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CHL Statistics for 2002 Draft Eligible Players

by Paul MacDonald

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

by Ron Valerino

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 »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus

Only two points out of six

It was a weekend in which coaches, players and fans hoped to see
movement up
out of the basement in the standings. With three games in three
nights, the
Albany River Rats faced three opponents (Springfield;
Syracuse) that were near the bottom of the league: all three were in
bottom six out of 27 teams.

Springfield had not won on the road all season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
despite making the Calder Cup finals last season, was in a deep slump,
winless in ten. The Crunch from Syracuse, too, were in decline.

The Rats even had a chance to string together a pair of wins for the
time on the season, having won their first road contest of the season
preceding Saturday (a 4-2 win over the Wolf*Pack in Hartford).

But hopes for a strong week evaporated on home ice Friday night as the
dropped a 3-1 tilt to Springfield. The Falcons, who had not won on
ice in several years, won, 3-1, as Springfield took advantage of its
power play, while Albany botched its two-man-up chance.

It was the first return to Albany by former Rat, Josef Boumedienne.
blueliner who was the Rats’ lone representative last year at the AHL
All-Star Classic, played quite capably for Springfield. Sheldon Keefe,
Tampa Bay prospect whose future was clouded a year and a half ago when
refused the Lightning’s invitation to report to the Rochester Americans
loan for post-season play (the Amerks went to the finals, losing to
Hartford), score Read more »

Thunderbirds nab a flyer in Mojzis

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Corresponding with Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell about Tomas Mojzis, the 8th round selection by Toronto in the 2001 Entry Draft, the first thing that sticks out according to him is the fact that the Czech is a “good, mobile, skater in all areas” of the game. He rates him as “very good” both in pivot and lateral movement, which gives you some idea as to what piqued the interest of Toronto scouts in the first place. There is more to Mojzis’ game that wheels though. Farwell also likes his offense stating that “his basic hand skills are good, (he) gets the puck through (when he shoots and he) makes the play (when he passes).” He also credits the youngster with showing “good patience” and having what he calls a “good panic point” when under pressure.

However, like all prospects, there are places where he could improve. While the GM rates his physical play in front of the net and in the corners as “good” he also concedes that “all young players need strength.” At 6’1″ and 192 pounds, Mojzis is not small by any means but there are many players of that height in the NHL packing 15 or 20 more pounds on their frames. Further, Farwell admits that “sometimes (he) might try to do too much” but is quick to point out that Tomas “is a hard worker who is very serious and takes direction.”

The T-Birds’ Boss feels that his new blueliner “skates well enough to play in the NHL (and that) his skill would allow him to be a fifth (defenseman) and maybe play in the top four after a few years in the league.” That said, he also cautions that Mojzis “needs to play simple and let h Read more »

Boxma and Milroy join Ice

by Jeff Bromley

In just over a week since B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy joined the Kootenay ICE their effect on the club has been a noticeable one. In the three games played since the trade however, the results are missing something just as noticeable – consistency.

A 3-2 loss against Spokane which showcased the return of B.J. Boxma, but was upstaged by goaltender Barry Brust of the Chiefs, whose sheer size coupled with talent makes him a force in between the pipes. Pucks just seem to find him.

A 5-3 victory on home ice against the defending Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels on Saturday in a game that, although out shot by a 34-18 margin, proved why the club went out and got a goaltender of Boxma’s skills as he was the difference in the win.

Less than twenty-four hours later at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, the locals dropped a 3-1 decision in a lackluster effort to the Hitmen.

Consistency, simplifications, 110% effort, pick a keyword cliche and you’ll find some reasoning in there somewhere. It’s something that has Coach Ryan McGill scratching his head in wonderment. “When we turn the puck over, like we did in the second and third periods tonight, obviously were going to end up in trouble,” said McGill Saturday night after a win that could best be described as not the prettiest one this season, but a win nonetheless. “We have to learn from those mistakes of not getting the pucks out. You make a simple play and you know how easy it is for the puck to end up 200 feet away from your net. If we have a breakdown from trying to get fancy, it seems that we ju Read more »

Red Wings Prospects Update Part 2

by Zoran Manojlovic

In the last article I wrote about Stefan Liv, the best prospect so far this year and Henrik Zetterberg. In this article I will write about the other Swedish prospects.

Let`s start with Niklas Kronwall, who is once again having a solid season, but still isn`t having his real breakthrough year.

Going into the season Kronwall had a great training camp in Detroit with the other Red Wings prospects, but when he returned to Sweden he cooled off and played without confidence and that led to limited ice time. But as the season continued, Kronwall picked up his game and played the hockey that made the Red Wing pick him 29th overall in the 2000 entry draft. He scored goals, made great passes, shots, hits and so on, but in the last 9 games his game once again dropped off

Why is it that Niklas can`t keep an equal pace througout a longer period of the season?

The answer could be ice time on the power play.

When Djurgarden had some injury problems on Defense, Kronwall stepped in and played a good two-way game while reciving solid time on the power play unit, but as soon as the injured D-men returned, Kronwall was put off the PP unit and his production and confidence fell off.

I think that Niklas is a top four D-man on Djurgarden and that he deserves to be on the PP unit, but the coach obviously thinks different.

Enough of the complaints, even if he hasn`t been able to produce big numbers this season, it still has been a step forward in his career. He has bulked up a bit to 176 pounds and is slowly growing into an NHL frame. He has also Read more »

Rick Nash Named OHL Player of the Week

by HF Staff

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that London Knights’
left winger Rick Nash is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
Sunday December 9, 2001 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven
points in three games.

Nash opened the week with his first hat trick of the season to pace the
Knights to a 5-3 win over the Sarnia Sting December 6 at the Sarnia Sports
and Entertainment Centre. He added an assist in the Knights’ 6-2 loss to the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors on December 7 and scored a goal and two assists
as the Knights defeated the visiting Erie Otters 6-4 on December 9.

Nash, who leads the Knights with 24 goals and 25 assists for 49 points in 32
games this season, is currently tied for fourth among OHL scorers with Sting
left winger Dusty Jamieson.

Nash, a 17-year-old native of Brampton, is attending the Canadian National
Junior Team Selection Camp which opens today at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at
York University. He was listed as the OHL’s number one prospect for the 2002
NHL Entry Draft in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Ranking report in

Rick Nash
Born: June 16, 1984Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Position: Left WingShoots: Left
Height: 6.03Weight: 181 lbs.
London's 1st round selection, 4th overall, in the 2000 OHL Priority

1999-00Toronto Marlboros Bant.34615411534
2000-01London Knights5831356656
2001-02London Knights3224254954
OHL Totals905560115110

Sabres Report: Ryan Denyin’

by Ken McKenna

Ryan and his MSU teammates entered the 01-02 season as the top-ranked team in both the CCHA and NCAA. Holding onto the top position in the NCAA has proven difficult (12-3-2 overall, 6th in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll), but the Spartans 10-3-1 conference record has them in first place in the CCHA.

While there is no question that MSU’s current standing is a direct result of both solid defensive play and good coaching, having a certain award-winning goaltender makes things that much easier for the Spartans. Miller is not without his detractors, however, as there are some observers who are of the opinion that Ryan benefits more from MSU’s strong defense than do the Spartans from Miller’s solid goaltending. Perhaps this case can be made, but the statistics don’t necessarily back up these claims.

After 17 games, Ryan leads the CCHA in goals-against average (1.55), save percentage (.944), and wins (12). His 6 shutouts are tops in the NCAA, while he continues to add to his NCAA-record career total, which stands at 24 shutouts. Miller is ranked 3rd in the nation amongst Division I goalies, but the two players in front of Ryan have appeared in just 8 and 4 games, respectively.

Perhaps the best indicator of Ryan’s importance to his team is the number of shots he faces per game. Miller has faced an average of 27.2 shots per game so far this season, which would put MSU in the middle of the pack in the CCHA for that category. While there are goaltenders on some lesser teams that face more rubber-per Read more »

Finnish roster for WJC

by Mikko Vuori

Kari Lehtonen will be the starting goalie. Joni Puurula would have been the 1st choice for the backup position, but he has been out for almost the whole season so far.

On defence 2002 eligble Joni Pitkänen has a big role. Tero Määttä, Markus Seikola and Olli Malmivaara are other TOP-4 defenceman on the team.

The two scoring lines are almost set. Mikko Koivu will center Tuomo Ruutu and Tuomas Pihlman. Jarkko Immonen will have Toni Koivisto and Jussi Jokinen on his wings.
Center Harri Suutarinen has a broken jaw and can’t play.

Coach Erkka Westerlund says that other teams will have more talented players on their teams and Finland has to play as a team again. When selecting the players Westerlund has tried to find ambitious, brave and disciplined players.

1 G Kari Lehtonen Jokerit 11-16-1983 6-3 190
30 G Juha Kuokkanen SaiPa 01-26-1982 5-10 170

3 D Topi Jaakola Kärpät 11-15-1983 6-1 179
4 D Joni Pitkänen Kärpät 09-19-1983 6-3 194
5 D Mikko Viitanen Jukurit 02-18-1982 6-3 221
6 D Olli Malmivaara Jokerit 03-13-1982 6-4 205
8 D Jyri Marttinen JYP 09-01-1982 5-11 179
21 D Tero Määttä Blues 01-02-1982 6-1 214
22 D Markus Seikola TPS 06-05-1982 6-1 185

9 F Mikko Koivu TPS 03-12-1983 6-2 174
10 F Sean Bergenheim Jokerit 02-08-1984 5-11 190
11 F Kim Hirschovits HIFK 05-09-1982 6-1 181
12 F Jarkko Immonen Ässät 04-19-1982 6-0 190
13 F Tomi Mäki Jokerit 08-19-1983 5-11 172 Read more »

Denver University Pioneers Week in Review

by Christa Moore

This weekend, the state of Colorado was the center of attention in college hockey. The three top teams in the NCAA battled for WCHA points and rankings. Colorado College took on the mighty (#1) St Cloud State Huskies. After CC lost on Friday, they rebounded for a commanding 5-1 victory on Saturday. SCSU’s only two losses have come against the under .500 CC Tigers. However, the big battle was fought at Magnuss Arena as the (#2-t) Denver University Pioneers hosted the (#2-t) Minnesota Golden Gophers.

GAME ONE: Minnesota’s resume includes 6 draftees, 1 WJC invitee, 4 players ranked on the CSB preliminary rankings and one 2001 Hobby Baker finalist. With this impressive list, DU seemed to be a bit intimidated on Friday night. Both teams played a tight checking defensive game and neither team seemed to achieve good puck control thought out the evening. Both goaltenders made some incredible save and kept their respective teams in the game until the end. Minnesota’s goalie Adam Hauser was especially impressive, stopping 30 of 31 shots.

Minnesota was up 2-0 when the game finally opened up for a while during the second period with both teams exchanging break away attempts. DU’s Wade Dubielewicz made a spectacular save against Troy Riddle. Soon after that, Connor James also had a break away but could not convert. Also during this on slot, DU’s Jesse Cook blasted one that rang off the post. Finally in the 3rd period, Aaron MacKenzie’s shot from the blue line was redirected in by Luke Fulghum. DU pulled their goalie but could not tie it u Read more »

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