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Incredible size, strong skating, exceptional skill, and a winning work ethic; it would seem like formula necessary to be a high draft pick
As a high schooler, Packard attended Wyoming Seminary Prep School where he not only starred in ice hockey but also in lacrosse,
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 »
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
2. Jamie Lundmark, Center, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Read more »
The Calder Corner
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 »