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Grizzlies/Canadian Juniors Update

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 12/5/2000

Utah Grizzlies Update

The Utah Grizzlies just completed two more ho-hum weeks, playing about .500 hockey (3-2-2) in their season’s longest homestand of seven games. At home, they have showcased excellent special teams placing them first in the league in penalty killing and fourth in the league in power play percentage at home. Utah (11-9-2, 25 points) now stands in sole possession of second place in the IHL Western Conference behind the impressive Manitoba Moose (13-5-2, 28 points).

Grizzlies Notes:

  • Stars forward prospect Ryan Christie has injured his shoulder and is now out indefinitely.
  • Goalie Chad Alban was returned to the Idaho Steelheads of the WCHL after Rick Tabaracci made a healthy (but losing) return against the Chicago Wolves.
  • John Purves — a Utah forward and career IHL’er — is now fifth in the IHL in scoring (9 g, 12 a, 21 p).
  • David Ling is now second in the IHL in power play goals with 7.
  • Mike Bales is third in the IHL in Goals Against Average with 2.45.

Top Utah Scorers
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Thrashers Well Represented in Canadian WJC Tryouts

by pbadmin
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The Atlanta Thrashers are going with a
youth first movement that seems to be effective, especially in the development of their
prize prospects. Four Thrasher prospects have been named to the Tryout camp roster of the
Canadian World Junior Hockey Championship Team. Thirty-four players recived invitations to
the camp. The four Thrashers selected are the most taken from any NHL stable.

Among the players selected for the tryouts:


Player        POS  WT.  HT.   BIRTHDAY  CURRENT TEAM  LEAGUE
Rob Zepp       G   185  6'0"  09-07-81  Plymouth      (OHL)
Garnet Exelby  D   210  6'2"  08-16-81  Saskatoon     (WHL)
Luke Sellers   D   204  6'1"  05-21-81  Ottawa        (OHL)
Dany Heatley   F   204  6'2"  01-21-81  Wisconsin     (WCHA)
The Selection means that the players will attend
the camp december 13th-18th at Beatrice Ice Garden in North York, Ontario. Twenty-two
players will make the final roster, and the trip to Russia for the Championships in russia
beginning on December 26th. Notable was the selection of Thrashers 1999 number one
overall pick Dany heatley, one of three non-Canadian Junior players selected for the
tryout camp.

Manny Malhotra: Back Onto The Radar?

by Brandon LeBourveau
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After a horrible season last year in which Manny Malhotra couldn’t get out of John Muckler’s doghouse, Malhotra looks reborn under new head coach Ron Low. After playing for 4 different teams last season, it appears Manny may be on his way to once again earn a full time job in the NHL.

Malhotra was recalled on November 25th after Eric Lacroix went down with a fractured finger and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Malhotra has played in 4 games so far since being recalled and each game he was close to being the Rangers top forward. He has been playing an aggressive physical game, while finishing every check and chipping in offensively. He has been very good in the offensive zone, cycling down low and making nice plays to get by the defensemen. He has 2 goals so far, scored against Jamie Storr and Martin Brodeur. Some people may criticize the goals because they were both lucky, but I don’t care how they go in as long as they count.

On his goal against the Kings, he took a backhander as he was cruising down the boards and the puck trickled in between Jamie Storr’s legs, who appeared to be out of position and misplay the puck. The next night in New Jersey, Malhotra got the Rangers back into the game and tied it at 1-1 as he took a slapshot from the top of the left circle and it went in over Martin Brodeur’s glove. Brodeur’s glove was interfered with as his teammate Scott Stevens accidentally hit it with his stick.

I think this is the best I’ve seen Malhotra play in the last year or so. Right now he is centering a line with Adam Grav Read more »

Blues Prospects Update

by Danny Raborn
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Daniel Corso-C-Corso has improved every year (three in all) with the Worcester Ice Cats, 28 points to 55 points, and is now on a pace for well over 55. So far this season he has 21 goals and 34 assists in 55 games. In the last three years, the top scorer for the Ice Cats has been promoted to the Blues; Michael Handzus, Jochen Hecht, and Jim Campbell, although Campbell wore out his welcome and was let go.

Mike Van Ryn-D-Van Ryn played in the Blues first game this season, but made 2 huge mistakes and was demoted a week later after sitting out to many games. That really hurt his confidence and he started off slow in Worcester, but now may be making a comeback, as he had two goals in his last game. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 13 games.

Barret Jackman-D-Jackman separated his shoulder recently, but is expected to play for team Canada this year in the WJHC. Before the injury he played 25 games in the WHL with the Regina Pats. In those 25 games, he recorded 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points.

Andrei Trochinsky-C/RW-In his first season in North America, as a member of the Worcester Ice Cats, he has played 19 games and has 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points.

Jaroslav Obsut-D-Obsut could be having a huge break out season this year with Worcester, November 12th, he was named AHL player of the week after getting five points in 2 games. In 20 games, he has 5 goals and 8 assists , 13 points. That’s one more point than he had for the last two years combined.

Marc Rycroft-RW-Rycroft is having a great rookie seas Read more »

Who will take the gamble on Chiarello?

by Jessica Haskin
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Gene Chiarello has had quite a successful junior and college career as
to date but has never gotten his chance to play with the pro’s.

Chiarello played his juniors with the London Knights of the OHL and
posted save percentages of .844, .906, and .908 on a team that had
little defense.

Chiarello, Tom Kostopoulos, and John Erskine led the team to the OHL
finals in ’99, the furthest the Knights had ever made it in the history
of the team. Chiarello backed the team making up to 60 saves some
nights.

He was invited to Buffalo’s training camp in ’99 but was released and
went back to the Knights. He went to the Columbus Blue Jackets rookie
camp and was hoping he might be able to crack the line up there.
Although he had a good camp he was released, unable to get into the Blue
Jackets system already containing six goalies.

What is the reason that so many teams have passed over him? Is it his
“losing” record? Is it his willingness to take that gamble, diving way
out of his net for the puck? Will playing with the Varsity Reds of
the University of New Brunswick and a winning record help some pro
teams to take that second glance?

Chiarello has played every game this season with the Varsity Red’s. He
had a shaky start but now has a six game run without a loss.

“He’s been a real good addition for our hockey club” said Coach Gardiner
MacDougall.

He came in as a freshman and has responded very well to the new players
and the difference in the game. He continues to get better with every
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The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

I told you so: Although I’ve certainly been guilty of pushing the “Eric Lindros comes home” angle ever since my first column for HF back in June, I must admit that I was somewhat startled by the superstar’s sudden public revelation on November 28th … for those of you that have spent the past few days under a rock, Eric finally confirmed to various members of the print and electronic media that he wants badly to play for the Maple Leafs and further wishes to pursue no other option at this point in time … earlier in the week, Lindros was declared fit and able to resume his playing career by Dr. James Kelly in Chicago … for their part, the Maple Leafs have admitted that the interest in very mutual and that discussions with the Flyers have already taken place … although much has happened in connection with this story since the Entry Draft (8.5M dollar 2-way contract tendered by the Flyers and subsequently turned down by Lindros, frequent verbal posturing from both sides) little has really changed … the road to Eric Lindros’ playing rights still leads through Philly … anyone who thinks that Bob Clarke will happily send Eric to the team of his choice simply doesn’t understand the man very well … Toronto’s management has stated that risk sharing by all parties will be needed in order to get a deal done … the Lindros family has indic Read more »

Rangers Weekly Prospect Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 11/25 to 12/1

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    23  29  23  52   20   23

This Week: 4 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P, 4 PIM, +1


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    16  12  14   26  19  +1

This Week: 4 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 2 PIM, +1


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    28  11  20  31   30   12

This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    29  21  18  39   12   -6

This Week: 4 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, -2


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    25   7   12   19  60  -1

This Week: 1 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, +1


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    20  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 4 PIM, +1


Player            Team      League  GP  G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     13  1  5   6    8   -1

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, Even


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE   11    1    Read more »

Blue Jacket Prospect Update

by Bill Drake
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Before getting into the prospect list, Matt Davidson was recalled by Columbus to play against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.

Chris Nielen currently is 2g-1a-3p with 10 PIMs in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch.

Blake Bellefeuille has just 1g and 18 PIMs with the Crunch in 15 games.

Brad Moran has 2g-4a-6p with 18 PIMs in 18 games with the Crunch.

Matheui Darche, who the Columbus Dispatch thought merited a call-up, has 5g-11a-16p with 6 PIMs in 21 games.

Jonanthan Schill was demoted to the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and for them has 4g-1a-5p and 31 PIMs in 11 games. With the Crunch he registered no points and 4 PIMs in two games.

Matt Davidson, the latest CBJ call-up, has 3g-3a-6p and 8 PIMs in 21 games for Syracuse.

Martin Spanhel has 1g-3a-4p and 37 PIMs in 17 games for Syracuse.

Dan Watson, a defenseman, has 1g-2a-3p and no PIMs in 13 games for the Crunch.

Jeremy Reich has 1g-3a-4p with 16 PIMs in Syracuse.

Jeff Williams, who almost can’t be considered a prospect anymore, has 4g-10a-14p in 21 games for Syracuse.

Jody Shelley, the Crunch’s resident goon (his personal profile has a picture of him with gloves off and fists clenched), has 2a and 103 PIM in 20 games. Congrads Jody for breaking the century mark already. Here’s to you going for 300 PIM.

Rounding out the list is Bill Bowler who has 10g-12a-22p in 22 games for the Crunch.

Later I will be updating the stats for the Blue Jackets European prospects

IHL: Competitive Parity

by Parker Neale
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Offence has been pretty hard to come by this year in the IHL. Goals,
shots and power-play goals are all quite low, as a whole. This decrease
can be attributed mainly to the strong goaltending now present in the
league. As opposed to many previous seasons, goaltenders have stepped
up to be valuable contributors of their teams this year. The
backstopper who has really gotten off to a torrid pace is Mike Fountain
of the Grand Rapids Griffins as he has sparkled in the absence of
now-Senator Jani Hurme. Fountain has produced a 1.75 GAA and 0.933 save
percentage in 10 starts thus far. While Fountain has provided the
defence, Todd White has been the sparkplug on the offensive end for the
Griffins. Grand Rapids is not alone as the majority of IHL teams have
certain players that are leading them in their quest towards the Turner
Cup.

In Cleveland, Christian Matte has had no problems in his transition from
the AHL to the IHL as he has tallied 12 goals in his first 18 games. He
has been assisted by Brian Bonin, who has 19 points thus far. In net
for the Lumberjacks, Zac Bierk has been stellar, registering 8 wins and
a 0.913 save percentage.

In Orlando, Curtis Murphy has had to step up his play in the absence of
Mark Beaufait and has 18 points in 20 games. The Solar Bears have also
received top-notch goaltending from Norm Maracle, who already has 9 wins
to go along with his 0.912 save percentage.

It has been a different story in Cincinnati in terms of goaltending, as
they do not have a netminder within the top ten in the league
sta Read more »

Michal Sivek-a rising star

by Ivana Paulova
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Michal Sivek is considered to be one of the biggest talents of Czech hockey (1998 draft 29th position). Not only is he very intelligent and clever but is down to earth and he is very polite. He is the player who is worth your attention. His play does not lack in courage and enthusiasm. All his abilities help him to create his smart style of play. He has a good hockey sense which has been developing from the age of 3 when he started with hockey. He has a brother who is 2 years older and he played for Sparta so Michal has been going there with his brother. He was always in contact with the older players so he knew how to play against them

He has been criticized by some observers for returning to the Czech republic but this criticism is unfair. Players not only need good hockey conditions but also good living conditions. He is still very young and he has family and friends in Prague. He is very happy that he plays for an excellent team at home and being at home means he can spend his free time with his parents or friends. We have to remember that players have to play on ice but that doesn’t mean to say they have to live on ice also! For the rest of the time they need to feel good and secure and these circumstances are best provided at home. Michal missed this in North America.

If he had made the first team of Washington Capitals he would have stayed in there but he did not want to play on the farm. The reason is not that he finds it less attractive there but AHL and IHL are mostly the leagues where the players show off for their NHL teams. So fighting i Read more »

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