For every dark cloud, there’s a silver lining, goes the old saying. After a bittersweet silver medal performance at the World Junior Championships three weeks ago, Jarrett Stoll’s silver lining isn’t much compensation for what he considers a dark cloud of losing the gold medal game to Russia. Even being named both WHL player of the week (Jan. 13-19) and a WHL Western Conference All-Star selection was little solace for the still simmering emotions.
Improving on the bronze medal performance a year earlier by Canada in Moscow, the captain of the 2002 national junior squad had the unenviable assignment of accepting the silver for his teammates. As team leader, it was one of the more difficult duties he had to perform. “It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in hockey,” said Stoll after arriving back in Cranbrook after a week’s vacation at home in Saskatchewan.
Although an experience of a lifetime and the country’s best result in four years, the second place finish still leaves a bitter taste in Stoll’s mouth. So much so that some three weeks after the end of the tournament the Yorkton native still hadn’t seen the now infamous overhead T.V. shot of the Russian goaltender Serguei Mylnikov purposely pushing the net off it’s moorings with less than twenty seconds remaining as the Canadians buzzed around the net in a wild flurry looking for the tying goal. It’s an offense that should’ve warranted a penalty shot and could’ve turned silver into gold for Canada. “The Russians getting the medal and taunting us the way they did and the way the game ended Read more »
Incredible size, strong skating, exceptional skill, and a winning work ethic; it would seem like formula necessary to be a high draft pick
in the NHL draft, wouldn’t it? But for winger Dennis Packard, a 6’5″ 215 lb. right handed shot from Kingston, PA, there were simply
matters more important than hockey. You see, Dennis Packard is not only a hockey player, but also a student at one of the most
prestigious institutions in the world, and he also was the 7th round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2001 entry draft. How
could a player with such a coveted combination of tools have fallen to the 7th round? To answer that question it is necessary to
understand where Dennis Packard came from.
As a high schooler, Packard attended Wyoming Seminary Prep School where he not only starred in ice hockey but also in lacrosse,
which his brother Michael also plays at Harvard. He attended the Select -15 and -16 festivals representing the Atlantic/Southeast
region, and at 17, he left home to join the United States National Developmental Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the opportunity to
play with the best teenagers in the nation. In 67 games with the under-18 squad he accumulated 28 points, good for ninth on the
squad, and secured an invitation to the USA Hockey Summer Challenge team for Lake Placid, which played the Finnish under-20
team in a week long tournament. By the end of that summer Dennis Packard had not Read more »
Trenton, NJ – The ECHL All-Stars took the ice on Tuesday night. In the skills competition the night before the Southern Conference dominated. The two teams were evenly matched in the first period, while the Southern Conference dominated the second and the Northern Conference made their comeback in the third period, but fell short.
The two teams were evenly matched and that shod in the opening period with each team scoring once. The goaltenders both played a strong period turning away 15 shots and allowing one goal each. Frederic Cloutier from the Louisiana Ice Gators was representing the Southern Conference and Chris Sanford of the Peoria Rivermen represented the Northern Conference.
The South was the first team to score; it came at the 9:17 mark when Mat Snesrud of the Columbus Cottonmouths scored with help from Mikko Sivonen of the New Orleans Brass and Steve Rymsha of the Greensville Grrrowl. With under a left to play in the opening period the North tied the game when Preston Mizzi of the Dayton Bombers scored. Arvid Rekis from the Peoria Rivermen and Lars Pettersen from the Richmond Renegades picked up the assists.
In the second period it was South that picked up the pace. With Joel Laing from the Wheeling Nailers in net for the North and Chris Madden from Macon Whoopee in net for the South it was the South that outscored the North and took a 4-2 lead after periods.
The South had the first three goals of the period, was Greg Pankewicz of the Pensacola Ice Pilots, with the assists coming from Allan Sirois of Pee Dee Pride and Louis Read more »
Third-year defenseman, Andre Lakos, is now with the Utah Grizzlies. In exchange, the Devils obtained veteran forward, Vareri Kamensky from the Dallas Stars. Since the Devils have had goal-scoring problems, the acquisition of the forward who bagged 38 goals (1995-96) and wears a Stanley Cup ring (same year with Colorado), might bolster the New Jersey offense. (Cynics would point to his less-than-stellar record with the New York Rangers, but optimists would point out that Kamensky had injuries the last few years.)
Lakos, a big (6’6″, 240#) defenseman, has NHL potential. In his first two years in Albany, a shoulder injury diminished some of his effectiveness. Generally steady on the blue line and good at reading plays, Lakos has been reliable on defense. Last season, he won the plus/minus award in the league for one month (at +13).
The one element of Lakos’ game which never quite developed, and which might eventually surface, is physical play. For a big and strong kid, he hesitated to hammer opposing forwards into the boards. Checks were more like bumps into other passengers on the subway instead of “get out of my way, bozo” that, for example, Colin White says to opponents with his shoulder.
Shortly after the Lakos trade (in which the Devils also agreed to give Dallas the ill-defined “future considerations”), New Jersey inked former Hartford Wolf*Pack defenseman Benjamin Carpentier (then on a professional tryout contract) to a season-long deal in Albany.
With Lakos gone, the Rats temporarily called up Lucas Nehrling, playing with the Adi Read more »
Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Birthdate: May, 13th, 1982
Weight: 195 lbs.
Shoots: L Read more »
Well, it’s been half a year since the rankings have been updated but the waiting is finally over. Here’s a quick run down on how these rankings were produced: Evan, Edge and Brandon each made their own top 20 list. From there, Brandon awarded points to each prospect on each writers’ list. The 1st ranked prospect got 20 points, and so on down the line until the 20th prospect got 1 point. All the points were added up from the three lists, and after assorting the prospects from most points received to the least, we were able to form these final rankings. If there were any ties, the tie-breaker was who appeared on more lists, or who had the highest average ranking.
Finally we’re on to the rankings. Leave all comments below! Info on the prospects were provided by Edge and Brandon.
1. Dan Blackburn, Goaltender, New York Rangers
The 10th overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft, Blackburn was ranked as the number 1 prospect by all three writers and was the easy choice for this spot. His emergence this season as a definite NHL caliber goalie and a potential all-star has made many fans and scouts drool over this youngsters potential. Fans are still thanking the Chicago Blackhawks for passing up on him to take Tuomo Ruutu, although Ruutu also happens to be a great talent. Expect many great things from Danny Blackburn in the future.
2. Jamie Lundmark, Center, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Read more »
The Hurricanes organization is successful at all levels at the current time. In the ECHL, the Florida Everblades are 23-13-5 and 4th in the Southeast Division, 4 points behind division-leading Greenville. The Lowell Lock Monsters have been fairly consistent after scorching the AHL through their first dozen games. They are now 23-14-7-1 (54 points), good enough for first place in the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes are first in the weak Southeast Division with a record of 22-17-7-5, which corresponds to 56 points and a ten-point lead over second-place Washington.
The Hurricanes also made a fairly significant trade this past week, sending Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Bret Hedican, forward Kevyn Adams and defensive prospect Tomas Malec, who is profiled below. Therefore, Ritchie will no longer be profiled within this section.
Zepp remains with Florida and is currently injured. His numbers haven’t changed since the last update. However, he appeared to be starting to find his game before the injury. He and Randy Petruk form a solid goaltending tandem for the Everblades.
In 13 games since my last update, DeFauw has registered 1 goal, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes for the Lock Monsters. Therefore, he cooled off a bit after his strong start. However, this is still only his second professional season.
Igor Knyazev Read more »