As we approach the halfway mark of the season, here are the highs and lows of the system.
The best story so far is Joe Rullier. He is quickly emerging as the top defensive prospect in the Kings system. He has shown the grit the Kings like at the blue line and has added some solid offense. Rullier was the only Kings’ representative on Canada’s WJC team and has put up solid numbers for Rimouski of the QMJHL.
The most concerning story is Scott Barney. The Kings have been so hush-hush about this that one can only wonder what the problem is. To the best of my knowledge, Barney is still nursing a back injury and is not even skating right now. This is the big centerman the Kings have longed for. An unfavorable diagnosis would make a thin pipeline even thinner.
What to watch out for is firstly, Barney. Will he play this season? Secondly is how Pavel Rosa emerges. He has been decent in Long Beach, but where is the goal scoring? Is he moping in Long Beach or is this what the guy is? The Kings seem like they would have to at least give him a cup of coffee this season, even if it is to show him for trade.
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IHL RECAP FROM THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 2000
Kansas City Blades 2
Orlanado Solar Bears 7
Kansas City Blades lead the IHL with 57 major penalties.
Utah Grizzlies lead the IHL with 9 shorthanded goals which have been scored by 7 different players.
Mike Crowley of the Long Beach Ice Dogs is 2nd among IHL defenceman with 4 goals and 21 assists for 25 points.
THE IHL LOCKEROOM: THROUGH THE EYES OF A PLAYER
For some the dressing room is just another room to get changed into your hockey gear and go out on the ice and play hockey. For the players its more
than just a place to change. “Its kinda like going to the office everday only thing is you wear hockey gear instead of a three piece suit.” said Moose
defenceman Brett Hauer on describing the dressing room. Going to the office and play hockey all day. How many of you can say that? For most
players its a way to relax and get away from everday life. ” I love coming here and just relaxing on the huge couch and watching the tv and talking with
the guys.” said Moose winger Jimmy Roy. For Moose goalie Jason Elliot just coming to the rink everyday is exciting enough. ” I love coming to the
rink everday and playing hockey, hanging out with my teammates, being in the dressing room is like a getaway from everyday life.” All players regard
it as a home away from home. For some players it just holds a special something. Read more »
IHL RECAPS FOR MONDAY JANUARY 10, 2000
No games scheduled
50% of all seats in the IHL or minimum of 5000 seats are to be priced at $10 or less in IHL arenas.
The Manitoba Moose and the Orlando Solar Bears completed a trade today. The Moose sent forward Jason MacDonald to Orlando in exchange for
defencemans Terry Hollinger.
Milwaukee Admirals: Announce Nashville has reassigned defenceman Richard Litner
to the Admirals.
Michigan K-Wings: Announce Dallas Stars have recalled left wing Ryan Christie.
IHL DRESSING ROOM: AN INSIDE LOOK
You see them all the time but give them no particular thought. You see them give players towels to wipe the sweat from their eyes after a shift. The
equipment manager plays a huge role on any professional hockey team and Dale Coulthard plays a huge role with the Manitoba Moose. “Dale plays a
huge role on the team even though its a behind the scene role he is really appreciated on the team and it does not go unnoticed.” says Moose winger
Dale returns to the Moose after spending one season as equipment manager with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. Prior to going to Dayton, Dale
was the assistant equipment manager of the Moose during the teams first two seasons in Winnipeg.
Q. When did you get involved as an equipment manager?
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Here are the standings for the Western Hockey Leagues West Division just past
the half way point on the schedule.
GP W L T RT GF GA Pts
Spokane Chiefs 37 25 10 2 1 139 101 53
Prince George Cougars 39 18 17 4 4 141 132 44
Seattle Thunderbirds 36 16 16 4 2 125 112 38
Kamloops Blazers 37 17 16 4 0 125 119 38
Kelowna Rockets 39 17 21 1 2 109 114 37
Tri-City Americans 39 14 20 5 1 135 156 34
Portland Winterhawks 39 9 25 5 0 94 147 23
The Spokane Chiefs are a surprise to me and many others to be leading the division with a nine point bulge, however, they are starting to make
believers out of many as they’ve maintained their strong start and continue to make progress and pull away from the pack. A solid trade to pick up
twenty year old offensive defenceman Scott Roles from the Kootenay Ice along with the addition of another overager, sparkplug Brent McDonald who
was picked up after he became a casualty of the twenty year old numbers crunch in Prince George, have added offence and experience to a solid young
nucleus of players. Eighteen year old Tim Smith has led the charge offensively for the Chiefs, amassing 48 points in thirty-six games, thirty four of Read more »
Forsberg, Anger, Enblom, Tallinder, Sandstrom, Lundstrom — Profiles, stats
and comments on how they are doing this season and their chances of playing in
Position: Goalie, Born: 1975, Height: 5-10, Weight: 175
Drafted: 9/1993 (210 overall) by San Jose
Current Stats: GP: 19, GAA: 3.06, SVS%: 89.19
Forsberg who once was a very promising goalie has had some rigid seasons
behind him. He has always got enough of ice-time but he has been very uneven.
Some games Forsberg was incredible and other nights terrible. He is currently
playing his 2 nd season with AIK and he’s the starting goalie. Last year he
shared the job with Mattias Pettersson but now he is the nr.1 goalie. This
season Forsberg has been acting more solid than ever and it appears like his
development is continuing. But still he is considered as a longshot when it
comes to making a name for him self in the NHL.
Position: Defenseman, Born: 1977, Height: 6-2, Weight: 188
Drafted: 3/1996 (62 overall) by Phoenix
Current Stats: GP: 28, G: 3, A: 4, P: 7, PIM: 26
Just like goalie Jonas Forsberg, this guy has had some difficulties with his
development, the past seasons. Per-Anton was a great prospect when he was a
junior player with MoDo. Phoenix “saw” his skills and drafted him in the 3 rd
round in the NHL draft in 96. The same year (96/97) Lundstrom had a terrible Read more »
Prospect Watch – round 29
>>>>>Prospect of the round< <<<<
Samuel Pahlsson, MoDo
Samuel who’s drafted by Colorado and will most likely play with the Colorado
Avalanche next season, had a great game against Leksand. MoDo had two
successful lines, the Sedins together with Anders Soderberg and Samuel
Pahlsson together with tough guy Magnus Wernblom and Boston draftee Matias
Karlin. Pahlsson played outstanding and showed some great offensive talents.
He scored to fine goals and delivered a great pass to Wernblom that resulted
in a goal.
# Player Team Drafted by G A TP
1 Samuel Pahlsson MoDo Colorado 2 1 3
2 Magnus Nilsson Malmo Detroit 2 0 2
3 Daniel Sedin MoDo Vancouver 1 1 2
4 Pierre Hedin MoDo Toronto 1 1 2
5 Henrik Sedin MoDo Vancouver 0 2 2
6 Henrik Malmstrom Malmo 0 2 2
7 Anders Soderberg MoDo Boston 1 0 1
8 Henrik Andersson Linkoping 1 0 1
9 Pelle Prestberg Farjestad Anaheim 0 1 1
10 Toivu Suursoo Malmo Detroit 0 1 1
Elitserien round 29 - 1/6/2000
Brynas vs Frolunda 4-1
BRY: Roger Kyro 2, Daniel Olsson, Jan Larsson
FRO: Pasi Saarela
Linkoping vs Lulea 3-2
LIN: Henrik Andersson, Mike Helber, Peter Casparsson
LUL: Tomas Berglund 2
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For all of you who don’t know Thunder Bay is located in Northwestern Ontario
at the head of Lake Superior. The Lakehead as it is occasionally called has
a population of approximately 113,000. Cities of note around Thunder Bay is
Winnipeg eight hours to the west, St. Paul eight hours to the South and
Sault Ste. Marie eight hours to the northeast.
Now that you know where this place is it time to hear about what it does
well: Play Hockey! Thunder Bay has a good minor hockey system with two
associations managing hockey from Novice to Minor Pee Wee. Lakehead South
and Port Arthur Minor both have AA teams and house league teams at each age.
Once players get to Bantam and Midget age you go into a city wide draft
organized by Thunder Bay Minor Hockey. At Bantam there is house league,
single A and AA, in Midget there is only single A and AA. These teams are
usually very competitive in out of town tournaments. The Midget AA Fort
William Hurricanes captured the Ontario Winter Games Gold Medal in 1998 in
The pride of the towns hockey program has to be the Thunder Bay Kings AAA
program. It consists of three teams at Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels.
The Pee Wee program plays in the Ontario Provincial Championships each year
after playing 28 games in the Bantam AA league. This helps to get the kids
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Late Midterm grades
Yes the grades come after the Christmas break and midway point of the
season, but better late than never. So without further adieu:
Goaltending: Overall grade: A-
Jason LaBarbera has all but stood on his head for the Hawks this
season. Despite a relatively high GAA (3.69 now, about where its been
all season), its the save percentage statistic that is more telling
for Jason. His save percentage is .903 now. He faces a lot of rubber
most nights, and has kept Portland in many a game. His saves have
ranged from ordinary looking from solid positioning, to spectacular
make up for defense mistakes or not clearing a rebound type. Jason
recently recorded his sixth career shutout, shutting out the Moose Jaw
Warriors, breaking a Winterhawk’s record. He was also named to the
West Conference all star team recently. Currently, trade rumors swirl
around Jason, guess we’ll all know on the tenth if he’s still a
Winterhawk or not.
Lanny Ramage has shown that he has the “stuff” to be a solid WHL
goalie, if not a excellent one. The rookie has posted a .915 save
percentage and a 3.33 GAA. He works hard in practices, and seems to be
filling the role of backup well, although with his talents, he
certainly won’t be a backup for long.
Defense: Overall Grade: C- (that might be generous)
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The Czech Republic won their first ever
World Junior Championships gold medal after beating Russia in the penalty shootout
following a scoreless and pretty boring game.
Team Ukraine (10th place, relegated):
The Ukrainian team was packed with small players, and relied heavily on technique, skating and goalkeeping. Goalkeeper Vadim Seleverstov really stood out in the first relegation game against Slovakia, but displayed an unconsistent play in the other games. He is also very small and has probably had his fifteen minutes of hockey fame. The defenders didn’t play with maturity, often making simple mistakes in their own zone leading to a scoring opportunity for the opposing team. Denis Isaenko and Evgeny Pisarenko were the two most physical defensemen, and the two most suited for play in the NHL. Artem Gnidenko scored the goal of the tournament against Slovakia, when he in the final stages of the game scored a goal very similar to the one scored by Khlebnikov against Canada. Defender Alexander Skorohod, born in 1983 was the most interesting player in the Ukranian team.
Stars: Vadim Seleverstov G – Denis Isaenko D
Team Slovakia (9th place):
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So-called experts seem to be doing nothing but condemning Canada’s World Junior hockey team. A bronze medal. That’s all the hard working juniors came back with from that icebox in northern Sweden. They ask why Canada isn’t producing the best hockey players in the world anymore. This unattainable goal that we’ve supposedly set for ourselves of coming home with the gold every year from every major tournament has become ridiculous. The one drawback to hitting gold five years in a row at this tournament (’93-’97) is that now it’s gold or nothing.
‘The Russians and Czechs are more talented players than the Canadians are now’, the experts say. ‘We produce nothing but muckers and grinders instead of talented hockey players’. Newsflash; the Russians have been pretty good since the ’50′s and the Czechs, Slovaks, Swedes and Finns aren’t exactly slouches. Witness Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, Ziggy Palffy, Peter Forsberg and Teemu Selanne. Could it be that the rest of the world has just caught up to us in the standards of hockey? After all, every time we won at whatever level all it did was breed complacency and arrogance. Nobody can win the gold every year. That’s why they play the games. And another thing, if the European system is so much better than ours, (better passers, more offence) how come the gold medal game at the WJC between Russia and the Czech Republic was a classic battle featuring all the scoring and excitement of a Ottawa-New Jersey game. That’s right, they trapped. In fact, they trapped so well that neither team scored in three periods of hockey and one more of Read more »