With the current horrible play of the New York Rangers, President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has decided to call up center Jeff Ulmer from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.
Ulmer, a 5’11 180 pound center, had 11 goals and 13 assists along with 30 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Wolf Pack. For those of you who don’t know, Jeff was signed as a free agent over the summer, after Ron Low convinced the Rangers management that Ulmer was worth a shot. Ulmer played for Ron Low’s Houston Aero’s last season, and Low liked what he saw. Prior to turning pro, Ulmer spent 4 years at the University of North Dakota, where he totaled 74 points and 132 penalty minutes in 135 games.
At 23 years old, Ulmer is hoping to make an impact in his first NHL game tomorrow night as the Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers are in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, this after a five game unbeaten streak that looked like it could turn our season around. Although some criticize Jeff’s play because he is “small”, there’s no denying his talent. He’s a hard worker, and earns everything that he gets. He never gives up on a play and gives it his all every night. He has good speed and strength, and a decent shot. He will likely see time on the 3rd or 4th line in tomorrow’s game.
In order to make room for Ulmer, the Rangers sent Brad Smyth back down to Hartford. Smyth, recalled a week ago, registered 1 goal and 4 penalty minutes in 4 games. He was a healthy scratch in last night’s 7-2 drubbing by the 2nd yea Read more »
OHL West vs. WHL East
I was generously given the opportunity to attend the 2001 Hersey Cup for the CHL All-Star Series Wednesday night at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre. The game boasted the best players from the WHL East and the stars of the OHL West. It is a new all-star format that definitely has its pros and cons. Sure it was nice to see a couple future stars in Pavel Brendl and Jay Bouwmeester, but I would have preferred to see my all-stars from the OHL East. Most of the OHL all-star representatives I support were shipped off to Quebec where many of the fans missed out on seeing their favourite players participate in high level competition. I mean, isn’t that why the OHL presents an all-star game, so fans can watch their best against the rest of the leagues best. That being said, let’s talk about the game itself. Read more »
NEWS from german ice-hockey. Actually: german national teams, January 29th
GERMAN NATIONALTEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC-QUALIFICATION:
Goalies: Alexander Jung (22 years old, Team: Eisbären Berlin/League: DEL), Leonardo Conti (22, Frankfurt Lions/DEL), Robert Müller (20, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Christian Künast (29, München Barons/DEL) :
Defenders: Christian Ehrhoff (18, Krefeld Pinguine/DEL), Jochen Molling (27, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Torsten Kienass (29, Düsseldorfer EG/DEL), Andreas Renz (23, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Mirco Lüdemann (27, Kölner Haie/DEL), Daniel Kunce (29, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Heiko Smazal (26, München Barons/DEL), Christoph Schubert (18, München Barons/DEL) :
Forwards: Len Soccio (33, Hannover Scorpions/DEL), Alexander Serikow (25, München Barons/DEL), Jan Benda (28, Jokerit Helsinki/FIN), Sven Felski (26, Eisbären Berlin/DEL), Wayne Hynes (31, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Jürgen Rumrich (32, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Fabian Brännström (26, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Rainer Zerwesz (31, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Andreas Loth (28, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Daniel Kreutzer (21, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Klaus Kathan (23, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Tobias Abstreiter (30, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Mark MacKay (36, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Thomas Greilinger (19, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Marcel Goc (17, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL) : Read more »
Rating prospects is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do. Both John Blankenship (Battleship) and myself each reorganized the prospects and the following list is basically a compromise between what we each had. I had an extremely hard time choosing a #1, and at times I felt that prospects were so close together in terms of development and potential that it would probably be more accurate to tier them as opposed to rank them in order. There are comments from both John and myself as well as from Jeff Charlesworth after each prospect, and I apologize in advance for my bad jokes.
If you disagree with us on some prospects that’s fine, in fact we welcome it. We didn’t agree on everything ourselves, as you will see. This is not an exact science, so feel free to post any thoughts, comments or questions you may have.
I think I can speak for John, Jeff, and myself when I say that we all worked hard on this, and hope you enjoy it.
1. Charlie Stephens C, Guelph (OHL), Capitals’ third choice, 31st overall in 1999
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While this season for the Panthers has been an hard one to watch and an easy one to forget, it has given me the opportunity to see in person many of the top prospects of the Florida Panthers. While there are many reasons why the Panthers are having a dismal year, the biggest one is the startling amount of injuries that has plagued this team.
Normally the Panthers would have 3-5 rookies called up throughout a season, but this year the Panthers have seen 11 rookies play extended roles for games at a time. Some of these players have been pleasant surprises, like Serge Payer and Lance Ward. While some have promise and potential, they show that they are not ready for the NHL, and wouldn’t be playing if it weren’t for all the injuries to Panther regulars.
Mid-Season Panther Prospect Report Card….Part 2
Denis Shvidki, Left Wing Read more »
On February 6th the BCHL will play the NOJHA in a all-star game featuring players yet to agree to college scholarships. The NOJHA (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association)will be paying the expenses of the British Columbia Hockey League players to get back east. I think this is a great idea.Players from both leagues get exposure to college scouts and BCHL players get to travel back east and be seen by scouts that might not make it out west that often.The NOJHA is paying the BCHL quite a compliment by paying all the expenses. The BCHL has hit the 28 mark with scholarships this season. The league is the most recruited in Canada. It will be interesting to see how the game goes.However it turns out, I`m sure the scouts will be noticeable in the stands. I`m not sure if the NOJHA is playing already college bound players in this game or not? I have seen most of the players attending this game from the BCHL. They are all great players. I am sure most of these players will get scholarships by the end of the season.The goaltenders on this team are very good. I have seen goaltender Jason Montgomery many times. He has won many of the games for his club, the Quesnel Millionaires this season. Montgomery is arguably the best in the BCHL. So,if your in Sault Ste Marie on February 6th check out this game. It could be a good one if the players play with some pride.
Speaking of all-star games. The BCHL all-star game was played awhile back in Quesnel. Many scouts always attend this game from all over North America. I realize it`s a way to see alot of good player Read more »
There is a dynamic hockey story taking shape just south of the Mason Dixon Line! The Norfolk Admirals’ (affiliate Chicago Blackhawks) epic began on October 6, 2000. Mind you, this is not an article written about a lone ranger harnessing the team on his steed, nor is it an invitation to get a glimpse of a one-man show. This, hockey connoisseurs, is about a roster of players who support and carry each other on the ice. And how about off the ice? The comraderie with this group is very evident. Even though they are from all different parts of the world they treat each other like brothers with one cause, to win a championship. This combination will offer them a ticket and can set the stage for a chance to the 1st round of the play-offs. “The Chicago Blackhawks have put together a very competitive team, entertaining team with the management skills of Al MacIssac and coaching leadership of Trent Yawney. The future looks promising for even greater success as the season progresses,” said AHL President Dave Andrews.
What comes to mind when you think of the newest arrival to the American Hockey League, Southern Division? “Surprising… They amazingly come together no matter challenges they have faced,” said Channel 13 (ABC) sports anchor, Pete Potchowski. The fact is that many hurdles tend to orbit around a newborn team making the transition from infancy to adulthood. New players, coaches, and fans have a period of courtship in the first few months on and off the ice, it can be an awkward time. If a squad can stay above ground level at the 500 mark. The fans a Read more »
Since 1996 all top prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft gather in one weekend to take
part in an event, followed very closely by NHL scouts and general managers, the CHL Top
Prospects game. Almost every player who played at the CHL Top Prospects game got drafted
and some of them are already NHL regulars and future stars, for example Joe Thornton of the
Boston Bruins, Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators and Tim Connoly of the New York Islanders.
The Czech players play a significant role among the Euros playing in the CHL, so it is logic
that they already made their presence felt also at the CHL Top Prospects Game. Last year on
the rosters of Team Orr and Team Cherry were the likes of Rostislav Klesla and Libor Ustrnul,
WJC champions, or Tomas Kurka with Filip Novak. This year the lists which the NHL scouts
have submitted include five Czech players. They have a bright future ahead and can look
forward to the NHL Draft in Florida. Let’s have a look who is it.
Lukas Krajicek (Peterborough Petes, OHL)
Born: March 11th, 1983
Weight: 185 lbs.
CSB rank: 16th
Last Czech team: HC Continental Zlin
Lukas Krajicek, a prospect born on the same day as fellow Czech prospect Daniel Volrab, plays
overseas for two years. In his last season with HC Continental Zlin Lukas posted solid numbers
in the midget league ELHD and became the 9th best scorer among ELHD defensemen. The next
year he chose to play for Detroit Compuware of the NAHL to get used to the North American
style. And he adjust Read more »
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.
Seemingly endless slump grinds on: When the team turned in perhaps its worst performance of the season at home against the Bruins on January 24th, even their most staunch supporters began to despair that a season that once seemed so very promising is now gradually slipping away … the Leafs have now won but 6 of 20 games played since December 15th … what’s especially troubling is that so many of these poor outings have come at the Air Canada Centre and against sub-500 teams … a once decent powerplay is now completely ineffectual and stellar goaltending from Curtis Joseph is being wasted on far too many nights … virtually everyone concedes that there is an abundance of veteran leadership in Toronto but this asset just isn’t evident on the ice of late … if something isn’t soon done to reverse this slide, any chance of making a serious bid for a championship this season will melt away long before the games really begin to matter …
Rumours: Insiders suggest that Toronto was also very much involved when the Penguins traded blueliner Jiri Slegr to Atlanta recently – the Leafs may have offered something more substantial than the 3rd round draft pick ultimately accepted from the Thrashers but Pittsburgh was understandably hesitant to deal the talented Czech to a potential playoff opponent … it seems increasingly likely that LA r Read more »