If this year’s Windsor Spitfires hockey club is going to pull off a first round “upset”, or any subsequent round “upsets”, everyone knows that three players will be key: goaltender Cory Campbell, defenceman Tim Gleason, and forward/superpest Steve Ott.
Accepting this as fact is not difficult, it’s obvious. But what if….Campbell slumps, Gleason gets injured, or Ott finds himself more in the penalty box than on the ice? Would this automatically spell the end of Windsor’s chances?
No, and here are three reasons why:
1) Goaltender, Ryan Aschaber.
Ryan is now in his third year with the Spitfires. He’s played in more than 75 games over this time and sports a very decent 3.51 career goals against average. Not your everyday, average, backup goaltender. Furthermore, having had to take a back seat — first to Michael Leighton, and now to Cory Campbell — Aschie would have plenty to prove. Now throw in the fact he’s well rested and voila, the Spits have got themselves a goaltender who could take them just as far as Campbell — if need be.
2) Defenceman, David Bowman.
David is in only his second year with the Spitfires; but with confidence way beyond his two years of major junior experience, Bowman patrols the blueline both swiftly and aggressively. As in swiftly he races to the dump-ins, aggressively he fires the puck off the glass and out. Or swiftly he races to the front of the net, aggressively he tries to move his opponent. Now throw in the fact that a good playoff run might just be the determining factor on whether or not he gets drafted thi Read more »
The June 1st deadline to sign CHL players drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft is fast approaching. The Montréal Canadiens head into this year’s deadline with only two players directly affected by the previously mentioned cut-off date.Josef Balej (3rd round, 78th overall), and Christian Larrivée (4th round, 114th overall) will need to be signed, otherwise the Habs risk losing their NHL rights. Balej is a speedy right winger playing with the WHL’s Portland Winter Hawks, while the lanky Larrivée currently toils for the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens.Chicoutimi drafted Larrivée third overall in the 1999 QMJHL draft. The Gaspé native had just come off an impressive rookie season with Jonquiere in the Québec Midget AAA league. In 42 games Larrivée managed 62 points (26-36-62) to go along with 10 minutes in penalties.The 6’3″, 195-lbs forward enjoyed a moderately successful QMJHL rookie season (99-00), finishing with 23 points (8-15-23) through 69 games. That said, it was his size, and offensive potential that initially drew Habs’ scouts to the then center. He’s a left-handed shot who protects the puck well. He has a quick release, rather than an overtly powerful shot.Claude Ruel, who’s still involved in the Habs’ player development system once told Larrivée that he uses his size and speed well, and must continue to shoot as often as possible. “Claude Ruel has a great eye for what happens on the ice,” Larrivée told Chicoutimi’s Le Quotidien. “I listen to him as often as possible. He knows the game so well. He’s there to he Read more »
Red Wings Report: NHL and AHL “youngsters”
I have had some questions about why I`m not mentioning players like Jason Williams, Yuri Butsayev and so on in my articles. Therefore, here is an update on “all youngsters” who are playing with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.
Name: Jiri Fischer
NHL Stats: 65 games 1 goals 7 assists 8 points 61 pim
Czech giant defenseman Jiri Fischer is improving and getting more ice time for every game that passes. He is playing great right now, logging on a bit over 20 minutes a game while playing a strong defensive game. He has been a regular on the second penalty killing unit all year long which has helped his development. The only minus is that he is not putting up offensive numbers, mainly due to the lack of PP time. I think that Mr. Bowman should give this kid some PP time to develop his offensive game and become more of a two-way defenseman.
Future: Jiri Fischer has a bright future ahead of him in Detroit. If he continues to develop at this pace he should become the best defenseman and the corner stone on the team in 4-5 years. With some PP time he could be a very good two-way defenseman in the NHL.
Name: Pavel Datsyuk
Weight: 181 Read more »
More info on these players can be found on the Switzerland country page on Hockeysfuture.
Patrick Bärtschi F (EHC Kloten)
Regular Season: 25 4 4 8 8
Playoffs: 5 0 2 2 0
Comments: EHC Kloten finished 6th and beat #3 seeded team Fribourg-Gottéron in 5 games to advance to semi finals where they will meet #1 seed HC Davos. Today Bärtschi has extended his contract for 2 more seasons.
Lukas Baumgartner D (EHC Kloten)
Comments: Baumgartner played the whole season for the junior team in the Elite Junior A league. Statistics are not yet available to me, but will be posted as soon as possible. Kloten juniors will play a decisive third game later this week with the winner facing SC Bern juniors in the juniors final. In the quarter finals Kloten, who ended 2nd in the regular season, swept EHC Biel/Bienne.
Romano Lemm F (EHC Kloten)
Regular Season: 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs: 5 1 0 1 0
Comments: Romano Lemm has been promoted from the Junior team where he played with Baumgartner to play for the big club in the playoffs where he has started every game as of yet. Lemm, as did Bärtschi, extended his contract for 2 further seasons and is now contracted to the team till 2004.
Tobias Stephan G (EHC Chur)
Regular Season: 23 0 0 0 2 3.32
Playouts: 5 0 0 0 0 3.52
Comments: Stephan who played well during the WJC for Switzerland has been doing a good job on the worst team in the league which finished last with a dismal 9-30-5 record. EHC Chur therefor was to play #9 HC Lausanne in the playouts (relegation series) and w Read more »
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are four games in the WHL on Wednesday night. Calgary plays at
Kelowna, Prince George travels to Portland, Brandon (7) is at Regina and
Seattle visits Spokane.
There were four games on the WHL schedule for Tuesday night. Kootenay
defeated Vancouver 6-3, Red Deer (1) got by Medicine Hat 5-3, Calgary beat
Kamloops 7-4 and Brandon (7) got past Moose Jaw 5-1.
At Kootenay, Tomas Plihal had one goal and two assists to lead the Ice,
while Darren Lynch had one goal and one assist for Vancouver. Curtis Fransoo
‘s first goal of the season turned out to be the game-winner in the third
At Medicine Hat, Andrew Bergen scored two goals and added two assists for
the Rebels while Bryce Thoma had one goal and two assists for the winners.
Joffrey Lupul scored his 55th goal of the season for Medicine Hat.
At Kamloops, Frederik Sjostrom scored two goals and added one assist for the
Hitmen, while Brandon Segal added a pair of goals to the winners’ attack.
Owen Fussey had one goal and two assists for Calgary, while Lance Morrison
added four assists. Scott Upshall had three assists for Kamloops while
Shaone Morrisonn had one goal and one assist.
At Moose Jaw, Caine Pearpoint scored a pair of goals to lead Brandon, while
Eric Fehr added a pair of assists. Kyle Brodzik scored the lone goal for the
Warriors, who were out-shot 43-14. Kyle Kettles made 38 saves in the Moose
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are four games on the Wednesday night OHL schedule. Ottawa is at
Belleville, Br Read more »
Change of team = change of mind
Change of team = change of mind?
It’s time to say goodbye to Munich for Christoph Schubert. The 20 year old defender from the Munich Barons is willing to leave his hometown for another DEL team. Rumors have been present for quite some time. While being in Salt Lake City, Schubert finally announced his deal with his new team in an interview with the German broadcaster ‘Premiere World’. The Nuremberg Ice Tigers will be the team boasting Schubert in their line-up. Schubert, a Senators prospect, and Ice Tigers’ general manager Otto Sykora reached an agreement. Schubert will sign a two year contract starting next season. What’s the reason for leaving the Barons for the Ice Tigers? Both teams are comparable in talent and experience and both are Top 4 teams in the DEL. His playing time should theoretically be about the same as in Munich.
“I’ll try everything to reach the NHL” and he thought that a change of teams would help him to get more experience. That’s his official statement. However, it has been a curious season for Christoph Schubert. Barons’ General Manager Max Fedra told the media at the beginning of the season that “Schubert doesn’t play like a NHLer, but he thinks he’s one of them.” Fedra talked about his playing style and his arrogance. National coach Hans Zach agreed with him. A few days after that, Fedra and Read more »
1st: Kari Lehtonen
Jokerit (Elite league): 22 GP, 13-4-2, 4 SO, 1.77 GAA, .941 SV%
Jokerit (Jr.A): 6 GP, 5-1-0, 1 SO, 1.83 GAA, .944
4th: Tommi Tervo
JyP (Jr. A): 29 GP, 12-10-6, 2.84 GAA, .909 SV%
8th: Hannu Toivonen
HPK (Jr. A): 31 GP, 15-12-4, 3.29 GAA, .911 SV%
1st: Joni Pitkänen, D
Kärpät (Elite league): 46 GP, 4+14=18, +2, 61 PIM
7th: Sean Bergenheim, RW
Jokerit (Elite league): 27 GP, 2+2=4, +1, 4 PIM
Jokerit (Jr.A): 23 GP, 11+19=30, +20, 36 PIM
10th: Topi Jaakola, D
Kärpät (Elite league): 41 GP, 0+4=4, +4, 16 PIM
29th: Valtteri Filppula, F
Jokerit (Jr.A): 40 G, 8+15=23, -1, 14 PIM
30th: Mikko Kalteva, D
Jokerit (Jr.A): 29 GP, 5+3=8, +20, 10 PIM
37th: Jarkko Immonen**, C
Ässät (Elite league): 32 GP, 0+2=2, -14, 6 PIM
42nd: Jarkko Immonen, C
Blues (Jr.A): 34 GP, 14+12=26, +11, 18 PIM
46th: Jyri Marttinen**, D
JyP (Elite league): 47 GP, 1+4=5, +7, 65 PIM
59th: Joni Töykkälä, W
Blues (Jr.A): 44 GP, 8+18=26, +18, 18 PIM
69th: Joni Lindlöf, F
Tappara (Jr.A): 33 GP 17+8=25, +17, 14 PIM
72nd: Tommi Pelkonen, D Read more »
The Halifax Mooseheads have been skating in front of their hometown crowd in the Halifax Metro Centre. Moosemaniacs have seen the offensive exploits of players like Alex Tanguay, who registered 47 goals in 51 games in 98-99. Others saw Ladislav Nagy put up 71 goals and 126 points in 63 games in that same 98-99 season. Many saw Ramzi Abid blaze onto the scene from Acadie-Bathurst, to go onto his best junior season with 158 points in 72 games. This season, the fans of the Halifax Mooseheads are seeing a different breed of potential superstar in the making; Louis Mandeville.
Mandeville burst onto the scene during the 2000-2001 season when his current junior team, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, dealt him to the Mooseheads. Since that trade, his game has shown nothing but improvement. He completed the season with 22 points in 28 games for Halifax, after registering only 17 points in 42 games with the Huskies. But the story of Louis Mandeville starts much earlier than that.
After a hugely successful year with Col. Lemoyne in Midget, Louis realized that he could have a shot at the NHL somewhere down the road.
“Probably in Midget AAA I had a really good season,” said Louis, “People were talkin’ about me so I thought about it a bit at that time.”
People continued to talk as Mandeville made the jump for Midget hockey into Major Junior with Rouyn-Noranda, however, deciding between Major Junior and College hockey was one that Mandeville was forced to ponder.
Mandeville could have either taken the Major Junior route, or through t Read more »
At the beginning of Tuesday night’s game at home against the Vancouver Giants the Kootenay were just three points back of the B.C. Division leading
Kamloops Blazers with three games to play in the regular season. At the end of the night Kootenay was just a point back of the Blazers with only two games left for each. Just over a week ago the Blazers were nine points up on the ICE, had a game in hand and had the division pennant all but hanging in the rafters of SportMart Place.
What a difference a week makes.
While the Blazers were in the process of losing their fourth straight to a Calgary Hitmen club that has now clinched a playoff spot in the WHL’s Central Division, the Kootenay ICE were having difficulty dispensing a pesky Vancouver Giant club that didn’t want to go away quietly. For the Giants the game was played purely for points in the pride column. Forced out of the playoff picture by a loss against the Seattle Thunderbirds last Friday, players on the coastal expansion squad were playing for jobs on the club next fall. That fact didn’t deter the club from being a thorn in the side of the ICE all night long. Being down by score of 2-0 and 4-1 and Kootenay poised to put them away for good, the Giants made things interesting and were down by only a 4-3 count with less than two minutes to play in the third frame before Kootenay put it out of reach with a 6-3 verdict on goals that included a fade-away lob-shot by Cole Fischer that fooled Giant netminder Jordan McLaughlin and an empty-net marker by Nigel Dawes.
Kootenay defensmen Girard Dica Read more »
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey managed 3 points through 9 games since our last update. He injured his shoulder during a March 3rd game against Manitoba, and has missed the last 2 games. There’s still no word on a possible return date. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 49 games. He has 27 points (7-20-27), and is +12 with 18 minutes in penalties. He’s second on the Citadelles in plus/minus, and is tops among the team’s current crop of defensemen. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 101 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))Garon was recently recalled by the Canadiens, and will back-up Jose Theodore. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 42 AHL games. He has a 20-11-10 record with 2.63 GAA, and a .921 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard picked up 6 points through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout by Lowell on March 6th, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 54 games. He has 39 points (17-22-39), and is -1 with 16 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 145
shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))Beauchemin scored 2 goals and added 5 assists through 11 games since our last update. He was shutout during a recent game against Lowell, thereby ending a 3-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’0″, Read more »