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Washington Capitals Mid-Season Prospect Review

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BRIAN SUTHERBY (C)…After starting in the NHL straight out of training camp, it took seven games for GM George McPhee to return him to his junior club. With Moose Jaw of the WHL, Brian has put up great numbers so far. He has scored 12 goals in 21 games, and is a +8 rating. He was one of three Capitals prospects selected to compete in the recent 2002 World Junior Championships (Silver Medal – Team Canada), where he played on the top checking line scoring 3 goals and 3 assists. Look for Sutherby to continue to impress.

JACUB CUTTA (D)…Began the season for the AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. As a stay-at-home mold defenseman, Jacub’s scoring numbers won’t look that great but continues to log decent ice time as a number 3-4 defenseman for the Pirates. Upon the avalanche of Washington’s injuries , the Caps called up Cutta to add depth to it’s line-up. Cutta played in only 2 games before being sent down, and was unfortunately part of a 5 to 11 demolition display put on by the Ottawa Senators (Oct. 13). Regardless, Jakub continues to impress management and will likely stay in Portland for another year or so before making his full-time Capitals debut.

MATT PETTINGER (LW)…A surprise product running straight from the University of Denver, to the WHL Calgary Hitmen, AHL Portland, and now has been a mainstay in Washington since the first week of the season. With the injury to Steve Konwalchuk, Matt has bee given a long-term shot to develop with Chris Simon, who has been able to clear more space on the ice for him. Matt has 5 g Read more »

Czech Newcomer Makes Lasting Impression On OHL

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It seems as though every year something good happens to the Ottawa 67’s. A team known for assessing talent had brought in several rookies into its lineup for the 2001-2002 season.

From Newmarket of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League (where he had collected 83 points on 33 goals in 49 games), 17-year old sniper Corey Locke joined the lineup. A couple of 16-year-old hopefuls and 2001 draftees Mark Mancari and Layne Moodie have already become everyday contributors for the club.

However, the 67’s crossed their fingers when selecting a couple of Czech imports, Karol Sloboda and Jaroslav Sklenar, 62nd and 72nd overall, respectively, at the 2001 CHL import Draft.

There is no doubt that these two youngsters have tremendous talent — Sklenar was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ sixth round, 183rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft. However predicting the players’ adaptation to the Canadian language and society would have been next to impossible.

So far, the season has been a dream for Sloboda, the league’s plus-minus leader going into last Friday’s game versus the Oshawa Generals, and arguably the 67’s MVP in the first 16 games of the season. Meanwhile, Sklenar — seen by many as a prospect with better potential than Sloboda — returned to the Czech Republic with homesickness. Somewhat of a shock to many that predicted Jaroslav as this year’s version of the departed Vadim Sozinov.

Sloboda, meanwhile, has quietly become a mainstay on the Ottawa blueline, to say the least.

Backtracking to the Import Draft in June 2001, the 67’s had little informatti Read more »

Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/06

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Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/06


The Calder Corner

Atlanta’s wonder-twin’s slowed down this week, but they would have had a hard time holding of HF’s Prospect of the Week Mikka Kiprusoff. Kiprusoff saw action in all 3 of San Jose’s games this week and went 3-0-0 with a stellar .974 Save Percentage. For this amazing week, Mikka Kiprusoff truly deserves to take home the weekly honors.


TeamPlayer
4 Games
Tjarnqvist: 2 Assists
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (17)
Heatley:1 Goal (16)
BOS 4 Games
Boynton: 1 Assist
Girard: 1 Assist
BUF 3 Games
1 Game: Noronen: 11 Shots, 9 Saves Read more »

Hockey’s Future Announces New Affiliation

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We hope you all enjoy the articles from the pages of B.C. and Alberta Hockey Now on Hockey’s Future and we encourage our readers to take a look. If there are players, tournaments or information of interest please send HF management a note and we will provide the most in-depth coverage possible. At this time Laurence Heinen Editor of Hockey Now welcomes our entire readership to explore and enhance their knowledge of the vast realm of youth hockey in the western Canada.

It is Hockey’s Future goal to provide the most in-depth information on prospects and youth hockey in the world. With our ongoing progress towards meeting our aspirations we encourage our readership to be proactive in our venture. At Hockey’s Future we believe you are the backbone to the success of the publication. We welcome all comments and concerns in any aspect regarding Hockey’s Future and the role we can play in the future’s of young hockey players.

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Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey registered 5 assists through 7 games since our last update. He was shutout during a January 2nd game against St. John, thereby ending a season-high 5-game point-scoring streak. He’s played strong defensively since his return, raising his plus/minus from +1 to +5 after missing 14 games with a wrist injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 23 games. He has 13 points (5-8-13), and is +5 with 10 minutes in penalties. The 20-year old rookie was also named to the PlanetUSA AHL all-star team.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon has rebounded from a poor stretch of play he experienced immediately following his return to Québec. He’s undefeated in his last 6 games. Through that same stretch he’s lowered his GAA by close to half a goal per game, and raised his save percentage 20 points. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 9-3-5 record with 2.70 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard registered 1 assist in 2 games following our last update. He injured his shoulder during a December 27th game against Portland, and is tentatively scheduled to return within the week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 30 games. He has 26 points (11-15-26), with 8 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, only 1 of his 11 goals has been scored on the powerplay; which speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. His plus/minus is even, and he also has 94 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/ Read more »

WJC: Interview with Raffaele Sannitz

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Was it possible to beat Canada ?

We were convinced it was possible, we have lost but we could have won. For sure it’s a very strong and complete team, but we had our chances too in the first period. Unfortunately we took some stupid goals.

After Beat Forster’s mistakes, did you support him ?

Everyone makes mistakes, we all know such things happen. We tried to motivate him, he knows we won’t blame him. It’s a collective responsibility, it does not depend on one player.

You dominated the third period. Could you have done the same if Canada wouldn’t have led 1-0 ?

Yes, I think so. They were more compact in defence as they were leading, but we got our chances throughout the whole game. Also in the first period when it was 0-0, we could have scored.

Was Canada better than in the first round game ?

No, I think they were the same. As far as we are concerned, we put more heart in the game today, and I think they did the same because it’s a semifinal.

Your group was probably the better one as all semifinalists come from there. Does it help you to have a better pace in the quarter final ?

It has helped us, but it wasn’t only that. Slovakia had a good team, but we knew them quite well. We played them twice in August, lost once and had a tie, I think. Yesterday we fully deserved our victory.

The fourth place often looks like a malediction for Swiss teams…

That’s right. But last year I achieved a second place in the Under 18 World Championships. We managed to win the semifinal. Read more »

WJC: Interview with Alexander Suglobov

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HF: It was hard to find information about you and your career on the internet. Could you tell me where how your career has been so far?

Suglobov: I have no idea why there’s not that much info on the internet, but I have played for Spartak Moscow first then for Yaroslavl, St.Petersburg and Salavat UFA and now I play for Yaroslavl again.

HF: You were drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you know when you will be skating in North America?

Suglobov: No, right now I don’t have any plans for that yet

HF: What about moving to a different European league. Is that an option for you?

Suglobov: No, I don’t see that happen really.

HF: At what age and where did you start playing hockey?

Suglobov: I started when I was seven in Elektrostal, a town in the Moscow region. It is the also the town where I was born

HF: Who is/was your role model in hockey?

Suglobov: I don’t have one.

HF: What are your favourite teams in Russia and in the NHL?

Suglobov: In Russia it is Elektrostal, in the NHL it are the New Jersey Devils

HF: What are your hobby’s?

Suglobov: I like going to cinema a lot

HF: Thank you Aleksandr for taking time to talk to us

The OHL Names the Players of the Month

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for December 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Kevin Dallman, Guelph Storm

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for December is Guelph Storm defenceman
Kevin Dallman, who scored seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 11
games to help the Storm to a 4-2-3-1 record last month.

Dallman, the Storm captain, leads all OHL defencemen in scoring this season
with 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points in 38 games. He recorded points
in 10 of the Storm’s 11 games last month, and scored a hat trick December 9
against Ottawa.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Petr Taticek, Sault Ste. Marie

The OHL Rookie of the Month for December is Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
centre Petr Taticek, who scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points in
nine games.

Taticek, an 18-year-old Czech native, scored goals in five of the
Greyhounds’ nine games last month, including a two-goal game December 30
against London.

Taticek, the Greyhound’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, is a
highly rated prospect for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He is second among
Greyhounds scorers with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 38 games.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – David Chant, Barrie Colts

The OHL Goaltender of the Month for December is David Chant of the Barrie
Colts, who posted a 4-2-0 record, along with a 1.48 goals against average
and .954 save percentage, in six games.

Chant, a 20-year-old native of Toronto, appeared in six of Read more »

Top Prospects Game Rosters Announced

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SASKATOON – Three members of Canada’s silver medal winning team from the
World Junior Hockey Championships are among the players who will take part
in the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, January 31 in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan.

The celebrity coaches for this year’s game, Hockey Night in Canada
commentator and former WHL goaltending star Kelly Hrudey and former WHL star
and Toronto Maple Leaf, Dave “Tiger” Williams, were in Saskatoon Monday to
help announce the names of the 40 players who will participate in the
events,
which this year includes a Skills Competition. The Canadian Hockey League,
along with the 2002 Home Hardware Top Prospects Organizing Committee,
announced the rosters for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, as
selected by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Department, at a
media conference in Saskatoon.

The full rosters are listed below. This year’s game takes place at
Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Thursday, January 31 and
features the top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as selected
by the NHL’s Central Scouting Department. The game will be broadcast live on
Rogers Sportsnet.

Virtually every player to perform in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects
Game has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Such current NHL stars as Joe
Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, David Legwand, Scott Gomez, Chris
Phillips, Alex Tanguay and Eric Brewer have appeared in the
Game.

Forty of the best young prospects in the CHL will appear in this Read more »

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