*Appeared in One Game or More 99-00
Mike Richter*(Injured sidelined for part of camp)
With Mike Richter`s knee not yet 100% healed J.F.Labbe will likely back-up Kirk McLean to start the season. Outside Shot to Johan Holmqvist and Vitali Yeremeyev. This is the Rangers strongest position. Just a note…many NHL scouts will be in Hartford to see the Rangers prospects between the pipes.
For this year it has to be J.F.Labbe a most dominant AHL goalie. With the recovering Mike Richter on the mend, Labbe may actually get to appear in a couple games. He has lightning fast reflexes and can be a reliable NHL goalie.
Mike Mottau(On Try Out Basis, W/O Contract)
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Slap them sticks on the ice, breakout those funny noisemakers you hear on New Years, dump the confetti from the rafters, the Jr Buds won the rookie tournament and looked pretty good doing it. The line of Lance Galbraith-Luca Cereda-Miguel Delisle was the most productive trio in the round robin with 14 points in 3 games (6 goals, 8 assists), the team as a whole showed it could not and would not be pushed around and more often than not was the team that did the pushing. Players like Peter Reynolds, Mirko Murovic, Michal Travnicek, Vaclav Zavoral, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ben Ondrus made sure of that. The skating skill of Brad Boyes, Jonathon Zion, Luca Cereda and Ondrus were on full display. About the only downside to the whole thing was the fact that the team gave up an average of three goals per game. While some of this was goaltender error, too many times the Baby Buds after taking a lead got over confident and stopped skating, which sounds strangely familiar. Without further ado, here are the final grades on the players. (Grades will be based how they performed in Kitchener, taking into account the amount of experience each player has)
Brad Boyes-Incredibly smooth in the open and shifty in a crowd, showed great offensive instincts and a knack for clogging opposing passing lanes. Being physical is not part of his game at this time, but he’ll have to improve on that if he wants to be a pro.
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HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers concluded the round-robin portion of the
four-team 2000 NHL prospects tournament today, with a 4-2 victory in a
bizarre game against the rookie squad from Tampa Bay. Following a brawl at
9:53 of the second period, Tampa Bay Lightning Senior Vice President and
General Manager Rick Dudley called his team off the bench, forfeiting the
game. Florida had taken a 4-2 advantage on goals by Brad Woods, Morgan
McCormick, Mike Green and Dan Passero, before the fight broke out. Davis
Parley played well in goal, stopping 13 of 15 shots for the Panthers.
The tournament will conclude Thursday, with the Panthers playing in the
afternoon consolation game against the loser of last night’s game between
prospects from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Tampa will play
the Ottawa-Montreal winner in the championship contest at 8 p.m.
FIRST PERIOD: Following an early goal by Tampa Bay’s Sheldon Keefe, the
Panthers took control of the game by scoring three straight. Woods,
McCormick, and Mike Green each tallied for Florida. Green also assisted on
McCormick’s goal. Both Green and McCormick scored goals in Tuesday night’s
action as well. Parley was impressive in net, stopping 13 of 14 Lightning
shots. Tampa Bay out-shot Florida 14-13 in the period. The Lightning
benefited from three power play opportunities (0-3), while the Panthers had
just one chance with the man advantage (0-1).
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HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2000 NHL prospects tournament continued Tuesday
as the Florida Panthers (0-2) fell to the Montreal Canadiens (1-1), 4-3, in
a wild contest that lasted over three hours. The game featured 12 fights,
280 penalty minutes, an 18-minute first-period delay, and a third period
Panther rally that just fell short. Trailing 4-1 entering the final period,
Florida out-shot (14-5) and out-scored (2-0) the Canadiens in the last 20
minutes, but ran out of time. Morgan McCormick paced the Panthers’
offensive attack with a goal and an assist. Serge Payer and Mike Green
scored the other Florida goals. Montreal’s Ben Guite and Eric Chouinard
each registered a goal and an assist. Six Panthers and five Canadiens were
ejected from the game. Florida will play prospects from the Tampa Bay
Lightning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The round robin tournament will conclude
with consolation and championship games on Thursday.
FIRST PERIOD: Montreal jumped out to a 3-1 lead in a penalty-filled first
period of play. Eric Chouinard, Jozef Balej, and Ben Guite all connected for
the Canadiens. The lone Panther goal was an unassisted tally by McCormick.
The 19-year-old McCormick is a 1999 Florida draft pick (103rd overall).
Montreal out-shot Florida 13-9 in the period. There was an 18-minute delay
at the 8:22 mark of the first period when the glass shattered following a
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Detroit won cleanly in an 8-5 game against the Nashville Predators.
Nashville took an early lead less than a minute into the game when Scott
Hartnell scored, assisted by Greg Classen and Konstantin Panov. Detroit
came back quickly though with Dustin Kuk scoring 28 seconds later. Brad
Twordick went for slashing and Anton Borodkin for holding. Then Brett
Angel was called for holding and a few seconds later Ed Hill for high
sticking. Kuk scored again for Detroit during the 5 on 3 advantage with
the help of Borodkin and Jason Williams. Tim Verbeek (Pat Verbeek’s
little brother) scored on the one man advantage 45 seconds later. Mike
Sgroi and Eric Gooldy played fisticuffs within a minute of the goal,
Gooldy getting the best of Sgroi. There were some rough moments with
Tomas Kopecky getting checked right in front of Nashville’s bench, with
Kopecky precariously half hanging in their bench. A little while later
Classen litterally “crashed” the net, sending the net and Vogel flying.
Kuk went to the box for roughing after doing some stick work to
Hartnell’s neck after Hartnell literally crashed the net, and was laying
in it. Classen scored unassisted on the power play. After the buzzer
for the first period there was a small brawl with a 2 minute minor
handed out to Kuk for slashing.
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With only two minor penalties and a few stoppages in play the first 12
minutes of the game appeared as if it was going to be a fairly slow
night without much scoring, fighting or penalties. It turned out to be
quite an exciting game with 10 goals, 3 fights and over 50 penalty
minutes. Kent McDonell received a holding call at 11:50 of the first
giving Atlanta the man advantage. Derek MacKenzie sent the puck past
Shane Bendera, with assists from Vladimir Sicak and Mike Weaver. A few
minutes later Trevor Ettinger and Eric Bowen went for a little dance
with each other, each drawing 5 minute fighting majors. With 3 and a
half minutes left to go in the first, Dan Preston made a beautiful drop
pass to Kent McDonell who fired it home using Preston as a screen. With
one minute left in the period Robb Palahnuk and Luke Sellars started
fighting. Sellars helmet fell over his face and hung there over his
eyes, with Palahnuk hanging onto his arms he was helpless. Palahnuk
spun Sellars in a circle and finally Sellars just dropped to the ice.
Each received 5 minutes for fighting.
Twenty-five seconds into the second period Jonathan Schill drew 2
minutes for interference. Vladimir Sicak came close ringing it off the
post on the man advantage but no goals were scored. Columbus drew two
minor penalties a minute and a half apart. Columbus won the face off,
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Congratulations to all involved as the Leafs’ rookies sailed through this past weekend’s round robin affair undefeated and won the annual Kitchener Tournament. There were many surprises (some good – some less so) amongst the players representing Toronto at this competition. In the end, though, it was exciting just to see all of the Maple Leafs’ best young players together in one place at one time. There is really no better opportunity to get a quick snapshot of the relative strengths and weaknesses of each player in the development system.
Hockey’s Future’s own tournament correspondent, Stephen Holodinsky, will be posting his final grades for all Maple Leafs’ prospects within the next day or two. That said, here’s how each of the boys in blue and white appeared to this observer:
Sebastien Centomo – A Rookie Tournament veteran who shone at last year’s event … Centomo’s experience in this format was telling and he was clearly the more impressive of the Leaf’s netminding prospects … Sebastien is quick and agile but still tends to play too low and will have to adjust when facing NHL caliber shooters … Centomo will be a starter in the QMJHL this season …
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Espen Knutsen has been sidelined by a shoulder injury just one day before leaving for the US with his girfriend Hanne and son Emil.
Knutsen is still expected to be at camp but it is not known whether the injury will effect his play. Knutsen stated that it only hurt when moving the shoulder and there was not any constant pain. He received a cortizone shot from the Norwegian Medical Institute and Dr. Berner. Knutsen also received a MRI. Knutsen noticed the pain when he was struck by a puck in practice with VIF-Oslo hockey. His shoulder will be checked by team doctors upon his arrival in Columbus.
For the naysayers of Knutsen it is believed that this may be just another excuse in case he does not fare well against the larger North American opponents. However a recent poll in Norway`s Daily VG reported that 79 of 115 votes casted believe that Knutsen will play well and have success in the NHL this time around.
Before Christmas a new label will be in Norwegian and perhaps world stores… Espen Knutsen logos will adorn workout clothes. If he does well in the NHL then the product may take off… if he does not… well…. Knutsen will receive a percentage off each sale. From training clothes to soap dishes…the logo will be on a complete line.
GP G A TP PIM +/- PPG SH
Knutsen 66 13 28 41 32 -17 5 3
*Limited with injuries...
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Prospects Tournament Game 1
The first game of the Prospect Tournament took place in Hull, Quebec last night. Once again the Montreal Canadiens’ finest and brightest future stars were assembled to take on a talent stacked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect roster.
There were no notable standouts on the Canadiens’ roster. In his much anticipated debut, Andrei Markov scored a nice goal off the draw, he blasted a hard low shot past Konstantinov in the second period, however he failed to impress. Mike Rebeiro scored in the third to make it a closer game when he deflected a Markov shot into the low short side but Tampa ran away with this one 5-2. Montreal had only a very few good scoring opportunities throughout the game. Matt Carkner seemed to impress me the most with his physical play. In the first period he took on hulking Kristian Kudroc who was on the receiving end of a few good punches before he fell hard to the ice. In the second period Carkner fought another heavyweight in Brett Scheffleimier, the two went toe to toe exchanging numerous blows. Francois Beauchemin fought Greg Black in the second period. It was nice to see Beauchemin drop the gloves although the fight ended up a draw. The massive Mitch Fritz (6’7”) attempted to fight but couldn’t coax Aaron Gionet into swinging back so he ended up with a disappointing four minute roughing minor.
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It was a wild one alright, but when the dust finally cleared after an empty net goal credited to Jon Zion but actually scored by Vaclav Zavoral the Buds triumphed over the Baby Sabres 7-4 and became the only team to go undefeated, winning the Kitchener Rookie Tournament. The game had all the makings of a record setting rout in the early going as the Leafs’ goals came fast and furious. It all started with Alexei Ponikarovsky doing what he has become noted for here as he went into a corner draped all over a Buffalo player and came out of it with a perfect feed to Ben Ondrus who banged it home with 14:34 left in the first.
The floodgates really opened however some 6 minutes later when the Buds scored 4 times in approximately 6 minutes. A great looking rush/weave by Miguel Delisle going from wing to wing across the blueline started things off. After an exchange with JP Cote, the winger delivered a great goalmouth feed to Luca Cereda. The pivot, for his part, waited patiently for the Buffalo puckstopper to commit leaving Cereda the top half of the net and he took advantage at 11:50. Only two minutes later Kris Vernarsky played puck on a string doing a complete wraparound and starting on a second before sending a pass out to Vadim Sozinov who buried it low glove side. With 4:45 left it was time once again for the Ponikarovsky and Ondrus show. The former fired a pass beyond the reach of the Swift Current Bronco, but the rookie camp invitee out raced two defenders for the puck and backhanded it out front where Ponikarovsky, trailing the play, roofed it. Read more »