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Predators and Blackhawks Vie for Fifth Place in Traverse City

by Jessica Haskin
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Nashville and Chicago faced off for the 5th place champion game at two
o’clock in the afternoon, neither team had won a game yet for the week
of Prospect camp. One team would win it’s first that afternoon.

Nashville scored quickly just one minute and four seconds into the game.
Martin Erat sent the puck past Michel Larocque, with helpers from Denis
Arkhipov and Stuart MacRae.

Chicago tied it up two minutes later when after receiving a pass from
Mike Souza who was deep in the corner of the offensive zone, Arne
Ramholt passed it across the ice to Dan Tessier who was positioned to
the left of the goal behind Kyle Kettles. Tessier sent the puck home
before Kettles had a chance to get over and stop it.

A few minutes later Jonas Andersson scored putting Nashville up by one.

Ed Hill slammed Ramholt along the boards. Ramholt was a bit shaken up
but fine.

Later, Louis-Phillipe Lessard found himself alone right in front of
Kettles with the puck in his possession. Kettles dropped to a
butterfly, and Lessard shot the puck. The puck was heading for the net
just over Kettles left shoulder when Kettles glove shot out with
lightning speed and snatched the puck out of the air.

With twenty-five seconds left in the period Erat rang his shot off the
post.

At 8:35 of the second Chicago replaced Larocque with Jeff Maund.
Thirty-six seconds later Andersson scored his second of the night with Read more »

Wings and Blues Go for the Gold. Atlanta takes Bronze.

by Jessica Haskin
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Some of the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues prospects stood around
the perimeter of the rink watching Nashville and Chicago play for fifth
place as they taped their sticks or just passed time before their game.
Sean Avery came out with three sticks, he took one and gave it to a
security guard asking him to give it to a kid in the stands. Avery took
another one and gave it to a girl of about 10 years old sitting in the
stands near the end where he could hand it up to her. Then he took his
remaining stick and started taping it.

The Red Wings and Blues filed out onto the ice for the start of the
game. When the first Red Wing skated out onto the ice the fans went
ecstatic cheering and stomping their feet.

JF Perras started in goal for Detroit and Stephen Wagner for St. Louis.

Perras stoned Justin Papineau on a point blank shot from the left of the
net four minutes into the game. Aaron Fox found a hole though in Perras
2 minutes later when he scored an unassisted goal. Fox skated into the
offensive zone and fired the puck over Perras’ left shoulder.

With less than two minutes to go in the first period St. Louis took a
high sticking call. Magnus Nillson scored on the man advantage with
helpers from Jason Williams and Sean Avery.

Tim Verbeek took two minutes for holding with 34.5 seconds left in the
period.

Fourteen seconds into the second period Avery drew a minor penalty for Read more »

Islanders Training Camp Part One: An Overview and some tough questions.

by Bill Bennett
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Yes, I wrote it.

Contend for the Stanley Cup this season 2000-01.

And yes, if that means without Zdeno Chara, so be it.

That is a very bold statement, but the fact is the Islanders for the first time in years have a strong young nucleus of players who are no longer
just happy to be in the Nhl, with several players entering their prime years and an ownership that added the talented veterans that were desperately
needed here for years, in addition this team now has the depth players in its minor league system, as well as an outstanding group of prospects that
have the ability to win one of the few spots on this years team and make a significant contribution.

Many of the players who are returning from
last years 24 win, 300 man games lost to injury season learned that they can beat any team in the Nhl last year because many of those wins came
against the best teams. The Islanders biggest problems was depth and inexperience and players were brought in to address both needs.

Along with a new ownership that will make the changes to improve this season.

Some Very Tough Questions:

1. It took eighty five points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season and ninety the year before that, how do the Islanders make up that kind of ground in one year?

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Panthers Prospects Finish Fourth In Quebec Tournament

by Mark Fischel
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HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers closed out the four-team 2000 NHL
prospects tournament today, falling 4-3 in a close, well-played game
against the Montreal Canadiens’ prospects at Robert Guertin Arena. The
Panthers led 2-1 entering the third period, but couldn’t protect the
advantage. The Canadiens out-scored the Panthers 3-1 in the final frame
and held off a furious comeback attempt to capture third place in the
tournament. Florida finished in fourth place, with a 1-3 record,
dropping a pair of one-goal contests. The tournament concluded with a
late game between Tampa Bay and Ottawa for the tournament championship.
The Panthers’ main training camp will begin Friday, as veterans report
to Hull. Physicals and off- and on-ice testing for the Panthers’
veterans will take place on Saturday.

FIRST PERIOD: The Canadiens went 0-for-4 on the power play in the first
period, but scored a shorthanded goal on Florida’s first attempt with
the man advantage. Ben Guite scooped up an errant puck at the Montreal
blue line and skated in on Panthers goalie Alexander Auld on a
breakaway. Guite beat Auld for his second goal of the tourney. Auld
stopped 14 of 15 shots in a busy first period, while Montreal goalie
Evan Lindsay stopped all 16 Florida shots. The Panthers were 0-for-1 on
the power play.

SECOND PERIOD: Auld (1999 draft pick, 40th overall) continued his fine
play in net and the Panthers’ offense came alive in the second period as Read more »

Florida Panthers Announce Roster Moves

by Mark Fischel
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HULL, QUEBEC – Florida Panthers Vice President and General Manager Bryan
Murray announced several roster moves following the 2000 NHL Prospects
Tournament today at Robert Guertin Arena. Five players will be returned
to their junior teams for the 2000-01 season – goaltenders Davis Parley
and Jean-Francois Laniel, forwards Mathew Sommerfeld and Travis Eagles
and defenseman Brad Woods. In addition, defenseman Daniel Passero and
forwards Aaron Goldade, Ian Jacobs and Benoit Morin will report to the
Louisville Panthers’ training camp to compete for spots with Florida’s
top affiliate. Jacobs is under contract with the Panthers, while
Passero, Goldade and Morin will try out for Louisville’s squad.

Several rookies will be held over to the Panthers’ main camp. Among
those held over for a second look are: goaltender Alexander Auld,
defensemen Michel Periard, Chris Eade, Rod Sarich and Kyle Rossiter, and
forwards Serge Payer, Eric Beaudoin, Ryan Jardine, Mike Green, Josh
Olson, Sean O’Connor, Mike Cirillo, Morgan McCormick and Eric Godard.
Right wing Denis Shvidki, who was unable to participate in the rookie
tournament due to injury, will also report to Florida’s main camp. The
prospects will be joined by the following Panthers veterans:

Goaltenders: Ryan Bach, Sean Gauthier, Trevor Kidd, Roberto Luongo,
Richard Shulmistra.

Defensemen: Chris Allen, Dan Boyle, Brad Ference, Bret Hedican, John
Jakopin, Lance Pitlick, Peter Read more »

Montreal Canadiens Prospects Tournament Game 3

by Paul Tanasi
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Ok. First off, the team played much better…*clap clap* Burturlin (if
you’re still wondering) is in Russia and didn’t attend the tournament.
Another notable MIA was Mike Ribeiro. No, I’m not commenting on his
invisible play, he was actually not dressed and I don’t know why.

The first period was pretty much dominated by Ottawa as they quickly
went up 1-0 on a goal by camp invitee Peter DeSantis. Defenseman Jason
Maleyko made it 2-0 shortly thereafter. Not much happened offensively
fot the baby Habs although they still mustered 10 shots. In the second
period Montreal seemed to take immediate control. Although they went
down 3-0 on a goal by Ryan Craig, they fought back after some line
shuffling and made it 3-2 on goals by Jason Baird and Micheal Ryder who
was rocking on this night. Julien Vauclair made it 4-2 for Ottawa and
Eric Chouinard finished off the period with a pretty goal making it
4-3. Although the score didn’t necessarily show it, Montreal dominated
Ottawa. The Ryder-Larrivee-Guite line was the best line on the ice all
night and if not for some heroics from Mathieu Chouinard, Montreal would
have easily walked away with about 5 goals in the middle frame (outshot
Ottawa 16-7). The third period pretty much continued on the same pace,
more heroics from Chouinard but Sean Connors showed a little of his own
magic by making several spectacular saves. Tim Wolfe scored for Ottawa Read more »

Rangers Training Camp Roster Released & Summaries, Updated

by Evan Andriopoulos
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*Appeared in One Game or More 99-00

GOALTENDERS:


Johan Holmqvist
Jason Labarbera
Jean-Francois Labbe*
Kirk McLean*
Mike Richter*(Injured sidelined for part of camp)
Bryce Wandler
Vitali Yeremeyev

SUMMARY:

With Mike Richter`s knee not yet 100% healed J.F.Labbe will likely back-up Kirk McLean to start the season. Outside Shot to Johan Holmqvist and Vitali Yeremeyev. This is the Rangers strongest position. Just a note…many NHL scouts will be in Hartford to see the Rangers prospects between the pipes.

PERSONAL FAVORITE:

For this year it has to be J.F.Labbe a most dominant AHL goalie. With the recovering Mike Richter on the mend, Labbe may actually get to appear in a couple games. He has lightning fast reflexes and can be a reliable NHL goalie.

DEFENSEMEN


Drew Bannister
Jeff Brown
Jason Doig*
Presmyl Duben
Paul Dyck
Burke Henry
Kevin Holdridge
Wes Jarvis
Kim Johnsson*
Tomas Kloucek
Greg Labenski
Brian Leetch*
Sylvain Lefebvre*
Vladimir Malakhov*(FA-NJD)
Kris Mallette
Mike Mottau(On Try Out Basis, W/O Contract)
Filip Novak
Richard Pilon*
Dale Purinton*
Stephane Quintal*
Martin Richer
Alexei Vasiliev*
David Wilkie

SUMMARY:
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Back to the Future 5: The Final Grades

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
on
Slap them sticks on the ice, breakout those funny noisemakers you hear on New Years, dump the confetti from the rafters, the Jr Buds won the rookie tournament and looked pretty good doing it. The line of Lance Galbraith-Luca Cereda-Miguel Delisle was the most productive trio in the round robin with 14 points in 3 games (6 goals, 8 assists), the team as a whole showed it could not and would not be pushed around and more often than not was the team that did the pushing. Players like Peter Reynolds, Mirko Murovic, Michal Travnicek, Vaclav Zavoral, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ben Ondrus made sure of that. The skating skill of Brad Boyes, Jonathon Zion, Luca Cereda and Ondrus were on full display. About the only downside to the whole thing was the fact that the team gave up an average of three goals per game. While some of this was goaltender error, too many times the Baby Buds after taking a lead got over confident and stopped skating, which sounds strangely familiar. Without further ado, here are the final grades on the players. (Grades will be based how they performed in Kitchener, taking into account the amount of experience each player has)

THE FORWARDS:

Brad Boyes-Incredibly smooth in the open and shifty in a crowd, showed great offensive instincts and a knack for clogging opposing passing lanes. Being physical is not part of his game at this time, but he’ll have to improve on that if he wants to be a pro.

ETA: 2002/2003

Grade: B
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Panthers Prospects Win 4-2 In Shortened Game vs. Tampa Bay

by Mark Fischel
on

HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers concluded the round-robin portion of the
four-team 2000 NHL prospects tournament today, with a 4-2 victory in a
bizarre game against the rookie squad from Tampa Bay. Following a brawl at
9:53 of the second period, Tampa Bay Lightning Senior Vice President and
General Manager Rick Dudley called his team off the bench, forfeiting the
game. Florida had taken a 4-2 advantage on goals by Brad Woods, Morgan
McCormick, Mike Green and Dan Passero, before the fight broke out. Davis
Parley played well in goal, stopping 13 of 15 shots for the Panthers.

The tournament will conclude Thursday, with the Panthers playing in the
afternoon consolation game against the loser of last night’s game between
prospects from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Tampa will play
the Ottawa-Montreal winner in the championship contest at 8 p.m.

FIRST PERIOD: Following an early goal by Tampa Bay’s Sheldon Keefe, the
Panthers took control of the game by scoring three straight. Woods,
McCormick, and Mike Green each tallied for Florida. Green also assisted on
McCormick’s goal. Both Green and McCormick scored goals in Tuesday night’s
action as well. Parley was impressive in net, stopping 13 of 14 Lightning
shots. Tampa Bay out-shot Florida 14-13 in the period. The Lightning
benefited from three power play opportunities (0-3), while the Panthers had
just one chance with the man advantage (0-1).

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Jackets Knutsen Suffers Injury Before Camp

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Espen Knutsen has been sidelined by a shoulder injury just one day before leaving for the US with his girfriend Hanne and son Emil.

Knutsen is still expected to be at camp but it is not known whether the injury will effect his play. Knutsen stated that it only hurt when moving the shoulder and there was not any constant pain. He received a cortizone shot from the Norwegian Medical Institute and Dr. Berner. Knutsen also received a MRI. Knutsen noticed the pain when he was struck by a puck in practice with VIF-Oslo hockey. His shoulder will be checked by team doctors upon his arrival in Columbus.

For the naysayers of Knutsen it is believed that this may be just another excuse in case he does not fare well against the larger North American opponents. However a recent poll in Norway`s Daily VG reported that 79 of 115 votes casted believe that Knutsen will play well and have success in the NHL this time around.

SHAMPOO CLOTHES?
Before Christmas a new label will be in Norwegian and perhaps world stores… Espen Knutsen logos will adorn workout clothes. If he does well in the NHL then the product may take off… if he does not… well…. Knutsen will receive a percentage off each sale. From training clothes to soap dishes…the logo will be on a complete line.

Realistic Predictions:


GP G A TP PIM +/- PPG SH
Knutsen 66 13 28 41 32 -17 5 3
*Limited with injuries...

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