| | The NHL Draft produces both hits and misses as far as prospects are concerned. Until recently the Montréal Canadiens had not enjoyed much success over the last 7 draft years. Some players who were drafted did not develop as hoped, while others were lost for purely financial reasons. Here’s a quick look at how and where eleven of the Habs’ former draft picks are continuing their professional hockey careers.Matt Higgins was chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. A Moose Jaw Warrior for his entire junior hockey, Higgins entered the draft having just enjoyed a season of 63 points (30-33-63) through 67 games. The left winger played his first NHL game during the 97-98 season, and eventually played 57 games with the Habs over a span of 4 seasons.Higgins signed a contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers on February 8th, 2002. He had joined the team by way of a PTO, but played well enough to earn an official contract. Through 21 AHL games this season, the 6’2″, 175-lbs forward has 20 points (9-11-20), and is plus-1 with 16 minutes in penalties.The Canadiens drafted Jonathan Desroches in the sixth round (145th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’0″, 200-lbs defenseman played an unusual defensive game while in the QMJHL. He managed 22 points (7-15-22) through 58 games during the 96-97 season (his draft year), but was never able to earn an NHL contract.Desroches is currently playing his second year of CIAU hockey with the University of Moncton. Through 25 games this season the 22-yea Read more »
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey managed 3 assists through 4 games since our last update. He was shutout during Sunday’s game against Hamilton, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 40 games. He has 24 points (7-17-24), and is +10 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 87 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))Garon recorded a 2-0-1 record through 3 games since our last update. The 24-year-old backed up Vadim Tarasov during a February 9th game against Manchester, thereby ending a string of 26 straight starts. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 34 AHL games. He has a 17-8-8 record with 2.73 GAA, and a .917 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard picked up 1 assist through 4 games since our last update. He hasn’t been seeing as much ice-time with Craig Darby, which has hurt Chouinard’s production. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 43 games. He has 33 points (13-20-33), and is -3 with 12 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 121 shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))Beauchemin returned to action in time to score 1 goal through 3 games this week. His goal came during a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 31 games. He has 8 points (5-3-8), and Read more »
Jan Alston has had a 3-game loan spell with ZSC Lions’ farm team GCK Lions in which he scored 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points.
1988 5th rnd Pittsburgh Penguins‘ draft pick Greg Andrusak, who also saw NHL time with the Maple Leafs, signed a contract with HC Lugano after his contract with German team Berlin Capitals was dissolved. In 39 games in Berlin he managed 22 points. In the latter part of the Swiss regular season Andrusak played 8 games notching 4 assists, gearing up for the playoffs.
Another former Penguins draft pick enterred the Swiss league. Oleg Belov, drafted in the 4th round in 1995, signed a contract with Rapperswil-Jona close to the end of the regular season. Belov, who only has played IHL in North-America, was playing in Sweden with HV’71 the past three seasons and does return to Switzerland after having had a previous spell with EHC Chur in the 96-97 season. In 7 games Belov assisted on three goals while not being able to find the net.
Undrafted Rob Cowie who saw NHL ice time with the Los Angeles Kings between ’94 and ’96 returned to Switzerland after he started his European career at La Chaux de Fonds. Cowie will play for EV Zug during the upcoming playoffs. He came from Finnish giants Jokerit Helsinki and played several seasons in the German league before his stay in Finland.
It is widely rumoured Christian Dubé, one of the brightest stars in Swiss hockey at the moment, is leaving HC Lugano next season as his contract will run out. Front runner for his signature is SC Bern.
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He led the rookies in assists with 10, was second among the rookies in scoring and goals, was voted co-rookie of the year by his teammates in the 2000-2001 season as a freshman at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), and is currently tied for first with four other skaters for game winning goals in the WCHA. “Who is it?” you may ask. #37 of the Seawolves, Dallas Steward.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to develop a friendship with Dallas in my short time of going to school here so far. We both can relate to many things, the main one, being so far from home since he is a native of Wisconsin and I am from Michigan. Going to every home game and watching Dallas play along with the others is great enjoyment! He may be small, but his sheer determination and speed doesn’t let anything get in the way. Just recently I had the chance to sit down one-on-one to interview him.
Steward a 5’5, 172 lb, sophomore forward sure has many fond memories in his hockey career with more along the way. However he credits those that have helped him along his path of success. When asked who he felt has helped him in making it this far in hockey, Steward was sure to recognize everyone with the response, “Definitely great coaches! Jim Cherrier (youth hockey coach), and Scott Parker for two years at home. Then at the age of 16, I left home for Minnesota to play for Beniled St. Margarets, coached by Ken Pauly. After playing there I headed to Green Bay to play for Mark O’Seiky of the Green Bay Gamblers, a Junior A team in the USHL. Last, but not least, the support from s Read more »
Two words describe the Washington Capitals’ four games in six night
the All-Star Break and Olympic Break: “hard work.” Washington went
taking 7 of 8 points during the most critical part of their season.
the All-Star Break, the
Capitals’ season seemed like a lost cause. The team had lost 7 of 8 games
and was struggling to
produce offensively. The worst part of the team’s slide was a complete lack
of effort. Now,
entering the Olympic Break, the team is working harder than they have all
season and the team’s
youth is a very large part of the newfound commitment to playing spirited,
During the last days before the Olympic Break, the Capitals added two
players to the roster, recalling forward Glen Metropolit and goaltender
(to replace the injured Olaf Kolzig) from Portland. Charpantier did not play
in any games during
his brief stint with the Caps and Metropolit played in both games against
Tampa Bay during his
time with Washington. During the second half of Monday night’s 3-1 victory
over Tampa Bay,
Metropolit was very effective playing on Jaromir Jagr’s left wing. Despite
having no points in
the game, he finished with a +2 defensive rating. If Metropolit can maintain
the intensity with
which he played during the first two games of this stint with the Caps, he
may be able to hold
onto a place on the team’s top line.
During the four game unbeaten streak, no young player has been more
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Cibak Gets a Look-See
After a disappointing trip to Springfield following an impressive training camp, center Martin
Cibak has finally managed to find his way back to Tampa Bay. The 21 year old had 4 goals
and 8 assists in 45 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) this season, though serving
limited third line duties.
Injury to Alternate Captain Vincent Lecavalier opened the door for Cibak, who averaged over
13 minutes through his first two NHL games. He recorded his first NHL point, as assist on
Zdeno Cigar’s first period goal, last night in Washington and created numerous other scoring
While he names physicality and his solid defensive play as his biggest attributes, Cibak is also
a very talented play maker, with good vision of the ice. Given the mounting injuries to the
struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, Cibak could easily find himself donning Blue and Silver for
the remainder of the season.
GM Gives In
After nearly three hair-pulling season as the Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager, Rick
Dudley has finally thrown in the towel. Plagued by budget constraints and trade restrictions,
Dudley recently realized that Palace Sports & Entertainment ( Lightning owners) would never
make it to his page, and in fact, had closed the book long ago.
How to build a team by Rick Dudley is a very intriguing story. Wit Read more »
Jackets NCAA Update
Tim Jackman(Forward) – MSU-Mankato(WCHA)
Jackman has shown a significant amount of offensive growth in comparison to last season, which he registered 25 points(11-14-25) in 37 games. This season, he’s already improved upon his totals, putting up 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 29 games. He sits 25th in PPG in the WCHA conferance, behind the likes of Jeff Taffe and Mark Cullen among others.
Tyler Kolarik(Forward) – Harvard(ECAC)
Like Jackman, Kolarik has continued to show growth from his freshman year, which he registered 28 points(13-15-28). This season, in only 22 games, he has tallied 8 goals and 24 points(8-16-24), better than a PPG average. His vision with the puck has been quite good, as hilighted by his team leading 16 assists. Kolarik also leads the team in points, 3 ahead of Bruins prospect Brett Nowak
Peter Zingoni(Forward) – Providence(HEA)
Like his NCAA companions, Zingoni has also seen his offensive progress increase in his junior year. 8 points on 2 goals and 6 assists last season in 28 games has been improved apon thus far by posting 6 goals and 15 points(6-9-15) in 23 games thus far. His +9 sits him second on his team in that category.
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2001-02 Halifax Mooseheads Skills Competition Results.
Sergei Klyazmin did not take part, due to injury.
RED TEAM -
Jonathan Boutin, Bobby Clarke, Derrick Kent, Jason
King, Jean-Francois Cyr, Mike Couch, Randy Upshall,
Marc-Andre Bernier, Louis Mandeville, Ryan White and
WHITE TEAM -
Dany Dallaire, Milan Jurcina, Francois-Pierre Guenette,
Bruce Gillis, Giulio Scandella, Patrick Gilbert,
Brandon Benedict, Louis-Phillippe Lessard, Alex Picard
and AJ MacLean...
*Fastest skater - 13.56 Jean-Francois Cyr (red)
Average times - TEAM RED 15.1, TEAM WHITE 15.26
*Accuracy shooting - 4/6 Ryan White (red)
Totals - TEAM RED 19/82, TEAM WHITE 16/81
Player Accuracys as follows;
(each players had 20 secs. to get as many shots
away at the 4 targets)
TEAM WHITE -
TEAM RED -
*Triple Threat - Team White won this event
*Agility relay - Team Red won this event
*Rapid Fire - Team White won this event 16-9
Rapid Fire results as follows;
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TEAM WHITE -
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By Mike Buskus
Albany Week in Review #19
To be shut out is bad. To be shut out twice in a row is very bad. That happened to the Albany River Rats in the week just past, as the team gained only two of a possible six standings points, with a 3-2 win over Springfield on Wednesday. On Friday, February 8, 2002, Springfield blanked the Rats, 4-0, with Falcons’ goaltender, Dieter Kochan, getting the victory and Rats’ netminder, J.F. Damphousse, taking the loss. The next night, Ilja Brzygalov, of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, shelled the Rats by the identical, 4-0 cushion.
The scoreless skid actually added up to 156 minutes and 28 seconds, since Albany’s last scored at 3:32 of the second period on Wednesday.
The offensive drought was due in part to illness or injuries, with top scorer, Steve Guolla, still side-lined from broken facial bones incurred in the first period of a road game on February 1. Daryl Andrews, Stan Gron and Max Birbraer, missed action from the flu (as did assistant coach, Geordie Kinnear). Brian Gionta and Christian Berglund remain with the Devils.
Albany goaltenders again got a workout, with J.F. Damphousse facing 39 shots at home on Wednesday in the team’s lone victory (37 saves), and 40 against the same opponent on the road in a loss (36 saves). Ari Ahonen confronted 54 shots on Saturday, making twice as many saves (50) as the Ducks’ goaltender (25).
Albany Week in Review player of the week
With no one registering any big numbers on offense th Read more »