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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

by pbadmin
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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

by pbadmin
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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 »

Who on the farm can audition?

by Bill Placzek
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Who, on the farm we audition?
As Alpo hopes for new actors in his theatre company, and Mike Smith runs out of players of any real trade value, now is when the Hawks will be evaluating just who might possibly help the team until the Mike Smith drafts are ready for their auditions.

Picked in the 1995 draft, defensemen Marty Wilford, and forward Casey Hankinson remain Hawk property and play as minor pros. Hankinson, presently playing in Hampton Roads, shows average scoring ability and steady defensive play possibly penciled in as a 4th liner. At present, the Blackhawk major league club has almost three lines of the same.
Wilford, also drafted as a Chicago Cub pitcher, is a chunky six footer who has played well on the minor pro level, but is probably not quick enough for the present pro game.

Geoff Peters and Jeff Paul are all that remains from the 1996 draft where the Hawks traded their first round pick for two numbers twos, the third being the departed Remi Royer. San Jose picked Marco Sturm with the #1 and has never looked back.
Geoff Peters produces good all around play and could project as the next Chris Herpinger, a utility forward who always plays hard and does many things decently. And he fits the Chicago salary structure.
Jeff Paul has not shown enough progress to expect him playing in Chicago at this time. The smaller Hawk defensemen are better transition players and it is clear the Alpo system is “transition is much more important than transgression.”
At present, Kyle Calder has be the most intriguing of the class of 1997. An un Read more »

“Live and Learn” HF’s interview with Brad Ference

by jennifer-mccarty
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A Louisville First – Defenseman Brad Ference Named Sher-Wood’s Player of the Week

Interview by: Jennifer McCarty

“Live and learn” could be Brad Ference’s motto. It’s no secret, Brad Ference has had his ups and downs this season. From a broken jaw at the beginning of the season, until this week’s Player of the Week award, it’s been a rough road. I got the opportunity to interview Ference this week on his views of the season up until now. The highs and lows tend to come at you when you least expect it and for this defenseman, he knows first hand.

Ference currently leads Louisville defensemen in point scoring with two goals, 14 assists for 16 points.
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Belleville Bulls Recap

by Bill Thompson
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Welcome to the inaugural article on the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. I will be writing an article twice a month, one on the 15th and one on the 30th. I will include a brief summary of the games since the previous article along with some ongoing stats and rankings of Bulls players. I’m going to have some fun with this, but I am quit serious in my conclusions and beliefs. I hope some scouts look up this page once and while and maybe some injustices can be avoided, such as Kyle Wellwood being ranked behind numerous players with less hope of making the NHL than I do. Enough with the niceties let’s analyze some hockey.

PETERBOROUGH at BELLEVILLE (Feb. 14)-

About 2700 fans trekked through blizzard like conditions to witness a rather uninspired game by both teams. The Bulls looked bored out there and the Petes lack of offensive talent made for some lengthy neutral zone play. When the Petes did come up with some chances, Paulo Colaiacovo was there to shut them down. Colaiacovo faced 28 shots, stopping a 3 on 1 and a 2 on 1 on his way to the victory. At the other end, Joey MacDonald was solid for the Petes, but a 5 on 3 power play for the Bulls to start the 3rd period would prove to be too much for him as Randy Rowe put home 2 quick goals. Rowe ended the night with a hat trick and an assist. His third goal gave him 50 on the year in his 47th game, making him the fastest to reach 50 in Bulls history, topping Dave MacLean’s record by 7 games. The Bulls also received an excellent game from Read more »

Pressure builds on the Hawk prospects to pan out -part one

by Bill Placzek
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It is increasingly clear that the face lifts by both former G.M. Bob Murray and current G.M. Mike Smith has done little to lift the team’s major league skin and eliminate the crow’s feet of post season elimination.

Granted there have been some bright spots, the biggest being the added offensive production of l’il Steve Sullivan, at almost a point a game pace since his wavier pick up from the Toronto house cleaning in order that they might be able to add the enigmatic Dmitri Khristich.

Tampa Bay decided Michael Nylander would never play defense and was only effective when in control of the puck, and a risk when he didn’t have it. There were absolutely correct but when placed at centre with Sullivan they are able to be dominant players on the attacking end of the rink,albeit a liability without it. Regardless,without their presence the Hawk offense would be far limited without them.

Besides Amonte and an occasionally on night from the gentle giant Eric Daze, the Hawks have had to fill the rest of the roster with players who would never be considered more than “pieces” elsewhere.

They did cushion their rosters with 32 yr. old rookie Steve Poapst, who has had hard times catching the NHL speed guys,Chris McAlpine, 29 yr. old, an undersized hard hitter who is at best a #5 guy. As is Kevin Dean whose off ice hardships with his premature son have compounded his poor play.

Other plugging has come at times from the still not so ready for prime time Nolan Baumgartner and everyone’s prospect to be, Steve McCarthy.

Chicago’s pre Read more »

How Bad Can It Get: The 2001 Mississauga IceDogs are well on their way to being

by Jonathan Litterine
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In every league there are bad teams. There is no way around it. Some
teams just have no luck, draft horribly and thus no one wants to play for
them. Yet the 2000-2001 Mississauga IceDogs are taking “bad” to a another
level. Through 50 games the IceDogs are 3-38-7-2. The record gives them a
grand total of 15 points. The teams with the next worse records in the OHL,
the Oshawa Generals and the Sault St. Marie Greyhound both have 40 points.
There aren’t very many positives for Mississauga. Jason Spezza looked like he
would be with the IceDogs for his junior duration a few years ago. Then
Spezza got fed up with the losing and demanded a trade. He is now playing for
a hot Windsor Spitfires team. The IceDogs top scorer Patrick Jarrett has 43
points in 45 games. You know a major junior team is in big big trouble when
there leading scorer isn’t averaging a point a game. Oh by the way Jarrett
is a OHL rookie. The ‘Dogs have gone through 4 goalies this year. The 4 have
combined to give up 272 goals. While their offense has scored just 129 times.
Mississauga is outscored on the average of 5.04 to 2.58 every game. Recent
NHL draftees who spent their OHL days in the Ontario town include, Chad
Wiseman, Brett Angel and Sean McMorrow. After hearing these numbers I’m out
of ideas. Nothing seems to work for these guys. Oh yeah I do have one
question, Who in the world would ever coach this team?

Czech Republic Under-20 team at Five Nations Tournament

by Robert Neuhauser
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The glory days are over. Everything was said and done about the last WJC, the players celebrated
the victories and now play in their respective leagues in the Czech Republic or Canada. Rostislav
Klesla said his statement about the Canadian play at the WJC, Don Cherry replied, but that was
yesterday. By this time it’s time for the Under-20 teams to start over. 1981 born guys are gone
and those born 1982 or later took their place. The first test for those teams took place in
Fussen, Germany, the city where the 1999 Under-18 WJC was played, in the first week of February.

Jaroslav Holik, head coach of the Czech Under-20 team, selected a whole new team, which
consisted of top Czech junior hockey league players with minimum of playing experience in the
Czech Extraleague. It was the first meeting between the 18-year old players and the charismatic
head coach, who wanted to get to know something about the players. For this reason were 2000
World champions Vaclav Nedorost and Tomas Plekanec left at home. They’re proven enough and they
have their roster spots ensured in the Under-20 team. They both play important roles for their
Extraleague teams and the Extraleague games will give them more than those against the players
of their own age in Fussen. By the way, Vaclav Nedorost was selected to perform for the Czech
senior national team at the Sweden hockey games, but he suffered a shoulder injury during his
practice with HC Ceske Budejovice and the injury prevented him from participating at the event.

A brand new team, using four complete lines, Read more »

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