Hamilton Bulldogs Mid-Season Report Card
As the Bulldogs progress through the 2001-2002 season, we have seen them
shake off a poor start to become the AHL’s most dominant team and then
we have seen them falter again since Christmas. In this report, we’ll
take a quick look at the players currently on the Hamilton roster and
how they have fared thus far.
NOTE: Players with 10 or fewer games played have been omitted. Stats
accurate as of Jan. 23, 2002.
30 Ty CONKLIN – Plays well until he gives up a bad goal, then usually
gives up another bad one shortly after. Needs to work on puck-handling
and mental toughness. Current record stands at 8-5-4 with a 2.57 GAA and
a save percentage of 0.916. GRADE: B-
35 Marc LAMOTHE – Very solid in net. Gives up a softie once in a while,
but generally makes up for it by saving the Bulldogs asses late in the
game. A little too “floppy.” Current record is 14-10-2 with a GAA of
2.34 and a 0.923 save percentage. GRADE: A
4 Ales PISA – Reads plays well both offensively and defensively. Not
afraid to jump into the rush, but knows enough to peel off and get back
into position if things don’t look right. Current stats are 4-8-12 in 29
GP, rating of +7. GRADE: B+
5 Chris HAJT – Good defensive awareness, but needs to play with more of
a physical edge. Can’t seem to figure out what the word “offense” means.
Current stats are 2-2-4 in 21 GP, +/- rating is even. GRADE: C-
6 Alex HENRY –Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 31 GP, 27 G, 23 A, 50 P, 28 PIM, +3
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 40 GP, 2 G, 13 A, 15 P, 49 PIM, +18
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 9-13-4, 3.39 GAA. .876 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP, 16 G, 25 A, 41 P, 43 PIM, -21
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P, 190 PIM, -15
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 43 GP 3 G, 23 A, 26 P, 29 PIM, Even
Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP, 7 G, 9 A, 16 P, 89 PIM, -22
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 10 G, 12 A, 22 P, 86 PIM, +6
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 36 GP, 25 G, 35 A, 60 P, 84 PIM, +28
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 7 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 7 PIM, +2
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 26 GP, 15-7-4, 2.35 GAA, .920 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »
Belleville GM Brad Vaughn’s latest moves seem to have elevated the Bulls to serious contender status for the OHL crown this year. Newcomers Jason Spezza and Michael Mole, both ex Ice Dogs, have been heavy contributors to Belleville’s current 7 game winning streak. Mole has been in net for all 7 wins and Spezza has 15 points in the last 5 games, including 7 points in last nights 9-2 romp of the Sarnia Sting.
The latest win brings the Bulls record to 26-18-2-1 for 55 points, one point behind Ottawa in the East. Belleville is now 2-0 on their 5 game stint away from home due to the Nokia Cup Ontario Curling Championships taking up residence in the Yardman Arena. The Bulls get their biggest challenge tonight as they face the OHL’s top team, the Plymouth Whalers. They return home for a game against the London Knights on Feb. 9.
Belleville also got a chance to shine on TV as they played in CFMT’s game of the week against the Oshawa Generals. The Bulls crushed the Generals 8-1. If not for a slight mental lapse by Mike Renzi, Mole most likely would have earned his first shutout of his OHL career. In preparing for a face-off outside Belleville’s zone, Renzi took his glove off to adjust some equipment, not a wise move in today’s fast face-off OHL. The puck was dropped and squirted into Belleville’s zone. Renzi’s man, Mike Minard, took off on a breakaway and put one between Mole’s legs at 14:34 of the 3rd period. Mole did earn his first shutout during inter-league play against the Victoriaville Tigres as the Bull
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.
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
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Scouting Service – Mid-Term NA Ranking
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Team: Toronto St. Michael’s Majors
Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1984
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
Weight: 185 lbs
·Was St. Michael’s 2nd round pick in the 2000 OHL draft
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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 »
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
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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
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
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
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