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Calder Corner for the Week Ending 12/3

by HF Staff
Calder Corner for the Week Ending 12/3

The Calder Corner

3 Games
Pothier: 1st NHL Goal, 1 Assist
Heatley: 1 Goal (8)
Tapper: 1 Assist
Kovalchuk: 1 Assist
Weaver: 1 Assist

3 Games
Boynton: 2 Assists

3 Games
Cole: 2 Goals (3, 4)

3 Games
Bell: 1 Assist
Peluso: 1 Goal (2)

3 Games
Vrbata: 1 Assist

3 Games
Nielsen: 2 Goals (1, 2)
Bellefeuille: 1 Assist

Detroit Red Wings
3 Games
Datsyuk: 1 Goal (2), 2 Assists

Edmonton Oilers
2 Games
Markkanen: NHL Debut, 27 Shots, 27 Saves (1-0-0)

Florida Panthers
3 Games
Huselius: 2 Goals (11,12) Read more »

Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-November

by HF Staff
Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-November

The Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-November

It’s time again for Hockey’s Future to answer the question “If the Calder Trophy were awarded today, based on what you have seen so far this season, who would your Top 10 Rookie Finalists be?” We’ve recruited several of HF’s finest to take part this month and totalling up their votes, here is this month’s version of ‘Handicapping the Field’:

Last Month This Month Team Player
6 1 Dany Heatley: The Thrashers’ 2nd overall pick in 2000 has finally caught up and at least for the moment surpassed his more celebrated counterpart picked 1st overall in 2001. It’s only a matter of time until his physical game catches up to his offensive one and then he’ll be a real handful. Read more »

Red Wings Prospects Update

by Zoran Manojlovic

Red Wings Prospects Update

The best prospect thus far into the season has been Stefan Liv of HV 71 in the Swedish Elite League. He had a great season last year but this year he has been outstanding. He is third in the league with a .917 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA and he also leads the league with 3 shutouts.

But he has not only been great with the Elite team he has also played terrific with the national team in two tournaments, the first in the Czech Republic in the start of the year where he only played one game and allowed only one goal and was the first star of the game. But the second tournament, the Sweden Hockey Games showed to be his best international performance so far, he started as back up but after poor play by Andreas Hadelöv he was allowed to start the second game. At this point, his sensational play led the team to the victory in the whole tournament, and the Swedish commentators were touting him as the best goalie of the tournament, but sadly the award went to a Russian goalie. So far this season in 4 games with the national team he has a 1.5 GAA and .944 save percentage.

It is not only his great performances in the rink that has given him many great compliments here in Sweden, it is also his great sense of humour and self confidence. For every interview you hear and see him, you can’t help but like him more and more, and that is why he is one of the most popular players in the league.

Unfortunately last week he broke his collar bone and the doctors say that he will be out up to six weeks but. In a recent interview, Liv Read more »

The ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino

Dayton rookie center Preston Mizzi is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 20-year-old Mizzi scored five goals and eight points while helping the Bombers go 3-0-1 to remain atop the Northwest Division. The 5-11 and 194-pound Mizzi scored the game-winning goal in Dayton’s 4-1 win against Wheeling on Tuesday and had two goals and an assist in the Bombers’ 6-2 win at Toledo on Friday. He scored a power play goal and had an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss at Cincinnati on Saturday, and then scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Peoria. Mizzi, who has a four-game goal-scoring streak, has scored 13 points (9g-4a) in his last nine games and leads Dayton with 10 goals in 14 games.

Louisiana’s Frederic Cloutier is the East Coast Hockey League Goalie of the Week
Cloutier, who is under contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, was 2-0-0 with a 0.99 goals against average and a .973 save percentage in two games last week. The 20-year-old Cloutier made 31 saves while recording his team-record and ECHL-leading fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against New Orleans on Tuesday. He then made 40 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Arkansas, a victory that improved Louisiana to 17-1-2, the best start in ECHL history. Cloutier is 9-0-2 and leads the ECHL with a 1.41 goals against average, four shutouts and a .959 save percentage in 11 games.


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Canadian Hockey League News and Notes

by HF Staff

The Canadian Hockey League Player of the Month for November is forward
Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League.

Bouchard, a centre, turned in a spectacular month for Chicoutimi while
appearing in 11 games. Bouchard fired 12 goals and added 16 assists for a
total of 28 points in those 11 games, while also posting a plus 11. Bouchard
was also selected the QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month.

Bouchard becomes the second winner of the CHL Player of the Month Award.
October’s winner was forward Nathan Robinson of the Belleville Bulls of the
Ontario Hockey League. The three CHL leagues – the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League – all
select Players of the Month and starting last month, the CHL then selects a
CHL Player of the Month from among the leagues’ nominees. The CHL also
selects a Player of the Week from among the three leagues’ nominees every

Goaltender Adam Russo of the Acadie-Bathurst Titian was the QMJHL Defensive
Player of the Month after winning all nine games he started in November
while posting a 2.32 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

The OHL’s Molson Player of the Month was forward Darryl Bootland of the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. Bootland scored 12 goals and added 11 assists
for 23 points in 13 games to help the Majors post a 7-2-4-0 record for the
month. The OHL Goaltender of the Month was David Chant of the Barrie Colts.
He posted a 7-2-2 record, along with a 2.24 goals aga Read more »

ICE, Broncos make blockbuster trade

by Jeff Bromley

If it wasn’t the biggest trade ever made in the history of the Kootenay ICE, it will certainly go down as the most shocking. In a deal to address a perceived shortcoming between the pipes, Kootenay ICE G.M. Jeff Chynoweth did what many had thought unthinkable. He traded ICE captain and forward Jason Jaffray, 20 along with goaltender Jeff Harvey, 18 defenseman Aaron Rome, 18 and Kootenay’s first round draft pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos for a familiar face in goaltender B.J. Boxma, 20 forward Duncan Milroy, 18 and the Broncos’ fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft. For Boxma, it is his second tour of duty with the ICE after being dealt to the Broncos just over thirteen months ago. In Milroy, a second round draft pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last June’s draft, the ICE receive a proven scorer who amassed 34 g and 54 a for 92 points last season.

Even though Harvey had played well in the club’s three wins over the weekend, Chynoweth said he had to make this deal to shore up the club’s biggest weakness, goaltending. “We felt we had to address the situation in goal,” said Chynoweth in his office shortly after the trade was announced. “Not that we were displeased with Bryan (Bridges) and Jeff but we felt we needed a proven number one guy.”

Chynoweth pointed out that the fact that the amount of proven, playoff goaltenders weren’t exactly in abundance in the WHL and that there were other clubs in the league that were in the market for a premier puckstopper as another reason for pulling the trigger on a trade of this Read more »

Czech Extraliga Prospect Report

by Jes Golbez

Tracking the exploits of
selected prospects plying their trade in the Czech Extraliga.

We will monitor prospects already drafted by NHL teams, as well as 2002 and
2003 draft eligible prospects who have made their way onto Extraliga rosters.
The Czech Extraliga is one of the top European league
in terms of level of play and overall competitiveness. Although the Extraliga
lacks the physical play of the NHL, it takes a high level of skill to get
into the Extraliga and then succeed on top of that. As we monitor these
prospects, keep in mind that many of these prospects are kids playing among
men, gaining valuable game experience and developing the tools to
possibly succeed in the NHL.
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USHL Season Update

by Jason Shaner

The 2001-2002 USHL season is already heading into December and getting towards the Christmas break. Most teams have played about a third of their games and position in the league standings is still undetermined at this point. Currently in the Eastern division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders stand at the top of the mountain. A 14-6-1 records gives them 29 points to lead the way. However, the Des Moines Buccaneers are not far behind with 26. Des Moines has not played up to preseason expectations but remain in the hunt for the time being. The Green Bay Gamblers who year in and year out are tops in the Eastern division until this season, are tied with Des Moines for second place. Cedar Rapids has been rather impressive to start off the season. Cedar Rapids has posted a league high 10 wins on the road. What that means is that the RoughRiders are getting many of their road games out of the way early this season and they will have a favorable schedule the second half. If the Eastern division hopefuls do not get moving, Cedar Rapids may end up running away with the Division title.

In the Western division the Sioux City Musketeers have been magnificent. The Musketeers have experienced unprecedented success at home posting a 13-0 record so far en route to a Western division and league leading 37 points. Their rink is very small and their big forwards and defensemen use that to their advantage to make it quite difficult for a visiting team to come in and win a game. That advantage will be monumental heading into the playoffs should they end up with home ice adva Read more »

Game Misconduct: The Vincent Sweepstakes

by Tony Bryson

Lightning Hope for a Princely Return on Investment

It’s not much fun working for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now. The boss isn’t in a very good mood. Rick Dudley is a little steamed right now and no one is sure what has put his mood in such a bad state. It could be the fact that his shopping of Vincent Lecavalier has gone public, or maybe just Vince’s (le) cavalier approach to the game since signing a fat new deal at the start of the season. What ever it is, Rick is not a happy camper.

Then again, who could really blame a guy for being in a surly mood when he’s contemplating dealing away a guy that was called, “the Michael Jordan of hockey” by previous team owner Art Williams? Especially when he’s completely unsure of what he can, or should, expect back in return. There have been a number of high profile players change teams in the past nine months, and Dudley wants to be sure he makes a good deal. So what is a good deal for Tampa? Should they go after one guy, or try and scramble for as many guys as they can get? It’s an interesting conundrum, one worth examining and picking apart.

There are those that look at the player movement in the past year to point to a trend of players not returning what they traditionally have in trade. Jaromir Jagr going to Washington for three unproven prospects is usually the first example that is trotted out to defend this stance. If one of the best players in the world were to garner such a poor return, why would an unproven pup like Lecavalier return more? Well, those that use that a Read more »

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