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Flyers Minor League Report

by Bill Meltzer
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Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:

The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.

After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.

Comings and Goings

Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.

Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more »

Thoresen Shines

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Patrick Thoresen lead Storhamar to a 4-1 win over arch rival Valerenga(VIF-Oslo) before more than 4000 in Hamar. Thoresen just 17 has been very very impressive he scored a goal and assisted on player coach Alexander Smirnov`s goal. Smirnov at 36 is the elder statesman and Thoresen at 17 the future.

Swedish Teammate Jocke Persson said “he is out of the ordinary”… refering to the young Thoresen. It was Persson who cleared the way for Thoresen`s goal to make it 2-0 Storhamar.

Patrick…one to watch!

Rangers Weekly Prospects Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 11/12 to 11/18

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    17  21  16  37   12   19

This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +3


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    10  10   6  16  17  -2

This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    21   9  16  25   17   11

This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    21  13  13  26   12   -6

This Week: 2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 2 PIM, -1


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov  Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   23   6   12   18  60  -1

This Week: No Games Played


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   17   0   6   6   20  -6

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, N/A


Player            Team      League  GP   G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     10   1  3   4   6   -1

This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE     8   1   2   3   6   -1 
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Loose Pucks Updated

by Ron Valerino
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK….. Finally Alexei Kovalev may be reaching his
full potential. Despite enormous talent, Kovalev has never had a 40 goal
season. This year he appears to be on the verge of doing that with 10 goals
in 18 games. The difference from previous seasons is that the pass happy
Kovalev is finally shooting the puck. He ranks third in the NHL with 74
shots on goal and is tied for third in power-play points with 12.

BANGED UP….. The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to good start this year
but the injury bug has bit them and bit them hard. Defenseman Bob Boughner
broke his wrist and is out 6 to 8 weeks. Janne Laukkanen sprained his left
knee and may be out a month. Ian Moran had surgery to repair a broken
knuckle and will be out 3 weeks. The Pen’s D will get some help from
journeyman defenseman Jeff Norton who was signed this week.

CARELESS WITH THE STICK….. The 20 game suspensio Read more »

Swede outspoken in home press

by Peter Westermark
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Europeans know exactly what to say when they´re talking to the North
American press. Well, maybe Vaclav Prospal should sometimes choose his words
more carefully, but most europeans offer the clichés that are expected from
them. Read the press in their home country and it´s a different story.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Jonas Rönnqvist´s comments in the Swedish press
after being dispatched to the minors was anything but clichés as he
criticized the team.

He was quoted in the Aftonbladet as saying ”I´ve been forced to play with a
knee injury. It´s sick, I can´t play up to my capacity.”
Rönnqvist was also
quoted in the article as saying that the team should have brought up someone
from the farm team to replace him while he nursed his injury, but that it
was a question of the team not wanting to spend any extra money.

Now, compare Rönnqvist´s comments with Eric Lindros´ infamous comments about
the Flyers´ medical staff. There´s not that much difference, right ? Of
course, one has to take the difference in stature between the two players
into consideration. Lindros was a superstar captain and Rönnqvist is a depth
player, so it´s not front page news, but Anaheim General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will nevertheless be less than amused to read such comments about
the organization. If he ever gets to read them that is.

The former Luleå star isn´t the first Swede to come out criticizing their
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
the difference in the Read more »

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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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.

Nik’s Return Nears: Nik Antropov should return to the Maple Leafs’ line-up in time for their game with Edmonton on the 22nd … apparently, an assessment will be made after one or two NHL starts in order to decide whether or not the Khazakh prodigy would benefit from a short conditioning stint on the “Rock” … the 6-foot-6 centerman (who had 30 points in 66 games last season) has been practising full contact with his team mates for a couple of weeks now … the Leafs have an open spot on the 23-man roster and an extra pivot in Alyn McCauley and so have felt no need to rush Antropov’s recovery … whenever he begins playing again, it will inevitably launch another round of trade rumours (likely involving McCauley, Yanic Perreault, Dimitri Khristich and Igor Korolev) as the local media attempts to help Coach/GM Quinn keep his roster neat and tidy … in any case, a serious analysis of Toronto’s potential to succeed this season cannot be made until big Nik returns to form – he is just that essential to this club …

Leafs’ Legends Back in Town: A team of graying and slightly rounder Maple Leafs’ veterans put on the blades once more last week and recorded a 7-4 win over a group of Hockey Hall of Famers before about 9,000 patrons at the Air Canada Centre … old linemates Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis teamed up once more (altho Read more »

Griffins Rolling Early

by Chad Cranmer
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The Grand Rapids Griffins are on top of the IHL standings with an impressive
11-1-1 record. The Griffins have the best record in the top three pro
leagues despite having some of their top players like forward John Emmons
and goalie Mathieu Chouinard in the NHL with the parent Ottawa Senators.
The Griffins have been using a balanced scoring attack led by center Todd
White (5 G 8 A 13 Pts.) to overcome their opponents. 17 different Griffins
have scored at least one goal, and four more have at least 5 goals through
the season’s first 13 games. The defense has also been jumping into the
scoring, led by Mike Crowley with 2 goals and 9 points.

The Griffins have been getting strong goaltending from Mike Fountain,
Chouinard and Chad Alban. Alban was on loan to the Griffins from the Utah
Grizzlies and posted a 2-1 record with the Griffins. He has since been
returned to Utah.

The Griffins have also been playing solid team defense. The 29 goals that
they have allowed are the fewest in the IHL, and their 19 goals for and
against differential is also the best in the league.

Sabres Report: Third Time Lucky?

by Ken McKenna
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Buffalo sports fans can attest to the agony of having one of their teams’ make it to the championship round in consecutive years, only to end up the loser, as the Buffalo Bills did in the early 90’s. Rochester has experienced this feeling the last two years, as they watched their Rochester Americans lose twice in the Calder Cup finals. The hope was that the 2000-01 edition of the Amerks could at last finish the job, but early returns suggest that this team may not be up to the task.

It is probably no surprise that the Amerks have struggled this season, as they are missing the likes of J.P. Dumont, Maxim Afinogenov, Dimitri Kalinin and Denis Hamel, all players currently with the Buffalo Sabres who were involved in last year’s run to the AHL finals. In addition, offensive star Domenic Pittis has moved on to the Edmonton organization, which has further depleted Rochester’s firepower. In addition to the loss of some highly skilled players, the Amerks 99-00 MVP, goaltender Mika Noronen, has been just average so far this year.

The talent drain shows in Rochester’s current team statistics, as they are currently 3rd in the AHL’s Mid-Atlantic division, and 12th overall. The Amerks power play is ranked 13th (out of 20 teams), while their penalty killing unit is 14th in the AHL. Offensively, Rochester is tied for 12th overall in goals scored, which is a further indication of the erosion of talent.

The main focus of this article will be to update the play of some of Buffalo’s leg Read more »

WMU offense is potent, defense inexperienced

by Derek Berry
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Some teams can score goals. A few here and there, some timely ones will
help. Oh, and then there’s Western Michigan. The Broncos make up in offense
what they might lack everywhere else – a bevy of scorers who can get the
job done.

In exact contrast to the Northern Michigan Wildcats, the Broncos have
plenty of offensive punch and need some help on defense. If they had
Northern Michigan’s defense (or conversely if Northern Michigan had
their offense) somebody would be pretty hard to stop.

But, consider what Western Michigan has in the way of returnees and
you’ll be astounded.

For starters, four of their five leading scorers from last year’s squad
are back and all of them were in the top 50 in the league in overall
scoring. Out of that, WMU returns 17 letterwinners. Not too shabby.
The top scorer coming back into the league this season is senior forward
David Gove (18 goals, 28 assists, 46 points in 1999-2000 season). By
virtue of the top two scorers in the league last year leaving (Shawn
Horcoff, MSU and Mike Comrie, U-M) Gove is the key man and a big part of
the Broncos offensive machine.

Head coach Jim Culhane knows the Broncos firepower will continue into
this season.

“We got some timely goals last year no question and for that to continue
this year we need to improve upon our goals against and goals for this
year,” said Culhane, in his 3rd season at WMU.

Gove says the power play will be enhanced because of the offensive
potential.

“Our power play was very good last year and there’s no reason we can’t
im Read more »

Rangers Update: More Stats For Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Player        Team      League    GP   G   A   P  PIM   +/-

Wes Jarvis Charlotte ECHL 12 0 0 0 81 -1

Last Game: 11/14 Charlotte vs. Dayton; 0 G, 0 A, 0 P

Comments:
Has been playing tough, mean hockey like he always has. Doesn’t put up the offensive numbers but is one mean SOB.

Player            Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-

Patrick Leahy Miami-Ohio CCHA 9 1 4 5 N/A N/A

Last Game: 11/11 Miami vs. Bemidji State; 0 G, 0 A, 0 P

Comments:
Hasn’t been putting up the offensive numbers like he has in the past. Is in his senior and next year he will be challenging for a spot on the Rangers roster so keep an eye open.

Player          Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-

David Inman Notre Dame CCHA 10 4 2 6 N/A N/A

Last Game: 11/10 Notre Dame vs. Boston College; 0 G, 0 A, 0 P

Comments:
Has struggled this year but is still putting up some offensive numbers. The Rangers are still very high on him and hope he can become a great player in the future.


Player            Team    League   GP   GAA  SO  SVS%

Johan Asplund Brynas SEL 13 2.10 2 .916

Last Game: N/A
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