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The Empty Nest Syndrome

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The QMJHL’s Maritime Division is beginning to look a lot like the NHL’s
Southeast Division with it’s top team playing below .500 yet still winning.

With the 2000-2001 season winding down, the Halifax Mooseheads have been
somewhat of a disappointment for long-term fans. The folks who have watched
the likes of Alex Tanguay, Ramzi Abid, Brandon Reid and Jody Shelley must
feel like parents in a way. They’ve watched their sons grow and blossom and
become draftees into the pros. Now they’re gone.

In sociology, one would consider this the Empty Nest years with the kids
having grown up and moved away. In their absence, we’ve even had a Memorial
Cup hosted in Halifax last year. Once the hoopla had ended, it grew quiet.

Tanguay is now among the NHL’s elite as a member of the Colorado Avalanche
(of course he is, we didn’t have any doubts) and Jody Shelley has managed to
sign with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets. Not bad.

So the question on every Mooseheads’ fan’s mind is this: Who is going to be
the next Tanguay or Abid?

Two young men who have had an impact on the team are eligible for this
year’s entry draft and are expected to be picked within the first four
rounds. Netminder Pascal Leclaire is touted as the number one goalie
prospect of the Canadian Juniors while a six-foot four-inch Slovak named
Milan Jurcina is likely going to find himself grabbed within the third or
fourth round.

It’s no big secret that the Mooseheads are in a rebuilding phase but it
seems like everyone aro Read more »

The NHL Draft; A History Of Impressive Late Round Gems

by Matt Wood
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Every year about this time, things start heating up surrounding the
forthcoming NHL Draft. The world junior tournament is over, CSB Mid
season rankings are out, the CHL all star and prospect games have been
decided and the playoffs are near. Although its no surprise that so much
focus is placed upon the top junior prospects, NHL teams employ more pro
scouts and invest more money than ever before into the entire draft
process for a reason. In taking a close look at past drafts its
interesting to see how many of the more successful guys in the league
made it, when the odds were so clearly stacked against them. Here’s a
few late round gems from the early 80′s until 1996.


1996 Round  8 - Tomas Kaberle
     Round  7 - Pavel Kubina

1995 Round  7 - P.J. Axelson and Peter Worrell
     Round  9 - Danil Markov

1994 Round  6 - Daniel Alfredsson and Alexander Selivanov
     Round  9 - Steve Sullivan
     Round 10 - Richard Zednik, Sergei Berezin, and Tomas Holmstrom

1993 Round  7 - Todd Marchant and Darren Van Impe
     Round  9 - Mike Grier and Pavol Dimitra
     Round 10 - German Titov

1992 Round  7 - Ian Laperriere
     Round  8 - Stephan Yelle
     Round  9 - Nikolai Khabibulin
     Round 10 - Jonus Hoglund, Anson Carter, and Dan McGillis

1991 Round  8 - Dmitri Mironov, Brian Savage, Janne Laukkanen, and Corey Hirsch

1990 Round  7 - Jason York, Robert Lang, and Eric Lacroix
     Round  8 - Andre Kovalenko, Peter Bondra, and Alex Karpotsov
     Round 11 - Valeri Zelepukin,  Read more »

BCHL Player Profile: Brett Skinner

by Glenn Fugate
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Playing on a hockey club that is struggling can be difficult and the Trail Smoke Eaters are currently in last place.The Smokies only have one rear guard over 18 years old. Despite this Brett Skinner is having a good year. Skinner plays heads up hockey. He’s not a speedster but but he has a smooth stride and skates well. Not a overly physical defenseman Skinner uses other skills to showcase his game. At 6-1 170 pounds, Skinner has room to fill out and the hitting will increase with maturity. This first year player has his head up and makes alot of smart passes, short ones, a touch of the puck at the last moment springing a teammate free. Skinner seems to be able to find the guy on his club who is skating with a short solid pass not someone who is standing still. These type of passes are important in getting the biscuit out of your own end of the ice. This 17-year-old from Brandon, Manitoba had plenty of ice time including the power play. Currently,Skinner is third on the Smokies in points with 8G 23A in 54 games. Add in 37 penalty minutes and you have pretty impressive numbers for a 17-year-old, first year player in any junior league. This defenseman is smart, a player with good vision and good skills. If the Smokies can keep this player and the rest of this young group of d-men together they could make some noise in the future.Honorable mention to both goalies on this club, especially Isaac Reichmuth who played a good game in a 4-0 loss Feb. 16th against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

In other news the NOJHA defeats the BCHL 6-2 in Sault Ste. Marie. M Read more »

Giguere takes over starting job

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It was announced on Valentine’s day that Giguere was going to replace Hebert as the starting netminder. With the Big Ducks out of the playoff picture and Hebert’s play below normal (doesn’t help to have defensive letdowns in front of your net) the management thought it would be a good opportunity to groom the future goalie. Since the season is practically over, they might as well.

Guy Hebert has only one year left on his contract that contains a no trade clause. He has expressed his desire to end his career in a Ducks uniform. Barring any trades approved by him or retirement it looks like Hebert and Giguere will be the goalie tandem for next season.

For the following season, lookout! There might be a goalie controversy ahead. One thing the Ducks have done the past couple of seasons is acquire depth at the Goalie position. We’ve already seen what Giguere did in the AHL and waiting for him to mature in the NHL. Naumenko has been solid in net and is turning out to be one of the wisest free agent signings the Ducks have done. Ilja Bryzgalov is playing in the Russian elite league this season. We’ll get to see more of him at the World’s (along with Smirnov C) and next training camp where he hopefully signs and plays at the ‘Natti.

Gregg Naumenko has turned in an all-star performance again this season. He was named as the ITECH AHL Goaltender of the Month for January. Naumenko went 7-0-0 with a 2.94 GAA and .917 SV% in eight appearances to lead all AHL goaltenders in January as Cincinnati went 8-2-0-0 to tie a club record for wins Read more »

Norfolk Admirals Triumph Over Mario Lemieux’s Baby Penguins

by Corine Gatti
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Norfolk Triumphs Over Mario Lemieux’s Baby Penguins 3-1

Is the slumber of the lumber over? “Whether it was fatigue or staleness we got to the core, after eighty-games it’s going to happen and the best thing is to correct it quickly,” (referring to their four-game skid), said Aaron Downey. Guys out there worked as a cohesive unit and that’s more our established Admirals hockey. Friday night the lumber was awakened and a more aggressive squad stepped onto the ice Friday night against the Mario Lemieux’s team, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton, Penguins (27-17-7-1). They are second in the Mid—Atlantic Division thus dubbing their northern rivals 3-1.”This was a must needed game for us,” Downey continued. The Penguins have a record of the best penalty kill squadron in the AHL (85.06). But Norfolk’s roster was able to tread and capitalized on opportunities on three of their power plays. “Scoring goals is the key to getting out of a slump,” said Casey Hankinson.

There were only a total of nine penalty minutes in the first round between the north and south. But, the rivalry manifested quickly and ignited both teams adrenaline. The first period took off when rookie Mark Bell (37-9-15-24) slapshot a pass from shipmates Mike Souza, and Casey Hankinson at 8:12. Despite not receiving Chicago recognition, Casey Hankinson still remains unstoppable as Norfolk’s as the team’s leader with his 23-Goals, 15- Assists. But after twenty-three transactions he remains Norfolk bound. Disappointed? “It’s not my decision and I can’t worry about i Read more »

Prospect news and notes

by Randy Nicholson
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Erie’s Brad Boyes has jumped back up into the top three in OHL scoring … the Otter’s star has 78 points (43-35) in 46 games and certainly seems to be fully recovered from a somewhat disappointing performance at the WJC in December … the Baby Leafs’ Jeff Farkas is really on fire and now trails team scoring leader Bobby House by only 6 points … Farkas has 46 points (17-29) in 56 games and will almost certainly overtake House if he isn’t summoned to Toronto … Farkas’ St. John’s linemate Adam Mair is on a similar roll … Mair has 34 points (13-21) in only 38 games and is also a prime candidate for promotion if the parent team continues to struggle … in fact, many AHL observers feel that St. John’s 1st line featuring Farkas and Mair (along with Alexei Ponikarovsky, who is currently up with the big team) could be playing as a unit in Toronto right now … defenseman Petr Svoboda has recently logged huge amounts of ice time due to a rash of injuries and promotions on the St. John’s blueline … though Svoboda’s talent is obvious, he has displayed a very poor attitude since being assigned to the Rock and apparently considers himself too good to be playing in the minor leagues … coaches Crawford and McClelland are working hard to hasten the maturation process for the young Czech … his development remains vitally important to the organization as the braintrust in Toronto continues to ponder the wisdom of dealing a young defender for immediate help … in Sweden, Mikael Tellqvist recently led the National Team to victory at the Swedish Hockey Games

The New Kids on the Pond

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#35 - SCOTT LANGKOW
Ht: 5’11” Wt:190 D.O.B: 4-21-75 (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
  • Assigned toCincinnati February 9 by Anaheim (NHL) after being acquired along withdefenseman Sergei Vyshedkevich from Atlanta in exchange for right wing LadislavKohn.
  • Played four gamesthis season with Orlando (IHL), going 1-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA.
  • Assigned to Mobileof ECHL in January, went 2-4-0 with a 3.86 GAA in six appearances.
  • Has played in 20career NHL games with Winnipeg, Phoenix and Atlanta, going 3-12-1 with a 4.33GAA.
  • Was 3-11-0 with a4.31 GAA in 15 games last season with Atlanta and 14-8-2 with a 2.30 GAA in 27games with Orlando (IHL).
  • Two-time AHLAll-Star (1996-97 & 1997-98) and won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as theAHL’s Top Goaltender in 1997-98 with Springfield.
  • Shared the Harry “Hap”Holmes Trophy (fewest goals-against in AHL) with Manny Legace in 1995-96 withSpringfield.
  • Is 63-37-18 with a2.77 GAA in 123 career AHL appearances.
  • In sixthprofessional season.
  • Winnipeg’s secondchoice, 31st overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
#23 - SERGEI VYSHEDKEVICH (D) Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 D.O.B: 1-3-75 (Dedovsk, Russia)
  • Assigned toCincinnati February 9 by Anaheim (NHL) after being acquired along withgoaltender Scott Langkow from Atlanta in exchange for right wing Ladislav Kohn.
  • Appeared in 23 gamesthis season with Atlanta, scoring one goal and two assists for three pointswith 14 penalty minutes.
  • Also played in 10games with Orlando (IHL) this season, scoring two goals and three assi Read more »

Oilers Prospect Update Part 1

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Without a strong farm team in the AHL this franchise is in a distinct disadvantage since it does not have the resources to make up for mistakes on draft day or in the developmental stage.

Shawn Horcoff
Hamilton GP:24 G:10 A:18 PTS:28 +/- -7 PIM:19
Edmonton GP:24 G:5 A:4 PTS:9 +/- +1 PIM:2
- Outstanding first quarter as a rookie in the AHL showing strong two-way play. Has adjusted well to the NHL and will progress to the next level with the experience from this year and training camp next season.

Mike Comrie
Kootenay GP:37 G:39 A:40 PTS:79 +/-(+23)PIM:79
Edmonton GP:16 G:2 A:2 PTS:4 +/-(+2) PIM:2
- Would have benefited greatly if he had started the season in Hamilton along side Horcoff instead of going to Cranbrook a quicker adjustment could have been made. Shows flashes of exceptional vision and playmaking ability, will have greater patience to let plays develop with experience. Needs to shoot more as he would create more scoring opportunities with his quick accurate shot.

Michel Riesen
Hamilton GP:41 G:10 A:18 PTS:28 +/-(-15) PIM:6 Read more »

Stats and standings from the new german junior league DNL

by Oliver Janz
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Stats from the new top german junior-league DNL
(A junior league for the over ’83-born players) – Stats updated: February, 17th

Standings:
1. SC Riessersee – 31 GP, 163:85 goals, 52 pts.
2. Mannheimer ERC – 29 GP, 149:73 goals, 47 pts.
3. Neue Eisbären Berlin – 32 GP, 107:89 goals, 39 pts.
4. Berlin Capitals – 30 GP, 123:118 goals, 30 pts.
5. Star Bulls Rosenheim – 31 GP, 149:127 goals, 30 pts.
6. Kölner EC – 27 GP, 120:109 goals, 25 pts.
7. EV Landshut – 31 GP, 111:143 goals, 25 pts.
8. Krefelder EV – 29 GP, 101:128 goals, 23 pts.
9. ES Weißwasser – 30 GP, 121:155, 21 pts.
10. Frankfurter ESC – 29 GP, 113:175 goals, 19 pts.
11. Augsburger EV – 29 GP, 94:149 goals, 17 pts.

Top-Scorer:
Pos. / Player / Team / Born / Games played / Goals / Assists / Points
1. Marian Rohatsch (Rosenheim, 15-06-83) 30 GP, 22 G, 34 A, 56 PTS
2. Christoph Melischko (Riessersee, 25-07-83) 31 GP, 34 G, 21 A, 55 PTS
3. Danny Albrecht (Weißwasser, 17-01-85) 30 GP, 20 G, 34 A, 54 PTS
4. Markus Zappe (Mannheim, 22-06-83) 26 GP, 24 G, 29 A, 53 PTS
5. Stephan Gottwald (Rosenheim, 20-09-83) 28 GP, 33 G, 17 A, 50 PTS
6. Alexander Kanellopulos (Capitals, 11-02-84) 30 GP, 29 G, 21 A, 50 PTS
7. Frank Bertele (Augsburg, 28-03-83) 26 GP, 27 G, 22 A, 49 PTS
8. Yannic Seidenberg (Mannheim, 11-01-84) 27 GP, 13 G, 35 A, 48 PTS Read more »