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Hurricanes Pick-Up Quarterback for PP

by Dustin Nielson
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Well the Hurricanes had been missing one thing all year…. a quarterback for their powerplay. Numerous players had been given a shot at the job but the Canes just didn’t have a pure offensive defensemen, now they do.

With the trade deadline looming in the WHL the Hurricanes didn’t waste anytime and completed another deal with the Vancouver Giants. Yet again the Canes were looking to add more offense, in the last deal with the Giants the Hurricanes acquired Jeremy Jackson who was the Giants leading scorer at the time. David Selthun, 19, is headed to the Hurricanes along with 15 year-old Brandon Sadlowski. Going to the Giants are veteran Warren McCutcheon and tough youngster Triston Grant. Grant and McCutcheon will add grit and size to the Giants.

Selthun is just what the doctor ordered for the Canes. He is downright offensive and will see his share of P.P. time in Lethbridge. Selthun was leading the Giants in scoring at the time of the trade with 35 points in 38 games. He was acquired last fall by Vancouver in the expansion draft from the Kelowna Rockets which is where he played his first 3 WHL seasons. The 15-year-old Sadlowski currently plays for the Fort Saskatchewan AAA Rangers where he is the captain.

Hurricanes coach Bryan Maxwell says that to snag a guy like Selthun they had to give up quality in McCutcheon and Grant.

The Hurricanes biggest need at trade deadline time was a veteran offensive d-man but even though they got one don’t be surprised if another move is made. Maxwell said that every team is going to be trying to improv Read more »

Syracuse Crunch Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Both Matt Davidson and David Ling have been returned to Syracuse after a brief stint with the Blue Jackets. Davidson played in 6 games with Columbus, registering one goal. Ling, who was called up on his 27th birthday, was held pointless.

In other re-assignment news, defenseman Dan Watson has been re-assigned to Dayton of the ECHL. Watson appeared in 28 games with the Crunch this season, saw limited ice time. He registered one assist and four penalty minutes in his time with Columbus.

Who Is Eero Somervuori?

by Pete Choquette
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A
powered heavier-than-air aircraft that has fixed wings from which it derives
most of its lift? No, that would be an aeroplane.

The Finnish born late-modernist architect whose famous works included the TWA Terminal
at Kennedy Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri? No, that would
be Eero Saarinen.

If you answered the Lightning’s 7th round draft pick from the 1997 draft and
one of the most unknown and underappreciated prospects in Tampa Bay’s system,
you are correct. Currently, Somervuori ranks amongst the league leaders in the
Finnish SM-Liga in the key statistical categories of goals, points, and
plus/minus. Playing on a team with former Lightning center Vladimir Vujtek and
current Lightning prospect Erikki Rajamaki, in 36 games, he has compiled 16
goals and 31 points with a +20 rating this season. His numbers are good for
12th in the SM-Liga in points, 6th in goals, and 6th in plus/minus, yet few
Lightning fans have heard of the native of Järvenpää, Finland.
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Comparing minutes played to points scored

by Chris Boucher
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Statistics are interesting. They can be made to clarify aspects of the game, but they can also be used as a tool of misinformation.

One case in point is the point-per-game statistic. It is an incredibly telling piece of information when used properly, however the minutes-played per game statistic now allows us to break a player’s point-per-game average down even further. Thereby allowing us to adequately compare all skaters, regardless of ice time. For example, a player averaging nearly a point-per-game is almost exclusively a first or second line player. As a top-6 forward, he should be averaging somewhere between 16 and 21 minutes per game. Therefore, if we break that statistic down to its raw value we find that the player in question is contributing 1 point for every 17 to 21 minutes of ice-time.

Of course this statistic doesn’t take into account quality offensive minutes; quality minutes are normally classified as powerplay time. What it does allow though, is a clearer indication of the offensive contribution offered by players playing on teams’ third and fourth lines, thereby allowing us to compare the offensive contribution of all players; from the top line center to the fourth line right winger.

The calculation is performed by taking a player’s average ice-time-per-game and multiplying it by the number of games played. This result should give us an approximation of the player’s total minutes played this season. We then divide that amount by the individual’s point total. That gives us an indication of how many minutes a player needs Read more »

Wellwood’s New Start

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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There is little doubt that the Leaf 5th round selection in the 2001 draft Kyle Wellwood hasn’t been inking up the scoresheets this year like he did in 2000-2001 when he won the OHL scoring title with 118 points. A quick look at his points per game average, down .30 from a year ago, will tell you that much. To be sure, there was a shoulder injury to deal with earlier in the campaign and the timing to be found after coming back from it but there was also the criticism that without Branko Radivojevic and Randy Rowe putting the biscuit in the net he never would have piled up all of those assists.

Now comes a completely different challenge. Wellwood is going from a high octane ‘who cares about defense’ brand of hockey in Belleville that has them 4 points out of first place in the OHL’s East Division to distinctly regular ‘how do we light this thing anyway?’ team in Windsor pulling up the rear in the West Division two points south of London. Jason Spezza is gone and many have Dallas first rounder Steve Ott heading out on the next bus seeing as he may well end up playing at least AHL hockey next year. Should the Spits deal ‘The Rat’ for youth before the upcoming trade deadline, things will look very different indeed for Wellwood’s new team.

It’s possible they still could squeak into the playoffs on the back of goaltender Ryan Aschaber who has shown in the past that he is capable of carrying a team but what is really going to tell the tale is the new #97. The local kid, particularly if Ott is moved, is going to have to be the big wheel on offense down the stret Read more »

Michael Kolarz: A more distant future of hockey

by Robert Neuhauser
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Michael Kolarz was born in the Czech city of Havirov, a city near Ostrava, where hockey is
represented by the Vitkovice team. But he didn’t think of a hockey career since the very
beginning of his life. Michael was born in a family of a soccer player and no wonder that
his dad brought him to the game of soccer as soon as the little Michael could walk. He bought
him a ball, but also didn’t forget the most popular Czech sport – hockey. Michael stood at
his skates for the first time when he was three. He liked the sport and no wonder that he
began to attend the practices of the local team’s smallest kids cathegory. Besides soccer,
of course.

There in Havirov his first coach was the respected expert Jan Danecek. Danecek is now an
assistant coach for the Trinec midgets and his son Jan is the youngest player ever to play
in the senior Extraleague. Coach Danecek gave Michael the first tips and taught him the
basics of hockey. As a tall kid, Michael was sent to the defenseman position soon and he
had no trouble there. He seemed to like the blueliner’s role and he soon began to make
use of his talent and dominate the play. The forwards had a very tough time against Michael,
who soon began to play with older kids. He was born with a great ability to read the plays
and a nice hockey sense. He is very mobile, thanks also to the soccer practices.

As Michael grew in age, Extraleague teams, looking for a boost in their pipeline of youngest
kids’ prospects, began to be interested in Michael. The most logical way for him was a
transition to the Vitkovice team. S Read more »

Kuparinen Returns to Finland

by pbadmin
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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defensemen Mikko Kuparinen
to Ilves Tampere of the Finnish Elite League, Senior Vice President & General
Manager Rick Dudley announced.

Kuparinen, 24, appeared in 32 games this season with Pensacola of the East
Coast Hockey League, recording 11 goals, 12 assists and 18 penalty minutes. A
native of Hameenlinna, Finland, Kuparinen was selected in the ninth round of the
1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning. He was traded to Atlanta on October 29,
1999, and reacquired from the Thrashers on March 11, 2000.

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release
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The latest edition of Inside the CHL will be available at the official
website of the Canadian Hockey League, www.chl.ca, on Friday afternoon.

Inside the CHL is a look around the Canadian Hockey League, the largest
hockey league in the world. The show is posted at www.chl.ca and is also
heard on junior hockey radio broadcasts across the country.

On Edition number 5, host Roger Lajoie previews the upcoming Hershey Cup CHL
All-Star Series of Games, along with the Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects
Game as well. CHL commissioner David Branch is among the guests on the show,
which CHL radio stations are invited to download and use during their
intermissions.

Inside the CHL is produced every two weeks, with the next edition after
Friday’s available Friday, Jan. 25.

2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE WEEK OF JANUARY 21

The Ontario Hockey League will announce the site of the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup the week of Monday, January 21, the league announced Thursday.

OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch also advised all four of the
franchises bidding for the tournament of the decision time frame Thursday.
The four teams bidding are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters, the Guelph
Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.

The OHL’s trading deadline is Thursday at 6 p.m. The league advised all
teams prior to the selection process that the winning bid would be announced
after the OHL’s trading deadline was passed and the announcement timing was
determined Thursday morning.

“The quality of the four bids w Read more »

Updated Pittsburgh Penguins Top 20 prospects

by Erik Johnson
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Now that the World Junior Championships have completed and most leagues are at the halfway point of the season, it’s time to readjust the Top 20 prospect list for the Pens prospects. And because of a graduation prospect, we have a new #1. First off, because of time played in the NHL, this prospects have been moving off the list to graduated status:


Kris Beech, C Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

41 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 17 points


Josef Melichar, D Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

41 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points


Toby Peterson, C Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

41 games, 6 goals, 7 assists, 13 points

And now for the newly updated Pens prospect list:


1) Brooks Orpik, D Wilkes-Barre (AHL)
Season: 40 games, 1 goal, 11 assists, 12 points, -8, 50 PIM

Moves up to the first spot with the graduation of Kris Beech. Played well early in the season, was one of the only players on the team with a positive +/-. Play has slipped a bit lately, but still playing well for during his first professional season. Will be a candidate for a spot on the NHL team next season or a possible late season callup.


2) Michal Sivek, C Slava Praha (Czech)
Season: 25 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, 12 points, -12, 30 PIM (WBS)

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The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release
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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Oshawa Generals
centre Jamie Johnson has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team
that will compete in the first game of the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star
Series January 16, 2002 at the Ottawa Civic Centre. Johnson replaces injured
forward Cory Stillman of the Kingston Frontenacs.

Johnson, a 19-year-old native of Port Franks, ON, leads the Generals in
scoring this season with 12 goals and 39 assists for 51 points in 40 games.
He was a fifth round pick of the Ottawa 67’s in the 1999 OHL Priority
Selection.

2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE WEEK OF JANUARY 21

The Ontario Hockey League will announce the site of the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup the week of Monday, January 21, the league announced Thursday.

OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch also advised all four of the
franchises bidding for the tournament of the decision time frame Thursday.
The four teams bidding are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters, the Guelph
Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.

The OHL’s trading deadline is Thursday at 6 p.m. The league advised all
teams prior to the selection process that the winning bid would be announced
after the OHL’s trading deadline and the announcement timing was determined
Thursday morning.

“The quality of the four bids was without question outstanding,” Branch
said. “We are confident that no matter where the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup winds up, the teams, fans and media involved will be treated to an
outstandi Read more »

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