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ECHL Roundup

by Parker Neale
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It is just past the midway point in the ECHL 2000-01 season and a number of teams are already threatening to run away with their divisions. Trenton has dominated all season and currently has a ten point lead over second-place Richmond. In the Northwest, Peoria and Dayton are both on four game winning streaks and are within two points of each other for the division lead. However, Toledo is a distant nine points behind second-place Dayton. In the Southeast, South Carolina has been able to ride their league-best sixteen road wins to a strong thirteen point lead over second-place Pee Dee. And, Louisiana has a seven point lead over Jackson in the Southwest. Look for all of these teams to contend for the Kelly Cup when all is said and done.

In terms of individual player statistics, the top five point-getters have been consistent all year long. They are, in order, Brent Cullaton or Tallahassee, Jeff Bes of Pensacola, Dany Bousquet of Pee Dee, Scott King of Charlotte and Jay Murphy of Louisiana. These players also dominate the leaderboard for goals and assists with Bousquet leading the league in goals with twenty-eight and Cullaton tied with Kevin Hilton of Charlotte for most assists with thirty-four. In terms of penalty minutes, Kevin McDonald of Roanoke has 212 in 39 games while second-place Jason Hamilton of Wheeling has an impressive 211 in only 27 games.

Between the pipes, it is not surprising that there is a direct relationship between the best goalies and the best teams. The top five goaltenders by GAA are Scott Stirling of Trenton, Jody Leh Read more »

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Berard news: Media reports this week indicated that there may now be renewed hope for Maple Leafs’ defenseman Bryan Berard in his bid to resume a once promising NHL career … Berard recently consulted with Connecticut-based eye specialist Dr. Donald Teig who is said to be optimistic that surgery to replace the lens in Berard’s right eye could give him the necessary 20/400 vision needed to play in the NHL again … before this can happen, Bryan requires at least one more procedure to clean up scar tissue left over from the original injury … after this has been accomplished, a decision can be made on the eye’s ability to hold such an artificial lens in place … if it can be successfully implanted, the lens would essentially replace the iris that Berard has lost and he would have a legitimate chance to pass a qualifying sight test … the Maple Leafs have been completely unable to replace Berard’s sheer bravado on the blueline and would certainly welcome him back with open arms if he can play again …

Rumours: The ACC was abuzz when principal owner Steve Stavro visited with Pat Quinn in the Coach’s room following the loss to Washington on the 6th – speculation centered on a major player move that might require high level approval (to significantly alter the team’s payroll) – it is also widely believed that getting Eric Lindros i Read more »

Prospects get a look

by pbadmin
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Because of injuries many prospects have been called up from Cincy. And some of these prospects are here to stay. Petr Tenkrat is probably the most notable. His ability coupled with his work ethic has made him stand out with his 8 pts (4-4) in 10 games. The game winning goal in overtime against the Panthers will be embedded in Gauthier’s mind for a long time to come. Definitely a highlight real to communicate the effort that is expected to upcoming team members and veterans alike.

Giguere has been recently called up with Roussel being claimed off waivers by Edmonton. Although Giguere is 0-2 as a Duck in the big pond, he is an all-star in the minors and one of the main reasons the Cincy club is hovering in the upper echelon of the AHL standings. Look for Giguere to start more games this season in order to gain some valuable experience.

Andy McDonald the Hobey Baker finalist has potential to be strong in a position the Ducks are loaded with at Center. We’ve already seen him called up a couple of times this season where he’s getting a feel for the big leagues. Andy will probably center the 3rd or 4th line next year. Expect a steady stream of prospects to be called up and down the rest of the season to evaluate their potential with the big boys given the Ducks position in the playoff picture. After the stream trickles down it would not surprise me to hear rumors of a drastic trade to a team needing extra firepower in the playoffs for a good crop of prospects and/or draft picks. But remember, they’re rumors until Gauthier pulls the trigger.

Rangers prospect stats update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 12/31/00 to 1/12/01

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    26  29  23  52   24   21
               Czech    WJC     7   4   6  10    8    8

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 4 PIM, +2


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    20  17  17   34  19   3
               Canada    WJC     7   4   3    7   6   4

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, 4 PIM, +3


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    40  13  28  41   42   20

This Week: 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +6


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    42  27  23  50   16  -15

This Week: 5 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   33  11   20   31  68  +5

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    23  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: No Games Played Read more »

A Dog to Watch

by Larry Bradley
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Think the Mississauga IceDogs future is dim without top NHL prospect
Jason Spezza? Think again! Sixteen year old Patrick Jarrett, the 1st
overall pick in the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, is lighting it up in
his rookie season. His gritty boardwork and sure hands have made the
jump from Tier II Jr. A seamless. Jarrett’s talent became apparent
early in the season as he set the IceDogs single game scoring record
with 6 points in only his third OHL appearance. He followed that up
with OHL Rookie of the Month honours for October leading the rookie pack
in scoring with 22 points in 14 games.

Since the departure of key veterans Spezza, Chad Wiseman and Brett Angel
the rookie has found himself at the center of attention. Teams have
fewer targets when playing the Dogs and look to keep Mississauga’s top
scorer in check. Consistency has taken the pressure off the youngster
allowing him to move comfortably into a leadership role this early in
his career.

The Sault Ste. Marie native is fresh off a very impressive showing at
the Under 17 Challenge in Nova Scotia. Patrick led his Ontario squad to
a bronze medal – posting a team high 9 points in 5 games. Honours
continue to roll in with his recent selection to the OHL’s Eastern
Conference All-Star Team. The OHL East will visit the QMJHL’s Lebel
Conference All-Stars in Montreal on January 17th.

Time is definitely on this future Super Stars line. Jarrett is eligible
for the 2002 NHL draft and will be a name to watch in the early rounds.
Look for his on-ice leadership to rub off on the res Read more »

Rangers lose Johan Witehall

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Johan Witehall, a 28 year old forward from Sweden, was picked up off waivers today by the Montreal Canadiens. I am not exactly sure why Witehall was put on waivers, but it was likely that the Rangers tried to send him to the minors, thus taking a chance of putting him on waivers. But now it looks like a bad move as Johan is headed to Montreal, which needs all the help they can get.

I am kind of upset by this move. I don’t feel Witehall was given a fair chance by the Rangers. It’s obvious he’s not a goal scorer, but if you give him a decent amount of playing time he’s good for 15 goals a season. He’s a speedy skater and a great penalty killer. He was with the Rangers for the past few weeks, but was scratched in most of the games, and when he was in the lineup he didn’t play much. He was playing extremely well in Hartford before he was called up.

There’s not much else to say except for it was a nice pickup by Montreal and I wish Johan the very best.

News and Notes: Derek Armstrong and Vitali Yeremeyev were recalled from Hartford yesterday. Armstrong will center the 3rd line tomorrow in Boston while it is unsure if Yeremeyev will play in any of the 2 games this weekend. Yeremeyev was on 48-hour recall, but he will likely stay with the team now as a roster spot is open because of Witehall’s departure.

Mid-Season CSB’s Released

by pbadmin
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CSS Rankings Provided Courtesy of NHL.com


Central Scouting Service Mid-Season Rankings
North American Forwards and Defensemen

First Round

Rank Player             Team                         Birthdate   HT      WT  Pos Shot
  1  Spezza, Jason      Windsor                      13-Jun-83  6'2     204   C   R
  2  Weiss, Stephen     Plymouth                     03-Apr-83  5'11 ½  178   C   L
  3  Hamhuis, Dan       Prince George                13-Dec-82  6'0 ½   195   D   L
  4  Umberger, R.J.     Ohio State                   03-May-82  6'1 ½   198   C   L
  5  Milroy, Duncan     Swift Current                08-Feb-83  6'0     175  RW   R
  6  Whitney, Ryan      U.S. National U-18           19-Feb-83  6'4     200   D   L
  7  Harrison, Jay      Brampton                     03-Nov-82  6'3     200   D   L
  8  Popovic, Mark      Toronto-St. Mike's           11-Oct-82  6'1     194   D   L
  9  Komisarek, Mike    U of Michigan                19-Jan-82  6'4     232   D   R
 10  Gleason, Tim       Windsor                      29-Jan-83  6'0 ½   199   D   L
 11  Hemsky, Ales       Hull                         13-Aug-83  6'0     170  RW   R
 12  Colaiacovo, Carlo  Erie                         27-Jan-83  6'1     184   D   L
 13  Thorburn, Chris    North Bay                    03-Jun-83  6'2     198   C   R
 14  Watson, Greg       Prince Albert                02-Mar-83  6'1 ½   200   C   L
 15  Armstrong, Colby   Red Deer                     23-Nov-82  6'1 ½   180  RW   R
 16  Read more »

Ohio State Report

by Josh Caton
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There’s been no happy New Year for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mired in the midst of the five game losing streak including losses to Cornell, Clarkson, and three defeats to Western Michigan, the Bucks host eighth-ranked Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Jan. 12-13.

There couldn’t be a better time to get talented freshman R.J. Umberger and Dave Steckel back in the lineup. The two centermen, both listed as top prospects in the 2001 draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, have missed the last four games playing with the U.S. junior team. It’s no coincidence the Buckeyes failed to register a point without their top two centers in the lineup. Both Umberger and Steckel are expected to skate against the Wolverines.

Can matchup with rival Michigan can spark the slumping Bucks? In the past month, Coach John Markell’s team lost senior co-captain and leading blueline scorer Andre Signoretti due to grades. Then the team lost high scoring affairs to Cornell (6-5, OT) and Clarkson (7-6) in the Everblades College Classic tournament. Markell wanted better defense, and he got it: The Bucks managed to hold down high-flying Western Michigan to three goals in both of last weekend’s contests—and lost each time, 3-1 and 3-2.

In the absence of Umberger and Steckel, sophomore center Luke Pavlas (1-3-4) and junior winger Nick Ganga (0-4-4) led OSU in scoring.

Ohio State remains fourth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, with an overall record of 10-9-1.


Notes:
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman named Ja Read more »

BCHL 2003 prospect: Gabe Gauthier

by Glenn Fugate
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It`s just passed the mid-way point of the BCHL season and as usual college scouts are licking their chops. Considered by most to be the top Junior A league in Canada, the BCHL usually has no shortage of skilled players. You just have to take a quick look at the alumni and this becomes evident. Kariya, Hull and Ray Ferraro just to name a few.

One of the most highly recognized players this season has to Gabe Gauthier of the Chilliwack Chiefs. Born in 1984, Gauthier is in his second season with the Chiefs. Most of the players who played in the BCHL at 15 were first round draft choices in the NHL. Terry Ryan played for the Quesnel Millionaires at 15 and Steve McCarthy (Trail BCHL). Ryan was a first rounder of the Montreal Canadians and McCarthy with Chicago. Gauthier is not a big forward but has speed to burn. A good passer who can get in and out of holes quick. Before his second year, WHL teams were all over this kid from California but Gauthier has decided, so far, to go the U.S. scholarship route. In 29 games with the Chiefs so far this season Gauthier has put up 46 points. At 15 years old last season he put up great numbers. More than a point a game for a guy who should be playing bantam hockey. With the experience last year of a championship in the BCHL with the Chiefs and good numbers again this year Gauthier has a bright future no matter what direction he takes in hockey. College or WHL, you will see this kid in the NHL some day.

Gauthier is not draft eligible until 2003. That should be a good year for him. Next time we will look at an older pla Read more »

Trade Deadline Madness

by Jeff Bromley
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It happens every time at this point in the WHL season. Actually, it happens with all hockey leagues from the CHL up into the NHL. It’s a sickness. No, it’s not the onslaught of a violent strain of the flu or a cold. It’s a malady that develops from the annual ritual in hockey leagues everywhere called the trade deadline. This sickness isn’t physical, it’s mental. The main symptom of the affliction is simple. Targeted at the mouth and what comes out of it. More than at any other time of year, it is ripe for gossip, rumor and innuendo. It is trade rumor time.

The WHL’s trade deadline falls on the 15th of January and in the past weeks leading up to it there has been no shortage of rumor frenzy by fans and media alike. Similar to an urban legend whose basis is little in fact and long on speculation, the trade rumor manifests itself out of some small statement or tidbit that was mentioned by someone who works with a particular organization and was overheard by a fan or media type that turns around and mentions it to someone else and so on. As the stated innuendo passes from person to person it grows in size, stature and credibility by the sheer amount of people hearing and passing it on. Thus the rumor transforms itself into fact, without basis, for the simple reason that so many fans are talking about it.

The trade deadline madness I speak of is exclusive to hockey, pro or amateur. In the professional ranks there simply is no comparison. Of the big four, Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey, the amount of trades and, by association, the amount of tr Read more »