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Brendl and Lundmark Lead Their Teams Closer To The Gold

by Brandon LeBourveau
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World Junior Championships

  • Jamie Lundmark and team Canada faced off against team USA today in the Quarter Finals. Lundmark scored the game winning goal to defeat the USA 2-1 and advance to the Semi-finals. While on the Power Play, Lundmark took a cross-ice feed from Dany Heatley, and then roofed the puck into the net to eventually win the game for Canada and eliminate the USA’s chances at winning a medal. Jamie also played aggressive throughout the game, as he picked up 4 penalty minutes (2 for an unsportsmanlike conduct and 2 for slashing). Lundmark currenlty has 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and 6 penalty minutes in 5 games so far. He is tied for 1st on the team in points with forward Mike Cammalleri and also leads everyone in the tournament in face-offs, with a 70.13 winning percentage. Canada faces off against team Finland in the semi-finals in their next game. The Canadians and Finns tied 2-2 earlier in the tournament.
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Rangers Prospects Shine at WJC

by Brandon LeBourveau
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World Junior Championships

  • Jamie Lundmark and team Canada have played 1 game since I last updated. Lundmark scored 2 goals in an 8-4 win over Switzerland today. Lundmark currenlty has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) and 2 penalty minutes in 4 games so far. He is tied for 1st on the team in points with forward Mike Cammalleri and is tied for 5th in the whole tournament, with 11 other players, with his 5 points.. Canada is currently 2-1-1 as the opening round comes to a close. They face team USA in their next game.
  • Pavel Brendl and the Czech Republic have played one game since I last updated. The Czech’s defeated Slovakia today by a score of 5-0. Brendl was the star of the game for the Czech Republic, as he registered a goal and 3 assists in the game. Brendl currently has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) and 4 penalty minutes in 4 games so far. He leads the Czech Republic and the whole tournament with his 7 points. The Czech Republic is currently 4-0-0. They face Sven Helfenstein and team Switzerland in their next game.
  • Sven Helfenstein and team Switzerland have played 1 game since I last updated. Helfenstein was held scoreless in an 8-4 loss to team Canada. He got his name on the scoresheet however as he did take a penalty during the game. Helfenstein currently has 2 points (2 goals) and 4 penalty minutes in 4 games so far. Switzerland’s record is 1-2-1. Helfenstein and Switzerland take on the Czech Republic in their next game.
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Rangers prospect statistical update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 12/21 to 12/30

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    26  29  23  52   24   21
       Czech Republic  WJC     4   2   5   7    4    6

This Week: 4 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 P, 4 PIM, +6


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    20  17  17   34  19   3
                Canada    WJC     4   2   3    5   2   1

This Week: 4 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 2 PIM, +1


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    35  12  25  37   38   14

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 P, 0 PIM, +2


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    37  25  22  47   16  -15

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


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    32  11   20   31  68  +5

This Week: N/A


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    23  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: N/A


Player            Team      League  GP  G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     17  3  7   10    8    2

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even Read more »

Czech Republic vs. USA WJC game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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Before the teams went out on the ice, it was clear that this game will influent the final
standings of the Group A. The winner of this game will be the winner of the group and will
meet the fourth best team of the Group B in the quarterfinals and so has a better chance to
qualify for the semifinals. All players and coaches were aware of this fact. Jaroslav Holik
told the Czech guys to play defensively responsible and not to take bad penalties just like in
the previous two games. The US guys know how to play powerplay and too many minutes with a man
in the penalty box cost strength, which is needed in the last minutes. The US squad is maybe
the hardest opponent the Czechs have to face in the group and they had to prepare for this game
with a video session. The US goalie is one of the biggest prospects in all of hockey, Rick
DiPietro, first man taken overall at the 2000 NHL draft, the defense boasts first rounders
Paul Martin and Ron Hainsey the front line the likes of Jeff Taffe, Brett Nowak, Andy Hilbert,
Kris Vernarsky, Damian Surma or Jon DiSalvatore. Along with 2001 top prospects Tim Gleason and
Mike Komisarek at defense and David Steckel with R.J. Umberger at offense.

Head coach Jaroslav Holik started the game with using 3 lines, the fourth line which played well
against Kazakhstan was benched again. The USA squad played its typical aggressive, hard, in-your-
face style of hockey with great forechecking, but the Czechs knew what was waiting for them.
And they made the best thing possible, Pavel Brendl grabbed the puck, avoided the hit and 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.

Catching up: December 16th – the Maple Leafs fall to Calgary in overtime 6-5 … December 19th – defenseman Nathan Dempsey was dispatched to St. John’s despite some very solid play in 8 games with the team … the move was made in order to maintain optimum roster flexibility as waivers would have been required in order to return Dempsey to the Rock following 10 NHL starts … rookie Petr Svoboda is recalled in order to fill Dempsey’s spot and produces decidedly mixed results in the ensuing games … December 20th – the Leafs are stoned by Mike Dunham and fall to Nashville at home 3-1 … December 21st – Boston shuts out Toronto 4-0 and only Tie Domi seems concerned … December 23rd – the Leafs provide their fans with the only gift of the Christmas season with a convincing 5-2 victory over the Habs in Montreal … December 26th – rookie goaler Milan Hnilicka backstops the Thrashers to a 5-3 win over Toronto in Atlanta … December 27th – the Maple Leafs send a belated Christmas gift to NHL headquarters at Mario Lemieux’s homecoming party by neglecting to defend against the superstar in any meaningful way as the Pens embarrass Toronto 5-0 … December 28th – Captain Sundin calls for a shake-up of his struggling (I would have used a much saltier word) team as many thousands of Maple Leafs Read more »

Woeful Isles To Give Kolnik A Shot

by Jonathan Litterine
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The New York Islanders are supposed to be better then they are
playing.
As everybody knows when things don’t go right roster moves are made. It
is
now Juraj Kolnik’s turn. The former Rimouski Oceanic Star is due to make
his
NHL Debut against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 29. Kolnik who just
turned 20 on November 13th is a childhood friend of Islanders defensemen
Branislav Mezei. Both grew up in Nitra,Slovakia. Kolnik is hoping to
duplicate the success of former Rimouski grads Vincent Lecavalier and
Brad
Richards, both are currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since
98-99 Kolnik has had 190 points in 109 QMJHL games. He has split time
this
year with Lowell and Springfield of the American Hockey League. Kolnik
is a
amazing offensive player with great skills. His problem is defense. He
has a
one track mind, offense and nothing else. The Islanders can’t score and they give up too many
goals. If
Kolnik can help them in any form the Islanders will be thrilled. Yet
Kolnik
alone can’t put them in the playoffs. The Islanders need a lot of help.
Maybe
General Manager Mike Milbury can get them help in some trades.

Sens prospect update

by Richard Polonsky
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The look at Senators prospects and how they are doing this year.

Petr Schastlivy:

GM G A P +/- PIM
14 12 3 15 3 7

Anton Volchenkov:

Volchenkov is Ottawa’s only first rounder not playing in the NHL (Daigle being the exception). He will need time to develop, so don’t expect him for another couple years. He is physically strong and solid on his skates. He has made the Russian squad for the World Junior Championships while playing for Krylia Sovetov of the Russian second division. Scouts said he was the best blueliner at a recent 1981-born tournament in Sweden.

Teemu Sainomaa:

Playing for Jokerit of the Finnish elite league, Teemu is getting limited ice time because of his age. He has been selected to play for Finland’s National Junior team for the WJC.

Todd White:

Leads Grand Rapids in scoring (27-19-15-25) and is a major reason for their early success.

Alexandre Giroux:

Was invited to Canadian National Junior selection camp but was among first cuts. Among the leaders in QMJHL with 63 points in 38 games playing for the Hull Olymiques.

Simon Lajeunesse:

Having a bad year on a bad team sportng a 3.95 GAA to go with a 9-19-1 record.

Antione Vermette:

Right behind Giroux in the scoring department with 62 points in 41 games for the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL.

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Czech Republic vs. Sweden WJC game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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The young Czechs opened their schedule at the WJC on Tuesday, December, 26th with
the game against Sweden. The event took place in front of 1500 spectators at the CSKA Arena
in Moscow at 4:30 p.m. (Russian time). The Swedes presented much less hyped squad than last
year when their roster included the likes of Daniel and Henrik Sedin or Henrik Zetterberg, all
of whom are expected to be future NHL stars. But don’t judge the Swedes wrong, their players
have loads of talent and also this year’s team has NHL prospects on the roster, for example
Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers goaltending prospect, Lars Jonsson future Boston Bruins rearguard
and a lot of prospects at forward – Jonas Andersson and Daniel Widing (both Nashville), Jari Tolsa
and Per Backer (both Detroit), Jonas Nordqvist of Chicago or Tim Eriksson, a Los Angeles Kings
talent. Two huge talents contains also the Swedish roster, Boston Bruin Martin Samuelsson and a
2001 highly touted prospect Fredrik Sjostrom. So it’s for sure that the Swedes aren’t weak – they
are never weak at the WJC. And this team was the first opponent of the Czechs on their way to
defend the championship title.

As goalie Tomas Duba stated in an interview, the whole team was nervous before the puck dropped.
But after this happened, there was no sign of nervousness. The young Czechs played great defensively
and it was clear that this game won’t be a high-scoring contest. The Czechs were faster, more
aggresive and created some scoring chances. Tomas Duba in the net wasn’t very busy during
the first period. Henrik L Read more »

Czech Republic vs. Kazakhstan WJC game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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Just 18 hours after they celebrated the 2:1 win over Sweden, the Czechs were again
in the CSKA Arena in Moscow to play a WJC game. This time it was one of the weaker teams of the Group A,
team of Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs had the confidence down after their 1:9 loss in the opener
against Team USA. So the Czechs had a compulsary win on the schedule. They could score some goals
and mainly take care of themselves, nobody wants to get injured in a game against a weaker team.
Only forward Vadim Sozinov, a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick and an Ottawa 67′s player
is a more known player on this team. But about a half of this team are players born 1982 or younger
and they may have some chance at the NHL draft after they become more experienced. Because
this Kazakh team knows he is not going to win the WJC – they want to gain experience.But there may
be a little problem with the Czech hockey players at the international stage – when they’re going
to face an easy opponent, some of the players don’t give their maximal effort and say to themselves -
this are ONLY Kazakhs, we beat them anyway. So head coach Jaroslav Holik had to ensure that all of
the players are motivated. The teams went on the ice and it looked like he succeeded in this task.

Just after 2 minutes of the game Radim Vrbata stole the puck and went with Ladislav Vlcek on the net
of Kazakhstan. Vrbata passed the puck to Vlcek who deked the Kazakh goalie Kolyuzhny and scored the
first goal. But after three minutes Vadim Sozinov showed why is he a Maple Leafs draft choice and
why is he able t Read more »

Blockbuster Deal Bruin???

by Shane Walsh
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The only thing falling faster than the Dow Jones Industrial Average is the attendance level at the Fleet Center; home of the Boston Bruins. Owner Jeremy Jacobs is not pleased that attendance has fallen over 10% since last season, and has submitted his approval for management to make necessary changes to put people back in the seats.

A top on the agenda is the search for a superstar to draw attention. While it’s impossible for Mario Lemieux to trade himself, there has been a rekindled rumor of a possible trade involving the Bruins and the Phoenix Coyotes. Allegedly, the Bruins would receive Massachusetts natives Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk, winger Shane Doan and hold out goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. In exchange, the Coyotes receive center Joe Thornton, winger Sergei Samsonov, goalie Byron Dafoe, and a conditional first round draft pick should Roenick and Tkachuk agree on contract extensions.

The Bruins are fighting for a playoff spot, something they have missed twice in the last four years. It’s evident to the organization that fans are not supporting the team in this rebuilding period, and changes are imminent. The primary focus is to bring in a mix of size, skill, and experience; key ingredients the Bruins are lacking.

“We have some areas of concern,” said Bruins GM Mike O’Connell. “It looks like we need to do something, we‘re looking for help. We have to be more consistent. I don’t know if we have that in our organization.”

This is not the first time Khabibulin and Roenick have been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Bruins thi Read more »