The Calder Corner
Heatley: 2 Goals (5, 6), 3 Assists
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (8), 2 Assists
Pothier: 1 Assist
Tapper: 1 Assist
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
Kotalik: 1 Assist
Klesla: 1 Assist
Datsyuk: 2 Assists
Hagman: 1 Assist
Huselius: 1 Goal (10), 1 Assist
Ference: 1 Assist
Dupuis: 1 Goal (2)
Classen: 1 Goal (2), 1 Assist
Kolnik: 1 Goal (1)
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By Mike Buskus
Progress glacial, but discernible
The cynical fan or writer would have “written off” the Albany River Rats a while ago. But the loyal follower has not given up on the Rats, as one-fifth of the regular season (17 games on the 80-game schedule) has gone by with the affiliate of the New Jersey Devils having won just once.
One wag quipped that players must wonder whether it was still Halloween. Otherwise, why were so many fans dressed up like empty seats? Announced home attendance, reported at an average of 4,050, counts season ticket sales even if the holders of those tickets do not show up. Lately, more and more season ticket holders have skipped games, possibly to get an early start on their holiday shopping.
How, then, is progress evident? Not in results, because the team has not played a great 60-minutes all in one evening for a while.
Improvements are seen here and there, but not enough linked together to get a win. On Tuesday, on the last leg of a road trip, the Rats visited Quebec City, one of the top teams in the league. Even with the help of Scott Clemmensen, down from New Jersey on a conditioning stint, the Rats only came close. The Boston College netminder, who anchored an NCAA championship this past spring, stopped 34 of 36 shots, but his teammates were only to get one goal (Christian Berglund, a power play goal from Steve Guolla and Joel Bouchard) past Luc Belanger of the Citadelles.
Fans who hoped for a win at home on Saturday (against fellow cellar-dweller, the Springfield Falcons) Read more »
To start off, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our regular readers who visit us regularly, some even several times a day. One thing that I keep noticing is that this site has quite a family atmosphere with several hundred of you making your presence felt on the HFBoards site, comments on the articles, or in letters to our staff.
Our goal for Hockey’s Future is to provide a place for hockey fans of every level to come and get the hard-to-find information on their favorite prospects, teams, and leagues. For the most part, we feel that we have been successful in giving you more information than ever before on your favorite subjects, but we don’t intend to stop there.
Coming on Nov 28th will be our 2002 Draft Preview, which will have roughly 25 profiles and pictures on the top prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Compiled by Jake Dole with the assistance of several of the league editors, this preview will take on a different look and feel from what we have usually done, so I welcome any feedback. With the publishing of the “2002 Draft Preview” will also be important news regarding the 2002 Draft Center’s launch dates. One thing is for sure, this years edition will be the most comprehensive one we have done yet.
Also being added over the next few weeks will be all-new polls on the team and league pages. Several of the teams (Florida, Rangers, Islanders, St. Louis, Anaheim,) have already been updated, and if your favorite team’s poll hasn’t been updated, send a letter to the Editor to remind them to get to me the new polls!
But the most Read more »
Sometimes a progress report for a quarter season of development doesn’t really mean much, but sometimes it can be very interesting. With that in mind here is a brief rundown on the Bruins most important prospects.
1) Nicholas Boynton
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The good news is that the Kootenay ICE have resurrected their road game record and seemed to have solved the problems that plagued the club earlier on in the season while away from the Cranbrook Rec./Plex.
The problem now is that the club isn’t on the road and won’t be for another two weeks.
After Wednesday’s loss to the Swift Current Broncos and a weekend that featured an ugly win over one of the WHL’s supposed weaker teams in Seattle and a woefully inadequate defensive effort that saw them on the wrong end of a 3-1 decision against the Regina Pats, being on the road is a place the club just might want to be. In a reversal of fortune that’s seen the boys of white, bronze and royal blue drop three of their last four home dates, the news doesn’t get any better as the ICE still have three games left in a season-long, six-game home stand that doesn’t feel much like home.
For Kootenay Coach Ryan McGill, the problem of consistency, or lack of it, from his club has been an issue that’s been a work in progress over most of a season that isn’t so young anymore. Having played twenty-nine games, the ICE are well past the quarter-pole and are creeping up on the halfway mark in the season. It is an issue that, in Coach McGill’s eyes has to be settled sooner rather than later. “Finally, with (the two losses) we lost at home,” said McGill after the loss to Regina last Sunday. “Ever since we got home from the road trip we haven’t played that well and we’ve got away with it.”
Against Regina Sunday night for reasons which could be equally attributed to the stel Read more »
1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Vancouver (NHL) 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 12 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 34 PIM.
2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (2/31)
Vancouver (NHL) 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 14 GP, 6 G, 9 A, 15 P, 2 PIM.
3. Vydareny, Rene (D), Columbia (ECHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)
Manitoba (AHL) 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM.
Columbia (ECHL) 9 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 4 PIM.
4. Auld, Alex (G), Columbia (ECHL). Acquired through trade with Florida. (2001)
Columbia (ECHL) 3 GP, 2 W, 0 L, 1 SOL (Shoot-out Loss.), 2.21 GAA, .913 SV %.
5. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)
Ohio State (CCHA) 6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 2 PIM.
6. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
Manitoba (AHL) 15 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P, 0 PIM.
7. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)
Swift Current (WHL) 8 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 8 PIM.
8. Komarniski, Zenith (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’96 (3/75)
Manitoba (AHL) 17 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 62 PIM.
9. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00 (3/71)
Rimouski (QMJHL) 21 GP, 8 G, 18 A, 26 P, 25 PIM.
10. Fedorov, Fedor (LW), Columbia (ECHL). Drafted: ’01 (3/66)
Manitoba (AHL) 8 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 6 PIM. Read more »
The Vancouver Giants looked a lot like an expansion team on this night, going down 4-1 to the Kelowna Rockets. As usual, the Marach – Lynch – Jackson line played it’s quality two-way game. However, the ENTIRE Rockets team attacked, defended, passed and rough housed much better than the rest of their Vancouver counterparts.
Kelowna really looked superior to their .429 winning percentage and second-last place position in the B.C. Division. Carsen Germyn, Kelowna’s leading point-getter this season, had a strong showing even though his 5 game scoring streak was ended. 6’5” Kiel McLeod had several big hits and scored the Rockets’ third goal, his 8th, with a picture perfect wrister from the slot that beat Vancouver goalie Brett Jaeger top shelf. But the player of the game was Kelowna’s star right winger Chuck Kobasew. Hailing from Ososyoos BC, the 19 year old rookie scored the Rockets’ first and third goals, had a number of other dangerous rushes and scoring opportunities and was the game’s first star. Kobasew, a Calgary Flames draft pick, leads Kelowna in goal scoring with 15, and is second in points with 26. Tyler Mosienko had the Rockets’ other goal and defenseman Jessie Ferguson recorded two assists. Goaltender Jason Stone made 23 stops for the win.
Vancouver was out shot 22-8 in the first period, and 45-24 overall in the game, so Giants netminder Jaeger certainly deserved his game star. Josh Bonar played well, and in the second period he got Vancouver’s only goal, rushing around a defenseman on the left wing, getting off a shot, then knocking Read more »
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))
Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next week. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. Despite missing 3 games Hainsey still leads the team with 25 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))
Garon was sent down to Québec on November 16th, 2001. The demotion was strictly for conditioning purposes, and Garon was back in Montréal the next day. Prior to being promoted, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie was 4-0-1 with a 2.36 GAA, and an impressive .931 save percentage.
Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))
Riberio managed 3 points through 3 games since our last update. His best offensive game came against Manchester. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist during the 4-2 win. Overall, the shifty center has played 9 AHL games. He has 9 points (3-6-9), and is +5 with 16 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))
Ryder was shutout through 1 game last week. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of Québec’s 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 10 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also managed 8 shots on goal.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))
Chouinard scored 2 goals through 3 games this week. He was enjoying a 4-game points-scoring streak until being shutout during the 4-2 Read more »