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Stats for Rangers Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Player Stats
Player            Pos  Team       League    GP    G   A  Pts   +/-  PIM
Pavel Brendl      RW   Calgary    WHL        7   11   4   15    7     6
Jamie Lundmark     C   Moose Jaw  WHL        0    0   0    0    0     0
Filip Novak        D   Regina     WHL       13    5   9   14    5     9
Garrett Bembridge  C   Saskatoon  WHL       10    4   6   10   -8     8
Johan Witehall    LW   Hartford   AHL        6    5   6   11   N/A    8
Burke Henry        D   Hartford   AHL        6    1   7    8   N/A   11
Mike Mottau        D   Hartford   AHL        6    1   6    7   N/A    2
Jeff Ulmer         C   Hartford   AHL        6    3   2    5   N/A    2
Manny Malhotra     C   Hartford   AHL        6    1   1    2   N/A   35
Stefan Cherneski  RW   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A   12
Brandon Dietrich   C   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A    0
Francois Fortier  LW   Hartford   AHL        4    0   0    0   N/A    0
Boyd Kane         LW   Hartford   AHL        4    0   0    0   N/A    4
Tomas Kloucek      D   Hartford   AHL        6    0   0    0   N/A   12
Dale Purinton      D   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A   41
Martin Richter     D   Hartford   AHL        1    0   0    0   N/A    0

Goalie Stats
Player           Team      League GP MIN   AVG  W  L  T EN SO GA Svs SPCT
Johan Holmqvist  Hartford  AHL     4 209  2.87  2  1  0  0  0 10 108 .907
Vitali Yeremeyev Charlotte ECHL    2 118  4.06  1  1  0  0  0  8  71 .899

2000-2001 USHL Eastern Division Outlook

by Jason Shaner
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The new USHL season has already begun and the early season action is as
action packed as ever. This season the league welcomes two new teams
although they are not new franchises to the league. The Chicago Steel
join play this year after playing in Fargo the past few seasons as the
Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks. The Tri-City Storm also debut this year.
The Storm were formerly known as the Twin Cities Vulcans. Last season
the Vulcans won the Junior A National Championship after finishing 2nd
in the playoffs to the Green Bay Gamblers. They will be out to defend
their title for sure. As will Green Bay who will look to add yet
another division title and playoff banner to their impressive history.
Several star players have left and several more have taken their
places. Below will be a look at each division, the team’s outlooks in
the order I predict they will finish and some of their rising stars who
will take them there.

Eastern Division

1. Green Bay Gamblers -
The Gamblers are not as strong as they may have been in past years but
until someone knocks them off their roost, 1st place is theirs. The
Gamblers do have some major players returning this season. Gone are
offensive wizard Aaron Smith and defensive wild-man Jeff Finger but the
Gamblers still have plenty in the cupboard. Luke Stauffacher will lead
the way on the offense but Ryan Moderson and Alan Swanson bring USHL
experience and the offensive know-how the Gamblers will use. These
leaders will work their fresh faces into the offensive flow as was done
to th Read more »

Positives on the Prospect Prospectives

by Mike Delfino
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As the Sharks started their 10th season, there were areas that were unquestionably keys for the Sharks if they were to succeed. By far, the two most important areas were getting the free agents signed, and the improvement of young players such as Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Scott Hannan. Of those two objectives, the first was accomplished successfully, with only Owen Nolan out opening night. However, the jury is still out on the development of the younger players.

The first two games of the year, Patrick Marleau looked more out of place than he did last year. There were times when he literally stood there and did practically nothing, while his opponents were whizzing past for scoring chances or turnovers. However, after those first couple games, Marleau has improved a great deal.
Since then, Marleau seems to have taken on a new attitude towards his game.
“The key is to keep the intensity up and play level high,” said Marleau after nearly connecting on several chances vs. Boston, and scoring once.
In that game he scored a bit of a fluke goal, but created many more chances that were either saved, shot wide, or hit the post. The biggest difference is that he’s creating chances that he wasn’t creating last year. He’s using his speed and natural ability to if nothing else, get the puck deep in the offensive zone. He may not get a point, but it’s often his work that is paying off in the long run of a 60-minute game.

One could make a case that Marco Sturm has been the unsung hero of this young season. While his numbers don’t j Read more »

WCHA Weekend Notes and Recap

by Erik Freeman
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More WCHA action took place this past weekend. The Minnesota Gophers
continued their winning ways in a sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. Michigan Tech
pulled off one of the biggest upsets in this early season by beating
defending national champions, North Dakota in Grand Forks 5-4. The Sioux
came back to win 5-2 to split the series. Wisconsin swept Minnesota
State-Mankato in two one goal games. In non-conference action Denver played
Boston College tough but couldn’t come away with a victory as they fell 3-2
in both games. St. Cloud State defeated Bemidji State 3-1 and 7-0 in a home
and home series. Alaska-Anchorage swept in state rival Alaska Fairbanks.

Minnesota wasn’t able to put the Bulldogs away on Friday night as freshman
goaltender Adam Coole played a stellar game in his debut. However, Saturday
was a different night. The Gophers dominated the play in every aspect.
Erik Westrum continues to look like one of the best players in the country
and an early season Hobey Baker candidate. The one question mark involved
with Westrum and the Hobey Baker is his dirty play. Many will remember last
season’s kicking incident as a negative but this kid can play.

Michigan Tech, are they better than last year’s dismal campaign? We’ll wait
and see, but from the looks of it they seem much improved. Maybe they can
continue to build and hope for the best as they will need to add more skill
players if they want to get to the level of North Dakota on a consistent
basis. If Paul Cabana and Matt Ulwelling can continue scoring Read more »

Kootenay’s Tutschek Playing the Waiting Game

by Jeff Bromley
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On the ice, Kootenay ICE forward Brad Tutschek is used to facing his opponents head on, with his trademark toughness, grit and attitude that have made him a stalwart in the ICE
lineup since he joined the club via a trade from the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1996. Now, the gritty center is battling two opponents he has little or no control over. Father time and the
specter of a nagging shoulder injury that is taking longer than expected to heal.

Brad Tutschek is a twenty-yr-old forward this season and him, along with teammates Dion Lassu, Dean Arsene and Mike Comrie are all subject to WHL rules stating that any team is
only allowed to carry three overage (twenty’s) players on their roster after the November 1st deadline. With the exception of scoring sensation Mike Comrie, one of Arsene, Lassu or
Tutschek will be traded by the Kootenay ICE by this Wednesday or sooner to accommodate the league overage rule.

In a perfect world, it is a decision that ICE Director of Hockey Operations Bob Tory would probably rather not make. For Brad Tutschek, the problematic shoulder injury and the fact
that he hasn’t see any action yet this season has kept the power forward from making Tory’s decision that much harder. “Obviously it’s nerve racking, it has been from day one. I knew
that I probably wouldn’t get into any games before the deadline, if any. I try not to think about it much but whatever happens it will be the best for the team,” said Tutschek.

The training, the therapy, the practices and the inability to get back into the lineup ar Read more »

Jan Bohac waiting for his chance in Czech Elite league

by Ivana Paulova
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Fans of the Ottawa Senators have probably asked themselves several times who this 2000 3rd round pick (the 87th position) is. let me introduce him to you. He is a guy named Jan Bohac (6’2″, 198lb) a former player of
the Czech team Slavia Praha. He has a phenomenal work rate and is a very
assiduous player. You may say his physical as well as psychological
aspects are ideal for a central player in the NHL. He is said to be a
bit slim, so putting on weight should also bring more confidence to his
play.

Like many hockey players he started at an early age. He was born in
Tabor a town in the south of the Czech Republic. At the age of 15 he was
faced with a big decision: either he could play for Ceské Budejovice
(Vaclav Nedorost plays there) or he could go to Prague. What a choice!
But he made it!
After deliberating for two days he made the move to Prague. Now he is a
confident and mature player; with development he may well be a future
star.

Jan did not even go to Ottawa for the training camp because of an
agreement made between Slavia and Ottawa. The reason was very simple.
Jan is still very young with little probability of making the first team
so his only choice would be playing lower league in North America or
returning back home. Here it becomes complicated because Ottawa wanted
him to improve his style of playing and not to learn the new style of
North America, so he stayed at home. But in the Czech Republic the
season starts in the first week of September so he would miss out about
8 rounds and it would be hard for him to make Read more »

Family Ties-The Jarrett family

by Jason Ahrens
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The NHL has seen a lot of family connections in its history, from the
Sutters to the Hunters, from high draft picks like Brett and Eric
Lindros or Pierre and Sylvain Turgeon. There is another family looming
on the horizon, the Jarrett family. Cole and Pat are brothers, aged 17
and 16 respectively. There is also cousin Blair a third round pick of
the Ice Dogs in last years draft, currently toiling in Tier 2 Junior and
draft eligible for 2003.

Cole and Pat have a lot in common.

  • They both play on the point on their teams’ first power play unit
  • They play with a blue chip prospect for NHL 2001 draft, Stephen Weiss
    and Jason Spezza.
  • They were first round picks of their OHL teams.
  • Cole saw a lot of ice time as a 16 year old, as will Pat this year
    with Mississauga.
  • They play on teams known for their drafting (one for a good job, the
    other, well not so good).

    So who are they? Cole is a key defenceman on a solid Plymouth club. He
    played regularly last year on a team that surprised everyone and made it
    to the OHL final. This year they are expected to contend again and make
    it to the Memorial Cup. Cole is partnered with a 16 year old rookie,
    and they play together even strength, on the power play, and short
    handed. Cole is a total package type of guy, well rounded with no big
    time faults or big time strengths. His skating is pro material, but not
    stellar. He plays on one of the stingiest teams in the league
    defensively, and so his defensive duties are aided by waves of
    backchecking Whaler forwards. He won’t get Read more »

  • The Weekend Warrior

    by Randy Nicholson
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    Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland
    during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations,
    commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

    Some Hot – Others Not: The St. John’s Maple Leafs seem well on the way
    to erasing the bitter memories of last season … the club has won 4 of
    its first 6 starts and is performing well for new coach Lou Crawford …
    amongst the large contingent of young prospects on the roster. Alexei
    Ponikarovsky and Mikael Hakansson (playing together with Bobby House on
    the 1st line) have been the most impressive thus far … Franticek Mrazek,
    Jeff Farkas and Adam Mair have yet to begin posting the numbers that are
    going to be expected from them (each has 3 points in 6 games) … Michal
    Travnicek, though held to 2 points in the early going, has been
    finishing every check with extreme prejudice and is quickly becoming a
    fan favorite on the Rock … on the backline, minor league vets Nathan
    Dempsey, D. J. Smith, Tyler Harlton and David Cooper are all
    contributing on the attack and performing solidly defensively as well …
    in the absence of #1 goalie, Jimmy Waite, the combination of Mike Minard
    and Jamie Hodson has so far been more than equal to the challenge …

    Leafs Trivia I: Only 3 Toronto Maple Leafs have ever scored 50 or more
    goals during a single NHL season … name all three players (answer below
    Whatever happened to) …

    Tellqvist Scare: Swedish super prospect Mikael Tellqvist missed 2
    starts with Djurgarden last week w Read more »

    Road to WJC´s continue & Sweden names Under-18 squad

    by Peter Westermark
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    Sweden has named the national Under-20 team that will participate in the
    four nations exhbition tournament in Uddevalla, Sweden, November 10th to
    12th.

    The Uddevalla tournament is the last exhibition tournament before the start
    of the World Junior Championships in late december. The team picked to
    participate in Uddevalla will make up the core of the team that will travel
    to Russia, so the tournament is a good indication of how high the
    expectations should be on the Swedes.

    This year´s team lack the flash that last year´s Swedish WJC entry had with
    players such as the Sedin-twins and fast rising Red Wings prospect Henrik
    Zetterberg. Instead, they will have to rely on a team effort.

    The advantage of having more players who are regulars on their club-teams
    than Swedish teams have had in previous tournaments should be a factor, and
    a better finish than last year´s quarter-final exit is in the cards in spite
    of the lack of star quality.

    Frölunda´s Henrik Lundqvist enters the tournament as the number one
    goaltender. He was drafted by the New York Rangers 205th overall last summer
    and has played four games for Frölunda in the Elitserien. Johan Backlund
    from Skellefteå will try to unseat him, but has a tough task on his hands.

    The defense is somewhat on the small side. Four of the eight defensemen
    chosen are six feet tall or shorter. The biggest defenseman is Lars Jonsson,
    who is listed at 6´2, 200 pounds. The seventh overall Bruins pick is
    expected to be a leader, especially offensively. Jonsson is cur Read more »