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More recent Hab happenings

by Chris Boucher
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With the lull that usually takes place between the Rookie Development camp and the upcoming prospect tournament almost over, it’s time to update fans on the most recent happenings related to Hab-Land.

Where are they now?

Four former prospects who were let go, or lost by the Canadiens have received invitations to other NHL camps. Sean Dixon (6th round, 1999), who the Habs were unable to sign by the June 1st deadline of this year will be skating with Dallas during their upcoming camp. Terry Ryan (1st round, 1995), who remains an unrestricted free-agent was also invited to Dallas’ camp. The Stars’ camp begins September 11th.

Tyler Hanchuk (3rd round, 2000), who the Habs lost when they did not tender him a contract by the June 1st deadline was invited to Edmonton’s upcoming training camp. The Oilers’ camp officially begins September 8th.

Matt Carkner (2nd round, 1999), who like Dixon was lost when the Habs were unable to sign him by the June 1st deadline will be at the San Jose Sharks training camp. The Sharks signed Carkner quickly after he became an unrestricted free agent. The Sharks’ camp opens September 12th.

On the Farm

The Quebec Citadelles have invited both Mario Joly, and Sebastien Thinel to their upcoming training camp. Joly and Thinel are members of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, and will play in the Q if they don’t stick with the Citadelles.

Thinel is the 6’0″, 170-lbs. twin brother of Habs’ prospect Marc-André Thinel. Both brothers played with Victoriaville last season. Sebastien pl Read more »

Thoughts and Questions going into Oilers Training Camp

by John Christie
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The Edmonton Oilers open their 22nd NHL training camp in Sherwood Park, Alberta on September 12, 2001. Here are some random musings heading into training camp and other things to loom for.
Who will be the New Oilers Captain? The top three candidates are Ryan Smyth, Todd Marchant and Jason Smith with Rem Murray, Mike Grier, Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios as long shots. The Oilers have three excellent choices and they can’t go wrong with any of them. Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish will determine the Oilers captain after the last pre season game. It looks to be a race between Todd Marchant (longest serving Oiler) and Ryan Smyth who was captai Read more »

Interview with Pierre-Marc Bouchard

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Position: forward
Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

RN: At what age did you start playing hockey?
PMB: It was when I was three years old.

RN: Where did you start playing hockey?
PMB: I started in Sherbrooke.

RN: What is your favorite NHL team?
PMB: It’s the Colorado Avalanche.

RN: Your favorite NHL player?
PMB: Wayne Gretzky.

RN: Do you have a special team you would like to be drafted?
PMB: I don’t care about the team that selects me.

RN: The biggest success in your previous hockey career?
PMB: Playing major junior.

RN: How does it feel to win the tournament?
PMB: It’s really a good feeling, I enjoy it very much.

RN: Thank you

Devils NCAA prospects

by Andrew Clark
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It is very refreshing to see more and more future NHLer’s and hockey prospects playing for College and University programs. NHL franchises and their scouts are looking towards the NCAA as a source of fresh, new, young potential talent. In due time, the NCAA will be to American skaters as what the CHL is to Canadian prospects. And, who else to pave the way for this eventual event is none other than the one and only Lou Lamoriello. He, himself, basically made the jump to the NHL through the collegiate ranks, first as a coach, then Athletic Director at Providence College. Also, during his tenure with the Friars, he was one of the founders and first elected commissioner of what is now considered the best conference in college, Hockey East.

Here are seven prospects in the Devils organizations currently enrolled in a collegiate program. And who else better to start with then the teams that meet in the Frozen Four Championship, Boston College and University of North Dakota.

Coach Jerry York has a lot on his plate for the upcoming year. Or maybe had. The defending champs lost speedy sniper Brian Gionta and improving starting netminder Scott Clemmensen to graduation and the Devils. But it also looks like he lost Underclassmen standouts Chuck Kobasew, Brooks Orpik and Krys Kolanos so that they could make a jump to the CHL and the NHL. So that leaves us with 1999 late round selection Justin Dziama. He is entering his sophomore year after only posting one goal, one assist and 36 penalty minutes in 28 games. The 6’3” 220 pound forward hopes he will get more i Read more »

Kings Organizational Roster

by Tony Calfo
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LOS ANGELES KINGS ORGANIZATIONAL ROSTER

Owners: Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr.
President / Governor: Tim Leiweke
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer: Dan Beckerman
Executive Vice President / General Counsel: Ted Fikre
Vice President / Sales & Marketing: Kurt J. Schwartzkopf
Vice President / Human Recources: Kevin McDowell
Assistant to President: Rogatien Vachon
General Manager: Dave Taylor
Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore
Assistant to the General Manager: John Wolf
Director of Player Personnel: Bill O’Flaherty
Director of Professional Scouting: Ace Bailey
Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray
Professional Scout / Director of European Evaluation: Rob Laird
Amateur Scouts: Mark Bavis, Greg Dreschel, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Michel Boucher
European Scouts: Vaclav Nedomansky, Ari Vuori, Victor Tjumenev
Media Relations / Team Services: Mike Altieri
Trainer: Peter Demers
Speed-Strength / Conditioning Coach: Joseph Horrigan
Equipment Manager: Peter Millar
Assistant Equipment Manager: Rick Garcia
TV Commentators: Bob Miller and Jim Fox
Radio Commentators: Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans
Affiliates: Manchester [AHL] Reading [ECHL]
Head Coach: Andy Murray
Assistant Coaches: Dave Tippett, Mark Hardy, Ray Bennett
Goaltending Consultant: Andy Nowicki Read more »

Jean-Francois Racine

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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The Other Goalie

Talk to anyone about goaltending and the Leafs’ draft of 2000 and the first name that is bound to pop out is the aforementioned Mikael Tellqvist. However, 20 selections later the Blue and White nabbed a second puckstopper out of Drummondville by the name of Jean-Francois Racine with much less fanfare. At 6’3″ and now 188 pounds the Voltigeurs netminder is, like many that come out of the Q, a large butterfly style goalie, in the mold of Patrick Roy. He skates well for a big man and his Coach, Daniel Bissonnette, points out that while his charge “is at times too fast to go down he is very good at regaining his feet (once he has done so)”. Not that Racine is helpless once on the ice. The 19 year old is quite accomplished at following the puck in a scramble and keeping his body between the rubber and the mesh. In addition to that he is quick to cover anything near him and has a short pokecheck he uses to good effect when the situation warrants it.

While he has a snappy glovehand, he can be had backing up on the rush at this time. Bissonnette states that “most of the time he’s good but when a player comes in the zone on an angle, he has to improve.” That said, “bad goals don’t stick with him” and although it is true that he sometimes has problems holding onto a third period lead, “he holds up well (in games with) heavy shot counts.” Not a risky player like St. Patrick, he doesn’t get caught wandering often and when he does leave his net he tends to use the forehand to get the puck out of danger. At times he is capable of the outlet pass Read more »

2001-02 Season Previews, from Bonni to Branham.

by Kirk Pedersen
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The Canucks 31st Training Camp gets underway September 11th in Burnaby, and they are still without a goaltender. There are many options for the Canucks, however, most exist in the form of possible trades. A couple of guys who interest me are Tomas Vokoun from Nashville, who is roadblocking young prospects Jan Lasak and Brian Finley, and Jamie Storr, who had a terrible season with the Los Angeles Kings. Storr may come cheap, but not until the Kings get Felix Potvin under contract. Also, there’s old vet Kirk McLean. He’s aging, and declining in effectiveness, but McLean could be good at keeping the seat warm for Alex Auld, who might be ready after this coming season.

Canucks 2001-02 Player Previews Installment Number Four

Ryan Bonni was a second-round pick in 1997 by the Canucks, a draft which also yielded current Canucks Harold Druken, Matt Cooke, and acquired from the Flyers in 1999, Pat Kavanagh. Bonni was thought of as a rock-solid defender at that time, and not much has changed. He’s limited offensively, which is obvious, if you look at his junior and minor-pro scoring totals, but that’s not what he’s on the ice for. Bonni is a tough, stay-at-home Defenseman. His puck-moving skills are below average, and he’s not a particularly good skater, but Bonni does the job on the defensive end. He took a big step back in his development this season in Kansas City, posting poor offensive totals, but, once again, that’s not his game. He improved little by little as the season wore on, but has nonetheless slipped on the Canucks defensive depth ch Read more »

Adam Mair

by Tony Calfo
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When the Kings gave up on Aki Berg last season, the Kings seemed pretty happy about getting rid of Berg and getting a draft pick. They also acquired left wing Adam Mair and while most hockey pundits don’t give Mair much of a chance to contribute, he will help the Kings this season.

There isn’t much to Adam Mair. He stands about 6-0 and weighs about 190 pounds. He has a pretty good shot and loves to play the body. He will drop the gloves if need be, and he is defensively responsible. That description fits not only Adam Mair, but about half of the Kings’ potential line-up. What makes Adam Mair stand out among the others?

Mair has never been a scorer. His career high 25 goals in 56 OHL games in 1997-98 is his high water mark. He is not a great distributor of the puck- his 35 assists in 1996-97 were the most he’s ever had. How can Mair help the Kings?

Adam Mair has the potential to be what the Kings need- a gritty player who can get both his team and his fans into a game with one hit. He has only one speed- extra high intensity. The Kings and their fans know what a player like this brings- they have seen Ian Lapperriere develop into a fan favorite and a vital cog in the Kings’ machine.

Trying to make a team over from the offensive team that feature Luc Robitaille to a grinding, playoff-style team with players like Steve Heinze and Adam Deadmarsh sets the table for a guy like Adam Mair. He can offer the open ice hitting, the defensive intensity and even pop in some goals with his heavy and accurate shot. Mair didn’t get much of a chance last Read more »

Washington’s Potential 2001 NHL Rookies – Forwards

by Rick Davis
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Last year, Washington’s camp was relatively mellow. More than a few veterans did not play the best hockey they could have, because they were virtually guaranteed roster spots no matter how hard they played. Notable exceptions to this were Jeff Halpern, Ulf Dahlen, and Steve Konowalchuk. The overall lack of fire continued into the regular season, and the Caps went 3-8-6-1 in their first 18 games.

Fortunately for Washington and their fans, the Caps eventually won the Southeast Division in spite of the poor start. However, it is certainly in Washington’s best interests not to have that kind of a start again.

Last year, the Capitals had some things working against them that should not be a problem this year. Multiple holdouts hindered the progress of the team – neither Sergei Gonchar nor Chris Simon attended camp. Brendan Witt was still upset about his arbitration hearing, and Peter Bondra had requested a trade.

This year, Jeff Halpern and Glen Metropolit have not been signed yet, but are expected to sign before camp starts. Halpern attended Washington’s rookie camp even though he doesn’t have a contract, and it’s certainly a possibility that he would attend Washington’s main camp without one as well. His leadership has been exemplary over the last couple of years and it would certainly not hurt his chances to become a future captain. Adam Oates, the current captain, has requested a trade. It’s not known whether he will show up at camp or not.

While Halpern’s contract and Oates’s discontent are certainly of paramount i Read more »

The “Big List Week” is Coming Soon!

by Mark Fischel
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Hockey’s Future is proud to announce the publishing dates for one of the most anticipated features we do here!!! For the past few years, these lists have been met with anticipation, delight, anger, criticisms, shock, disbelief, and congratulations. We fully anticipate those feelings to continue.

The hard work of a collection of our editors have yielded what will be to this day, the most debated and comprehensive Top 50 list we have ever published.

What will make these lists so different from the past ones are some new features to look for this time. We will breaking down the top prospects by 3 different on-ice positions, and this will include some players who won’t make the top 50 but still are quality players in their respective positions. Another new feature will be profiles for each player, the player rankings from the last published Top 50 list, and the “Top Risers & Fallers”.

The lists will be published on the site at approximately 6:00 EST, and so without further ado, here is the schedule for the publishing of the HF Top Prospect lists!

Mon, Sept 10th : Top 10 goalies

Wed, Sept 12th : Top 25 defenseman

Fri, Sept 14th : Top 25 Forwards

After these three lists are posted, we encourage everyone to discuss the rankings on the message boards under the provided headings. Please no fistfights, foul language, general hooliganism, or wagering please when civilly debating your opinions in anticipation of the big list that will be published on….

Monday, September 17th : Top 50 prospects

And here at H Read more »

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