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In my search for information on some of the Buffalo Sabres’ European prospects, I sometimes make use of a language translation web site. In particular, this site features a Russian-to-English translation feature which, when translating the name of Buffalo’s 2000 1st pick Artem Kriukov, spits out the curious moniker “Artem Of Hooks”. Perhaps Artem’s ancestors envisioned future generations of Kriukov’s spending large blocks of time in the penalty box, but I’m sure the Sabres would rather see Artem’s name appearing amongst the NHL’s scoring leaders at some future time.
In spite of the available translation site, however, finding information on both Artem and Buffalo’s 2000 5th Round pick, D Denis Denisov, has been difficult. With regard to Kriukov, he is currently playing for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Superleague (RHL), which is Russia’s equivalent to the NHL. Artem began the 2000-01 season playing for Yaroslavl of the RHL, where he appeared in just 2 games, registering no points. He also spent some time with Yaroslavl’s farm team, where he apparently registered 5 goals in 9 games. Prior to moving to St. Petersburg, Artem played for Russia in the Four Nations Cup Tournament which took place in Uddevalla, Sweden November 10-12. The Russian team finished the tournament 2-1, with Artem registering no points in the 3 games played.
Now that Artem is playing for St. Petersburg, he should receive more playing time than he would have received in Yaroslavl. The experience may not be the most pl Read more »
Name: Ryan Weistche Team: Soo Greyhounds Height: 5'10" Weight: 168 lbs Hometown: Waskaganish, Quebec Position: Centre
Northern Quebec. This season Weistche is one step away from the NHL.
Talk about change.
training camp on the advice of Greyhound assistant coach Bill Hughes.
Hughes saw Weistche playing in a tournament in Timmins, Ontario.
start of the season. He is a mainstay in the Greyhounds lineup though
seeing time on the fourth line and he also sees limited time on the
Greyhounds power play along with some time killing penalties. He has
also played in overtime situations.
very many people, except for those in the Greyhounds organization, knew
much, if anything, about Weistche when he first came to camp.
the Czech Republic during the summer that seemed to help him prepare for
his first junior hockey training camp.
commented on his vision of the ice and his passing ability. His
playmaking abilities are impressive. He is also very quick which makes
him a good fit with players like Cory Pecker and Martin Bonda who are
very qu Read more »
Notebook — 12/5/2000
Utah Grizzlies Update
The Utah Grizzlies just completed two more ho-hum weeks, playing about .500 hockey (3-2-2) in their season’s longest homestand of seven games. At home, they have showcased excellent special teams placing them first in the league in penalty killing and fourth in the league in power play percentage at home. Utah (11-9-2, 25 points) now stands in sole possession of second place in the IHL Western Conference behind the impressive Manitoba Moose (13-5-2, 28 points).
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youth first movement that seems to be effective, especially in the development of their
prize prospects. Four Thrasher prospects have been named to the Tryout camp roster of the
Canadian World Junior Hockey Championship Team. Thirty-four players recived invitations to
the camp. The four Thrashers selected are the most taken from any NHL stable.
Among the players selected for the tryouts:
Player POS WT. HT. BIRTHDAY CURRENT TEAM LEAGUE Rob Zepp G 185 6'0" 09-07-81 Plymouth (OHL) Garnet Exelby D 210 6'2" 08-16-81 Saskatoon (WHL) Luke Sellers D 204 6'1" 05-21-81 Ottawa (OHL) Dany Heatley F 204 6'2" 01-21-81 Wisconsin (WCHA)
the camp december 13th-18th at Beatrice Ice Garden in North York, Ontario. Twenty-two
players will make the final roster, and the trip to Russia for the Championships in russia
beginning on December 26th. Notable was the selection of Thrashers 1999 number one
overall pick Dany heatley, one of three non-Canadian Junior players selected for the
Daniel Corso-C-Corso has improved every year (three in all) with the Worcester Ice Cats, 28 points to 55 points, and is now on a pace for well over 55. So far this season he has 21 goals and 34 assists in 55 games. In the last three years, the top scorer for the Ice Cats has been promoted to the Blues; Michael Handzus, Jochen Hecht, and Jim Campbell, although Campbell wore out his welcome and was let go.
Mike Van Ryn-D-Van Ryn played in the Blues first game this season, but made 2 huge mistakes and was demoted a week later after sitting out to many games. That really hurt his confidence and he started off slow in Worcester, but now may be making a comeback, as he had two goals in his last game. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 13 games.
Barret Jackman-D-Jackman separated his shoulder recently, but is expected to play for team Canada this year in the WJHC. Before the injury he played 25 games in the WHL with the Regina Pats. In those 25 games, he recorded 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points.
Andrei Trochinsky-C/RW-In his first season in North America, as a member of the Worcester Ice Cats, he has played 19 games and has 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points.
Jaroslav Obsut-D-Obsut could be having a huge break out season this year with Worcester, November 12th, he was named AHL player of the week after getting five points in 2 games. In 20 games, he has 5 goals and 8 assists , 13 points. That’s one more point than he had for the last two years combined.
Marc Rycroft-RW-Rycroft is having a great rookie seas Read more »
to date but has never gotten his chance to play with the pro’s.
posted save percentages of .844, .906, and .908 on a team that had
finals in ’99, the furthest the Knights had ever made it in the history
of the team. Chiarello backed the team making up to 60 saves some
went back to the Knights. He went to the Columbus Blue Jackets rookie
camp and was hoping he might be able to crack the line up there.
Although he had a good camp he was released, unable to get into the Blue
Jackets system already containing six goalies.
“losing” record? Is it his willingness to take that gamble, diving way
out of his net for the puck? Will playing with the Varsity Reds of
the University of New Brunswick and a winning record help some pro
teams to take that second glance?
had a shaky start but now has a six game run without a loss.
and the difference in the game. He continues to get better with every
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Before getting into the prospect list, Matt Davidson was recalled by Columbus to play against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.
Chris Nielen currently is 2g-1a-3p with 10 PIMs in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch.
Blake Bellefeuille has just 1g and 18 PIMs with the Crunch in 15 games.
Brad Moran has 2g-4a-6p with 18 PIMs in 18 games with the Crunch.
Matheui Darche, who the Columbus Dispatch thought merited a call-up, has 5g-11a-16p with 6 PIMs in 21 games.
Jonanthan Schill was demoted to the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and for them has 4g-1a-5p and 31 PIMs in 11 games. With the Crunch he registered no points and 4 PIMs in two games.
Matt Davidson, the latest CBJ call-up, has 3g-3a-6p and 8 PIMs in 21 games for Syracuse.
Martin Spanhel has 1g-3a-4p and 37 PIMs in 17 games for Syracuse.
Dan Watson, a defenseman, has 1g-2a-3p and no PIMs in 13 games for the Crunch.
Jeremy Reich has 1g-3a-4p with 16 PIMs in Syracuse.
Jeff Williams, who almost can’t be considered a prospect anymore, has 4g-10a-14p in 21 games for Syracuse.
Jody Shelley, the Crunch’s resident goon (his personal profile has a picture of him with gloves off and fists clenched), has 2a and 103 PIM in 20 games. Congrads Jody for breaking the century mark already. Here’s to you going for 300 PIM.
Rounding out the list is Bill Bowler who has 10g-12a-22p in 22 games for the Crunch.
Later I will be updating the stats for the Blue Jackets European prospects