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Garth Murray up close

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Garth Murray up close

The 2001 NHL Entry Draft was one of the deepest drafts of talented players in a long, long time. Many scouts believed you could get just as good of a player at 30th overall that you could at 15th overall. The entire draft was filled with a large group of highly skilled youngsters, with Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk, now a budding star with the Atlanta Thrashers, topping the list. When the topic was brought up among scouts concerning a power forward by the name of Garth Murray from the Regina Pats of the WHL, most said he could go anywhere from late in the first round to the end of the third round. Apparently the Rangers shared this opinion, having ranked Murray 29th overall on their list of available players. After trading down in the third round, swapping the 74th overall pick to the Minnesota Wild in return for the 79th overall pick and a fifth rounder, the Rangers’ scouting staff were very pleased to see Garth Murray still available at pick number 79. They wasted little time selecting Murray, a 6’2 206 lbs. forward who potentially could become the physical second liner that they are lacking. After the third round came to a conclusion, the Rangers had to feel pretty excited after being able to select three of the players they had ranked in their top twenty-nine.

The Marc Savard Situation

by David Glaz
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Flames Forward Marc Savard has seen his entire season become mired in controversy. All seemed to be going well for Savard in Calgary going into the season, but he’s had a dismal year up to this point; he’s had a clash with the system the team plays; disgruntled over being bumped of star player Jarome Iginla’s line, and has constantly quarreled with coach Greg Gilbert. Savard is an offensively gifted player on an offensively starved team, and he should be a tremendous part of the group, but he’s not. Now its up to GM Craig Button to decide whether its worth it to keep Savard and try to resolve the situation, or deal the most marketable of your expendable players to help shore up extremely the poor depth up front.

Four games into the season Savard was kneed by Detroit winger Darren McCarty, and sustained a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for six weeks. In his absence Iginla was paired with Craig Conroy and the two, along with Roman Turek, carried the team to a 13-2-2 start. When Savard came back, the team started to slump. It was unsure what do with Savard, because of the success Iginla and Conroy had enjoyed.

Eventually, Iginla was primarily kept on Conroy’s line and Savard was forced to play with less talented linemates, and saw his
production drop accordingly. Last year Savard enjoyed a career year, scoring 65 points, but his shortcomings, namely poor defensive play, were overlooked. Savard was a +12 last season, but his lack of commitment to the defensive game really came under scrutiny this year now that he has only 18 points in 33 games. In Read more »

Blue Jackets Farm Update

by Aaron Vickers
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SYRACUSE CRUNCH NEWS

LWer Mathieu Darche has been called up by the Blue Jackets. Darche, one of the most prolific scorers in CIAU history, has tallied a Crunch-high 16 goals in 35 games this season. In his previous stint with the Jackets, he managed one goal in seven games.

To make room for Darche, RWer Robert Kron has been sent down by the Jackets. Kron has managed two goals and eight assists in 43 games for the Jackets.

As of Friday, January 25th
Credit www.theahl.com for statistics Read more »

Jackets CHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Jackets CHL Prospect Update

Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Kelowna Rockets
Shane’s numbers have come back down to earth somewhat after posting insane numbers in his first 5 games with the Rockets. His 1.38 GAA with the Rockets has dropped to 2.29 GAA, which would still be good enough for third in the WHL. His SV% is now a tidy .919, also good for 3rd in the Western League. However, his play in net has yet to translate into a big winstreak for Kelowna. Bendera has posted a 5-4-3 record with his new club. Bendera also had the distinction of being named to the WHL Western All-Stars for the Hershey Cup.

Ben Knopp – RW – Kamloops Blazers
Ben has got rolling somewhat as of late with his new mates. On the season he now has 25 goals and 47 points (25-22-47) which places him 2nd in team scoring. However, Knopp has played more games than anyone on the Blazers team, and has played 15 more than Scottie Upshall who also has 47 points, on 22 goals. Knopp still sits in the negatives in regards to plus/minus, with a –12. He continues to adjust with his new linemates.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
McLeod, like teammates Shane Bendera and Chuck Kobasew, was also named to the WHL Western All-Stars for the Hershey Cup. There is an interesting piece up at the Rockets Official Website in regards to McLeod, which you can check out here: http://www.kelownarockets.com/newsletter/jan/index.html
McLeod currently sits 5th Read more »

HF’s Interview with St. Michael’s Major Kevin Klein

by Brad Coccimiglio
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Kevin Klein
Team: Toronto St. Michael’s Majors
Position: Defenseman
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1984
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Height: 6’1
Weight: 185 lbs

·Was St. Michael’s 2nd round pick in the 2000 OHL draft
·Klein is considered to be a top prospect for the 2003 NHL draft Read more »

Interview with Brian Sutherby

by Robert Neuhauser
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One of the top Canadian players at the WJC in the Czech Republic was Moose Jaw Warriors forward
Brian Sutherby. The Washington Capitals prospect had a taste of the NHL at the very beginning
of this season. After that he was sent to the Moose Jaw Warriors again but is still a player
to count on in the Capitals future.

When did you start playing hockey?

This was when I was about four years old. I started skating and soon after that also
play hockey.

Where did you start playing the game?

I was born in Edmonton and this was the place where I started playing.

Who brought you to the game?

My dad, he loves the game very much even if he didn’t play. He taught me skating and gave
me the first tips.

Your favorite NHL team?

Before I was drafted by the Washington Capitals it was the Edmonton Oilers team. As an Edmonton
native I was a big Oilers fan, but now definitely a Washington Capitals fan.

What is your biggest success in hockey so far?

Playing the first NHL game was an unbelievable feeling, something I never forget. Definitely
my biggest success, it’s a dream coming true. The second thing would be making the
Canadian WJC team and the silver medal we won in the Czech Republic.

But how did you feel when you were sent to the Moose Jaw Warriors after the first NHL
games?

It was very tough for me, I wanted to stay for the whole season, of course. But now I have
a clear goal, to get back as soon as I can. I just have to keep working, things will work
out then.

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Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/ Read more »

Danville Wings Defenseman Commits to Miami of Ohio

by Ron Valerino
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Danville Wings first year defenseman Chris Busby will suit up in a Redhawk
jersey this fall. The 6’0″ 180 lb (4/11/82 dob) defenseman verbally
committed to Miami of Ohio for 2002-2003 season. Busby came to the Wings
from Brown University to join Wings head coach Chico Adrahtas who was his
former coach when Busby played for midget powerhouse Team Illinois. Head
coach Adrahtas comments, “Chris’s decision to go to Miami is like a perfect
marriage. He’ll fit very well in there as an athlete and he fits a great
need for Miami. I think Miami is the type of school that Chris will thrive
in and I know that it is the type of hockey program that he will thrive in.
I think that Miami got a future all-CCHA defenseman when they got Chris to
commit to them.”

Busby will be joining former Wings players, Todd Grant (freshman) and Derek
Edwardson (soph). Miami players Pavel Nejezchleb, Ken Marsh and Jake
Ortmeyer are also Wings alumni who are seniors and will be graduating this
spring. Busby’s current stats are 2 (G) 21(A) 23 (Pts) 71 (PIM) for 32
games. Busby is the third Wings player to commit college this season
joining Marek Dora (Michigan Tech) and Matt Collar (University of
Massachusetts-Lowell).

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