The morning kicked off with a forty-minute scrimmage
between the Black and White teams. Ben Clymer opened the scoring a few
minutes in, snapping a wrister past Kevin Weekes. Clymer made it
obvious through his performance and determination today, that he has no
intention of returning to the minor leagues.
Brad Richards, who did not seem to be affected at
all by the absence of close friend and former linemate, Vincent Lecavalier,
tied the score when he got the puck past Nikolai Khabibulin from in
close. Richards centered Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis,
which will likely be the top line if Lecavalier is not signed soon.
The final goal was scored by prospect Nikita Alexeev,
after a scramble in front of Weekes. Management stated going into camp,
that Alexeev had a roster spot to lose. By watching the ex-Erie Otter
play, you would think he is hanging on for dear life. He woed fans with his
speed and skill, as he showcased himself for the coaching staff.
Another prospect, Jimmie Olvestad, ended the day on
a positive note. Turning on his physical game, Olvestad had four hits
through the first 20 minutes of play, including two on hulking defenseman
Kristian Kudroc, who towered over the 6’1 winger.
Defensive pairings on the white team were juggled to get Read more »
The pennants hang with their usual luster. The goal posts and ice shine with the brightness of a new season. If baseball has the smell of grass and the open sky, then surely hockey has the shine. This is the time of the season when everyone’s a contender. The loss column is empty, and anything seems possible.
It all seemed like a distraction as the Canadiens stepped onto the ice to begin training camp. Only the brightness of the new season was enough to cut through the dark cloud of reality.
Until eight days ago, the shine might have been accompanied by more hope. At that point the team had made sufficient strides toward competing for a playoff spot. The car finally seemed to be in gear; inching its way up the hill of competitiveness. Now the reality of the situation sets in; with the loss of the team’s leader and number one centerman the Canadiens head into training camp coasting uphill.
Great teams are built through the middle. If goaltending is the anchor, then the centerman is the rudder. As it stands right now the Canadiens depth at center trails in comparison with other teams in the East. Where the Flyers have Primeau, Roenick, Dopita, and the Rangers have Lindros, Messier, Nedved; the Canadiens have Perreault, Juneau, Bulis.
Craig Darby, Benoit Gratton, and Mike Ribeiro fill out the depth chart. Barring any additional help via trade or free agency, Ribeiro may just become the wild card. His offensive game has never been questioned. However, his work ethic and defensive awareness have question marks jumping off the page.
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Although many people’s minds were elsewhere, the Canadiens opened their first day of training camp. The players skated in two different groups, during two separate on-ice sessions prior to playing a scrimmage. The lines remained fixed throughout the scrimmage. With some interesting pairings considering it’s so early in training camp.
Forward lines of note(LW, C, RW)
Brian Savage, Yannick Perreault, Oleg Petrov
Martin Rucinsky, Jan Bulis, Richard Zednick
Chad Kilger, Joé Juneau, Andreas Dackell
Benoit Brunet, Benoit Gratton, Gino Odjick
Patrick Poulin, Mike Ribeiro, Marcel Hossa
Éric Chouinard, Craig Darby, Josef Balej
Éric Landry, Xavier Delisle, Jason Ward
Defensive pairings of note(LD, RD)
Stéphane Quintal, Patrice Brisebois
Sheldon Souray, Craig Rivet
Karl Dykhuis, Stéphane Robidas
Francis Bouillon, Patrick Traverse
Ron Hainsey, Martti Jarventie
Andrei Markov, Mathieu Descoteaux
Box Score (Or reasonable facsimile thereof)
(RED) Mike Ribeiro (penalty shot) ** 1-0
(RED) Mike Ribeiro (Stéphane Robidas) ** 2-0
(RED) Patrick Poulin (Karl Dykhuis) ** 3-0
(RED) Patrick Traverse (Jan Bulis, Richard Zednick) ** 4-0
(RED) Martin Rucinsky (penalty shot) ** 5-0
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What does it really take to make it in the NHL? Heart? Determination? Skill? Patience?
Examining the Bruins young core of top prospects at the annual rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario last weekend, one gets an early impression of just how
hard these young guns are willing to work to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NHL.
The problem however, is that most of the Bruins young guns are shooting blanks!
“Nobody is really impressing me,” said Brad Davis a scout for the Edmonton Oilers. “Zdenek Kutlak is by far the best player on the ice for Boston, and he played a handful of games with the big club last year. That has to tell you of the caliber of players that are on the ice.”
Not all of Boston’s top prospects and invites were disappointing to watch all weekend. Carl Corazzini, a recent signing out of Boston University, impressed with his intense level of play.
a guy who plays with heart,” said a Bruins scout who wished to remain anonymous.
“He shows up to play every night, and doesn’t take any shifts off. He’s a
great two-way forward who could be a big surprise at our main camp this fall.”
Ed Hill and Colton Orr both impressed with their high energy level of play.
come any more physical than Colton Orr,” said Davis. “Here’s a guy that transitioned
his game from defense to forward and did it successfully. Orr is the kind
of player that every team would love to have, but unfortunately because of
his skating, he may not get an opportunity to display what he Read more »
Kings Director of Professional Scouting Ace Bailey and scout Mark Bavis were among the thousands of victims from Tuesday’s cowardly acts of terrorism.
Ace Bailey was a two-time Stanley Cup winner in Boston and a highly regarded scout in Los Angeles. His off-season input lead to the signings of Steve Heinze and Ken Belanger. He leaves his wife and son.
Mark Bavis, 31, was instrumental in the Kings’ off-season. He played a major role in the drafting of David Steckel. Bavis has a twin brother who coaches at Boston University.
The entire LA Kings Hockeys Future staff extends their deepest sympathies and condolences.
To continue our coverage of the “Big List” week, Hockey’s Future is glad to announce the unveiling of our top 25 defenseman.
Head to the link “2001 top 50 Prospects” link in our top features section to see the list!
A very quick breakdown of the few NHL roster spots that will be up for grabs this camp and the main contenders for each spot.
The Boston Bruin situation is a little interesting this season, for the first time in recent memory the biggest news of the off-season wasn’t the deep pockets and short arms of team owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sure, the off-season is turning into camp-time now with the high-profile Jason Allison holdout dominating the news on the team, but in-between the decision not to meet contract demands on 1999 draftees Kyle Wanvig, Martin Grenier, and Seamus Koytk, and the current troubles finding a happy meeting ground to ink a deal with Mr. Allison, the Bruins signed some fairly high-profile and pricey unrestricted free agent help.
Five of Boston’s top six forward spots should be accounted for. This leaves one spot open and no real proven talent locked into taking the spot. Here is the first possible rookie battle to keep an eye on.
If Jason Allison is signed, the spot is his, but if he isn’t the two most likely rookies to compete for the spot will be 2001 Hobey Baker finalist Andy Hilbert, and 2002 NCAA goal scoring leader Lee Goren. Of the two players, Hilbert’s game seems more NHL polished. His combination of grit and skill should serve him well in his attempt to step straight into the NHL without having to serve an AHL apprenticeship. Compared favorably in some circles in style to the way that Chris Drury plays the game, Hilbert may end up resembling Drury in that he could get shifted around in positions and ro Read more »
Life still goes on despite the attacks yesterday, the most tragic day in
American history. The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice for their first
day of training camp in Traverse City, MI.
“We’re here and we’re working out, but everybody’s heart and soul in
our organization are with the families of those who were lost yesterday”
said the Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
Holland also said that there was much discussion the night before to
decide whether or not to hold training camp as scheduled. The final
decision was to hold camp as planned to offer a little happiness to
those who had planned on coming and give them the opportunity to take
their minds off of the attacks for awhile.
The fans got their first glimpse of Dominik Hasek, Luc Robitaille, and
Brett Hull practicing as a team with the Detroit Red Wings.
Darren McCarty brought a smile to a young boys face as he gave a playful
punch to the glass where the boy was leaning his chin on the boards.
The veteran Igor Larionov and prospect Paul Ballantyne battled along the
boards this morning in a drill in Team C’s practice. Ballantyne defended
Larionov amazingly well, keeping Larionov from passing the puck out from
behind the net. The 19 year old Ballantyne will most likely be seen as a
regular on the Detroit blue line in coming years.
When Team C’s practice was over teams A and B came onto the ice for two
scrimmage games. Each scrimmage consisting of one twenty minute period.
The crowd cheered as the players skated onto the ice recognizing their
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Coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Lethbridge, the Kootenay ICE kicked off their home debut of the 2001 exhibition season against an old rival that hardly needed any introduction, the Calgary Hitmen. If the weekend’s exhibition series are any indication, the loss of goal scoring through the graduation of high-scoring forwards such as Bret DeCecco and Zdenek Blatny from last season isn’t of any concern to the ICE. Outscoring their big-city rivals by a combined score of 15-5 over the two game, home and home set (with Calgary’s home date being in Okotoks), Kootenay’s scoring came from the usual suspects, some pleasant surprises and a fresh face in the name of Nigel Dawes.
At the home date on Saturday the local squad came out a little flat and had trouble measuring up against a Hitmen squad loaded with toughness. During the first ten minutes of the first frame a total of six players saw the showers early as fisticuffs between Brennan Evans and Robin Gomez, Steve Makway and Mike Egener and Andy Thompson and Wes Rypien highlighted a first period that ended in a one-one stalemate. The second and third frames were marked by one thing – goals. Five in the second and four in the third to be exact as the ICE dusted off the Hitmen by a count of 10-4. The good thing about exhibition is that if you lose, it’s just that, exhibition. If you win it’s a sign that things are going right and there are lots of positives to build on but it’s still preseason. That attitude was echoed by ICE assistant coach Cory Clouston who took over the reigns of head coach for Saturday night’s tilt. “In g Read more »
Out of the respect for all the innocent victims and their families of this horrendous tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C. we at Hockey’s Future would like to have a day of silence. From our entire staff from other countries to all our American staff and readers our condolences for your loss. We all hope one day that these events will longer be necessary in any part of the world.Respectfully,Shane MalloyAsst. Managing Editor/Director of Media RelationsHockey’s Future