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world not named Wayne Gretzky during the 1980’s when he was centering the
famed KLM line on the Soviet Red Army team. Generously listed at 5’11” and
only weighing 170 pounds, Larionov managed to put together a brilliant
international career before finally playing in the NHL in 1989 as a
29-year-old rookie. If he was an 18-year-old rookie today, he might not
have been given a chance to play in the NHL. With the trend in the NHL
towards big bodies, he probably would have been considered too small.
Many general managers today would rather take a 6’4” 215 pound center with
limited skills than a 5’ 9” 165 pound center who can skate and handle the
puck. The thought is that you can’t teach size, but you can’t teach skills
that a player just does not have the physical tools for, either. Players
like Theo Fleury, Pat Verbeek, and Larionov have proven that small players
can be top line NHL players.
decade, most of those players are not huge. Vladimir Konstantinov weighed
190 pounds. Mike Peca is not much bigger. Chris Chelios is listed at 6’1”
186 pounds, and yet he has sent more than his share of opponents to the
trainer’s table. “Terrible Ted” Lindsay, one of the toughest men ever to
play the game was only 5’ 10” and weighed 160 pounds! Compare them to the
passive 210 pound Larry Murphy or Mario Lemieux, who weighed 220 pounds, and
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1999 NHL Entry Draft. He’s built in a similar mold to three other Habs’
draft picks. Ron Hainsey, Chris Dyment, and Ryan Glenn. All of who play
in the US College ranks. Although Shasby’s name has not been mentioned
in the same breath as Hainsey and Dyment, his early season success is
beginning to merit some attention.
ago. In fact, he scored more goals in an October 14th game against
Michigan (2) than he did the entire 99-00 season. After 6 games he has 2
goals and 2 assists, compared to 1 goal and 8 assists in 32 games last
Development Program. This is a program which has turned out defensemen
Brooks Orpik, David Tanabe, and Doug Janik. Unfortunately Shasby had
already committed to Lincoln of the USHL. This decision likely slowed
down his development, as he missed out on some of the best coaching
available in the US, and a possible trip to the World Junior
off-season. This camp allowed Matt the opportunity to develop a
conditioning program to increase his strength, and push his weight up to
Classic Hockey Tournament, which took place the weekend of October 13th.
He was also named to the All-Tournament team; An incredible achievement
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choices within any organization. Although this is also the case in
Toronto, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of late round picks
that seem to be doing fairly well for the Maple Leafs.
are both progressing nicely at this time. Both players have become
important defenders this season with Waterloo of the USHL and Cape
Breton of the QMJHL respectively.
League, has been placed with the USJHL team in Waterloo, IA by the Maple
Leafs. He had been reasonably impressive in limited duty at the team’s
Rookie Camp in September. Velebny has played in half of the (Waterloo)
Black Hawks’ games has one goal and one assist with 8 PIMs.
Breton) Eagle’s 2nd highest scoring defensemen after 16 games. He has
one goal and nine assists to go along with 15 PIMs. Like Velebny, Cote
possesses prototypical NHL size, plays a physical style and navigates
the ice fairly well.
Markov, and Berezin, the Maple Leafs will be well advised to remain
extremely patient with both of these youngsters.
during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations,
commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Another Lindros Story: Apparently Mr. B. Clarke of Philadelphia is
Keep The Faith: I have it on very good authority (and there is not a
Preface: Once in a while a player comes along that is special. People
JA = John Agar, JT = Jordin Tootoo
JA: Thanks Jordin for helping us out at Hockey’s Future and reporting
JT: Thanks John, for having me here too.
JA: Now Jordin, you were born in what year?
JT: I was born in 1983. February 2nd.
JA: So that puts you in what draft year?
JT: 01. 2001.
JA: Is that this year?
the midst of a 4 game losing streak. However, their lack of good play has
caused head coach Ron Low and general manager Glen Sather to bring up some
rookies from the minors to get some NHL action.
from Hartford of the AHL. Mottau played his first NHL game in Thursday’s 3-0
loss to the Flyers. I thought overall he played a strong game. He made the
smart first-pass out of the defensive zone, and saw time as the quarterback
on the 2nd power play unit. Although the Rangers did lose, Mottau had a great
game. But last night in the Rangers 4-1 loss to the Penguins, Mottau didn’t
play as well. He committed to soon on a 1-on-1 situation with Jaromir Jagr in
the first period, leading to the 1st goal of the game for the Penguins. The
next game for Mike will be against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, his hometown
the Rangers to re-call goalies J-F Labbe and Johan Holmqvist from the minors.
Holmqvist, a 22 year old Swedish goalie who was drafted in the 7th Round of
the 1997 Draft, got his first NHL start last night against the Penguins. The
Rangers lost this game as well, but Holmqvist’s performance was outstanding
between the pipes. He let up 3 goals in the first period, but shut down the
Penguins throughout the 2nd period. He robbed the Penguins’ Alexei Kovalev
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Player Stats Player Pos Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM Pavel Brendl RW Calgary WHL 7 11 4 15 7 6 Jamie Lundmark C Moose Jaw WHL 0 0 0 0 0 0 Filip Novak D Regina WHL 13 5 9 14 5 9 Garrett Bembridge C Saskatoon WHL 10 4 6 10 -8 8 Johan Witehall LW Hartford AHL 6 5 6 11 N/A 8 Burke Henry D Hartford AHL 6 1 7 8 N/A 11 Mike Mottau D Hartford AHL 6 1 6 7 N/A 2 Jeff Ulmer C Hartford AHL 6 3 2 5 N/A 2 Manny Malhotra C Hartford AHL 6 1 1 2 N/A 35 Stefan Cherneski RW Hartford AHL 5 0 0 0 N/A 12 Brandon Dietrich C Hartford AHL 5 0 0 0 N/A 0 Francois Fortier LW Hartford AHL 4 0 0 0 N/A 0 Boyd Kane LW Hartford AHL 4 0 0 0 N/A 4 Tomas Kloucek D Hartford AHL 6 0 0 0 N/A 12 Dale Purinton D Hartford AHL 5 0 0 0 N/A 41 Martin Richter D Hartford AHL 1 0 0 0 N/A 0 Goalie Stats Player Team League GP MIN AVG W L T EN SO GA Svs SPCT Johan Holmqvist Hartford AHL 4 209 2.87 2 1 0 0 0 10 108 .907 Vitali Yeremeyev Charlotte ECHL 2 118 4.06 1 1 0 0 0 8 71 .899
action packed as ever. This season the league welcomes two new teams
although they are not new franchises to the league. The Chicago Steel
join play this year after playing in Fargo the past few seasons as the
Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks. The Tri-City Storm also debut this year.
The Storm were formerly known as the Twin Cities Vulcans. Last season
the Vulcans won the Junior A National Championship after finishing 2nd
in the playoffs to the Green Bay Gamblers. They will be out to defend
their title for sure. As will Green Bay who will look to add yet
another division title and playoff banner to their impressive history.
Several star players have left and several more have taken their
places. Below will be a look at each division, the team’s outlooks in
the order I predict they will finish and some of their rising stars who
will take them there.
1. Green Bay Gamblers -