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Q & A With the Chiefs Kurt Sauer

by Glen Crichton

Following a tough 3-2 Spokane Chiefs loss to the Kamloops Blazers in WHL league action, Chiefs defenseman and Colorado Avalanche prospect Kurt Sauer was kind enough to do an interview with Hockeysfuture.

Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on January 16, 1981, Kurt started playing hockey at six in used equipment and skates that were a couple sizes too big however, this hasn’t deterred the big defenseman from pursuing an NHL dream. Playing for North Iowa in the USHL during the 98-99 season, Kurt intended on attending college, but was listed by the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. After a visit to Spokane, Kurt opted to join the Chiefs for the 99/00 season and it appears to have been a wise decision.

Kurts rookie season saw him finish eighth overall in the WHL with a +36, but it lead the western conference and all WHL rookies. Kurt was also voted as co-rookie of the year in Spokane. Following the season, Kurt entered the NHL Entry Draft and Colorado used it’s fifth pick, 88th overall to snare Kurt.

A punishing hitter and rock solid stay at home defenseman, Kurt is a top prospect in the Avalanche system and when asked about Kurt, Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said, “he’s a quality kid both on and off the ice, just a great guy.” Players around the league praise Kurt’s punishing physical prowess by saying they avoid, “going along the wall on Kurts side of the ice if at all possible.”

When asked if he was surprised that Kurt, considered by most, along with Dan Hamhuis of Prince George, to be the elite defenseman in the WHL this season, Speltz replie Read more »

A Look at The Rangers Youth At the NHL Level and More….

by Evan Andriopoulos

Over the past several seasons, to an extent since the 1993-94 season the Rangers organization has struggled to re-stock the system for a future run at the cup whilst struggling even more to keep a most competitive veteran club on the ice. The likes of Daniel Goneau have been spotted in Rangers blue as have Johan Holmqvist and even Jason Labarbera.

As former Ranger prospects Doug Weight, Todd Marchant, Aaron Miller and more find their niches in the NHL and have blossomed into stars or solid NHLers, the Rangers for one reason or another have had a great deal of trouble bringing these kinds of players up from their own system into the NHL as Rangers, long time Rangers.

During this offseason G.M. Glen Sather did a stellar job in loading the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford with young talent such as Matt Kinch, Layne Ulmer, Mikael Samuelsson(via San Jose trade) and so on… even some have found their way to New York with the likes of Dan Blackburn via the 2001 draft and former 1st rounder (BUF) Barrett Heisten. But the age old question remains…”why are the Rangers signing journeyman veterans or former stars well past their prime and not giving the prospects a shot?”

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Hockey’s Future profiles Oshawa’s Nathan Horton

by HF Staff

PLayers like the Oshawa Generals Nathan Horton, don’t come around all the
time. It’s not everyday that a sixteen year old, who is 6’3″ – 195lbs, can
play both ends of the ice like the 2001 2nd overall selection can. Horton,
who at sixteen, is already showing signs of becoming a dominant center in
the league, can indeed do it all. He can skate, shoot, pass, hit, and drop
the gloves when needed.

Most importantly be boasts a skill that not many
sixteen year old rookies do. He knows his role at both ends of the ice.
Whether it be maturity, or simply the fact that he understands that to be
the best, you have to do everything, including the little things. It’s the
little things that make Horton extremely special. The things you notice
his strapping 6’3″ frame, his beautiful long skating stride, and fantastic

But there are also things that aren’t as visible to the casual
hockey fan. Horton is a penalty kill specialist, and he is rarely caught
of position. He is blessed with many intangibles, like kicking the puck
his skate to his stick while in full stride, or the hand eye coordination
that allows him to bat pucks out of the air.

In a hat trick that he scored
earlier in the year, it was said that his three goals didn’t even begin to
tell the story, and that he absolutely dominated the game in the opponents
end, and in his teams end as well. The best thing about Horton is that
he plays well in his own end, his point a game pace, shows that his
offensive ability is very well-rounded a Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by pbadmin

By Mike Buskus

One tie and one point on the week

One point in the standings is all that the Albany River Rats have to show for their efforts this past week. On Friday, they lost to the Hershey Bears, 3-1. On Saturday, after coming from behind late in the game to take the lead, they wound up with a 5-5 tie against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

On the other hand, the top brass with the New Jersey Devils got a look at goalie Scott Clemmensen, the rookie from Boston College who has had only limited playing time behind Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. With virtually the entire Devils’ management and scouting team in attendance, on Friday Clemmensen got his first professional start. He was in the pipes as the River Rats took on the Hershey Bears.

Although the Rats lost, 3-1, not one of the three goals allowed (on 28 Hershey shots) could be called a “soft” goal. Clemmensen was the victim of a porous defense in front, as the first goal (Matt Herr of the Bears) was a rebound in front which the defense was unable to clear. The second goal was even more obviously a defensive lapse, as a Bear slid across the hash marks from right, unmolested and picked his spot. Finally, the third Hershey marker was a classic 2-on-1, with the goaltender watching the puck-carrier. Only problem was that the lone defender back did not block the pass and Jeff Daw of Hershey had an easy “shovel-in” goal.

Of the 25 saves, most were routine, but several very nifty ones were included. To date, Clemmensen (who was returned to New Jersey the next day) has not st Read more »

Ducks Junior Prospects Making a Statement

by Jamie Randolph

The Anaheim mighty ducks have had several top prospects in there system, but not many have played in the CHL, most have been europeans or college players. Chad Kilger was the only first round pick that the ducks selected from the junior ranks (maybe that’s why they haven’t tryed again). In this years entry draft the ducks selected several players from CHL, they did not howevever draft one in the first round but got one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth,, and one in the ninth. Every junior player the ducks selected this year are averaging just around a point per game, all these players are making a statement “they were underated”.

Mark Popovic: 2/35
St. Mikes Majors (OHL)

Mark had a great training camp but was sent down to further develop his skills. Mark was injured early in the season but is now healthy and back to leading his team with his great leadership and two way play.

Joel Stepp: 3/69
Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Stepp reminds me a lot of John Madden but with better offensive potential. Stepp is a very physical forward with great skills, Stepp has the potential all he has to do is keep progressing.

Joel Perrault>: 5/137
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
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Kings Organizational Roster, 11-5-01

by Harry Ouzounian


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:

Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray

Professional Scout / Director of European Evaluation: Rob Laird

Amateur Scouts:Greg Dreschel, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Michel Boucher, Glenn Williamson, Brian Putnam

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

Video Coordinator: Bill Gurney

Captain: Mattias Norstrom

Alternates: Kelly Buchberger, Ian Laperriere, Bryan Smolinski, Mathieu Schneider

Arena: STAPLES Center

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Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Boucher

Andrei Markov -D (Drafted-98(6/162))

Markov continued his strong play with 3 assists through 1 game this week. His 3 assists came during a 4-3 overtime loss to Wilkes Barre. He’s 6th in league scoring and 2nd in goals among defensemen. Overall, the Russian defenseman has played 11 games. He has 10 points (4-6-11), and is a league leading +11 with 7 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action in 2 weeks. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. At the time of his injury, and in fact even 3 games into his time off Hainsey still led the team with 25 shots on goal.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder registered 1 assist through 1 game since our last update. He’s playing a strong 2-way game and is among the team’s top defensive forwards. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 8 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 7 shots on goal. He has been a healthy scratch for 3 games this season.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard has found a happy home on a line with Aaron Asham and Craig Darby. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist through 1 game this week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 9 games. He has 12 points (4-8-12), and is +6 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also has 26 shots on goal.

Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Draf Read more »

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