Plenty of New Faces for the Farm
The Islanders have recently signed or extended training camp invites to a number of players. In addition to looking at some of those players, I’d also like to take a quick look at Cory Stillman. Again I have to give credit to Islanders CEO Charles Wang for green-lighting Mike Milbury to increase payroll and organizational depth. It cannot be overstated how important it is for the Isles to have good depth on their farm teams. This affords them the ability to not rush youngsters into the NHL.
Having the Bridgeport SoundTigers as their primary affiliate and the Trenton Titans (shared with the Philadelphia Flyers) as their ECHL affiliate, the Isles will have two solid organizations to let their players develop. With the added responsibility of being the parent organization for a new AHL team, the Islanders and Mike Milbury have jumped right into stocking that team.
It is evident that some of the players signed or invited to camp are earmarked for the SoundTigers. In order to keep that franchise a healthy, viable and profitable organization many players are brought in to provide minor-league level experience and firepower. I am not saying that none of these players has a shot at making the Islanders team, I’m just saying that with the amount of quality talent available to the Isles, it is conceivable that many experienced players may end up on the Tigers or Titans. This isn’t a bad thing. These players can make the team very successful and everyone knows t Read more »
As Paul Lynch sat in the stands at the National Car Rental Center
during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and listened to 137 names called
without hearing his own, he couldn’t help but feel a little despair.
Scouts had predicted and Lynch himself expected to hear his name by
the third round, at the very latest. The young Massachusetts native
was forced to wait until the fifth round before hearing the words
every young hockey player dreams of: “With our pick we select…”
“I expected and was told I would go third, possibly higher, and when
it didn’t happen, it was hard,” Lynch explained. “I knew during the
season when I tore my knee, it would have a big effect on where I was
going to go.”
Now Lynch is a man on a mission. The mission: to prove his value. He
has spent the summer working out at Mike Boyle’s gym, where Tampa Bay
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has been diligently training
through out the off-season. He has also spent a good deal of time at
Lightning Special Skills Coach Paul Vincent’s camp. While Lynch’s
skating surely doesn’t need improvement, he is looking to fine-tune
other areas of his game.
Most young players growing up in Boston dream of being the hometown
hero at local schools, but not Lynch. He chose the University of
Maine over both Boston College and Merrimack.
“I didn’t want to get distracted by anything near the city,” Lynch
explained. The serious hockey atmosphere set by head coach Shawn
Walsh lured Lynch to Maine. “He is a great guy who tak Read more »
Name, Team, Height, Weight, Hometown, Birth Date
Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 176 lbs., Montreal, PQ, 7/17/77
Nick Boucher, Dartmouth (ECAC), 5'11, 175 lbs., Cobble Hill, BC, 12/29/80
Sebastien Caron, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'1, 160 lbs., Anqui, PQ, 6/25/80
Brandon Crawford-West, Texas (NAHL), 5'11, 185 lbs., San Diego, CA,
Tomas Duba, Sparta Praha (Cze. Jr.), 6'0, 176 lbs., Prague, Czech
Petr Hamerlik, Kingston (OHL), 6'2, 180 lbs., Skalica, Slovakia, 1/2/82
Johan Hedberg, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 180 lbs., Leksand, Sweden, 5/5/73
Craig Hillier, Wheeling (ECHL), 6'1, 183 lbs., Cole Harbour, NS, 2/28/78
Joel Laing, Wheeling (ECHL), 5'10, 185 lbs., Maryfield, SASK
Mika Lehto, JyP HT Jyvaskyla (Fin.), 5'11, 172 lbs., Vammala, Finland, 4/12/79
Brant Nicklin, Florida (ECHL), 6'0, 175 lbs., Salmon Arm, BC, 9/19/76
Robbie Tallas, Chicago, 6'0, 163 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/20/73
Brendan Buckley, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'2, 196 lbs., Boston, MA, 2/26/77
Drew Fata, Toronto (OHL), 6'1, 211 lbs., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 7/28/83
Andrew Ference, Pittsburgh, 5'10, 190 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/17/79
Brian Gaffaney, St. Cloud State (WCHA), 6'5, 205 lbs., Alexandria, MN, 10/4/77
Hans Jonsson, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 202 lbs., Jarved, Sweden, 8/2/73
Darius Kasparaitis, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 212 lbs., Elektrenai, Lithuania, 10/16/72
David Koci, Prince George (WHL), 6'6, 216 lbs., Prague, Czech Republic,
Janne Laukkanen, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 194 lbs., Lahti, Finland, 3/19/70, Y
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No…. journeyman Lørenskog (Oslo-North) defender Anders Myrvold last evening came to agreement on a try out contract with the New York Rangers. Myrvold a 6-1 195lber defender who has played in such outposts as Laval, AIK, Quebec-Colorado, Boston, Providence, Springfield and Nassau, L.I. and so on… has decided to check out the bright lights and big city of New York…or perhaps the less bright lights of Hartford in the American League.
Myrvold who split time with the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Springfield had originally spurned an offer from Mike Milbury`s Islanders and then the Montreal Canadiens with hopes of landing the “big” deal in Switzerland. However that deal was pulled and Myrvold was left without a club and trained with the Vålerenga club of the Norwegian Elite League along with NHLer Espen Knutsen.
Myrvold a solid skating defender who is not afraid of making the rush or taking the body has a decent shot at making the Rangers this season, espcially after seeing who is who on their list of “prospects” and “incumbents”.
Aftenposten of Oslo reported that Myrvold turned down a guaranteed contract with the St.Louis Blues in order to have a shot with Eric Lindros and Mark Messier. Myrvold`s deal is reportedly worth about 5 million Kroners or 550k USD if he makes the club.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Primer
Here it is folks, the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Roster and a short preview of what to expect. Keep in mind that the following list does not take into account the team physicals that each player must go through before being cleared to play.
J.F Racine, Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, Jan Chovan.
Keep an Eye On:
As the new kid on the goaltending block he can only go up. He’s already pushed aside Paulo Colaiacovo for the starting job in Belleville so he knows what it takes to move up the ladder.
Jonathon Zion, Carlo Colaiacovo, Christian Chartier, Brendan Bell, Jay Harrison, Lubos Velebny, J.P. Cote, Tomas Mojzis
Keep an Eye On:
The WHL’s best defenseman last year, he’ll be one of the oldest players in camp. He needs to dominate from start to finish in order to put his stamp on a defense that is going to be his for the taking on The Rock.
Luca Cereda, Brad Boyes, Kris Vernarsky, Miguel Delisle, Jaroslav Sklenar, Nicolas Corbeil, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathon Roy, Joe Talbot, Robb Palahnuk
Keep an Eye On:
This former Moncton Wildcat like many forwards coming out of the Q is a bit short on size and long on missability. With other more highly touted names like Cereda, Boyes, Corbeil, and Wellwood being bandied about, one shouldn’t forget Roy, who had 2 goals and 3 Read more »
Tomas Kaberle’s Contract Situation A Disaster Waiting To Happen?
He was one of the most underpaid and overworked players in the NHL last season and now Tomas Kaberle may choose to stay in Europe for 2001/2002 – that is if he can’t secure a new deal that would pay him something in excess of one million dollars per season. It is widely speculated that he is seeking a 2 year pact that would take him up arbitration eligibility after the deal expires. However, Leafs management is seemingly not willing to give him that opportunity and they would like to get Kaberle onto a long-term deal (perhaps lasting 3 or 4 years) that would effectively eliminate his first year or two of arbitration rights. Failing this, Toronto is offering the smooth Czech defender only the minimal 10 percent raise mandated by the current CBA. This arrangement would still leave Kaberle’s annual stipend just shy of $300,000 for the upcoming season.
If Kaberle chooses to stay home, maintaining a high level of conditioning and fitness will become a big concern – despite the fact that he intends to play for the Czech National Team and also in the Czech Elite League. The potential impact upon Tomas’ long-term development (bearing in mind that he is coming off a season during which he amassed 6 goals and 40 assists – leading all Leafs’ defensemen in scoring) is another serious concern. Consider similar holdouts from the past.
Fellow Maple Leaf blueliner Aki Berg held out in 1998-99 because of a contract dispute when he was still a member Read more »
HF’s Germany writer Gerd Hahn interviewed Martin Hyun
As Germany`s National team is preparing for Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games – German National Team Coach Hans Zach has many players to choose from. Despite giving chances to younger players of the German Hockey League ( DEL ), German players in north american Colleges or Juniors have not yet been given a chance. Oliver Jonas of Harvard University, Nils Antons of the University of British Columbia, Paul Weismann of Bowling Green State University and last but not least St. Michael`s College Martin Hyun. I had a chance to meet Martin Hyun at the Duesseldorf International Airport and talked with him about his future.
HF: Welcome to Germany Martin ! Did you have a long flight ?
MH: Thank you, my flight was not bad. It usually takes up to 10 hours pure flying excluding the waiting.
HF: Let`s talk hockey – How was your season last year ?
MH: Generally I would say it was okay but there is still room for improvement. I ended up fourth in scoring but you can never be satisfied. During our Air Force tourney in Colorado I had a severe shoulder injury and was not able to play Read more »
Panthers Rookie Tournament and Camp Preview
The light at the end of the non-hockey tunnel is coming into view, and for those lucky enough to live close to Hull, they have the pleasure of watching four team’s rookies compete in a round-robin tournament. Taking part in the tourney are the Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes (replacing the Lightning after they pulled out due to the brawls last year), Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators. A schedule can be found at the end of this article.
For Panther fans, this will be an opportunity to preview Stephen Weiss, who will given the opportunity of competing for the second-line center spot on the Panthers, and also get a glimpse of several promising prospects who will be pushing veterans for spots within a few years. Players such as Lukas Krajicek, Davis Parley, Tomas Malec, and Niklas Hagman are all being counted on to provide future depth and ensure a smooth turnover as the veterans retire or are traded away.
Florida Panther Rosters
Centers: Stephen Weiss, Plymouth; Dustin Johner, Seattle; Janis Sprukts, Lukko Rauma; Mike Green, Knoxville; Jordan Walker (Amatuer Try-Out), Acadia Univ.; Jonathan Labelle (ATO), Hull.
Of all the players here, Stephen Weiss is the one to watch as his performance here will earn him the flight to South Florida for the NHL Training camp. Panther brass will also be looking at Janis Sprukts making his first North American training camp after playing a few years in Europe, as well as looking at recent Read more »
With the lull that usually takes place between the Rookie Development camp and the upcoming prospect tournament almost over, it’s time to update fans on the most recent happenings related to Hab-Land.
Where are they now?
Four former prospects who were let go, or lost by the Canadiens have received invitations to other NHL camps. Sean Dixon (6th round, 1999), who the Habs were unable to sign by the June 1st deadline of this year will be skating with Dallas during their upcoming camp. Terry Ryan (1st round, 1995), who remains an unrestricted free-agent was also invited to Dallas’ camp. The Stars’ camp begins September 11th.
Tyler Hanchuk (3rd round, 2000), who the Habs lost when they did not tender him a contract by the June 1st deadline was invited to Edmonton’s upcoming training camp. The Oilers’ camp officially begins September 8th.
Matt Carkner (2nd round, 1999), who like Dixon was lost when the Habs were unable to sign him by the June 1st deadline will be at the San Jose Sharks training camp. The Sharks signed Carkner quickly after he became an unrestricted free agent. The Sharks’ camp opens September 12th.
On the Farm
The Quebec Citadelles have invited both Mario Joly, and Sebastien Thinel to their upcoming training camp. Joly and Thinel are members of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, and will play in the Q if they don’t stick with the Citadelles.
Thinel is the 6’0″, 170-lbs. twin brother of Habs’ prospect Marc-André Thinel. Both brothers played with Victoriaville last season. Sebastien pl Read more »