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Boston Bruins: Rookie Recap

by Shane Walsh

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.

“They don’t
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 Mourn With the United States

by Tony Calfo

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.

Hitmen Freeze up against ICE

by Jeff Bromley

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 »

A Day of Silence

by pbadmin

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

Traverse City Wrap-up, Day 5

by Jessica Haskin

Columbus vs. St. Louis

The Columbus Blue Jacket’s and St. Louis Blues faced off for the final
game of the tournament to determine who would be the champions of the
The Blue Jacket’s Pascal Leclaire and the Blues’ Phil Osaer were the
goalies for the night.

The first action to make the score sheets were penalties. Three were
handed out three minutes and twenty-one seconds into the game. Simon
Skoog of the Blues was sent to the box for roughing. St. Louis’ Mahon
and Columbus’ Tyler Sloan each received five minute fighting majors.
Sloan got a few good punches in with Mahon only punching him once to the
back of the head. Sloan was worn out at the end of a shift though and
went down fairly easily when Mahon wrestled him to the ice.

With Columbus already on the power play Brett Scheffelmaier got a delay
of game call giving the Blue Jackets a five-on-three advantage for
thirty-nine seconds.

Four seconds after St. Louis was allowed to have one of their men back
on the ice Columbus’ Preston Mizzi received the puck from Kiel McLeod
and lifted it over Osaer’s left shoulder.

Eleven minutes and fifty-four seconds into the period Ben Knopp was
called for tripping giving St. Louis a power play. Eight seconds into
the power play Greg Davis scored for St. Louis with an assist from Brad

Mizzi went to the penalty box for holding giving St. Louis another power
play opportunity with five minutes and one second remaining in the first
period. Half way through the power play the Blues scored with a goal
from Read more »

Senators announce training camp roster

by Jake Dole
A list of 49 players was announced by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, September 8, 2001. The camp itself begins on Tuesday, September 11, with fitness and medical testing. Practices and intra-squad games will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, as the roster will be divided into two teams for the time being.
Out of the Hull tourney invitees, Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza, Alexandre Giroux, Simon Lajeunesse, Ray Emery, Josh Langfield, Toni Dahlman, Chris Kelly, Scott Bala and Tim Gleason will participate at the training camp. The likes of Tessier, Konopka, Maleyko, Byfuglien, Platil, among others were promptly left off.
The Senators rookies had a successful tournament, despite the recent 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens hopeful.

The Roster

Player Name. Pos. Height, Weight. Birth Date.

Alfredsson, Daniel. RW. 5’11, 198. 1972-12-11.
Avredsson, Magnus. LW. 6’2, 198. 1971-11-25.
Bala, Chris. 6’1, 180. LW. 1978-9-24.
Bonk, Radek. 6’3, 220. C. 1976-01-09.
Brookbank, Wade. D. 6’4, 225. 1977-9-29.
Chara, Zdeno. D. 6’9, 255. 1977-03-18.
Chouinard, Mathieu. G. 6’1, 211. 1980-11-04.
Ciernik, Ivan. LW. 6’1, 234. 1977-10-30.
Dahlman, Toni. RW. 5’11. 194. 1979-09-03.
Demidov, Ilya. D. 6’3, 188. 1979-04-14.
Doig, Jason. D. 6’3, 228. 1977-01-29.
Emery, Ray. G. 6’3, 192. 1982-09-28. Read more »

Top 10 Goalie Prospects Posted!

by HF Staff

Hockey’s Future has kicked off the “Big List” week with the posting of our Top 10 goalie list!

Click on the link in the “Top Features” section on the upper left of the page, and discuss the lists on our message board.

Check back in two days for the top 25 Defenseman!

Panthers-Coyotes Game Recap

by HF Staff


HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament concluded on Saturday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Florida Panthers captured third place by defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Panthers netted the game’s first three goals. D Paul Elliott opened the scoring in the first period and assisted on LW Niklas Hagman’s second period tally. Hagman, the Panthers’ third choice (70th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, swept in the rebound of an Elliott shot for a 2-0 lead. RW Kyle Bruce, an eighth round pick in this year’s draft, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. C Janis Sprukts earned his second assist of the game on the play. 18-year-old G Billy Thompson, a fifth round pick this year, made 26 stops for the win. He posted a 1-1-0 record and allowed just four goals in two games. Florida finished the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. The Panthers will begin their main training camp in Florida next week with on-ice sessions beginning on Wednesday at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs.

FIRST PERIOD: Elliott blasted the Panthers’ first shot of the game by the Coyotes netminder on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Sprukts and McCormick earned assists on the play. The Panthers held an 8-6 advantage in shots.

SECOND PERIOD: Hagman and Bruce notched back-to-back goals to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Elliott earned his second point of the night with an assist on Hagman’s goal, and Spruk Read more »

Traverse City Tourney, Day 4

by Jessica Haskin

Atlanta Thrashes the Wild

The Atlanta Thrashers soundly beat the Minnesota Wild six to three.

Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard went to the penalty box for roughing two
minutes and eighteen seconds into the game.
Forty-five seconds later Atlanta’s Carl Mallette took a slashing penalty
just as his teammate Chad Wolkowski put the puck in the net past Brady
Block. The goal and power play were nullified by Mallette’s penalty.

It only took Atlanta six more seconds to get on the board though after
Mallette went to the penalty box when Dany Heatly scored.
Back at even strength four and a half minutes into the game Atlanta
scored again from Karl Stewart, assisted by Heatly.

Stewart was then caught holding with Luke Sellars already in the penalty
box for slashing. Block went to the bench on the delayed penalty, giving
the Wild a six-on-four advantage. Stephan Veilleux scored at five
forty-nine with assists from Eric Johansson and Travis Roche.

Minnesota opened the second period with two goals in the first five
minutes of play. The first goal was scored a minute and sixteen seconds
into the period from Chris Heid with assists from Veilleux and Nick
Schultz. The second goal was put in the net five minutes into the
second from Matt Dzieduszycki with assists coming from Lyle Rolling and

Atlanta scored three goals before the period ended taking away
Minnesota’s lead. Jeff Dessner scored the first of three with a helper
from Zdenek Blatny. Then Ilja Kolvachuck skated down to the Wild’s net
and just slipped the puck be Read more »

Florida Panthers Training Camp Preview

by Mark Fischel

Florida Panthers Training Camp Preview

For the first time in several years, the Florida Panthers are holding their training camp in their own home town. Looking to put last season’s miserable campaign behind them, a campaign that saw the departures of veterans Scott Mellanby, Ray Whitney, Todd Simpson, Rob Neidermayer, Mike Sillinger and Igor Larionov. With a turnover of nearly a quarter of their roster, the Panthers are giving new and hungry players a chance to turn the Panthers around. Coming to South Florida this year are Jason Weimer, Valeri Bure, Jeff Norton, Bernie Kosar, and the promise of several rookies who are anticipated to make the team. As Tool’s Maynard Keenan sings in the line “I know the pieces fit”, it will be up to the Panther coaching staff to make sure all the pieces fit.

Each position will be analyzed for the current mix of veterans and rookies that will be competing for the spots. Some positions will not have an opening available for some rookie to make the team and will rely on whatever veterans are available to fill in the roster. After each position is analyzed, I will make my “fearless prediction” on what rookies will make the team. My only disclaimer is that I reserve the right to be very wrong in these predictions and will ignore all mocking derisive comments that I probably will earn and deserve. So with that being said, onto the rosters!

Training Camp Rosters

Center: Olli Jokinen, Kevyn Adams, Ryan Johnson, Viktor Kozlov, Serge Payer, Nick S Read more »

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