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Draftee Stats: Frank Appel (Defender, Calgary Flames)
Frank Appel (Defender, Calgary Flames)Moskitos Essen (DEL): 38 GP, 2 A, 2 PT, 34 PIM
Kai Fischer (Goalie, Colorado Avalanche)
Vitals on Bryan Allen:
The following is my interview with Bryan, done via email.
HF: What was it like to grow up in a place like Kingston, Ontario; one of our nation’s hockey-hotbeds?
HF: Did you feel any pressure when you began your junior career with the Oshawa Generals, especially considering you were a #9 overall pick by them in the OHL Priority Selection?
HF: What did you enjoy most about your time in Oshawa, and your junior career in general?
HF: How did it feel to have your name called #4 Overall by the Vancouver Canucks? Read more »
Tuomas Pihlman, a player of JyP Jyväskylä, was a member of the Finnish U-20 team which captured the bronze medal at the WJC in Czech Republic recently.
Question: You’ve been drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you have decided yet when to go there?
Pihlman: No, not I don’t know that yet.
Question: As you would not get a chance to play in the NHL, would you prefer playing in the Minor Leagues or playing in Finland?
Pihlman: In Finland, because hockey there is more technical than in North America.
Question: Could you imagine playing in other European countries?
Pihlman: Hmmmm…. no, hardly.
Question: You were born in Espoo, but play for JyP Jyväskylä. Why don’t you play for local Espoo Blues?
Pihlman: My parents moved to Jyväskylä when I was 12, so I joined the local hockey club there and have been playing for it now for seven years.
Question: What’s your favourite team in Finland and your favourite NHL team?
Pihlman (smiling): In Finland Jyväskylä and in the NHL New Jersey Devils
Question: What is your favourite player?
Pihlman: Mario Lemieux
Question: At the world junior championship in Czech Republic, you wore jersey #29. Is there any specific reason for that?
Pihlman: When I was younger, I had number 49, and I also wear it in the SM-Liiga, but on the WJC team I could not get that, so I chose number 29.
Question: Are you superstitious in any way?
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After a great start to the season the Hurricanes have found themselves in a dog fight with the Hitmen and Tigers for the last two playoff spots in the Central division. With only 7 games left what do the Canes need to do in order to secure a playoff spot……
Well the Hurricanes need every win they can get.
Friday night against the Rebels the Canes put in a great effort but fell short on National TV against the countries #1 team.
The next night they were in Cranbrook to take on the Ice. Cranbrook kid Logan Koopmans backstopped the Canes to an important 2-0 win over the Ice. That was Logan’s second shutout of the year. Those two shutouts are the only two the team has this year.
The Hurricanes have six games left this year. Three on the road and then they come home for three to finish the season.
The Canes play each of the Tigers and Hitmen once, a rematch with the Rebels and three games against the Broncos.
The games against the Tigers and the Hitmen will most likely be deciding factors as to where the Canes end up in the standings.
The Broncos and the Rebels will be very tough games for the Hurricanes.
Lethbridge must concentrate on playing good defensive hockey. They have the talent up front and if they play good in their own end chances will come.
The road to the playoffs begins Tuesday for the Canes in Medicine Hat.
Check here Tuesday morning for a recap of that game.
Oliver Setzinger, C, Austria, 18 yrs old, Drafted: 3rd Rnd (2001) by Nashville Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »
This report is not intended to track player progress since the last update, but to simply provide statistics for all of the Hurricane prospects.
Brad DeFauw – Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)
Mike Zigomanis – Lowell Lock Monsters
Tomas Kurka – Lowell Lock Monsters
Brett Lysak – Lowell Lock Monsters
Jaroslav Svoboda – Lowell Lock Monsters
Jeff Heerema – Lowell Lock Monsters
Ryan Bayda – University of North Dakota (NCAA)
David Evans – Clarkson University (NCAA)
Craig MacDonald – Lowell Lock Monsters
Ian MacNeil – Lowell Lock Monsters
Scouting Staff Slimmed
With a new General Manager comes a new team philosophy and with a new philosophy comes new priorities. With emphasis being placed on team toughness and current performance, focus is being taken off of the future. In one of his first major moves as General Manager, Jay Feaster has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Scouting Staff will take a big hit in his reorganization of the team. The Bolts currently have 24 traveling scouts on their payroll. That number will be reduced to 12. Amongst those to go, is ex-Lightning Assistant Coach John Torchetti. The Lightning’s Scouting Department had previously been one of the largest in the league and had been accountable for some of the best draft picks in Lighting history.
Feaster explained, “At the beginning of the year we were handed a pot to work with and if our scouting department takes up $2.1 million and I can reduce that to say, $1 million, then that’s $1.1 million I can put into players salaries.”
Goaltender Brian Eklund has watched from the sidelines as his team, Brown University, enjoys one of the best streaks in recent team history. Eklund is 3-5-0, while his counter part Yanis Danis, is 11-8-2 with a 1.76 GAA. Putting Eklund, the former number one for Brown, two steps behind.
The last game Eklund appeared in was a 5-2 loss to Yale on January 11th, where he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots.
In Eklund’s tenure at Brown, the team has never won more than 6 games a season. Now, with the team Read more »