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Slovakia August Update

by Daniel Kysel
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SLOVAK NEWS – AUGUST UPDATE

Training Camp of Dream team

In the end of July, national head coach Jan Filc called a “small” training camp of players considered as nominees for national team on Olympic games 2002 in Sault Lake City. He invited around 50 players playing in the NHL, AHL, IHL and in the European leagues. Only four of invited players apologized their absence – Svehla, Droppa, Vaic and Hlinka. Other players took part on this camp. The climax of this camp was exhibition game “America” versus “Europe”, which was playing in August 4th in Bratislava. It was amazing game for Slovak fans to see Demitra, Satan, Palffy, Stumpel, Bondra, Handzus, Hossa, Bartecko, Chara, Suchy etc. on “American” team and Sekeras, Visnovsky, Ciger, Pardavy, Bartos, etc. on team “Europe”. America won that game 12 : 7 when Satan (3 + 2) and Bondra (2 + 3) on one side and Pardavy (3 + 0) on the other one, were scoring stars. It was a great show for all hockey fans. By the way the best skater in speed competition was Lubo Visnovsky followed by Peter Bartos, Jaro Obsut and Peter Bondra.

Crystal Cup
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Islanders announce signing of RW sniper Juraj Kolnik and other team notes

by Bill Bennett
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Last season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec League, the 19-year old right wing posted 53 goals and 106 points in just 47 games. Kolnik also notched 15 goals and 37 points for the Quebec League Champions in 18 postseason games.

His two year junior totals produced 95 goals in 109 career games. His linemate Brad Richards was signed to a three year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this summer.

Kolnik is likely to spend a year in the Islanders minor league affiliate in Lowell because the Isles have few spots open on the teams depth chart at right wing with Maruisz Czerkwski and Mark Parrish on the first two lines, Dave Scatchard, Bill Muckalt, or Mats Lindgren as right wing on the third line, and Steve Webb as the 4th line right wing. Mike Stapleton and Claude La Pointe will likely be on the teams 4th line with Webb.

As Al Arbour once said about another right wing named Mike Bossy, ” Give me the homerun hitter ”

In Juraj Kolnik the Islanders have got one.

Taylor Pyatt from all indications is ready to join the Islanders and is likely to be the rookie forward who joins the team this year.

Dimitri Nabakov and former Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog, who looked very good after going to Providence after a poor start at Lowell will also get a chance to make the team so its going to be very competitive.
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Habs’ Development Camp (Day 7)

by Chris Boucher
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André Savard was the only instructor on the ice, as the Habs’ Prospects camp continued Wednesday. Groin problems remain the injury of choice for many of the players, as Éric Chouinard became the latest in a list of seven players that have suffered some sort of groin injury during camp.
Chouinard however was the first player on the ice, testing out the groin injury he suffered in Tuesday’s on-ice session. He was skating quite gingerly, and ended up leaving the ice just 30 minutes into practice. Alexander Buturlin also seemed to suffer an injury during today’s practice. At one point, while the rest of the players continued the drill, he skated off to the corner in order to do some stretching exercises.
Add Ron Hainsey to the list of missing. Hainsey was not on the ice Wednesday morning, as he’s now returned to school. Fellow first-rounder Marcel Hossa, and ninth-rounder Jerome Marois, continue to receive treatment for their injuries. There was however, some good news on the injury front, as Dusty Jamieson made his first on-ice appearance of the year. Jamieson showed no signs of his injury. In fact, he demonstrated good speed, and some solid puck-handling skills.
Evan Lindsay also returned to the ice, as did Jean-Francois Houle. Lindsay didn’t look very comfortable on the ice. He seemed to favour his groin, hesitating to drop down to his knees. Preferring instead to remain on his feet, relying mostly on his hands and legs to stop shots. Read more »

Panther Training Camp Preview

by Mark Fischel
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2000-2001 Panther Training Camp Report

The upcoming 2000-2001 Panther season will be very reminiscent of the 98-99 season when rookies Mark Parrish, Oleg Kvasha, Jaroslav Spacek, and Peter Worrell all played meaningful roles on a rebuilding team. 98-99 was also a season that saw the arrival of Pavel Bure who became the first superstar on the Panthers, and quickly upgraded the skill level on the team. In the 99-00 season, there were fewer spots for rookies to play on, and the only notable rookie to play for most of the season was Ryan Johnson.
In the 2000 draft, Bryan Murray shocked the hockey world (especially Islander fans) by trading solid sophomores Parrish and Kvasha for #1 ranked prospect, Roberto Luongo and the once highly touted prospect, Olli Jokinen.
The offseason also saw the departures of forwards Cam Stewart, Ray Sheppard, goalies Mike Vernon and Mikhail Sthalenkov and the FA addition of Igor Larionov. All these roster moves have given the Panthers the potential to have 3 rookies competing for open roster spots, and the potential of some more trades might free up another 2-3 spots.

In this article, Hockey’s Future will hopefully shed some light on what could be some intense battles for some very deserving prospects. While the Panthers are no longer in a re-building mode, there is some drama that will unfold in the fight for those few coveted open roster spots on the Florida Panthers for the 2000-2001 season.

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Habs’ Prospects Camp (Week 2)

by Chris Boucher
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Week 2 of the Prospect Camp began with the much anticipated return of Guy Carbonneau to the Canadiens’ family. Carbonneau, who expects it to take a couple of months to settle into his new position, looked quite comfortable on the ice. The prospects looked very anxious to be around him, almost colliding with one another in order to take passes from Carbonneau during warm-up.
Jason Ward and Eric Chouinard were on the ice nearly 45 minutes before the morning practice was scheduled to begin. Ward and Chouinard were joined by Roland Melanson. Melanson would feed the players the puck in front of the net. The passes would alternate between the backhand and forehand. Surprisingly, Ward seemed to be more comfortable than Chouinard, although Chouinard’s quick release and accuracy were prominent during the drill. Mathieu Garon also joined the drill, but that was just prior to the start of practice.
Canadiens’ assistant coach Clément Jodoin made his first on-ice appearance. He took over for André Savard, running most of the drills during practice. Savard was more of an observer, although he did contribute a few of his own drills.
Practice seemed to focus mainly on offensive and defensive triangles. Many of the drills were set up to be three on three’s . Jodoin was very specific as to how exactly the players were to cycle the puck. Carbonneau was a close observer during this section of the practice, occasionally offering some words of advice to the players. Read more »

Washington Capitals: The Next Generation

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Last week we looked at the rookies that might be in Washington this season. This week, I would like to show you all the first-year pros in the Capitals organization, and where they fit in.

Most of these players will be assigned to the Capitals top farm club: the AHL Portland Pirates. All of them have the potential to be NHLers someday, and the Caps will be watching their development very closely.

Matt Pettinger

Pettinger is one of three 2000 draftees that are expected to turn pro immediately for the Caps. The scouting staff thought so highly of him that they traded up to select him. Although he is considered more of a defensive player, he does have some offensive ability. Due to the Capitals lack of depth on the wings at the minor-league level, he should be Portland’s first or second-line left winger. Depending on who he gets paired with, he could put up some decent offensive numbers.

Krys Barch

Barch truly impressed the coaches in his brief tryout at the end of last season. He had not played up to his full potential during his junior career, and was in danger of falling down the depth chart. He will be in tough to earn one of the top line positions, but the opportunity is there. The Capitals have always felt that Krys has enormous potential, and now is his chance to show it. The organization’s weakest position is left wing, and he can rise quickly if he plays well.

Stephen Peat
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Dessner`s WCHA All-Stars Blast Norwegian Elite Teams

by Evan Andriopoulos
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The WCHA All Stars which included 7 NHL draftees, including New York Rangers University of Wisconsin product Jeff Dessner, toured Greater Oslo and Lillehammer and put a hurting on the Norwegian clubs by a combined score of 22-3.

The first game featured the WCHA team against Elite Series club Lillehammer. If not for the excellent goaltending of Swedish keeper Bengt Høglund, who made 39 Saves, the WCHA players may have scored 15. The US side played physical, upbeat hockey and dominated from the start, and won the game by a score of 5-0.

The second game came against Frisk-Asker, last years no. 3 team. Frisk scored first on a goal by Finn Mika Kannisto. The WCHA rallied with 7 straight.

Game Recap:

Frisk Tigers – WCHA All Stars 1-7 (1-0, 0-1, 0-6)
Friday 18. August 2000
1. period:
1-0 (11.36) Mika Kannisto (Lars Erik Lund, Tor Inge Meltveit).
2. periode:
1-1 (22.11) Mat Snesrud (Derek Derow).
3. periode:
1-2 (41.47) Björn Engström,
1-3 (42.55) Bryan Lundbohm (Jeff Panzer),
1-4 (43.26) Jesse Rooney (Mark Cullen, Jordan Leopold),
1-5 (44.22) Erik Westrum (Kelly Popadynetz),
1-6 (52.34) Paul Cabana (Jeff Panzer),
1-7 (53.06) Derek Derow (Andy Reierson).
Shots: 27-43 (8-15, 8-11, 11-17)
Penalties: Frisk Tigers 4×2 min, WCHA 5×2 min.
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All Quiet on the Rangers Front? Dessner Shines in Norway

by Evan Andriopoulos
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What is Glen Sather’s next move? With Edmonton`s signing of Todd Marchant, Sather is looking for that card up his sleeve, but does he have it in Stephane Quintal? At the end of the 1999-00 season many thought Quintal would have been gone for good by now, but he is still around. Odds are he may stay, or perhaps that is what Sather wants NHL GM’s to believe to increase his value. All eyes are now on defenseman and Hobey Baker winner Mike Mottau who did not sign a deal presented by Asst. GM Don Maloney last season that would have given him 20 AHL playoff games of experience. Mottau’s agent says that he has not even heard from Sather. All NHL people believe a deal will be done in time for camp, but with Sather being a sly as ever, will he give in Mottau? Or will Mottau give in to Sather?
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State of the QMJHL with Stéphane Leroux

by Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis
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Stéphane Leroux, the QMJHL’s analyst for
Le Réseaux des Sports (RDS) answers Hockey’s Future questions on the state of
the QMJHL.


The Memorial Cup Championship, its impact.

Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis : The 1999-2000 season ended perfectly for the QMJHL with the victory of L’Océanic de Rimouski at the Memorial Cup Championship Final. That was the third QMJHL championship in the past five years, after almost twenty years of failure. What can be concluded of the recent success of the QMJHL at the Memorial Cup?

Stéphane Leroux : I believe that the recent success of QMJHL teams at the Memorial Cup (Granby, Hull & Rimouski) have swept away the inferiority complex that our teams were facing in the past years. We hope it’ll continue this year at Regina.

NGD : Does the QMJHL have a different game style than the OHL and the WHL that could explain its recent successes at the Memorial Cup? In the year 2000, how does the QMJHL compare to the two other Canadian leagues?

SL : I believe that the QMJHL is betting on a more open game style than the OHL and WHL. If that has not always paid off in the course of the years, it really did for L’Océanic last June. There’s never been any doubts that the best team won.

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The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
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