Western Hockey League
Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Shane Bendera was one of two Columubs goaltending prospects to be named to Canada’s World Junior Tryout for the 2002 World Junior Championships. He made it up until the final cut, where Pascal Leclaire and Olivier Michaud were selected over him. Since the November 30th update, Bendera has struggled a bit. His GAA has jumped from a 2.03 to a 2.28. He has also gone winless in his last 3, bumping his record to 11-6-3. His .926 SV% has dwindled down to a .918. He remains second in the league in GAA, and third in SV%.
Ben Knopp – RW – Kamloops Blazers
Benn Knopp is now a Kamloops Blazer. Strongly desired and readily available from the Moose Jaw Warriors, Kamloops dealt Lwer Derek Krestanovich and a 3rd round pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft. Knopp will be meeting up with AJHL teammate Tyler Sloan. While the trade has not helped Knopps +/- rating, which now sits at –16, his offense has hit the skids which is a greater cause for concern. In his last ten games, Knopp has managed one goal and 3 assists, to push his totals to 33 points(18-15-33) in 39 games. Given some time to get used to his Blazer teammates, and Knopp should regain the scoring touch that has him highly touted by the Blue Jackets Organization.
Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
Kiel has continued to keep his own pace that he set for himself early in the season. His production has tailed off only slightly, from 1.22 PPG down to 1.20. He sits beh Read more »
Well, this week, I will re-rank our prospects, one-by-one, and give reasons for each ranking. Many of the Canucks’ prospects have regressed a great deal in development this season, and this could serve as a wake-up call for some of them; (If they have computers, and read this site, that is.) while others will be pleasantly surprised by their surge in the rankings. Without further ado, let us proceed.
1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Even though he started the season with the Canucks, Allen quickly proved that he didn’t belong there. He’s still my top prospect on reputation and potential alone. When he reaches the NHL again, I hope that we see the Allen of last year’s play-offs, the physical, tough, and defensively-responsible Allen. If he can conquer his split-NHL personality, then he’ll fit in just fine. Our blueline is in need of some fresh blood, and, with Murray Baron and Scott Lachance as our #3-4 defensemen, respectively, Allen should rocket up the depth chart, if he wants to.
2001-02 Manitoba 22GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 53 PIM.
2001-02 Vancouver 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Vancouver Canucks. Drafted: ’98 (2/31) Read more »
Pierre Parenteau stands at 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 165 pounds therefore making him small
by NHL standards especially for a center but whatever he lacks in size he surely makes up for it
in heart. Pierre grew up idolizing Mario Lemieux he liked him for his magical abilities,
deceptive shot, and most of all his French-Canadian roots. When I asked Pierre what his plans
for the future were he told me that he would like to finish his last years of junior eligibility and
spend a season or two in the AHL then he’d be ready to play in the NHL, his life long dream.
Pierre compares himself to Steve Yzerman although he admits his defense needs work, his two
way play is adequate for the QMJHL and his offensive abilities are unquestioned as so far this
season he has 56 points in 31 games, but eh didn’t Stevie Y start out as a one way player, but
Pierre told me this off-season he will be totally committed to working on his defense. Obviously intrested in Pierre’s skill’s I asked him
asked what part of his game stood out above the rest he said his offensive abilities in general but
more specifically his one on one play, a quality that is very important to success at the NHL
Pierre’s favorite hockey team is the Colorado Avalanche although the Ducks are a close
second Pierre likes the Avalanche because they have great overall team skill and have or had
some great French-Canadian players like Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque. After finding out that
the Ducks were Pierre’s second favorite I asked him what he thought of the organization to
explain his liking for the Read more »
Canada’s World Junior Championship team was unveiled on Saturday afternoon and among the names on the list were three Toronto Maple Leaf draftees. Making the cut were defensemen Jay Harrison of the Brampton Battalion, as well as Erie Otter teammates Carlo Colaiacovo and Brad Boyes, the former a blueliner, the latter a pivot. Each is obviously happy to be a part of this long time holiday tradition but each also has something to prove at this tournament.
Brad Boyes is one of the returning forwards from last years’s bronze medal team but while one can count the experience card in his favour, whether or not it was a good or bad one, is up for debate. By the end of the tournament his icetime was being slashed as he was generally ineffective up front. It is not the Brad Boyes many had come to know in the CHL and he arrived in training camp a bit lighter and a step faster. The Otter pivot is an important prospect for the Buds. He is the first pick of the Quinn regime (Nick Beverly is Mike Smith’s man) and a lot of reputations are riding on how well he turns out. As far as Boyes is concerned, if he can put a recent bout of mononucleosis behind him and impress overseas, he has a chance to place himself squarely in position to leapfrog several other highly touted prospects in the Leafs system come September.
Like Boyes, Jay Harrison is no stranger to spending Christmas overseas having done the same thing last year in Moscow. He’s one of five returnees on the blueline but he’ll be the only one playing tour guide for the new guy (see below) at least fro Read more »
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League continues
to top the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings in Week 11.
Despite having their 20-game unbeaten snapped at Rimouski on Friday night,
the Titan continue to lead the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10
rankings, selected by a panel of NHL scouts, for the fourth consecutive
week. Acadie-Bathurst has been in the rankings for eight of the 11 weeks the
poll has been conducted this season.
The Titan continues to lead the overall QMJHL standings and have the most
victories and best winning percentage of any CHL team. The 20-game unbeaten
run was the longest by far this season in the CHL.
The Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League hang on to second place in
the weekly rankings, picking up a couple of ties this week. The Whalers lead
the OHL in winning percentage and points and have just five losses in 34
games this season.
Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League were the team on the move
in this week’s rankings, moving into third place in the weekly poll, up from
sixth. With another two wins this past week, the Cougars have been one of
the hottest teams in the CHL in the past month since first cracking the Bank
of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 list four weeks ago.
There were no teams on last week’s Top 10 list that didn’t make the list
this week, but a few teams switched positions. Still in fourth spot are the
Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL, with the Barrie Colts of the OHL moving
up one spot, from sixth to fifth, Read more »
I had the chance to speak with Rochester Americans’ defenseman Luc Theoret following the Amerks 12/14 game vs. Cleveland. Luc signed a contract with Buffalo in ’99, but he is only now getting his first AHL action due to injury or illness the past 2 seasons. Prior to turning pro, Luc spent most of his junior career with Lethbridge of the WHL, while seeing only limited action the past 2 seasons with South Carolina of the ECHL.
The following is a transcript of our conversation, with “HF” referring to the interviewer, and “LT” being Luc.
: Luc, you’ve finally gotten the chance to play in the AHL this year. Any thoughts on the games you’ve played in so far?
: Well, I haven’t played in too many, so far. It’s definitely an adjustment from the ECHL, as the ECHL was from junior. I’m sure it would be a little bit more fun if the team was doing better, but we’ve had kind of a rough start here. I think it is a good experience, and I’m trying to work as hard as I can to get better this season, and hopefully stick around for a few more years.
: What are the differences between the ECHL and AHL? Is it mostly speed?
: I think it’s the speed and the skill. I think there is a lot more skill and better goaltending (in the AHL). Everything is just a notch better. The size of the players is not much different, but definitely the work ethic is better. There are a lot of younger guys that are trying to work their way up to the NHL, so it’s definitely a tougher league.
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Most ECHL fans know the name Sebastien Charpentier, and for good reason. In 1998 he won the Kelly Cup Championship with the then Hampton Roads Admirals, and was named the Playoff MVP. A year before, he had led goaltenders in the QMJHL for games played, minutes, and wins.
When he made the transition to the AHL’s Portland Pirates three years ago, everything changed. Chronic arthritis and a leg injury resulted in him having to sit out for months at a time. During the 1999-2000 season, Charpentier missed 49 games in a row.
During the past couple years, he would have a game here or there that was very good. But those were few and far between. And it was clearly more than just overcoming injury. Inconsistency, a lack of confidence, and an inadequate game mentality were all there too. One of his ‘shining’ moments was the Pirates’ final game of the playoffs last season. Charpentier made 50-something saves, and showed some absolutely brilliant goaltending, and yet, the two goals that he did let in during regulation were arguably the two easiest shots to stop in the entire game.
Then came this season.
Like so many of the other prospects in the Capitals’ organization, Sebastien Charpentier has not played this well in a very long time, if ever. He is healthy, the arthritis is not bothering him, but more importantly, he has his game back. He has been consistently wonderful for the past few weeks, and that is a huge step in the right direction for him. Two shutouts in the space a couple weeks was unheard of for him the past couple years. One si Read more »
Leclaire On The Roster, Bendera Left Off
The backend will be strong come Christmas for the Canadian World Juniors with strong defense. Their goaltending wont be too shabby either. Saturday morning the Canadian Junior Hockey squad made their final cuts, which involved releasing two goaltenders. One of which was Blue Jacket prospect Shane Bendera.
The release of Red Deer Rebel goalie Shane Bendera and Ray Emery of the SOO Greyhounds left two QMJHL goaltenders to tend the pipes in the Czech Republic; Olivier Michaud and future teammate of Bendera, Pascal Leclaire. Many had thought that the play of Shane Bendera would measure a CBJ duo in net of Leclaire/Bendera, but that will obviously not be the case.
“I’m a little disappointed, but not mad,” Bendera said, “It was pretty hard last night. I dont think any of us(goaltenders) slept. We knew two goalies were getting cut so it’s pretty hard.” Speculation was that Bendera gave up too many rebounds, something the Canadian Junior brass did not seem to take too kindly to.
That leaves Pascal Leclaire as the sole representative for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization after Bendera, and defensemen Aaron Johnson and Cole Jarrett were released. Pascal Leclaire played his way onto the squad, displaying the skills that made him the top goalie selected in the 2001 draft. His play may very well warrent him the starting role at the World Junior Olympics.
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Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 23 G, 19 A, 42 P, 24 PIM, +2
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 41 PIM, +18
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 9-9-4, 3.04 GAA. .888 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 6 G, 15 A, 21 P, 35 PIM, -20
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 P, 116 PIM, -10
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 30 GP 2 G, 19 A, 21 P, 21 PIM, -5
Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 28 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 60 PIM, -13
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 7 G, 10 A, 17 P, 62 PIM, +1
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 28 GP, 18 G, 26 A, 44 P, 62 PIM, +24
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 12-6-4, 2.37 GAA, .922 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 37 GP, 9 G, 9 A, 18 P, 43 PIM, +5
Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 30 GP, 17 G, 25 A, 42 P, 26 PIM, +10
Brian Fahey, Defenseman, Wisconsin (WCHA) Read more »
NEW EDITION OF INSIDE THE CHL WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY
Edition number four of Inside the CHL, the Canadian Hockey League’s audio
show, will be available late Friday afternoon at the official website of the
Inside the CHL is an audio program featuring interviews and news from around
the CHL, hosted by the league’s Director of Information, Roger Lajoie. On
the new show, members of Team Canada’s national junior team talk about
getting ready for the World Junior Hockey Championships, which take place
starting Christmas Day in the Czech Republic.
Pascal Leclaire, goaltender with the Montreal Rocket of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League, Stephen Weiss, forward with the Plymouth Whalers of
the Ontario Hockey League and goalie Shane Bendera of the defending Memorial
Cup champion Red Deer Rebels, all talk about their experiences at the camp,
playing for Canada and their current CHL teams.
Also on the show is a feature interview with Eugene Melnyk, who took over as
owner of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League
before the 2001-2002 OHL season began. Melnyk, a St. Michael’s College
School alumnus and successful businessman, talks about his reasons for
buying the historic franchise and his plans to construct a new arena for the
team within the next two years.
Inside the CHL is available during the season every two weeks, usually on
Fridays, at www.chl.ca. The program is also heard on junior hockey radio
broadcasts across the country as an intermission feature, with CHL media
members e Read more »