Please keep this in mind:
Butch Goring will not hesitate to bench any player on this team who is not giving every bit of effort at all times when they are playing.
That used to be the definition of Islander hockey when Goring played here under Al Arbour and anyone who does not play that way will not be here very long.
Islanders by the numbers entering training camp:
Played on last years team-*
1. Rick DiPietro
30. Wade Flaherty*
34. John Vanbiesbrouck
35. Stephen Valiquette*
40. Mike D’Alessandro
55. David St. Germain
Comments: It’s Beezer’s job to lose and Di Pietro’s job to win. Di Pietro is a star in the making with fantastic quickness, great recovery, a sharp glove and ability to handle the puck.
Beezer will get the start in the teams preseason opener against Philadelphia and based on early reports in camp, is looking like the number one goaltender and is thrilled with being a mentor for Di Pietro. All the goaltenders have looked solid in camp so far, and St Germain has stood out in scrimmages.
Questions: Beezer is not going to be able to hold up this team on his own, and if Di Pietro does not make the team in some capacity Wade Flaherty or Steven Valiquette have to give this team 25-30 games. One goalie who’s season ended with a shoulder injury and is a journeyman and another who had some standout performances in a late season call up.
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The summer turns to his end and by that time young hockey players often move to Canada or USA for a chance to play in the junior leagues. It’s decision time, especially when you were drafted by a CHL team. In the first part I covered the top five Czech players selected and now there are the next six players. So who is it?
6. Martin Podlesak (CHL:Tri-city, WHL Czech:HC Sparta Praha)
The huge framed winger Martin Podlesak (6’5”, 200 lbs.) should follow the way to the WHL. Regarded as one of the top 1982 born Czech prospects, Martin isn’t elegible until the 2001 draft (born 09-26-1982, one day after Frantisek Lukes coverd in Part 1). He plays for the juniors of a very strong HC Sparta Praha team and there isn’t a sign of Martin coming to the last league champion’s team. Martin has prototypical North American size, that will help him in the WHL a lot. The decision shouldn’t be so hard for him, just get aboard a plane. The WHL will help him develop his hard-nosed playing style and a style of play played at a smaller rink will suit him very good. The sooner he gets used to that, the better for him. He plays in his draft year, so the motivation shouldn’t be a problem. In Tri-city Martin can blossom into a power forward and make a bigger impress on the NHL scouts than a Sparta Praha junior player.
7. Jan Platil (CHL: Barrie, OHL
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The Detroit Red Wings Training Camp opened in Traverse City, Michigan at
9:40 a.m. Saturday. They were split into four different teams, their
rosters are as follows:
82 Adams, BJ
59 Barkman, John
74 Boutin, JF
11 Dandenault, Mathieu
28 Duschesne, Steve
38 Elliot, Jason
62 Gaucher, Ryan
44 Golubovsky, Yan
72 Kopecky, Tomas
57 Nilsson, Magnus
60 Perras, JF
68 Richardson, Bruce
14 Shanahan, Brendan
51 Van Leusen, Aaron
54 Wedderburn, Tim
36 Young, BJ
19 Yzerman, Steve
45 Zinger, Dwayne
52 Ballantyne, Paul
81 Bogas, Chris
77 Brand, Aaron
22 Butsayev, Yuri
24 Chelios, Chris
47 Davis, Ken
48 Deleeuw, Adam
91 Fedorov, Sergei
13 Kozlov, Slava*
20 Lapointe, Martin
58 Leonov, Dmitri
35 Miller, Aren
85 Seyferth, Sean
70 Suursoo, Toivo
43 Verbeek, Tim
27 Ward, Aaron
76 Wiksstrom, John
73 Williams, Jason
31 Wregget, Ken
42 Avery, Sean
78 Barnes, Ryan
63 Borodkin, Anton
65 Davison, Kori
21 Devereaux, Boyd
23 Gill, Todd
96 Holmstrom, Tomas
71 Jinman, Lee
46 Kuk, Dustin
32 Kuznetsov, Maxim
25 McCarty, Darren
75 McNeil, Shawn
55 Murphy, Larry
30 Osgood, Chris
61 Peach, Sean
37 Rodgers, Mark
56 Villeneuve, Marc
50 Villeneuve, Martin
17 Brown, Doug
39 Brule, Steve
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In just the first inter-squad scrimmage of the season Johan Witehall netted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win. Witehall who has been so close to making this club for the past two seasons opened up some eyes with his “smarts” and knack for the net. Erstwhile Mark Messier skated on a line with Adam Graves and Theo Fleury in hopes of adding some grit to the Rangers four line unit and resurrecting Theo Fleury from the “Graveyard” called 1999-2000.
Messier commented to the New York Post and Hartford Courant on former “hate target” Petr Nedved. Messier one time “no fan” of the “heart transplant” candidate Petr Nedved, noticed how Petr had matured over the past seasons and played with heart and pain last year. Nedved in 99-00 was on the one unit with countrymen Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak that showed excitement last season. Nedved was constantly the target of opposition`s hit and run tactics as were many of the Rangers. Hopefully the addition of Sandy McCarthy and the eventual and needed promotion of Dale Purinton from Hartford of the AHL will provide a line of defense to the backs of the forwards like Nedved and Mike York.
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Hockey’s Future staff caught up with Ryan Hollweg of the Medicine Hat Tigers, and was fortunate enough to ask him a few questions regarding the upcoming draft, his past playing experience and much more.
With the 2001 off-season now complete and the 2001 season right ahead of us, many of the young stars of tomorrow are just warming up. Ryan Hollweg is no exception, and this off-season has been a busy one to say the least. Ryan has been hitting the gym, working out, and getting stronger preparing himself for the upcoming season and the draft. This summer he has also been working on his scoring touch, and improving on his passing skills to help further enhance his complete game.
“Upon arriving in Medice Hat, my first impression was it was quite cold here, but a very great hockey town with great fans. The coaches and teammates were also great and welcomed me aboard the team.” stated Ryan, regarding his initial impression when arriving in Medicine Hat.
After a solid first year campaign with the Tigers, where he compiled 19 goals and 46 points in 54 games, Ryan and the Tigers are looking to come back even stronger and better. “We have many young players returning from last years team, each with a year of experience under their belt.” stated Ryan.
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I’m back once again with the 3rd part of this 3 part series. Today we
will look at the Rangers’ forward prospects as many of them will try to
impress the Rangers management this week at training camp. Although the
Rangers don’t have many talented prospects at the Forward position, it is
still a good group nonetheless.
Brendl is atop everyone’s top prospect list for the Rangers, with Jamie
Name: Pavel Brendl
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 205 lbs
Birthdate: March 23, 1981
Hometown: Opocno, Czech Republic
Acquired: Draft 1999, 1st round (4th overall)
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 Calgary WHL 61 59 52 111 94
Calgary* WHL 10 7 12 19 8
Hartford* AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Calgary WHL 68 73 61 134 40
Calgary* WHL 20 21 25 46 18
1997-98 HC Olomouc Czech Jr 35 36 20 56 35
HC Olomouc Czech 2 12 1 1 2 --
1996-97 HC Olomouc Czech Jr 40 35 17 52 --
Lundmark always close behind. The Rangers invested a lot in Pavel as they
gave up proven players such as Dan Cloutier, Niklas Sundstrom, 1st Round Pick
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The Sens rookie camp wrapped up last night. For the second year in a row the Ottawa rookies won a mini tournament between the Lightning, Canadiens, and Panthers youngsters. Martin Havlat had a hat trick
including the game winner to down Tampa. Once again the tournament was a great success. The Panthers who host the tournament in Hull, Quebec hope to add more teams for next year’s tournament.
During the tournament Martin Havlat silenced his critics, including this one, concerning his physical play. While not carrying sharpened elbows Havlat didn’t totally shy away from the rough stuff. Frankly Havlat looked like a first line NHLer by the time the end of the camp rolled around. A late round pick from last year’s draft Alexandre Giroux, was very impressive potting numerous goals and controlling the flow of the game down low. Antoine Vermette, another Q league forward was brilliant showing plenty offensive improvisation.
Ottawa’s goaltending was very good during the tournament. Mathieu Chouinard looked confident and determined in between the pipes, in an allusion to his play of a few years back. While being solid, Lajeunesse the other goaltender was out played by the older of the two.
Another note is that Swiss defenseman Julien Vauclair, a beautiful skater, finally looks ready for North American hockey.
At least ten of the players from the rookie camp can expect to be invited to the main camp….. definites include
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Jamie Morris knows that second chances in pro hockey are far and few and chances like this don’t come around very often. Morris, who was strong in goal during Manitoba Moose training camp a year ago, is about to get a second chance to play professional hockey in his home town and he wants to make the most of it.
The Winnipeg South Blues graduate will join fellow Winnipeggers and Manitoba Junior Hockey League opponents, Cory Cyrenne and Jeff Leiter, when the Manitoba Moose opens camp on September 17.
The Moose announced yesterday that Leiter and Morris were given an invitation to camp, while Cyrenne was inked to a one-year deal.
Were it not for a pulled stomach muscle, Morris may have made his debut last year when Manny Legace was summoned by the Detroit Red Wings.
It took him a while, but Morris bounced back on his feet, landing a job with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League.
After spending much time in the shadows, the 26-year-old posted an impressive 8-3 record in the post-season to backstop the Ice to a Miron Cup title while earning playoff MVP honours in the process.
With Legace and Johan Hedberg already signed if they are unable to crack an NHL roster, Morris is likely to battle for an emergency recall spot.
An opportunity to find work in professional hockey is something the Moose will provide Leiter, whether it’s with them or with a club in another league.
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Training Camp roster expanded: The Maple Leafs have decided to invite virtually the entire roster from the recent Rookie Tournament in Kitchener over to the Main Camp … the rookie squad went undefeated and won the round-robin affair in impressive fashion … only defenders JF Cote and Lubos Velebny have been returned to their respective junior clubs …
Karpovtsev talks heat up again: After announcing a much publicized suspension of discussions with the Maple Leafs concerning a contract for Alex Karpovtsev, Mark Gandler slithered back into town this week in order to resuscitate the talks … for their part, the Leafs (represented by contract point man, Bill Watters) seem willing to let bygones be bygones in order to get a deal done … Watters stated that the 2 sides were suddenly much closer together and that an agreement might possibly get done by the end of the week … although no indication was given as to which party blinked first, its my guess that Potsie has advised his representative in no uncertain terms that he prefers to play in Toronto rather than in Moscow this winter … if an agreement is reached that covers only one season, don’t be too surprised if Karpovtsev is sent packing anyway – he’ll will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and the Maple Leafs are generally not amenable to keeping players on the roster that are in this situation …
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Yes, I wrote it.
Contend for the Stanley Cup this season 2000-01.
And yes, if that means without Zdeno Chara, so be it.
That is a very bold statement, but the fact is the Islanders for the first time in years have a strong young nucleus of players who are no longer
just happy to be in the Nhl, with several players entering their prime years and an ownership that added the talented veterans that were desperately
needed here for years, in addition this team now has the depth players in its minor league system, as well as an outstanding group of prospects that
have the ability to win one of the few spots on this years team and make a significant contribution.
Many of the players who are returning from
last years 24 win, 300 man games lost to injury season learned that they can beat any team in the Nhl last year because many of those wins came
against the best teams. The Islanders biggest problems was depth and inexperience and players were brought in to address both needs.
Along with a new ownership that will make the changes to improve this season.
Some Very Tough Questions:
1. It took eighty five points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season and ninety the year before that, how do the Islanders make up that kind of ground in one year?
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