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Rangers Youth Movement?

by Evan Andriopoulos
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As the executioner readies his trigger finger the to end the Rangers playoff possibilities there is some brightness shining through this darkness called Year 2000-01.

As we watch Graves, Kamensky,LaCroix, Lefebrve toil up and down the ice like Jarri Kurri did in his last pathetic season one has to look to next year and what sun is shining in.

As Detroit, St.Louis and San Jose…the hockey vultures fly over the carcass of the Rangers players like Graves and Lefebrve could be on their way out. St.Louis who just lost Chris Pronger may have changed again it’s designs on what they need… Adam Graves can help but he is older, slower and less productive this season…which is not a good mix for the ever so fast and fluent Blues… Sylvain Lefebrve can be a nice addition to help anchoring the defense. Val Kamensky…who we are just waiting to come up lame again may find a new spot in Vancouver… Eric LaCroix would like nice in Dallas, Detroit and San Jose… what the Rangers would receive would be pieces of the future…draft picks, prospects and pieces to retool the Hartford Wolf Pack for their run to defend the AHL title.

While Manny Malhotra(limited ice), Jeff Toms(who looks good in his 4 mins a game), Dale Purinton (toughness) and Tony Tuzzolino(nice corner work) try to jump start the engine…only Malhotra is a true solid prospect for the future and one has to wonder what the treatment via Ron Low has done for him. In Hartford Mike Mottau continues to play better…he recently scored his 9th of the season and he is playing a more discipli Read more »

Oilers Prospect Update Part 2

by pbadmin
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OILERS PROSPECT UPDATE PART 2
Christian Chartier

Prince George WHL GP-51 G-12 A-45 PTS-57 PIM-89
Alexander Ljubimov

Togliatti Rus GP-20 G-1 A-2 PTS-3 PIM-8
Dan LaCouture

Edmonton NHL GP-37 G-2 A-4 PTS-6 PIM-29
Lou Dickenson

Kingston OHL GP-51 G-14 A-18 PTS-32 PIM-29
Brad Norton

Hamilton AHL GP-36 G-3 A-12 PTS-15 PIM-56
Matthew Lombardi

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-60 G-24 A-35 P-59 PIM-56
Oleg Smirnov

Moscow Dynamo RUS GP-25 G-2 a-0 PTS-2 PIM-14
Chad Hinz

Hamilton AHL GP-60 G-11 A-17 PTS-28 PIM-28
Jonathan Fauteaux

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-43 G-6 A-15 P-21 PIM-113
Paul Flache

Brampton OHL GP-60 G-7 A-16 PTS-23 PIM-94

BCHL: A Look At Kevin Estrada

by Jacob Bestebroer
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In 1997, Kevin Estrada made his Junior A debut with the Chilliwack Chiefs as a wide-eyed 15-year-old, full of promise and the goal of one day being awarded a NCAA scholarship. In his first year with the Chiefs, Kevin paid his dues, often watching from the stands as he managed only one goal during his rookie season. His next two seasons saw a steady increase in ice time, and point production, but injuries took their toll. The 1999-2000 regular season was especially tough for Estrada as he sustained two serious facial injuries, causing him to miss a total of fifteen games. The Chiefs however, had a very successful season which culminated in a bronze medal performance at the Royal Bank Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship. It was at this tournament that Estrada began to show the NCAA and NHL scouts just what he could do, as he led the tournament in scoring, with eight points in six games. This season, Estrada has not missed a beat as he leads the league in scoring with 118 points in 58 games. Estrada’s line, with 16 year old Gabe Gauthier, and 17 year old David Van Der Gulik, is not only one of the youngest lines in the league but also the most potent, with all three players currently among the top ten scorers in the league. Currently, Estrada is ranked 196th among North American skaters, but many scouts feel that his draft ranking has increased dramatically over the last month, and that he could go as high as the third round in this years NHL Draft. Estrada’s strong skating, his work ethic, and his his understanding of positional play are assets which have NHL sc 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.

The deal that never was: For a while, it certainly seemed as though I’d be writing about a very significant Leafs’ trade this week … while the Maple Leafs treated their fans to a wildly exciting 5-5 tie with Colorado on February 18th, most discussions in the pressbox down at the ACC concerned news that the Lindros trade was finally going to happen … long standing Philly compensation demands (any 2 of Kaberle, Antropov or Markov plus picks) had been met by the Leafs and only the completion of a contract with Eric’s representative remained outstanding … this was accomplished in very short order on the 20th … Quinn and Dryden then presented the trade and the contract to the MLSE Board … when approval was obtained for both, Quinn contacted Bob Clarke in an attempt to arrange a teleconference with the NHL’s Head Office in order to complete the deal … that’s when Clarke insisted that Tomas Kaberle be included in the deal rather than Danny Markov – he insisted that the Flyers were concerned by reports from the team’s medical staff (I didn’t realize that the Flyers had a medical staff) regarding Markov’s injured back … everyone in hockey knows that Pat Quinn considers Kaberle to be a pivotal building block in Toronto’s long-term plan … Quinn immediately reasoned that Philadelphia had never really intended to complete a trade wit Read more »

Current NHL players with a German history

by Oliver Janz
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Players with a german history

Many former NHL-players and canada-born players who played for a german club or were born in germany playing currently in the NHL or in minor leagues in america/canada.
Listed are all players in alphabetical order with a appearance in the current NHL-season.

F Len Barrie (Florida Panthers)
Top-Scorer in the 1998-1999 in Frankfurt’s DEL-team. Will return in the next years to germany…
Teams in germany: 1997-1999 Frankfurt Lions/DEL

F Sergej Berezin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
The 29 year-old russian wing was the two-time top-goalgetter and DEL-champion with the Kölner Haie. Scored 87 goals in 88 games in the regualar season and 30 goals in 32 games in the play-off’s.
Teams in germany: 1994-1996 Kölner Haie/DEL

F Pavel Bure (Florida Panthers)
NHL-Lockout: Played in one game (three goals) for Landshut.
Teams in germany: 1994-95 EV Landshut/DEL

D Sven Butenschön (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Doesn’t play for a german team, but he was born in the Itzehoe, germany and want to play for the german national-team at the olympic games 2002 in salt lake city.

D Enrico Ciccone (Montreal Canadiens)
Bad boy Ciccone retired this season after three games for Canadiens. He spend the last season in germany with the Moskitos Essen in the DEL, playing in 14 games, assisted on 4 goals and recorded 101 penalty minutes.
Teams in germany: 1999-2000 Moskitos Essen/DEL Read more »

Blackburn returns

by Jeff Bromley
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There are some that say that Dan Blackburn was going through somewhat of a sophomore jinx. After the three game stretch last weekend against Lethbridge, Prince George and the Hurricanes again, one might want to revise that theory.

Coming out on top of a goaltenders dual with Joel Martin of the Hurricanes on Friday, backstopping the ICE to a 4-2 victory over the Cougars the next night and then serving up an encore performance three nights later against the Hurricanes, this time with Blake Ward acting as his counterpart in an almost identical performance of incredible goal-tending carrying the ICE to a 2-1 overtime win, it appears that the playoff version of Dan Blackburn is already off and running. For Blackburn it seems as if the club is starting to put it all together as the team hits the stretch run and heads into the playoffs. “I’m feeling really solid in the net and the defense is really helping me out right now by not giving up the second and third shots and it’s really made a big difference,” said Blackburn. Ranked number two by the Central Scouting Bureau for the 2001 NHL Draft, the positive consistency displayed by both the club and the stellar net-minder couldn’t have come at a better time. “I think that everybody feels a little more comfortable now that the trading deadline is past and everyone knows that they are going to be here and they are going to able to contribute going into the playoffs.”

Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. Following up on a campaign of expectations exceeded by a country mile will do that because in this Read more »

Czech Republic Under-17 team at Four nations tournament

by Robert Neuhauser
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After the World Hockey Challenge tourney the Czech Under-17 team had another tournament
scheduled in mid-February. It took place in the town of Valkeakoski in Finland and the teams
really showed a highly skilled play, leaving no doubts that some of the future NHL players
participated here. Concerning the Czech team those players could be Marian Havel, who played
in three different leagues this season (elite midget, elite junior and Div I), sized winger
Robin Kovar or defenseman Ondrej Nemec, both from HC Slovnaft Vsetin junior team. Martin
Vagner, a defenseman from Pardubice, gained some attention with his smart and also hard play
and we can only guess who from this team will be playing for the Under-18 team next season
and who will be a CHL player.

The Czechs took on the home Finns in the opening game. The Finns were led by prospects
Jarkko Immonen and Valteri Filppula and this game was played like a playoff game. Lots of
defense, almost no mistakes and some checking. Tight defenses and both goaltenders shone
in this event. But it was the Czech goalie who was beaten after Viljanen scored the lonely
goal who turned out to be the game winner. It was at the end of the first period and the
Finns were awarded with a two-man advantage. Viljanen made immediately use of it and scored
the game winning goal. A depressive loss, 1-0.

The next game on the schedule was against Sweden. Litvinov forward Kamil Kreps scored the
opening goal very soon into the game and proved that he is a serious 2003 prospect.
Kamil, born in late 1984, isn’t very bi Read more »

Pirates’ Prospects

by Caitlin LoCascio
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1) Matt Herr – C, Washington’s 4th choice in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 2000-2001: NHL – 22 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 17 PIM, +3; AHL – 32 games, 21 goals, 12 assists, 42 PIM, +3

Herr has always worked hard and steadily improved, but this is his year to shine. In the past, he floated from line to line, and played in every position but goaltender, but now he has settled into his role of center on the first or second line every night with the Pirates, and everything seems to have fallen in place. He has become a lot more physical on the ice, and plays a more defensive game. Right now he’s averaging a point a game, but if he stays with the Pirates another month without a call-up, that will increase and probably dramatically. Although he has always been well liked in Portland, his hard work was always overshadowed by players like Trent Whitfield, who are simply one in a million. Now every one, including Matt himself, is getting a good look at what he can do, and his time in the AHL is limited. Look for more stints with the Caps this season, and some time in the playoffs. Next year, full-time with the Caps is the goal.

2) Martin Hlinka – LW, Signed by Portland as a free agents on November 10, 2000, 2000-2001: AHL – 39 games, 11 goals, 16 assists, 30 PIM, +4

Hlinka is the team’s workhorse, and watching him is a real treat. He has the complete package, though he is not a flashy player. Due to getting a last-minute contract sorted out, injury, and being a healthy scratch for a while, the beginning of the season was Read more »

Czech Republic Under-18 team at Four Nations Tournament

by Robert Neuhauser
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Between February 9th and February 11th, 2001, there was in Munkfors, Sweden, a tournament of the
Under-18 teams held. The Under-18 WJC will take place in the Finnish cities Lahti and
Heinola in two months and this was the last chance to play against the top European teams.

The teams showed the rosters they will use at the WJC with all NHL prospects included, with
the exception of Russia, they left blue chip prospect Ilya Kovalchuk at home, he plays a lot
of games and they don’t want him to be tired coming the WJC. But the Czech team showed the
team that will play in Finland, with all stars. The roster included the likes of captain Jiri
Novotny, who now plays regularly for HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Elite league, sized
Martin Kasik of HC Sparta Praha along with his teammate, creative Daniel Volrab, also from
Sparta is 2002 top forward prospect Petr Kanko. Jiri Hudler, a possible 2002 top 10 pick, now
scoring almost a point pro game for HC Havirov Panthers of the Czech Elite league, played in
Sweden, too, along with 2003 forward prospect Milan Michalek. The elite of the Czech hockey
youth was in Sweden, testing and preparing for the WJC. NHL scouts could see the players
together, how they behave in practice or different game situations and the guys had absolutely
no problem with motivation when they play for their future.

But so do the young Finns, the team which the Czechs faced first. 2002 top goalie prospect
Kari Lehtonen was resting on the bench and the Finnish coaches have let their backup goalie
Myllyniemi play. The Finns too Read more »

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