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WHL’ers continue to shine at U-18’s

by Jeff Arnim
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Canada improved to 2-0 at the under-18 Six Nations Tournament on Tuesday, knocking off the host Czech Republic by a count of 3-1. After a Czech goal within the first 30 seconds of play in the first period, the red and white rebounded to post three unanswered goals and take the win.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenseman Derek Meech started the scoring for Canada with his first goal of the tournament, and Kamloops Blazer Jarret Lukin scored his third goal in two games to put the team on top by a pair. Rick Nash (London, OHL) scored the third marker of the contest, an empty netter, in the final minute of period three. Kootenay Ice defenseman Andy Thompson received an assist on the play.

After a day off tomorrow, Canada returns to action on Thursday to face off against Sweden.

Player vitals: Derek Meech
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Birthdate: 4/21/1984
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Statistics

Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1999-00  Winnipeg       MMHL     36  15  40   55   24
2000-01  Red Deer       WHL      60   2   7    9   40
2000-01* Red Deer       WHL      22   0   0    0    9

* = playoffs

Habs’ development camp continues

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens’ rookie development camp continues under the watchful eye of Clement Jodoin. Weekend practices were up-tempo, and the players remain healthy despite an increase in physical play during most drills.

Goaltender Luc Belanger, who recently signed with Quebec, remains the best goalie in camp. Vadim Tarasov is rumoured to be arriving Monday morning. This should give onlookers a better opportunity to judge Belanger’s play, as the two goalies he currently runs drills with are younger and less experienced. Olivier Michaud is still only seventeen, while Adam Russo is a slightly more experienced eighteen.

However, the overall gap in ability between the older skating prospects in camp (Ward, Ribeiro), and the younger players (Himelfarb, Fortunas) is beginning to get smaller. During the first few days of camp it was easy to distinguish players’ ages just by their performance, where as now the best players on the ice are not necessarily the most experienced.

Defenseman Jean-Francois David, a 19 year-old who plays with Shawinigan of the QMJHL is just beginning to show his strong puck-handling skills, and impressive speed. He has quick feet, and effortlessly pivots backward to forward. He’s possibly the best skating-defenseman in camp.

Marc-André Thinel (5th round 1999) has been extremely inconsistent. He’ll perform well during one drill, but struggle during the next. Usually an offensive wizard, the shifty forward hasn’t been able to put an entire strong practice together, but sho Read more »

Youngsters To Look For In Salt Lake City

by Stephen Payne
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-The following list is of players 23 and under who have a chance at
representing their countries in the 2002 Winter Games.

-The players must be 23 and under by January 1, 2002.

-The players are either from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden,
or the United States.

-The players from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, and the United States must
have been on the camp rosters.

-The players chances of making the team are next to their names. The ratings
are as follows:

1- Very slim chance of making the team.
2- Slim chance of making the team.
3- Small chance of making the team.
4- Chance at cracking the roster.
5- Fifty/fifty chance at cracking the roster.
6- Probable fourth liner/sixth or seventh defenseman/third goalie on the team.
7- Probable third liner/fourth or fifth defenseman/second tier back-up goalie
on the team.
8- Probable second liner/second or third defenseman/good back-up goalie on
the team.
9- Probable first liner/first defenseman/starting goalie on the team.
10- Star player on the team.

Canada


Goalies

None.


Defensemen

Eric Brewer

, Edmonton, 22 years old, 1.5 Read more »

Cereda vs Boyes: A Comparative Study

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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A popular debate amongst followers of the Leafs these days is which of Luca Cereda and Brad Boyes will be the better player down the road. Drafted in the first round by Toronto in the 1999 and 2000 drafts respectively, they were the second and third pivots selected first by the Buds in a row (with Nik Antropov going in 1998). So who is better? It’s still too early to tell, but a closer examination of both skaters is in order as the NHL gets ready for it’s various training camps.

Cereda since his draft year has had a myriad of problems, some personal, but the main one medical. With his heart murmur and surgery behind him now, this coming season looks to be the one in which he will leave his mark on the Leafs farm system. A slick distributor with the puck, the Swiss product is a rock on his skates who sees the game very well, both offensively and defensively. While there has been a knock on him that he is not a physical player, this columnist having seen him play doesn’t buy it. He will never be a Darcy Tucker type flying into the boards at high speed regardless of risk. That said, he uses his lower body strength very much to his advantage. Other players might have to get an elbow up here or there to gain leverage in the corners, but Cereda just plants himself and pivots where they aren’t. His skating doesn’t come into question as he is above average across the board. If there is something he could work on, it’s his finishing ability. Cereda will never been a 40 goal man, but he will no doubt be the setup man for one down the line. The best comparison when it comes to Read more »

The Top 15 Fantasy Breakthrough Players

by Curtis Allen
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Everybody in the fantasy hockey world knows whom to draft in the early rounds: your Jaromir Jagrs, Pavel Bures and Paul Kariyas are guaranteed to go quickly. But what makes any fantasy team successful is scoring balance, and that means scoring some gems in the later rounds of your draft. So here are some players who are poised to take the next step, and round out your roster. Chances are they were on your team last year, but can be expected to increase their scoring totals this year and could prove to be keepers for years to come, making you look awfully good for nabbing them.

15. Patrick Stefan, LW, Atlanta

Has suffered under the burden of being the #1 pick on an expansion franchise, and has been plagued by concussions. But has slowly improved as he adjusts to the NHL game, and a late-season shift to wing saw him produce 11 points in the Thrashers last 15 games. Huge leap in scoring may be a year away, but could sneak up on a lot of people this year, and could prove to be a keeper. And just think what he could do once Dany Heatly and Ilya Kovalchuk develop.

2000/01 stats: 66GP, 10G21A=31PTS Projected 2001/02 stats: (23G29A=52PTS)

14. John Madden, LW, New Jersey

You’ve got to love the Devils’ depth. This guy scored 23 goals while playing mostly on their fourth line. Now that takes talent. One of the league’s most dangerous shorthanded threats, Madden will be called upon to help replace Mogilny’s 43 goals. A high scorer at Albany of the AHL, Madden is proving he can do it at the NHL level.

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Kobasew comes westward

by Jeff Arnim
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At a press conference this morning, Kelowna Rockets President and General Manager, Bruce Hamilton, announced that list player Chuck Kobasew has elected to leave Boston College and become a member of the Western Hockey League.

The 14th overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, Kobasew spent the entire 2000-01 hockey season with the BC Eagles, garnering honors as the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, as well as the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Prior to his collegiate experience he played for the BCHL’s Pentiction Panthers, amassing 54 goals and 106 points in his only full season in the league. Kobasew was named MVP of the BCHL’s Interior Division as well.

Player vitals
Position: Right wing
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthdate: 4/17/82
Hometown: Osoyoos, BC

Statistics

Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1998-99  Penticton      BCHL     30  14  14   28  n/a
1999-00  Penticton      BCHL     58  54  52  106  n/a
2000-01  Boston Coll.   H-East   43  27  22   49   38

Lukin leads Canada at U-18 World Cup

by Jeff Arnim
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Kamloops Blazer forward Jarret Lukin scored two goals for Team Canada, including the game winner, en route to the squad’s 5-0 shutout over Slovakia in the first official game of the 2001 Six Nations Tournament in Kolin, Czech Republic. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Chicoutimi, QMJHL), Maxime Talbot (Hull, QMJHL), and Ben Eager (Oshawa, OHL) also tallied for Canada on Monday.

Lukin, a 5-foot-9 and 170 pound native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, played his first full season in the Western Hockey League last year as a 16-year-old, posting 11 goals and 18 points in 61 games for Kamloops, along with 43 penalty minutes. He also appeared in all four Blazer playoff games.

Brandon Wheat Kings winger Lance Monych also added an assist on Lukin’s second goal, at 12:04 of the third period.

In addition to Lukin and Monych, four WHL players, all defensemen, are a part of the Canadian National Under-18 team. They include Tyler Boldt (Kamloops), Derek Meech (Red Deer), Andy Thompson (Kootenay), and Ian White (Swift Current).

The next action for the team is Tuesday against the host Czech Republic squad.

Player vitals: Jarret Lukin
Position: Center
Height: 5-9
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthdate: 1/24/84
Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB

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New Coyotes’ Top 20

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Conducting a Top 20 list of prospects is not an easy thing to do. Everyone has their own opinion on a certain player’s talent and potential, and if you ask 5 people to give you a Top 20 list, I’m willing to bet all 5 would be different. I know not everyone is going to agree with this list, and I respect that. I respect your opinion, and if you feel like expressing it in an e-mail or a comment at the bottom of this article, please feel to do so. I will try to reply to all comments. Well, enough of the gibberish, let’s get right to it: The List.

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Cipolla Heads North to Winnipeg

by Andrew Bourgeois
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AHL NEWS

Manitoba Moose have announced that they have purchased the contract of LW/C Jason Cipolla from the Rochester Americans. Cipolla spent the past two seasons with the Amerks but Moose fans may remember him from his two years as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals, where he recorded 111 points in 129 games between 1997 and 1999. Cipolla is the fourth player acquired by the Moose this season, joining defensemen Brian Chapman and Justin Kurtz, along with forward Jimmy Roy.

The Toronto product posted totals of 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points in 72 games with the Americans last season. He signed with Rochester prior to the 1999-2000 season and was part of the Amerks’ run to the Calder Cup final. Cipolla is known as an individual with good character. On the ice he is feisty and agressive. Off the ice, he was awarded the Americans’ McCulloch Trophy for his work in the community last season.

“Jason Cipolla is a hardworking player that will show up every night,” said Carlyle. “When Vancouver goes through a string of recalls over the course of the season he will be one of the players that we will depend on as a constant variable along with players like Brian Chapman, Justin Kurtz and Jimmy Roy. We expect that he will be able to contribute offensively and will be a positive influence in the dressing room.”

Cipolla will join all the Canucks hopefuls in Burnaby, B.C. when Vancouver opens their training camp on September 11th.

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