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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »