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With a hot start, Alexander Frolov has jumped to the Hockey’s Future #1 Kings’ prospect position. While Lehoux and Aulin have both shot out of the gate with great starts, it appears that Frolov may be something special.
Other movement included returns to the top 10 for Jason Crain and Alexey Volkov, both of whom seem to be returning to top prospect form. Parros, Clarke and Olynick have also climbed.
Jaroslav Bendar has also moved into the “graduated” section.
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Following a tough 3-2 Spokane Chiefs loss to the Kamloops Blazers in WHL league action, Chiefs defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Kurt Sauer was kind enough to do an interview with Hockeysfuture.
Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on January 16, 1981, Kurt started playing hockey at six in used equipment and skates that were a couple sizes too big however, this hasn’t deterred the big defenseman from pursuing an NHL dream. Playing for North Iowa in the USHL during the 98-99 season, Kurt intended on attending college, but was listed by the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. After a visit to Spokane, Kurt opted to join the Chiefs for the 99/00 season and it appears to have been a wise decision.
Kurts rookie season saw him finish eighth overall in the WHL with a +36, but it lead the western conference and all WHL rookies. Kurt was also voted as co-rookie of the year in Spokane. Following the season, Kurt entered the NHL Entry Draft and Colorado used it’s fifth pick, 88th overall to snare Kurt.
A punishing hitter and rock solid stay at home defenseman, Kurt is a top prospect in the Avalanche system and when asked about Kurt, Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said, “he’s a quality kid both on and off the ice, just a great guy.” Players around the league praise Kurt’s punishing physical prowess by saying they avoid, “going along the wall on Kurts side of the ice if at all possible.”
When asked if he was surprised that Kurt, considered by most, along with Dan Hamhuis of Prince George, to be the elite defenseman in the WHL this season, Speltz replie Read more »
Dustin Brown has always been a sniper, but no one knew who he was until last
In fact almost all of the OHL teams didn’t even have him ranked anywhere on
Brown combines speed and pillow soft hands to account for his almost
Brown and linemate Marty St.Pierre have been ripping up the Ontario League
The Anaheim mighty ducks have had several top prospects in there system, but not many have played in the CHL, most have been europeans or college players. Chad Kilger was the only first round pick that the ducks selected from the junior ranks (maybe that’s why they haven’t tryed again). In this years entry draft the ducks selected several players from CHL, they did not howevever draft one in the first round but got one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth,, and one in the ninth. Every junior player the ducks selected this year are averaging just around a point per game, all these players are making a statement “they were underated”.
Mark had a great training camp but was sent down to further develop his skills. Mark was injured early in the season but is now healthy and back to leading his team with his great leadership and two way play.
Joel Stepp: 3/69
Stepp reminds me a lot of John Madden but with better offensive potential. Stepp is a very physical forward with great skills, Stepp has the potential all he has to do is keep progressing.
Joel Perrault>: 5/137
Over the past several seasons, to an extent since the 1993-94 season the Rangers organization has struggled to re-stock the system for a future run at the cup whilst struggling even more to keep a most competitive veteran club on the ice. The likes of Daniel Goneau have been spotted in Rangers blue as have Johan Holmqvist and even Jason Labarbera.
As former Ranger prospects Doug Weight, Todd Marchant, Aaron Miller and more find their niches in the NHL and have blossomed into stars or solid NHLers, the Rangers for one reason or another have had a great deal of trouble bringing these kinds of players up from their own system into the NHL as Rangers, long time Rangers.
During this offseason G.M. Glen Sather did a stellar job in loading the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford with young talent such as Matt Kinch, Layne Ulmer, Mikael Samuelsson(via San Jose trade) and so on… even some have found their way to New York with the likes of Dan Blackburn via the 2001 draft and former 1st rounder (BUF) Barrett Heisten. But the age old question remains…”why are the Rangers signing journeyman veterans or former stars well past their prime and not giving the prospects a shot?”
PLayers like the Oshawa Generals Nathan Horton, don’t come around all the
Most importantly be boasts a skill that not many
But there are also things that aren’t as visible to the casual
In a hat trick that he scored
By Mike Buskus
One tie and one point on the week
One point in the standings is all that the Albany River Rats have to show for their efforts this past week. On Friday, they lost to the Hershey Bears, 3-1. On Saturday, after coming from behind late in the game to take the lead, they wound up with a 5-5 tie against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
On the other hand, the top brass with the New Jersey Devils got a look at goalie Scott Clemmensen, the rookie from Boston College who has had only limited playing time behind Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. With virtually the entire Devils’ management and scouting team in attendance, on Friday Clemmensen got his first professional start. He was in the pipes as the River Rats took on the Hershey Bears.
Although the Rats lost, 3-1, not one of the three goals allowed (on 28 Hershey shots) could be called a “soft” goal. Clemmensen was the victim of a porous defense in front, as the first goal (Matt Herr of the Bears) was a rebound in front which the defense was unable to clear. The second goal was even more obviously a defensive lapse, as a Bear slid across the hash marks from right, unmolested and picked his spot. Finally, the third Hershey marker was a classic 2-on-1, with the goaltender watching the puck-carrier. Only problem was that the lone defender back did not block the pass and Jeff Daw of Hershey had an easy “shovel-in” goal.
Of the 25 saves, most were routine, but several very nifty ones were included. To date, Clemmensen (who was returned to New Jersey the next day) has not st Read more »
One of the biggest match ups in the WCHA this weekend was #3 Denver University Vs #7 Colorado College. This arch rival, home-and-home series would be DU’s biggest test of the season yet.
Friday night’s game in Colorado Springs was a bizarre one. Even though DU slightly dominated the first period with a couple of nice hits, it was CC that took the early lead on a power play goal from Matt Stewart. Each team had two power plays and shots were even at nine a piece.
Period two consisted of two goals, two non-goals and a whole mess of penalties.
DU’s captain Brian Vines had a goal called off after it was determined that he kicked in the puck and a goal from CC was waved off because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Shots on goal were 13 for DU and 9 for CC.
The third period was very chippy but a bit more disciplined. It looked like DU was going to wrap it up with a stellar break away goal from Connor James, but it too was wave off with a late interference call. With less than 5 minutes left, CC scored which sent the game into overtime.
Overtime was a bit timid with neither team wanting to make a mistake. With a pile of people in front of the net, DU’s Aaron Mackenzie’s slapped one off of a CC player and into the net for Read more »