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Albany “First Period” Report

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By Mike Buskus

“First period” report

This started out as a “first quarter” (20 games out of 80) report but,
for a
variety of reasons, got delayed in writing and editing. This writer
could,
somewhat arbitrarily, have limited the writeup to the first 20 games,
but
ignoring the next five that have been played did not seem to make
sense, so
instead of four “quarterly” recaps, there will be only three,
coinciding
with approximately equal “thirds” of the season. So, it is now a
“first
period” report, or a recap after “one third” of the “game”. Since the
Albany River Rats have played 25 out of their 80 regular season
contests,
this is a grade report to date.

Goaltending

Not since the Albany River Rats won the Calder Cup in their second year
of
existence (1994-1995) (Mike Dunham; Corey Schwab) has the minor league
affiliate of the New Jersey Devils been so blessed with goaltending
talent.
The River Rats actually have three prospects who probably have a future
in
the NHL. The trio of Ari Ahonen, J.F. Damphousse and Scott Clemmensen
has
wowed the fans, and impressed the scouts.

Damphousse currently is in New Jersey, as backup to Martin Brodeur.
The
most experienced of the three netminders, Damphousse worked five games
for
the River Rats (1-1-1; 3.62 GAA; .883 save percentage), plus one start
(Tampa Bay) and one relief effort (Washington) with the Devils.

Damphousse got a real “trial by fire” last year (2000-2001) with the
Albany
River Ra Read more »

Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/9

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Calder Corner For the Week Ending 12/9


The Calder Corner

3 Games
McDonald: 1 Assist

ATL
3 Games
Heatley: 1 Goal (9), 4 Assists
Kovalchuk: 2 Goals (11, 12), 3 Assists
Tapper: 1 Assist

BOS
3 Games
Boynton: 2 Assists
Girard: 1 Assist

CAL
4 Games
Nichol: 1 Assist

CHI
3 Games
Bell: 1 Goal (6), 1 Assist

COL
2 Games
Vrbata: 3 Goals (2, 3, 4), 2 Assists

Edmonton Oilers
1 Game
Markannen: 10 Shots, 9 Saves

Florida Panthers
2 Games
Huselius: 1 Goal (13), 1 Assist
Hagman: 1 Assist

Los Angeles Kings
4 Games Read more »

HF Interviews Ryan Hollweg

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Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Ryan Hollweg was recently selected to the USA WJC team. Here are his thoughts on the upcoming tournament as well as some interesting things you may not have known about.

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Statistical Updates on the USHL, EJHL, and More

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Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 NHL Draft USHL Rankings

'A' Players

Topeka Scarecrows - Vince Bellisimo, C Stats: 23 GP, 13 G, 17 A, 30 P, 21 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers - Jeff Genovy, C Stats: 24 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 P, 43 PIM

Chicago Steel - Tom Gilbert, D Stats: 24 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P, 38 PIM

Green Bay Gamblers - Matthew Greene, D Stats: 20 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 P, 70 PIM

Green Bay Gamblers - Nathan Guerin, D Stats: 21 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 P, 48 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers - Michael Hutchins, D Stats: 23 GP, 4 G, 16 A, 20 P, 52 PIM

Green Bay Gamblers - Jake Taylor, D Stats: 20 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 35 PIM

'B' Players

Cedar Rapids Roughriders - PJ Atherton, D Stats: 24 GP, 5 G, 14 A, 19 P, 34 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers - Kris Bouchard, W Stats: 24 GP, 7 G, 10 A, 17 P, 16 PIM

Rochester Mustangs - Tim Conboy, D Read more »

Top 5 Bantam Ratings For the OHL Cup

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Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the weekly list
of the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings for the 2001-02 season.

Each week, the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings are selected by a panel of
Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting staff based on team play during the
ranking period. Teams are divided into four territories for the purpose of
the rankings including; Central (GTHL), East (Ajax and east), West (Oakville
and west) and North (Richmond Hill and north).

The OHL Cup, which is sponsored by the Ontario Hockey League, showcases some
of Ontario’s finest Bantam aged hockey players during a six day tournament
held March 25 – 30, 2002 in Brantford.

The champion from each of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association,
Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ontario Minor Hockey Association, Minor Hockey
Alliance of Ontario, Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Greater
Toronto Hockey League, along with the host Brantford 99’ers, will compete in
the 2002 Ontario Bantam Championship for the OHL Cup.

The Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings will be released each Tuesday leading
up to the 2002 OHL Cup, along with a monthly composite ranking.

Regional Rankings – Week 5

EAST

1) Nepean Raiders
2) Quinte Red Devils
3) Ottawa Valley Titans
4) Whitby Wildcats
5) Peterborough Petes

WEST

1) Oakville Rangers
2) Huron Perth Lakers
3) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4) Grey Bruce Highlanders Read more »

London Knights Report Cards

by Jason Ahrens
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The OHL season is creeping up on the halfway point and with the Canadian Junior camp opening up this week it’s a good time to review the progress of a few of the Knights.

A Grades

Rick Nash-Hard to find too much bad to say about this guy, he has worked his way up into the top 5 scorers in the league, competes hard every night, uses his body, plays thirty minutes a game a lot of nights, and is hungry for the puck. He is the only 17 year old invited to try out for Team Canada, is rated the top skater in the OHL by central scouting and will likely be no lower than second in North America when they come out with those ratings. He is worth the price of admission most nights.

Dennis Wideman-This undrafted 18 year old defenceman is really rounding into top form. Now that Lubos Velebny has been dealt, he is the top defender on London and quarterbacks the power play. Is averaging exactly a point a game, his plus minus is respectable for the amount of minutes he plays, and is the best open ice hitter on the Knights. His strong points are his puck handling and shot, he has to bulk up a bit and make sharper passes on the breakout. Look for a team that needs some depth on D in their minor ranks to draft him next June in the later rounds.

Corey Perry-This sweet sixteen year old has had one impressive autumn. He was recently named to play for Team Ontario in the under 17 championships this Christmas. He is tall and lanky, but is like the Timex watch, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. He never shies away from going to the Read more »

Canadian Junior Camp Update

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The Beatrice Ice Gardens was about half full of fans, scouts and media on Wednesday night to observe the second red and white game for the Canadian World Junior Team. With the first five cuts expected to come early Thursday morning this game was very important for those players on the bubble. This is especially true for the d-men since there are only 2 spots open on the blueline and 8 guys trying out. Here is a rundown of some of the players who impressed and also 5 players I believe will be going home Thursday.

IMPRESSIVE:

Mike Cammalleri (LW) – The little dynamo from Michigan was probably the best player on the ice. He is skating very well and passing the puck beautifully. He also scored a very nice goal with a pinpoint accurate shot in the top corner.

Brian Sutherby (LW) – It is obvious that this guy had been playing with the big boys in the NHL for a while this year. He was a physical presence as well as showing good speed down the wing. Sutherby is a sure bet to win one of the available forward spots.

Scottie Upshall (LW) – Played very well, has good speed and works hard on every shift. He will also make the team in my opinion and will be a valuable asset. Looked much better than Nash. At this point I would say Upshall is ahead of Nash for the 2002 draft.

Matthew Lombardi (C) – It is obvious that Lombardi wants a spot on the team badly. He is working very hard and has great speed. He seemed to adapt to there being no red line very well, getting in behind the defense to spring himself Read more »

CHL Statistics for 2002 Draft Eligible Players

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Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 OHL Rankings

1. London Knights - Rick Nash, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 24 25 49 -11 54

2. Oshawa Generals - Ben Eager, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 31 9 15 24 +1 133

3. Kitchener Rangers - Steve Eminger, D GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 9 22 31 +6 55

4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Petr Taticek, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 31 9 20 29 +12 8

5. Brampton Battalion - Adam Henrich, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 30 12 16 28 +6 30

6. Guelph Storm - Dan Paille, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 29 12 15 27 -6 29

7. Plymouth Whalers - Gregory Campbell, C/LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 32 11 17 28 +24 64

8. Toronto (St. Michael's) Majors - Tim Brent, C GP G A PTS +/- PIM 34 14 23 37 +10 27

9. Belleville Bulls - Matt Stagan, LW GP G A PTS +/- PIM 33 14 23 37 +16 18

10. Sudbury Wolves - Andrei Mi Read more »

The ECHL Report

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Reading center Brendan Brooks is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 23-year-old Brooks scored four goals and seven points while helping the Royals go 4-0-0 and extend their team-record winning streak to six games. Assigned by Manchester of the American Hockey League on Monday, Brooks scored two goals in Reading’s 3-2 overtime win against Peoria on Tuesday and had an assist in the Royals’ 3-2 win at Wheeling on Friday. He had a goal and two assists in Reading’s 4-1 win at Cincinnati on Saturday, and closed out the week with a goal as the Royals beat Peoria 5-2 on Sunday. On behalf of Brendan Brooks, a case of pucks will be donated to a Reading area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

Greensboro’s Frederic Henry is the East Coast Hockey League Goalie of the Week.
Henry was 4-0-0 with a 1.21 goals against average and a .954 save percentage as the Generals won four games in a row for the first time in the team’s three-year history. Drafted in the eighth round (200th player overall) by the New Jersey Devils in 1995, Henry made 29 saves in Greensboro’s 4-2 win against Columbia on Wednesday. In Friday’s 2-1 shootout win at Trenton, the 24-year-old Henry made 23 saves in regulation and four in overtime before stopping four of five shooters in the shootout. He made 20 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against Pee Dee the following night, and closed out the week making 27 saves in a 6-1 win against Augusta. Assigned by Albany of the American Hockey League on November 29, Henry is 5-0-0 with a 1.56 goals against average and a . Read more »

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