner

3 Games
McDonald: 1 Assist

3 Games
Heatley: 1 Goal (9), 4 Assists
Kovalchuk: 2 Goals (11, 12), 3 Assists
Tapper: 1 Assist

3 Games
Boynton: 2 Assists
Girard: 1 Assist

4 Games
Nichol: 1 Assist

3 Games
Bell: 1 Goal (6), 1 Assist

2 Games
Vrbata: 3 Goals (2, 3, 4), 2 Assists

Edmonton Oilers
1 Game
Markannen: 10 Shots, 9 Saves

Florida Panthers
2 Games
Huselius: 1 Goal (13), 1 Assist
Hagman: 1 Assist

Los Angeles Kings
4 Games Read more »

Red Wings Prospects Update Part 2

by Zoran Manojlovic

In the last article I wrote about Stefan Liv, the best prospect so far this year and Henrik Zetterberg. In this article I will write about the other Swedish prospects.

Let`s start with Niklas Kronwall, who is once again having a solid season, but still isn`t having his real breakthrough year.

Going into the season Kronwall had a great training camp in Detroit with the other Red Wings prospects, but when he returned to Sweden he cooled off and played without confidence and that led to limited ice time. But as the season continued, Kronwall picked up his game and played the hockey that made the Red Wing pick him 29th overall in the 2000 entry draft. He scored goals, made great passes, shots, hits and so on, but in the last 9 games his game once again dropped off

Why is it that Niklas can`t keep an equal pace througout a longer period of the season?

The answer could be ice time on the power play.

When Djurgarden had some injury problems on Defense, Kronwall stepped in and played a good two-way game while reciving solid time on the power play unit, but as soon as the injured D-men returned, Kronwall was put off the PP unit and his production and confidence fell off.

I think that Niklas is a top four D-man on Djurgarden and that he deserves to be on the PP unit, but the coach obviously thinks different.

Enough of the complaints, even if he hasn`t been able to produce big numbers this season, it still has been a step forward in his career. He has bulked up a bit to 176 pounds and is slowly growing into an NHL frame. He has also Read more »

Rick Nash Named OHL Player of the Week

by HF Staff

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that London Knights’
left winger Rick Nash is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
Sunday December 9, 2001 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven
points in three games.

Nash opened the week with his first hat trick of the season to pace the
Knights to a 5-3 win over the Sarnia Sting December 6 at the Sarnia Sports
and Entertainment Centre. He added an assist in the Knights’ 6-2 loss to the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors on December 7 and scored a goal and two assists
as the Knights defeated the visiting Erie Otters 6-4 on December 9.

Nash, who leads the Knights with 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points in 32
games this season, is currently tied for fourth among OHL scorers with Sting
left winger Dusty Jamieson.

Nash, a 17-year-old native of Brampton, is attending the Canadian National
Junior Team Selection Camp which opens today at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at
York University. He was listed as the OHL’s number one prospect for the 2002
NHL Entry Draft in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Ranking report in

Rick Nash
Born: June 16, 1984	Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Position: Left Wing	Shoots: Left
Height: 6.03		Weight: 181 lbs.
London's 1st round selection, 4th overall, in the 2000 OHL Priority

Season	Club				GP	G	A	PTS	PIM
1999-00	Toronto Marlboros Bant.	34	61	54	115	34
2000-01	London Knights		58	31	35	66	56
2001-02	London Knights		32	24	25	49	54
		OHL Totals			90	55	60	115	110

CHL Statistics for 2002 Draft Eligible Players

by Paul MacDonald

Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 OHL Rankings

1. London Knights - Rick Nash, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 24 25 49 -11 54

2. Oshawa Generals - Ben Eager, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 31 9 15 24 +1 133

3. Kitchener Rangers - Steve Eminger, D GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 9 22 31 +6 55

4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Petr Taticek, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 31 9 20 29 +12 8

5. Brampton Battalion - Adam Henrich, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 30 12 16 28 +6 30

6. Guelph Storm - Dan Paille, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 29 12 15 27 -6 29

7. Plymouth Whalers - Gregory Campbell, C/LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 11 17 28 +24 64

8. Toronto (St. Michael's) Majors - Tim Brent, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 34 14 23 37 +10 27

9. Belleville Bulls - Matt Stagan, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 33 14 23 37 +16 18

10. Sudbury Wolves - Andrei Mi Read more »

The ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino

Reading center Brendan Brooks is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 23-year-old Brooks scored four goals and seven points while helping the Royals go 4-0-0 and extend their team-record winning streak to six games. Assigned by Manchester of the American Hockey League on Monday, Brooks scored two goals in Reading’s 3-2 overtime win against Peoria on Tuesday and had an assist in the Royals’ 3-2 win at Wheeling on Friday. He had a goal and two assists in Reading’s 4-1 win at Cincinnati on Saturday, and closed out the week with a goal as the Royals beat Peoria 5-2 on Sunday. On behalf of Brendan Brooks, a case of pucks will be donated to a Reading area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

Greensboro’s Frederic Henry is the East Coast Hockey League Goalie of the Week.
Henry was 4-0-0 with a 1.21 goals against average and a .954 save percentage as the Generals won four games in a row for the first time in the team’s three-year history. Drafted in the eighth round (200th player overall) by the New Jersey Devils in 1995, Henry made 29 saves in Greensboro’s 4-2 win against Columbia on Wednesday. In Friday’s 2-1 shootout win at Trenton, the 24-year-old Henry made 23 saves in regulation and four in overtime before stopping four of five shooters in the shootout. He made 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against Pee Dee the following night, and closed out the week making 27 saves in a 6-1 win against Augusta. Assigned by Albany of the American Hockey League on November 29, Henry is 5-0-0 with a 1.56 goals against average and a . Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus

Only two points out of six

It was a weekend in which coaches, players and fans hoped to see
movement up
out of the basement in the standings. With three games in three
nights, the
Albany River Rats faced three opponents (Springfield;
Syracuse) that were near the bottom of the league: all three were in
bottom six out of 27 teams.

Springfield had not won on the road all season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
despite making the Calder Cup finals last season, was in a deep slump,
winless in ten. The Crunch from Syracuse, too, were in decline.

The Rats even had a chance to string together a pair of wins for the
time on the season, having won their first road contest of the season
preceding Saturday (a 4-2 win over the Wolf*Pack in Hartford).

But hopes for a strong week evaporated on home ice Friday night as the
dropped a 3-1 tilt to Springfield. The Falcons, who had not won on
ice in several years, won, 3-1, as Springfield took advantage of its
power play, while Albany botched its two-man-up chance.

It was the first return to Albany by former Rat, Josef Boumedienne.
blueliner who was the Rats’ lone representative last year at the AHL
All-Star Classic, played quite capably for Springfield. Sheldon Keefe,
Tampa Bay prospect whose future was clouded a year and a half ago when
refused the Lightning’s invitation to report to the Rochester Americans
loan for post-season play (the Amerks went to the finals, losing to
Hartford), score Read more »

Thunderbirds nab a flyer in Mojzis

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Corresponding with Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell about Tomas Mojzis, the 8th round selection by Toronto in the 2001 Entry Draft, the first thing that sticks out according to him is the fact that the Czech is a “good, mobile, skater in all areas” of the game. He rates him as “very good” both in pivot and lateral movement, which gives you some idea as to what piqued the interest of Toronto scouts in the first place. There is more to Mojzis’ game that wheels though. Farwell also likes his offense stating that “his basic hand skills are good, (he) gets the puck through (when he shoots and he) makes the play (when he passes).” He also credits the youngster with showing “good patience” and having what he calls a “good panic point” when under pressure.

However, like all prospects, there are places where he could improve. While the GM rates his physical play in front of the net and in the corners as “good” he also concedes that “all young players need strength.” At 6’1″ and 192 pounds, Mojzis is not small by any means but there are many players of that height in the NHL packing 15 or 20 more pounds on their frames. Further, Farwell admits that “sometimes (he) might try to do too much” but is quick to point out that Tomas “is a hard worker who is very serious and takes direction.”

The T-Birds’ Boss feels that his new blueliner “skates well enough to play in the NHL (and that) his skill would allow him to be a fifth (defenseman) and maybe play in the top four after a few years in the league.” That said, he also cautions that Mojzis “needs to play simple and let h Read more »

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