While this season for the Panthers has been an hard one to watch and an easy one to forget, it has given me the opportunity to see in person many of the top prospects of the Florida Panthers. While there are many reasons why the Panthers are having a dismal year, the biggest one is the startling amount of injuries that has plagued this team.
Normally the Panthers would have 3-5 rookies called up throughout a season, but this year the Panthers have seen 11 rookies play extended roles for games at a time. Some of these players have been pleasant surprises, like Serge Payer and Lance Ward. While some have promise and potential, they show that they are not ready for the NHL, and wouldn’t be playing if it weren’t for all the injuries to Panther regulars.
Mid-Season Panther Prospect Report Card….Part 2
Denis Shvidki, Left Wing Read more »
On February 6th the BCHL will play the NOJHA in a all-star game featuring players yet to agree to college scholarships. The NOJHA (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association)will be paying the expenses of the British Columbia Hockey League players to get back east. I think this is a great idea.Players from both leagues get exposure to college scouts and BCHL players get to travel back east and be seen by scouts that might not make it out west that often.The NOJHA is paying the BCHL quite a compliment by paying all the expenses. The BCHL has hit the 28 mark with scholarships this season. The league is the most recruited in Canada. It will be interesting to see how the game goes.However it turns out, I`m sure the scouts will be noticeable in the stands. I`m not sure if the NOJHA is playing already college bound players in this game or not? I have seen most of the players attending this game from the BCHL. They are all great players. I am sure most of these players will get scholarships by the end of the season.The goaltenders on this team are very good. I have seen goaltender Jason Montgomery many times. He has won many of the games for his club, the Quesnel Millionaires this season. Montgomery is arguably the best in the BCHL. So,if your in Sault Ste Marie on February 6th check out this game. It could be a good one if the players play with some pride.
Speaking of all-star games. The BCHL all-star game was played awhile back in Quesnel. Many scouts always attend this game from all over North America. I realize it`s a way to see alot of good player Read more »
There is a dynamic hockey story taking shape just south of the Mason Dixon Line! The Norfolk Admirals’ (affiliate Chicago Blackhawks) epic began on October 6, 2000. Mind you, this is not an article written about a lone ranger harnessing the team on his steed, nor is it an invitation to get a glimpse of a one-man show. This, hockey connoisseurs, is about a roster of players who support and carry each other on the ice. And how about off the ice? The comraderie with this group is very evident. Even though they are from all different parts of the world they treat each other like brothers with one cause, to win a championship. This combination will offer them a ticket and can set the stage for a chance to the 1st round of the play-offs. “The Chicago Blackhawks have put together a very competitive team, entertaining team with the management skills of Al MacIssac and coaching leadership of Trent Yawney. The future looks promising for even greater success as the season progresses,” said AHL President Dave Andrews.
What comes to mind when you think of the newest arrival to the American Hockey League, Southern Division? “Surprising… They amazingly come together no matter challenges they have faced,” said Channel 13 (ABC) sports anchor, Pete Potchowski. The fact is that many hurdles tend to orbit around a newborn team making the transition from infancy to adulthood. New players, coaches, and fans have a period of courtship in the first few months on and off the ice, it can be an awkward time. If a squad can stay above ground level at the 500 mark. The fans a Read more »
Since 1996 all top prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft gather in one weekend to take
part in an event, followed very closely by NHL scouts and general managers, the CHL Top
Prospects game. Almost every player who played at the CHL Top Prospects game got drafted
and some of them are already NHL regulars and future stars, for example Joe Thornton of the
Boston Bruins, Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators and Tim Connoly of the New York Islanders.
The Czech players play a significant role among the Euros playing in the CHL, so it is logic
that they already made their presence felt also at the CHL Top Prospects Game. Last year on
the rosters of Team Orr and Team Cherry were the likes of Rostislav Klesla and Libor Ustrnul,
WJC champions, or Tomas Kurka with Filip Novak. This year the lists which the NHL scouts
have submitted include five Czech players. They have a bright future ahead and can look
forward to the NHL Draft in Florida. Let’s have a look who is it.
Lukas Krajicek (Peterborough Petes, OHL)
Born: March 11th, 1983
Weight: 185 lbs.
CSB rank: 16th
Last Czech team: HC Continental Zlin
Lukas Krajicek, a prospect born on the same day as fellow Czech prospect Daniel Volrab, plays
overseas for two years. In his last season with HC Continental Zlin Lukas posted solid numbers
in the midget league ELHD and became the 9th best scorer among ELHD defensemen. The next
year he chose to play for Detroit Compuware of the NAHL to get used to the North American
style. And he adjust Read more »
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.
Seemingly endless slump grinds on: When the team turned in perhaps its worst performance of the season at home against the Bruins on January 24th, even their most staunch supporters began to despair that a season that once seemed so very promising is now gradually slipping away … the Leafs have now won but 6 of 20 games played since December 15th … what’s especially troubling is that so many of these poor outings have come at the Air Canada Centre and against sub-500 teams … a once decent powerplay is now completely ineffectual and stellar goaltending from Curtis Joseph is being wasted on far too many nights … virtually everyone concedes that there is an abundance of veteran leadership in Toronto but this asset just isn’t evident on the ice of late … if something isn’t soon done to reverse this slide, any chance of making a serious bid for a championship this season will melt away long before the games really begin to matter …
Rumours: Insiders suggest that Toronto was also very much involved when the Penguins traded blueliner Jiri Slegr to Atlanta recently – the Leafs may have offered something more substantial than the 3rd round draft pick ultimately accepted from the Thrashers but Pittsburgh was understandably hesitant to deal the talented Czech to a potential playoff opponent … it seems increasingly likely that LA r Read more »
As the title of this article suggests, there is a fair amount of Sabres’ prospect news to catch up on. Some of the items may have already received a mention at the HF Sabres Message Board, but I think it is worth repeating them in this column so that those who had not previously seen these news items will now be caught up.
There is also some information that is new, including an assessment of the changes to the Top 20 list. A couple familiar names have been removed from the list, while some new prospects have moved up the charts, so there is definitely a minor changing of the guard amongst the Buffalo prospects.
D Dimitri Kalinin and LW Denis Hamel both have made the most of their rookie seasons, as they are inexperienced players who have stepped in and contributed immediately. Kalinin has been the more highly touted of the two, as he has performed at a high enough level to have some supporters whispering “Calder Trophy nominee” (Dimitri has struggled some of late, however). Dimitri was always known for his strong defensive play, but he has also exhibited some offensive ability which will only improve as he becomes more confident.
Meanwhile, Denis Hamel has quietly been playing solid hockey, mostly on Buffalo’s 4th line. Denis has chipped in the occasional goal while concentrating on playing a grinding, defensive style that is sure to please coach Lindy Ruff. Hamel has scored 7 goals, with 3 of those goals being game-winners.
Both players have played at least 25 games this Read more »
It is now safe to say that Women’s hockey is no longer on the peripheral of the hockey world. For years looked upon as a novelty on the outside looking in, female hockey is now coming into its own. The names on the roster of the Canadian National Women’s team are now more of the household variety rather than the obscure. Hayley Wickenheiser, the two sport Olympic star who participated on both the Women’s Olympic Hockey team in Nagano in ’98 and the Women’s Softball squad in Sydney is a given. But other names are starting to rise into the limelight in their own right. Names such as Cassie Campbell a three-year veteran of the national squad, Charlene Labonte a goaltender vying for a spot on the national team who played major junior last season with the Acadie-Bathhurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior League or newly appointed head coach of the national team, Daniele Sauvageau who spent a year as an assistant coach with the Montreal Rocket of the QMJHL last season. Slowly but surely, women in hockey are becoming hockey stars in their own right.
Cassie Campbell, three-year veteran of the National team and resident poster girl of the national squad says that these trips into the small towns of the West as well as the big games like the match-up with U.S. before the NHL All-Star game next week only enhance and expose the Women’s game. “I think that anytime that you get to mix with the NHL guys and get the exposure that they get it’s going to bring a lot of publicity to our game. With the U.S. winning the gold in Nagano it’s going to be a big hype down there – it’s Read more »
I’ll admit I approached it with cautious optimism. Women’s hockey, the Canadian national team against Team Sweden. Being a servant of the great Canadian game, men’s hockey is what I follow. It’s what I write about, criticize, celebrate and lament. Women’s hockey was, up until this point, still a novelty to me. The best comparison to the men’s level would be about Midget AAA I was told. That would be my first mistake over the past few days as I prepared to take in the Cranbrook Regional Hospital Foundation – sponsored Canada vs. Sweden Women’s Hockey game this past week.
The first thing I learned outright is that is it completely unfair to categorize women’s hockey in relation to its gender sibling. The difference’s between the men’s game and the women’s are many. Not the least of which are the obvious – size and physicality of the game. But that’s not the glaring difference that it’s made out to be. Once you start to watch these girls play you notice how they play the actual game with the puck. By not having the physicality of the Men’s game, the Women’s game contain’s the subtle nuances of the game in its purest form. Razor-sharp stick-handling, tape to tape passes and more dipsy-doodles in one game than I’ve seen in a few years. To clarify, I still advocate the men’s style of hockey. Give me a bone-crushing hit or a bout of fisticuffs anytime. But the women’s style of play probably exudes the actual skills of hockey on a more frequent basis and in all honesty, it was a treat to watch.
For the record, the game f Read more »