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Sens prospects at 2001 WJC

by Richard Polonsky
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Anton Volchenkov

Volchenkov was arguably Russia’s top defenseman. Even though the entire Russian squad was a predictable disapointment, he played pretty decently finishing with 4 assists in 7 games. He is a good two-way player and will surely be in North America soon.

Teemu Sainomaa

Sainomaa played for the Silver-medal winning Finnish team that was the surpirse of the tournament. He was a role-player and didn’t get much ice time, but displayed good speed and two-way prowess in his limited appearences. Finished the tourney with 2 assists in 7 games and surely needs some refining in both Finland and Grand Rapids before he hits the Sens.

IHL All- Star Game

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

Event:   IHL All-Star Game
Where:   Allstate Arena
City:    Chicago, Illinois
Date:    January 15, 2001
Time:    5:00 pm
The IHL’s annual All-Star game goes under way tomorrow afternoon at the Allstate Arena in Chicago home of the defending Turner Cup Champions Chicago Wolves. Tomorrow afternoon the defending champions Wolves take on the IHL All-Star team. You can catch all the live action by logging on at www.theihl.com for a live cybercast of all games. This year the IHL will have mic on the coaches, players benches, ref’s, players and the ref’s dressing rooms. Here at Hockeys Future we will have all the stats and a few stories from the all-star game. So log on at Hockeys Future on Tuesday for all the stories and recaps of the IHL classic. Here is a list of the starting lineups for both teams:


Chicago Wolves
Goalie:  Wendell Young
Defence: Glen Featherstone
Defence: Chris LiPuma
Forward: Niklas Andersson
Forward: Steve Larouche
Forward: Brian Noonan

IHL ALL-STARS
Goalie:  Mike Fountain - Grand Rapids
Defence: Travis Richards - Grand Rapids
Defence: Bubba Berenzweig - Milwaukee
Forward: Todd White - Grand Rapids
Forward: Yves Sarrault - Orlando
Forward: Mark Beaufait - Orlando

IHL FASTFACTS

On Febuary 10, 1998 Kip Miler scored the fastest 2 goals in an All-Star game. He scored at the 3:52 mark of the first period then 18 seconds later at the 4:10 mark.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

January 14, 1922 an NHL record is set whe Read more »

Johan Holmqvist – The Next Guardian of the Nets?

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Other than the dismal 99-00 season one has to look far back to when the Rangers gave their young netminders a shot at ice time in New York with the big club. Over the last couple seasons we have seen J.F.Labbe, Milan Hnilinka, Jason Labarbera, Johan Holmqvist get a shot which is negative and positive. The negative is that the must be a reason why the Mike Richters and Kirk McLeans of of the world are not playing…perhaps injury, perhaps poor performance. But this has opened the door a host of new to the NHL netminders to get that call everyone outside of the NHL dreams of… top play in the NHL.

Johan Holmqvist, a native of Tolfta, Sweden began his international journey at a young age…playing for the Swedish National Junior program against the Russian Bears, The Attacking Finns and the free wheeling Czechs. Holmqvist quickly established himself as a future NHL prospect and with the help of Christer Rockstrøm (old Rangers Scandinavian scout), the Rangers selected him with their 7th round pick in the 1997 draft. Holmqvist played well for Brynås of the Swedish Elite League earning a national title as well as 8 shutouts a 2.67 goals against in 117 matches. In his other non championship season, Johan guided Brynås to a second place finish and a participated with the National Junior Team in the 1998 World Junior Tourney.

Sweden who has produced goaltenders Pelle Lindbergh(ex.Flyers), Tommy Soderstrøm(ex.Islanders), Tommy Salo(Oilers) has been starving for a new International Hero. Holmqvist just may be it…for he knows that in his shadow fellow Read more »

Vitali Yeremeyev Solid in 1st NHL Start

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Vitali Yeremeyev, the 25 year old goalie from Kazakhstan, has had a superb first season in North America. He started the year in the ECHL, then moved up to the AHL and was dominant there, and now he finds himself in the NHL wearing a 3rd different jersey this season.

Yeremeyev’s NHL debut came a few weeks ago as he relieved Kirk McLean in a 4-3 loss against the Hurricanes. But Yeremeyev got his first chance to start a game yesterday when goalie Mike Richter was unable to go because he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired knee a few days earlier. The game wasn’t a memorable one for Yeremeyev, as the Rangers put forth one of their worst efforts of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at the FleetCenter.

It all started 33 seconds into the game when Bill Guerin took an innocent shot from the sideboards that Yeremeyev deflected away with his stick, but the puck hit off Brian Leetch in front and trickled right back into the net. Since Yeremeyev doesn’t speak English, the lack of communication showed. Guerin scored another one, this time 13:49 into the 1st period. Guerin was allowed to stand right in front of the goalie and tap in a pass from behind the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Rangers defense just stood there and didn’t even make an attempt to knock Guerin down or not give him position. Radek Dvorak was able to put the Rangers on the board when he scored 17 seconds into 2nd period. But with the Rangers on the power play a few minutes later, the Bruins were able to score again. The third goal was another mista Read more »

The Last Line Of Defence

by Larry Bradley
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The Brampton Battalion hockey club have made a bold move in their charge towards a playoff birth. Just before the 6 p.m. trade deadline on Wednesday (01/10/01), Battalion Head Coach and G.M. Stan Butler announced the acquisition of Barrie Colts veteran goaltender Brian Finley. Finley, when 100%, may be the final piece of the puzzle for an already talented Brampton club. Last years OHL Playoff MVP has been sidelined with a groin injury since early December and played in only 16 games for the Colts this season. The Sault Ste. Marie native will join his new club Thursday and may not dress for Friday’s game against the London Knights. There is no word as to when he will see his first start for Brampton. The deal also sent the Battalion Mississauga’s seventh round pick in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection and Kitchener’s fourth rounder in 2002.

In return, the Colts receive backstop David Chant, blueliner Tyler Hanchuck and pivot Matt Grennier. Chant, Hanchuck and Grennier are all expected to join the Colts for this weekend’s trio of games starting Friday night in Sudbury.

Finley’s OHL experience should be a great asset in the development of up-and-coming keeper Brad Topping. Look for Topping to take on the starting position until Finley returns from his groin injury. On paper, Brampton has one of the best looking teams in the league. Two top 10 picks in the 2000 NHL entry draft (D-Rostislav Klesla, COLM 4th / LW-Raffi Torres, NYI 5th) and two of the top 20 North American skaters projected in 2001 (D-Jay Harrison, 7th / C-Jay McClement, 20th). Read more »

NOJHA: Jeff Whitfield Update

by Brad Coccimiglio
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Name: Jeff Whitfield
Team: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHA)
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Position: Defense
Number: 5
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Many of you may remember a feature that I did around mid-October about
young defenseman Jeff Whitfield of the Soo Thunderbirds. Well, I’m back
to give you a report on his progress since then.

Whitfield has shown some steady improvement since the start of the
season, especially in the last month or so. The improvement has come
more in his defensive game than his offensive game, but both have
improved.

I believe one of the reasons for the improvement in Whitfield’s play
has to be the increase in confidence shown by Thunderbird head coach Jim
Capy. Capy has been giving the young defenseman a slight increase in ice
time and he plays in many different situations. Where some coaches may
hold their youngsters on the bench during a penalty kill or in the 3rd
period of a tight game, Capy does use Whitfield in some of those
situations. That increase in ice time from Capy also helps boost the
confidence of Whitfield.

I mentioned in my previous article that Whitfield had a short fuse.
Well, he is no longer letting his temper, and opponents, get the best of
him. This has helped Whitfield in the sense that he is on the ice more
working on his skills.

Whitfield needs to improve his upper body strength, but considering he
is so young that should come with some time as he still has time to fill
out. At. 6’2″ and 200 lbs it’s scary to think that Whi Read more »

Rangers Top 30 Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Welcome Fans. Please meet the Rangers top 30 prospects…

1. Pavel Brendl - Premier goal scorer who is a superstar in the making. Arguably the current best prospect in the NHL, Brendl flashed his talents on the World stage, leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal in the 2001 World Junior Championships with 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games.

2. Mike Mottau - Surefire future top 3 defenseman in the NHL. Is currently rounding out his game in Hartford. An offensive-minded defenseman who loves to hit and play physical and a future power play Quarterback.

3. Jamie Lundmark - A hardworking, high-scoring center. Lundmark was traded to Seattle of the WHL early in the season and has turned that whole entire team around and now they are on their way to becoming legitimate playoff contenders. A future captain in the NHL, Lundmark plays with a lot of heart and has a great work ethic.

4. Johan Holmqvist - Although Vitali Yeremeyev has been the most surprising Rangers goalie prospect this year, the future still remains in the hands of Holmqvist. He’s only 22 and is having a very solid year in Hartford of the AHL.

5. Tomas Kloucek - Currently playing in the NHL with the Rangers, Tomas has a bright future ahead of him. A future top 4 defenseman, Kloucek plays a steady stay-at-home defensive game and very rarely makes a mistake on the ice. Brian Leetch was quoted as saying about Kloucek, “He’s going to be one heck of a hockey player.”

6. Jason Labarbera - Don’t let the numbers fool you. Labarbera has playe Read more »

Welcome in Germany …

by Oliver Janz
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Nr. 1 Marcel Goc
A 17-year-old center from the Schwenninger Wild Wings. He has more talent than his older brother Sascha Goc, who played this season 11-times for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. The biggest german talent ever..?!Has his big breakthrough this season.

Stats: Schwenningen / DEL 36-8-19-27-8
(Marks: Team / League GP-Goals-Assists-Points-PIM)

Nr. 2 Thomas Greilinger
The second talent from Schwenningen. Thomas, a 19-year-old Left Wing, shots last year over 50 goals in the third german league and scored 9 points in 8 games during the B-Worldchampionship 2000 with the pros, where he was germans top-scorer. A Power-Play-Specialist and a very quick skater.
Stats: Schwenningen / DEL 32-5-9-14-12

Nr. 3 Christian Ehrhoff
Last years best defender in the 3rd german league plays a surprising season, scores and scores and scores… . With his “Coast-to-Coast”-Stile he excited the viewers. Also the jury named him the best defender during the B-Junior-U20-Worldchampionship.

Stats: Krefeld / DEL 36-2-10-12-59

Nr. 4 Christoph Schubert
Playing for the DEL-Champion Munich, he body-checks every player he wants. A hard defender with many offensive skills scored 14goals in 11games in his last junior season. A talent like Sascha Goc, who takes his chance in a DEL-team, but he plays harder and have no fear.
Stats: München / DEL 34-4-3-7-46

Nr. 5 Dimitri Pätzold Read more »

Flyers Midterm System Review Part I: Graduated Prospects

by Bill Meltzer
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Graduated Prospect Report: :

The best news in the Flyers development system this season has come from the NHL level. The team leads the NHL in goals scored by rookies. Additionally, 20 year old NHL sophomore Simon Gagne , coming off a strong rookie campaign, has taken the next step toward the stardom that seems inevitable if he stays healthy.

The NHL news is not all positive, however. Defenseman Andy Delmore has lacked consistency and goaltender Brian Boucher has fallen victim to a horrendous sophomore slump and has had the starting goaltending job snatched away from him by 29-year old Roman Cechmanek , a veteran Czech league and international star who finally decided to give the NHL a try after the Flyers drafted him in the 2000 entry draft and gave him the type of contractual flexibility he sought– enabling him to have the choice to return home if things didn’t work out here. Obviously that is no longer an issue. Cechmanek has more than proven that he belongs in the NHL. Indeed, Cechmanek has arguably been the Flyers most valuable player to date. However, since he does not qualify as an NHL rookie and was already a known quantity– at least in the international hockey community– Cechmanek will not be considered a “graduated” prospect.However, give Flyers head European scout Inge Hammarström full marks for recommending that the Flyers use a draft pick on the veteran.

Simon Gagne: Gagne started out slowly this season due to a nagging groin pull. Since then, he has gone on two goal scoring tears that Read more »

ECHL Roundup

by Parker Neale
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It is just past the midway point in the ECHL 2000-01 season and a number of teams are already threatening to run away with their divisions. Trenton has dominated all season and currently has a ten point lead over second-place Richmond. In the Northwest, Peoria and Dayton are both on four game winning streaks and are within two points of each other for the division lead. However, Toledo is a distant nine points behind second-place Dayton. In the Southeast, South Carolina has been able to ride their league-best sixteen road wins to a strong thirteen point lead over second-place Pee Dee. And, Louisiana has a seven point lead over Jackson in the Southwest. Look for all of these teams to contend for the Kelly Cup when all is said and done.

In terms of individual player statistics, the top five point-getters have been consistent all year long. They are, in order, Brent Cullaton or Tallahassee, Jeff Bes of Pensacola, Dany Bousquet of Pee Dee, Scott King of Charlotte and Jay Murphy of Louisiana. These players also dominate the leaderboard for goals and assists with Bousquet leading the league in goals with twenty-eight and Cullaton tied with Kevin Hilton of Charlotte for most assists with thirty-four. In terms of penalty minutes, Kevin McDonald of Roanoke has 212 in 39 games while second-place Jason Hamilton of Wheeling has an impressive 211 in only 27 games.

Between the pipes, it is not surprising that there is a direct relationship between the best goalies and the best teams. The top five goaltenders by GAA are Scott Stirling of Trenton, Jody Leh Read more »