Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 23 GP, 22 G, 15 A, 37 P, 22 PIM, -2
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 30 PIM, +15
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 7-5-3, 3.02 GAA. .889 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 20 GP, 5 G, 10 A, 15 P, 31 PIM, -19
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 89 PIM, -9
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 14 GP, 4-8-2, 4.05 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 25 GP 1 G, 18 A, 19 P, 17 PIM, -7
Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 49 PIM, -11
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 28 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 P, 56 PIM, Even
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 23 GP, 15 G, 20 A, 35 P, 50 PIM, +17
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 10-5-4, 2.43 GAA, .921 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 9 G, 7 A, 16 P, 25 PIM, +5
Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 25 GP, 14 G, 21 A, 32 P, 22 PIM, +6
Brian Fahey, Defenseman, Wisconsin (WCHA) Read more »
After interviewing Raffi Torres and Juraj Kolnik, the Islanders staff still hadn’t thrown me out so I decided to get one more interview in. I had a chance to sit down with soft-spoken, first-year Swedish defender Dick Tarnstrom. Tarnstrom has the distinction of being the only player in the Islander organization not drafted or traded for by Mike Milbury. Here’s what the big Swede had to say when I caught up with after practice.
Hockey’s Future: What do you consider yourself, more of an offensive or defensive defenseman?
Dick Tarnstrom: I like to play a little of both, but I guess I’m more of a defensive defenseman.
HF: What’s it like being paired with Roman Hamrlik compared to Eric Cairns?
DT: It doesn’t really matter who you play with, you have to be responsible (on the ice), but they are both great to play with.
HF: Was it easier coming over (to the NHL) being that you are a little older? Was it an easier adjustment?
DT: I’ve had experience with the (Swedish) National Team and playing in Sweden, so yes, its been a little easier (adjusting).
HF: Does it help having fellow Swedes, like Mats Lindgren and Kenny Jonsson on the team with you?
DT: Yeah, they’re both good guys and I’ve played in the World Juniors with them.
HF: How has Chris Osgood helped the defense? Read more »
Jackets CHL PROSPECT UPDATE
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. And why not? The tale of the tape shows that Bendera definitely deserves to take the trip to not only the camp, but to the Czech Republic as well. Bendera has posted an impressive 11-3-3 record, registering a 2.03 GAA and a .926 GAA. Bendera leads the WHL in both statistical categories, and is 4th in the league in wins, only 4 back of the leader, despite playing 8 fewer games.
Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
When I see the statistics on the season Ben Knopp is having, I get discouraged with his progress. He’s managed 17 goals in 29 games, adding 12 assists as well (17-12-29). However, a trip to the +/- column quickly shows that Knopp is still a one-dimension player. His –12 is second worst on the team, and is easily the most disgusting stat on the team considering Knopps offensive production. He’s been much more of a liability on the ice than he should be, and needs to desperately work on defensive zone play.
Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
McLeod has began to have the season the Blue Jackets organization has hoped he will. Although he sits fourth in team scoring with 9 goals and 22 points (9-13-22), he’s second on the team in Points Per Game with 1.22, behind only Calgary superprospect Chuck Kobasew. McLeod i Read more »
CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that 13 players from the WHL has been chosen to attend Canada’s National Junior Team’s Selection Camp from December 10-17 at the Beatrice Ice Gardens in North York, Ontario.
Three players from the WHL (Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Hamhuis, Jarret Stoll) are returning players, having captured bronze with Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship.
A total of 36 players will compete at the 2002 selection camp with the goal of being chosen on the final roster of 22 that will participate for Canada at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championship in Czech Republic, December 25-January 4, 2002.
Thirty-four of the thirty-six players are from the Canadian Hockey League, Canada’s premier junior hockey league. Including the 13 players from the Western Hockey League, there are 12 from the Ontario Hockey League, nine from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and two players who are currently playing in the U.S. College ranks.
Five of the WHL players previously represented Canada as members of the Canada’s National Under 18 team program (Jared Aulin, Nathan Paetsch, Jarret Stoll, Scottie Upshall, Jeff Woywitka).
There are also four members of the Personnel Staff representing Team Canada from the Western Hockey League. Marc Habscheid, Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets and former member of Team Canada’s Gold Medal Team in 1982 is Team Canada’s Assistant Coach and Assistant Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Mark Howell is the Video Coach. The Equipment Manager is the Vancouver Giants Tra Read more »
The Montréal Canadiens began each of the last two NHL Entry Drafts by choosing a defenseman with their first pick. Ron Hainsey was grabbed 13th overall in the 2000 draft, while Mike Komisarek was picked 7th overall in 2001. These picks, combined with 2 other players (Matt Shasby, Chris Dyment) mean the Habs’ top four defensive prospects (22 or under) are products of the NCAA.One of the more interesting ways to judge prospects is to compare their statistics with an established NHLer who once played at the same level. Current Colorado Avalanche star Rob Blake is arguably the best defenseman to emerge from college hockey in the last 12 years. This analysis is not meant to prove whether or not these players will enjoy the same success as Blake; it is simply an interesting experiment, with equally interesting results.Blake was the Los Angeles Kings’ fourth pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He played four years for Bowling Green University before joining the Kings in time for the 1990 playoffs. His current 6’4″, 225-lbs frame compares favourably to that of Komisarek, while his mobility and puck skills resemble those of Hainsey.Statistically, Blake averaged 0.30 points per game as a freshman during the 1987-88 season. Dyment, a senior at Boston University averaged 0.24 points per game during his freshman year, while Shasby was slightly better at 0.28 PPG. Hainsey however, with a 0.36 PPG average had slightly better numbers than even Blake, while Komisarek was the most productive of the five, as he ended his freshman year with a 0.38 PPG averag Read more »
When the East Coast Hockey League subsided after a decade in Norfolk. The romance seemed to be over for the Hampton Roads fans and for the region. The golden years of ECHL hockey found a resting place in the pages of history. However, a new chapter with the American Hockey League sculpted a new beginning—not only for the local hockey connoisseurs but also for winger bruiser Aaron Downey.
Last season marked the first year of the AHL Norfolk Admirals and the return of former Hampton Roads Admiral (ECHL) (career total of 20 (G) 19 (A) 39 (PTS) 693 (P.I.M)) from a five-year absence. After his shift with the Hampton Roads Admirals, the Ontario native’s luggage spent a majority of time in Providence (Boston Bruins). Years later, Downey found himself back in Norfolk where it all began. Last season, the Norfolk Admirals opened its doors for the first time and needed an old fan favorite with a big presence on the ice. General Manager Al MacIsaac (Norfolk) insisted that Aaron have a homecoming and Chicago’s Mike Smith signed him as a free agent last August. The right wing recorded a career high in assists (15) and sealed last season with 6 (G) 15 (A) 21 (Pts) 234 (P.I M.). Yet, Chicago had other plans.
With Chicago’s anorexic start last season, morale needed to be fattened on the bench. Noted for his presence in the locker room, Norfolk’s former team captain caught the attention of Mike Smith. And in turn, Chicago sent Downey a ticket last season. Consequently, the ticket was a round trip, but his leadership already made an impression on the Hawks inner circl Read more »
The Calder Corner
Heatley: 1 Goal (7), 1 Assist
Tapper: 1 Goal (1), 1 Assist
Kovalchuk: 2 Goals (9, 10), 2 Assists
Pothier: 1 Assist
Tjarnqvist: 1st NHL Goal, 1 Assist
Nichol: 1 Goal (4), 1 Assist
Begin: 1 Goal (2), 1 Assist
Montador: 2 Assists
Cole: 1 Goal (2), 4 Assists
Bell: 1 Assist
Peluso: 1st NHL Goal
Vrbata: 1 Goal (1st NHL Goal), 5 Assists
Klesla: 1 Assist
Neilsen: 1 Assist
Ference: 1 Assist
Hagman: 1st NHL goal, 1 Assist
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Goaltenders get their due
Goaltenders finally got some recognition this week for the Albany River Rats. Not that they have not played well to date, but the team’s record (one win in the first 17 games going into this week) overshadowed the performance between the pipes.
This past week, though, Devils’ prospects Ari Ahonen and Jean-Francois Damphousse both got some notice in the press. Ahonen got his first professional victory in the American Hockey League, as he stopped 38 of 39 shots on Saturday, November 24, 2001 as the River Rats beat the Rochester Americans, 3-1. It was only the second victory in the campaign through 20 games. Ahonen earned “third star” for his efforts.
J.F. Damphousse got his first start in the NHL. Though he took a loss, as the Devils were unable to score against Tampa Bay’s Khabibulin, Damphousse made 20 saves on 22 shots. One of the goals was a power play marker; the other was a rebound shot. Media reports gave Damphousse favorable grades for his NHL debut. He was credited with showing “poise”, a term that certainly reflected his AHL performance the past several seasons as he played in front of a weak Albany defense (judged historically).
Damphousse, the Devils’ 1st choice (24th overall) in the 1997 entry draft, hopes for a few more starts with the Devils, sandwiched in between Martin Brodeur’s assignments. If he does not get another start soon, he will probably be sent back to Albany, where he has split time with Ari Ahonen and Scott Clemmensen. All three are promising prospects, though Read more »
The one area that the Kootenay ICE have been so solid in this season. The one area that has bailed the club out from at times, indifferent play this season. The one area fans could point to in proof that the club indeed belonged in the upper echelon of the WHL – special teams. It is an area that has become a frozen wasteland of late and is a telltale sign of the club’s downward trend that has seen them lose two in a row and the last four of five at the Cranbrook Rec/Plex.
When you lose, you look for excuses. The first place the ICE could look is their special teams, with a rider attached to the word ‘special’, as in, not very.
In the last five games at the ‘Plex, the ICE are running a paltry pace of a 10% efficiency rate with the man-advantage, just about a full 20% off the 29.7% clip the club was enjoying before the home site slide of the last five games. On the other side of the sheet the kill rate while disadvantaged has plunged from a healthy 90.9% success rate to a questionable percentage of just over 79%.
If you consider the trend of games hovering around the one third mark with either a man up or a man down, the numbers begin to speak volumes. It’s a sound Coach Ryan McGill doesn’t like listening to. “Power-plays are a reflection of how hard your best players work, number one,” offered McGill in an attempt to explain his club’s demise in the specialty team department. “But it’s a double-edged sword. If they work hard but they’re not using all their talents as far as seeing lanes, seeing where guys are, basically losing the tunnel vision, then the Read more »