View Archives:
  • News & Features

Hurricanes Pick-Up Quarterback for PP

by Dustin Nielson
on

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
on

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
on

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.
Read more »

Comparing minutes played to points scored

by Chris Boucher
on
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 »

In the Spotlight: Filip Novak

by Brandon LeBourveau
on
In the Spotlight: Filip Novak

The Rangers’ second round selection, 38th overall, was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in 2000. With ex-General Manager Neil Smith already dealing the Rangers’ first round selection, which would have been eighth overall, to the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous summer in the package to move up and select forward Pavel Brendl fourth overall, the Rangers kept moving down in the draft.

Rangers GM Glen Sather dealt the 38th overall selection to the Red Wings in return for Detroit’s 2nd and 3rd round selections, 64th and 95th overall. In what was labeled as a “weak” draft talent-wise by many scouts and publications, the Rangers were willing to take a chance on players later in the draft who probably would not have much of a chance in the NHL. The Red Wings selected Tomas Kopecky, a highly-skilled C/LW from Slovakia, 38th overall. The Rangers’ first selection of the draft, which was already 63 picks old. An unfamiliar name then appeared: Filip Novak, D, Regina Pats (WHL), a small, albeit highly skilled, defenseman.

Photo Courtesy of ReginaPats.com

Selected 12th overall in the 1999 Read more »

Hitmen above .500

by Aaron Dowding
on

On Jan. 9th the Hitmen played their 43rd game of the season and squeezed over .500 totaling their record to 21-20-2.
The Hitmen at home took an early 3-1 lead against the Saskatoon Blades after the first period.
The teams exchanged a goal a piece in the second and two each in the third for a final score of 6-4.
Calgary looked strong as they killed off a 5 on 3 power play in the first with goalie Sebastien LaPlante standing tall to be the team’s best penalty killer.
Tyler Beechey riding a point streak added to it with a hat trick and two assists for a five-point night and a goal total of 28. Brandon Segal riding a nine game point streak tied Tyler Beechey with his 28th of the year.
With this game Calgary has two wins at home vs. the Blades and are 4-0-0 against them this season.

There are many other things for Hitmen fans to look forward to as Johnny Boychuk heads to Saskatoon to represent Calgary in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which includes the top 40 draft prospects for the coming year.
Also Tyler Beechey will be the only player from the Hitmen to see ice time in Red Deer for the Hershey Cup on Jan. 23.

Winning again.

The Hitmen raided the Prince Albert Raiders of a win on Jan. 11 winning at home 6-4.
Beechey getting the hat trick on the 9th of January decided he would let Owen Fussey take over in front of 7136 fans at the Saddledome. Fussey claimed a hat trick of his own to push his total to 28 for the season.
It wasn’t the nicest looking win as the Hitmen received 31 shots on goal with Sebastien LaPlante minding t Read more »

Coyotes WJC Recap

by Russell Brooks
on

This year’s World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic were not impressive for the six Coyotes participants. The great thing about this tournament was that all six of the players are eligible to return to there respective teams next year in Canada along with new players who are signed, traded, or drafted up to next years Championships. Below is a look at each player in a summary of how they produced at the Championships this year. Enjoy!

Fredrik Sjostrom, Sweden – Fredrik ended the tournament up on a strong note with a couple strong games and sufficient playing time. Although Sjostrom didn’t register a point during the tournament, he was promoted to the second line during the 3-2 loss to team USA. Sjostrom showed strong play along the boards but didn’t receive much help from Daniel Widing or Par Backer, who had an exceptional tournament. The 6-foot, 195 lb., right wing from Sweden, finished the tournament with a plus two along with 11 shots on goal. Look for Sjostrom to have a great second half with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 4 PIM, +2, 11 SOG

Ruslan Zainullan, Russia – Zainullan didn’t make a huge difference on a Russian team that beat Canada in the World Junior Championship finals. He remained on the 4th line the whole tournament with limited ice time in even strength and specialty teams. Ruslan will return to his team in Ak-Bars and hope to continue to make an impact their as he has so far this season. Don’t look at this is a bad tournament for Zainullan as he never had a chance to prove hi Read more »

Wellwood’s New Start

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
on

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
on
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
on

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.

Related Articles