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Game Misconduct: Are We Missing Something on Jason Spezza?

by Tony Bryson
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A player comes along every now and then that captures the eye of scouts at a very young age. He is so superior to any of his peers that he is dominant in every aspect of the game. It’s not a matter of just having a size or skill advantage, or being brighter that the other players, but a blend of all of these gifts. This player brings such ability and leadership that teams are built around this individual. Jason Spezza was one of these players.

At a very young age, people could see Jason was something special. He had skill oozing out of his pores. Jason was a kid that had scouts salivating before he was more than a year into his teens. He played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Brampton Battalion one year before he was draft eligible, and lead that team in scoring at the tender age of fifteen. He ended up being drafted first overall in the 1999 OHL Priority player draft by the expansion Mississauga Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs were ecstatic about getting Spezza, as this was a player that they could build a championship team around. In his first year with the Ice Dogs, Jason did not disappoint. He scored a respectable sixty-one points in a mere fifty-two games, leaving him second on the team to only Chad Wiseman. It should be noted that Wiseman did have an advantage of playing sixteen games more games than Spezza that season. The Ice Dogs only won nine games that year, but they had a player they could build a winner around.

The fall of 2000 took Jason back to Mississauga for the start of the season. The Ice Dogs were not a very good team and headin Read more »

Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Boucher
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Duncan Milroy -RW (Drafted-01(2/37))

Duncan Milroy managed 2 assists through 3 games since our last update. Both his assists came during a 3-2 loss to Swift Current. He currently has the eighth-best goal total in the WHL. Overall, the 6’0″, 185-lbs winger has played 40 games. He has 46 points (27-19-46), and is -5 with 30 minutes in penalties. Ten of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Josef Balej -RW (Drafted-00(3/78))

Portland’s Josef Balej managed 6 points through 3 games since our last update. Balej is currently 3rd in league scoring, and leads the entire league in goals with 36. He’s also on a 7-game point-scoring streak, and has managed 10 goals and 4 assists over the same span. Overall, the 5’11”, 175-lbs winger has played 41 games. He has 62 points (36-26-62), and is +18 with 30 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored short-handed, while 16 others were scored on the powerplay.
WHL player of the week for the week ending December 25th.
WHL player of the month for December.

Andrew Archer -D (Drafted-01(7/203))

Andrew Archer was shutout through 2 games since our last update. He suffered a apparent shoulder injury during a January 11th game against Sarnia, and was unable to play two days later against Oshawa. Overall, the 6’4″, 195-lbs stay at home defenseman has played 39 games. He has 11 points (1-10-11), and is -5 with 50 minutes in penalties.

Eric Himelfarb -C (Drafted-01(6/171))

Sarnia’s Eric Himelfarb managed 8 points throug Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Effort good; results fair

The Albany River Rats played well in all three games this past week, but had only three points (one win; one overtime loss) to show for it.

On Wednesday, a valiant comeback effort (from down 3-0 at the second intermission) fizzled when goaltender Ari Ahonen misjudged a Quebec dump-in on a Citadelles? penalty-kill. He wound up clearing the puck to incoming Eric Landry and a Quebec short-handed goal resulted with less than five minutes to go, with a 4-2 Citadelles? victory margin going with it.

Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa?s little brother, snared a pair of goals to give Quebec the lead. With a marker from Francis Belanger sandwiched in between Hossa?s goals, the Rats faced a 3-0 deficit after 40 minutes. Given recent history this season when in such a predicament after two periods (1-16-1 trailing after two), fans did not expect too much from the Rats.

The Albany River Rats made a good try. Mike Rupp popped in a rebound of a Max Birbraer shot. Two minutes later, Richard Rochefort polished off a rebound of a Joel Dezainde blast. Suddenly, with more than half the third period to go, the Rats only trailed by one and had momentum to boot.

But, a rare goaltending gaffe by Ari Ahonen sealed the Rats? fate. With Martti Jarventie in the box for tripping, Albany had a power play with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Citadelles dumped the puck in. Ahonen got it near the net, but misjudged the speed of incoming Eric Landry. Ahonen?s attempted clearing pass wound up right on Landry?s stick and a sho Read more »

Canes Make One Deal At Deadline

by Dustin Nielson
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The Canes added another veteran player to the blueline today as the WHL trade deadline came and went. Lethbridge swapped d-men with the WinterHawks trading youth for experience. The Hurricanes get 19-year- old Chris Callaway along with the Hawks first round Bantam pick in 2002. The 6 foot 1 inch Callaway has one goal in 12 games for the WinterHawks this season. Heading to the Hawks are 17-year-old rearguard Matt Fetzner and 15-year-old prospect C.J. Jackson.

The Canes were looking for some veteran d-men and feel they filled their needs by picking up Selthun last week and Callaway today.

So it looks like the Canes will head into the stretch drive with the following d-men; David Selthun, Brent Seabrook, Simon Ferguson, Clay Plume, Matt Bergen and the newly aquired Callaway. This leaves Tyrell Moulton on the outside looking in. He played on the wing of the fourth line yesterday against the Ice but once Kopecky and Green return expect him to be in the press box.

That’s it from Lethbridge.

Thrashers AHL Prospects

by Holly Gunning
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Thrashers AHL prospects

After a two game scouting trip, Atlanta Thrasher writer Holly Gunning gives her observations on the club’s prospects playing for the Chicago Wolves (AHL).

Centers

Derek MacKenzie–Checking center, good along the boards. Will probably have to bide his time in the AHL for another full season, but could take Corkum’s spot if he his traded.

Ben Simon–Solid hitting checking center. Good penalty killer. Plays with a lot of emotion. Could get a chance with the Thrashers in 2002-2003, but another year in the AHL is more likely.

Dan Snyder–Good two-way centerman. Plays with a lot of passion. Projection is for another year in the AHL.

Wings

Brad Tapper (RW)–Speedy winger. Plays with an increasing edge. Has a reasonable chance of making the Thrashers roster to start 2002-2003.

J. P. Vigier (RW)-Offensively gifted player, who is also very responsible on D. Plays the point on the PP occasionally. Does not have a physical presence. Named to the 2002 AHL All-Star Team. Would have to beat out NHL players for a job, due to an abundance of scoring wingers.

Zdenek Blatny (LW)-Checking winger who is not terribly creative offensively. Good forechecker. Needs to work on decision-making. Not getting a lot of icetime with the Wolves. Another year of minors is in his future.

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Denver Pioneers Report

by Christa Moore
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After playing two completely different weekend series at home, the Denver University Pioneers should find themselves at the top of all the standings and polls in the NCAA. First a review of this weekends action versus Michigan Tech.

Game one: After an unbelievably physical series against Wisconsin, it would be easy for the Pioneers to take the 5-12-2 Huskies lightly. Kevin Doell scored the first goal early to let them know that this would not be the case. Soon after, defensemen James Armstrong pinched in deep and threw the puck behind him for an easy open net goal for Connor James. This game was tight checking and a bit slow at times.

In the second period, Greg Barber lifted his team to a 3-0 as he cleaned up the garbage in front of the net for a power play tally.

At Magness area, the scores from around the NCAA are only shown during the intermissions while the team is still in the locker room. DU sure came out looking like they knew that mighty St Cloud State had just been upset by last place Minnesota-Duluth. First place and a number one ranking was theirs for the taking if they could hold on to this game and win on Saturday.

Date: Jan 11, 2002 DU Vs. Mich Tech Score 3-1 DU

Scoring for DU:

1st:Kevin Doell PP (Greg Barber, Aaron MacKenzie) Read more »

Talking with German Defender Paul Weismann

by Oliver Janz
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Hello Paul Weismann, how do you fell in Bowling Green right now



If a German fan were to hear the name Paul Weismann, he’d most likely ask,
“Where’s he?” – “What happened to him?” The 20 year old guy from around
Rosenheim, Germany is a former junior national team member and a current
defensive prospect. Weismann went to the USA in the summer of 2000 to study at
the Bowling Green State University in Ohio. And he changed the residence at
the beginning of January as he went to the Geneseo College, New York. As to
whether the reason for this was that he didn’t like the food there or to play hockey for the university team, the Ice Knights, just
take a moment to read this interview with him:

 

HF: Hello Paul Weismann, how do you feel at your new University right
now?

PW: Pretty good. My new competitors are very nice and I enjoy the daily
training sessions.

HF: You were in Germany over parts of the summer. What did you do there –
play some hockey or do some training with the hockey team in Rosenheim?

PW: Yes, I was in Germany for three Read more »

CHL Announces Top Prospects Roster

by League Press Release
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Saskatoon, SK: The 2002 Top Prospects Organizing Committee and the Canadian
Hockey League today announced the teams for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top
Prospects Festivities at a media conference in Saskatoon. The 2002 Home
Hardware Top Prospects Festivities will be held January 30th and 31st in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly Hrudey’
s team will take on former Toronto Maple Leaf and The Canadian WHL star Dave
“Tiger” Williams team at the seventh annual event. The event 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.

Williams’ team will feature two members of Canada’s silver medal winning
team at the recently completed 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League
and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL will
anchor Williams’ squad, which will meet a team coached by Hrudey.

Hrudey’s team will feature Rick Nash of the London Knights of the Ontario
Hockey League, the top ranked player from the OHL as determined by NHL
Central Scouting, another member of Canada’s national junior team. The top
ranked player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenceman Martin
Vagner of the Hull Olympiques, is also on Hrudey’s team.

The complete breakdown of the two teams’ rosters is listed below.

Virtually every player to perform Read more »

Sabres Report: A Conversation with Derek Roy

by Ken McKenna
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With their first pick of the 2nd round in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres chose center Derek Roy of the Kitchener Rangers. It’s fairly certain that Buffalo was most interested in Derek’s offensive skills, a part of his game that has not disappointed during the 2001-02 season.

Roy is currently Kitchener’s leading scorer, having notched 46 points (22G, 24A) in 35 games. After having missed the playoffs the past couple of seasons, Derek and his Kitchener teammates are in the hunt for a playoff spot. A recent 11 game unbeaten streak pushed the Rangers towards the top of the OHL, where they are currently in a dogfight with the Erie Otters and the Guelph Storm in that league’s Midwest Division.

I had a chance to speak with Derek prior to Kitchener’s 1/5/02 game vs. division rival Erie. The following is a transcript of that conversation, with “HF” representing the interviewer and “DR” signifying Derek’s answers.

HF

: Let’s start with the present. You guys are one of the hottest teams in the league, if not all of the CHL. What has kicked in for the team in the last 10 games that has made things go so much better for you?

DR

: Pretty much everything has been clicking really well. We’ve got good goaltending from Scott Dickie and Matt Harpwood. We’re playing good defensively, and waiting for our opportunities. We’ve been bearing down on our opportunities, in which case we win games by one goal. So, those have been the big differences.

HF

: I noticed you had a big game Read more »

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