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Scott Hartnell’s potential

by Brian Roe
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Scott Hartnell jumped straight from a No. 1 draft choice to the pros with the Nashville Predators.

Hartnell is being dubbed as a main block that the Preds plan to build a playoff team around. Hartnell, who stands 6’3 and weighs in at 192 pounds, is a likely future captain of the Predators. He has the size, speed, quickness, and agility to make it in the National Hockey League. But, on top of all of that he has a good head on his shoulders.

The Preds originally drafted Hartnell because everyone spoke so highly of his leadership qualities and his work ethic. The Preds have found a gem in this young man.

The amazing thing about Scott Hartnell is the fact that he is only 19, yet reads the ice and responds to the play in a veteran manner. Hartnell has already established his presence physically, fighting (and often times loosing) to much more experienced opponents.

Tonight Hartnell scored his fourth goal of the season and added two assists, as well. Last season he scored two goals the whole year, so it is becoming more and more evident that he will be an offensive force in this league.

It will be exciting to watch Hartnell (19), Legwand (21), Erat (20) and others mature and grow into very good hockey players.

Admirals Update

The Milwaukee Admirals won their last game this past week with an exciting 3-2 overtime win. The game-winner came from Kevin Dean with nine seconds left in overtime. Defensemen Timo Helbling and Rich Brennan scored the other two goals. The Admirals record now stands at 4 wins, 7 losses owning Read more »

Tampa Bay Prospects Stats Part I

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Blue Jackets CHL Prospect Report

by Aaron Vickers
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Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Bendera has played in 15 of 22 games for the Rebels, posting a most impressive 10-3-2 record. Bendera leads the league in Goals Against Average(1.85), Save Percentage(.932), is second in wins(10, leader has 12), and tied for second in shutouts(1, leader has 2). Not to take anything away from the other Rebel players, but Bendera has single-handedly taken Red Deer to the top of the WHL.

Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Although the Warriors are struggling, their top forward is having himself a respectable year. Knopp, through 24 games, has 13 goals, 5 of which came on the powerplay and 21 points(13-8-21). In reality, the only statistic that is hurting Knopp right now is his +/-, which sits at -4. Although Knopp leads the team in scoring, he is 3rd in Points Per Game, behind Shawn Limpright and Washington’s first round pick in 2000, Brian Sutherby.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets Read more »

2001-2002 USHL College List

by Jason Shaner
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2001-2002 USHL College List
(As of 11/13/01)

Every year the best of the best go on to the College Ranks. This year looks to be no different as already there is a long list of USHL Star’s who have committed to move on to the Collegiate level next season. Below is a list of the current USHL College commitments and their current statistics.

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
1. Bobby Goepfert G – Providence College

9-2-1, 2.20 GAA, .938 saves percentage

2. Danny O’Brien F – University of Massachusetts-Lowell

4 goals, 2 assists

Chicago Steel

1. Danny Richmond D – University of Michigan

4 goals, 14 assists, 41 PIM

2. Ben Tharp D – University of Miami-Ohio

3 goals, 4 assists, 27 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers

1. Ryan Dingle F – University of Denver

3 goals, 2 assists, 23 PIM

2. Mike Hutchins D – University of New Hampshire

4 goals, 11 assists, 36 PIM

3. Brett Skinner D – University of Denver

5 goals, 14 assists

Green Bay Gamblers

1. Joe Crabb F – Colorado College

2 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM

2. Josh Gartner G – Yale University

0-2, 4.89 GAA, .827 saves percentage

3. Nate Guenin D – Ohio State University

1 goal, 4 assists, 40 PIM

4. Tim Stapleton F – University of Minnesota-Duluth

6 goals, 5 assists

Lincoln Stars

1. David Backes C – Minnesota State University-Mankato

5 goals, 4 assists, 31 PIM Read more »

Czech Republic – Finland Under-19 teams game recap

by Ivana Paulova
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By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova

Czech and Finnish teams, consisting of players who weren’t selected to play for the Under
-20 team play a three-game series in the Czech Republic. Have a look at the recap of
the Saturday’s game, there could be some hidden gems on those teams.

The Under-19 teams were established in the near history, they are only in their third season. Even if some people seem to underestimate those squads and name them “minors for the Under-20 team”, there appear players who can make an impact
quite soon and they are only a step away from being promoted to the Under-20 team. This year the Under-19 teams
consist of players born 1983 where almost everyone was overlooked at the NHL Entry Draft or are late-born 1983’s and so not eligible for the 2001 draft. The top 1983 born prospects moved from the Under-18 team to the Under-20 team and it’s up to those who didn’t make that jump to make a name for themselves.

On the Czech side, two players were claimed by NHL teams this past June. Slavia Praha center/left winger Zbynek Novak, an alternate captain for the Under-19 team, is a Washington Capitals draft choice and HC Bili Tygri Liberec defenseman Jan Holub was picked by the New York Islanders. Then there are players like captain Lukas Chmelir or Jan Rehor who were expected to hear their names selected at the draft, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. Read more »

The ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK : Louisiana center Cory Cyrenne
The 5-10 and 186-pound Cyrenne scored the game-winning goal in both of Louisiana’s wins, and finished the weekend with three goals and five points. Cyrenne scored the only goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina as the IceGators improved to 9-0-1. The eighth-round selection of San Jose in the 1996 NHL draft, Cyrenne scored two power-play goals and had two assists in Louisiana’s 5-1 win against Mobile. Cyrenne leads the IceGators with seven goals, four power-play goals and 12 points, and he is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. On behalf of Cory Cyrenne, a case of pucks will be donated to the Louisiana area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

GOALIE OF THE WEEK : Charlotte’s Scott Meyer
Meyer was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in three starts last weekend. He made 20 saves in a 5-1 win over Trenton on Friday and then recorded his first career shutout on Saturday, making 25 saves in a 1-0 win at Reading. He closed out the weekend with 22 saves in a 7-3 win at Roanoke, helping Charlotte extend its season-high winning streak to four games. The 25-year-old Meyer is 5-4-1 with a .919 save percentage, and ranks second in the ECHL with a 1.89 goals against average, the only goalie with 10 more more starts with a goals against average of less than 2.00.

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The OHL’s Top Grinders

by Robert Moore
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In a league where offensive stars like Jason Spezza, Derek Roy, Patrick
O’Sullivan, Stephen Weiss, Nate Robinson, and Rick Nash are the most
recognized. There are players known as the “grinders” who open up the
space
for these skill players to score. They are the players that drive to the
net, throw the hits, and the type of players that always give their all,
and
you always want them out on the ice during the crucial moments of a tight game. Here are (in my opinion) the best grinders in the “O” in no particular order:

Daniel Paille (6’0″ – 184lbs) In only his second year in the league,
Guelph’s Danny Paille has lived up to the expectations put on him when he
was drafted 6th overall in the 2000 OHL draft. Paille is one of those
players who you need on your team. Paille, 17, fits a lot of grit and
leadership into his 6’0″, 184lbs frame. The leadership skills he shows on a
nightly basis, may just land him the “C” next year, as this years captain Morgan McCormick moves on. Paille’s main attributes are his work along the
boards, his 100% a shift work ethic, and his ability to take the
punishment
to score goals. When I watch Paille play, he really reminds me of a young
Adam Deadmarsh. He has a great balance of skill and grit, he also shows a
lot of character off the ice. Look for him to be selected during the first
two rounds of the 2002 NHL entry draft.

Kris Vernarsky (6’2″ – 207lbs) Kris is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey
League, in this, his fourth season. His offensive ability is beginning to
show a little more than it has in t Read more »

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