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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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WHL’s OPEN ICE HIT-Hawks/Rockets Deal

by Tom Hoffert

WHL’s OPEN ICE HIT-Hawks/Rockets Deal

In a deal that will probably leave a very bad taste in some Portland Winter Hawk fans’ mouths, the Hawks dealt popular defenseman Jesse Ferguson and Kevin Young to the Kelowna Rockets for defensive prospect Richie Regehr. Hello Portland fans (and I’m one of them), this is professional ice hockey. You did not lose your first born. You did not see Brenden Morrow traded for a bag of pucks and a used mouthpiece. What happened today was simply the constant motion of Western Hockey League.

Let us put this day of active trading into perspective. Portland General Manager Ken Hodge and Head Coach Mike Williamson made a decision to trade two talented men in exchange for a promising young, but not inexperienced, player. Of the three players, none have been drafted by a NHL team, exposing that their talents may be attractive to WHL teams, but not necessarily commanding high-level prospect status. On the other hand, each of the three have either been given a NHL free-agent tryout or have been in contact with a NHL team official regarding their future, thus warranting scouting respect. In the case of Kevin Young, you have an undersized rear-guard who has a tremendous knack for holding the puck in the offensive zone. Consequently, Young is also very injury prone and not always sound in his defensive end. Studying Jesse Ferguson, we find a high-scoring overage defenseman with tremendous puck-moving ability. However, Ferguson can be non-existen Read more »

Denver University Week in Review

by Christa Moore

One of the biggest match ups in the WCHA this weekend was #3 Denver University Vs #7 Colorado College. This arch rival, home-and-home series would be DU’s biggest test of the season yet.

Friday night’s game in Colorado Springs was a bizarre one. Even though DU slightly dominated the first period with a couple of nice hits, it was CC that took the early lead on a power play goal from Matt Stewart. Each team had two power plays and shots were even at nine a piece.

Period two consisted of two goals, two non-goals and a whole mess of penalties.
The first goal was an unassisted,come from behind the net goal from DU’s Jeff Drummond. Goal number two was an impossible angle goal from DU’s David Neale, also unassisted. Neither goal was scored on the power play even though both teams racked up a total of 44 minutes in the box.

DU’s captain Brian Vines had a goal called off after it was determined that he kicked in the puck and a goal from CC was waved off because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Shots on goal were 13 for DU and 9 for CC.

The third period was very chippy but a bit more disciplined. It looked like DU was going to wrap it up with a stellar break away goal from Connor James, but it too was wave off with a late interference call. With less than 5 minutes left, CC scored which sent the game into overtime.

Overtime was a bit timid with neither team wanting to make a mistake. With a pile of people in front of the net, DU’s Aaron Mackenzie’s slapped one off of a CC player and into the net for Read more »

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.

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Beechey’s return burns the ICE

by Jeff Bromley

Beechey’s return burns the ICE

All good things must come to an end. Great movies, summer vacations and yes, even unbeaten streaks. It had to be somebody, even worse, it had to be the Calgary Hitmen and as returning player stories don’t often go, it was a familiar friend leading the charge against his former teammates.

Tyler Beechey made his triumphant return to the town he called home during hockey season for the past four years and potted two goals including the game-winner in a 5-3 defeat of the Kootenay ICE by their arch-rival, the Calgary Hitmen.

Beechey, a twenty-yr-old who was traded on September 28th to the Hitmen in exchange for nineteen-yr-old Shaun Norrie in order for the ICE to pare down their roster to the league-mandated allotment of three overage players, opened the scoring just minutes into the contest on a bullet slap-shot that went five-hole on ICE rookie netminder Bryan Bridges. And just in case anybody had forgotten how the Edmonton product can produce clutch goals as he had done so many times in an ICE uniform, Beechey lifted a rebound over a sprawling Bryan Bridges on the power-play at the 13:40 of the third frame for what turned out the eventual game-winner.

For Beechey the two goal performance and the win were a little bittersweet. “I was a little nervous coming in,” said Beechey. “Mo (former ICE teammate Lance Morrison who also returned with the Hitmen) and I talked on the bus and we were both pretty nervous but we knew after the first couple of shifts that it would turn into a normal game.”

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Canucks 2001-02 Stats Update II

by Kirk Pedersen

1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Vancouver(NHL) 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 9 PIM.

2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (2/31)
Vancouver(NHL) 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 8 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 0 PIM.

3. Vydareny, Rene (D), Columbia (ECHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)
Manitoba (AHL) 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM.
Columbia (ECHL) 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM

4. Auld, Alexander (G), Manitoba (AHL). Acquired through trade with Florida. (2001)
Manitoba (AHL) So far, Auld has yet to suit up for the Moose.

5. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)
Ohio State (CCHA) 6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 2 PIM.

6. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
Manitoba (AHL) 9 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 0 PIM.

7. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)
Swift Current (WHL) 8 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 8 PIM.

8. Komarniski, Zenith (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’96 (3/75)
Manitoba (AHL) 11 GP, 0 G 2 A, 2 P, 15 PIM.

9. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00 (3/71)
Rimouski (QMJHL) 15 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 P, 21 PIM.

10. Fedorov, Fedor (LW), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’01 (3/66) Read more »

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