The best part about the Rangers future is that they are very deep in
solid goaltending prospects, possibly the deepest team in the league. The
Rangers have done some excellent scouting the past few seasons, pick up
goaltending gems such as Johan Holmqvist in the 7th Round of the ’97 Entry
Draft and Vitali Yeremeyev in the 11th Round of the ’94 Entry Draft. Let’s
take a look at some of the Rangers goalie prospects, where they should play
this upcoming season, and what type of future they have.
Name: Johan Holmqvist
Weight: 200 lbs
Birthdate: May 24, 1978
Hometown: Tolfta, Sweden
Acquired: Draft 1999, 7th Round
Holmqvist, 22, is the Rangers top goalie prospect in the organization. He
has been the best goaltender in Sweden, and possibly could be the best goalie
to ever come from Sweden, and that means he could be better than Edmonton
Oilers all-star Tommy Salo. Holmqvist recently signed a contract with the
Rangers, and will be at both the rookie camp in Kitchener and the big
training camp in Burlington, Vermont. Holmqvist has the potential to be the
best goaltender in the NHL in a few years. If he plays well enough in
training camp, he could beat Kirk McLean for the Rangers back-up position. If Read more »
If history is any indication, then Lance Galbraith and Ben Ondrus can look forward to a bright future. Last year, the Maple Leafs invited left winger Jacques Lariviere and goaltender Sebastien Centomo to their Rookie Camp as free agents. Lariviere had 22 PIMs in 3 Rookie Tournament games, while Centomo played very well as the #2 goaltender behind Vladimir Kulikov. Both youngsters were signed to contracts with the Leafs at the conclusion of the Rookie Tournament. The good fortune didn’t end there for either one of them.
Centomo began the year as Rouyn-Noranda’s backup goaltender, but by the end of the season he had nailed down the number one job. Centomo had 24 wins which ranked 6th in the QMJHL and a 3.48 GAA which was 10th in the league. Centomo’s last year of junior competition will be a treat for Leafs fans to monitor. Lariviere, who had already spent two seasons with Moncton, became the resident enforcer for Rimouski and wound up winning the Memorial Cup. Lariviere had a career year amassing 309 PIM with 12 goals and 24 assist in 61 games. Leafs fans will be able to follow Lariviere in St. John’s this year where he will be a key component in Lou Crawford’s security team assigned the task of protecting the Leafs top young prospects.
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Traverse City, Michigan
It might have taken a little while to score a goal but it was a fast
paced game with some battling along the boards. About four minutes into
the game Gene Chiarello dove for the puck, sliding out behind the goal
line to the right of his net, but missed the puck. The defense was able
to clear the puck off to the side just barely giving Chiarello time to
get back and make the next save, and get a much needed whistle. Two
seconds after they dropped the puck to resume play Graham Belak and
Trevor Ettinger dropped the gloves, Ettinger was on top when the Ref’s
pulled them apart. They both received 5 minute majors for fighting. A
few minutes later Chiarello stoned Hutchins. Finally 11 minutes into
the game Brad Moran put a figure on the scoreboard, giving Columbus the
first goal. Columbus took a penalty 2 minutes into the second period
and St. Louis capitalized on it. Shawn Chambers put the St. Louis Blues
on the board. At 9:06 of the second Brett Lutes was called for
cross-checking. A minute later Columbus made their mid-game goalie
change replacing Chiarello with Jomar Cruz. Less than 40 seconds later
St. Louis scored a shorthanded, Mamane getting his second of the night.
St. Louis scored once more at 9:10 of the third period, this time Dale
Clarke sending the puck past Cruz. Stephen Wagner made several great
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This year Vancouver will hold a split camp, with most of the younger
guys working at 8 Rinks in Burnaby and most of the regulars travelling
to Sweden to compete with teams such as Modo (Whom Naslund and Forsberg
once played for). This is also the town of our beloved Sedins, who will
actually face off with their old Team Modo. Wish I could be there to
watch, here is a list of players that will be going to Sweden, and the
players that will stay in Vancouver. Please contact me if any readers
are able to watch any games in Sweden, and are willing to contribute to
The Vancouver Canucks Column at Hockeys Future.
Hovet Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Sept 6 - 12
Globe arena, Stockholm, Sept 13 - 15
Donald Brashear (Not Signed Yet)
Players attending Mini Camp in Burnaby at 8 Rinks
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Now that NHL training camps are getting under way many IHL players will find themselves participating at the camps. Below is a breakdown of the IHL clubs that have players at NHL camps and what camp they are at.
AUTHORS NOTE: Due to the fact not all NHL clubs released training camp rosters some players may not have been mentioned.
Long Beach is included in the list though they are not part of the IHL due to the fact players from the Ice Dogs are attending NHL camps. Michigan K-Wings players are not listed due to the fact they are not in the IHL this year and Dallas switched affiliations to Utah and never released their training camp roster but most players with the K-Wings last season were under contract with Dallas and will be at the Stars training camp.
Some players are listed with 2 clubs due to the fact that they played with both IHL clubs during the 1999-2000 IHL season.
Greg Andrusa- San Jose Sharks
Chris Ferraro- New Jersey Devils
Steve Maltais- Columbus Blue Jackets
Derek Plante- Philadelphia Flyers
Craig Adams- Carolina Hurricanes
Steve Bancroft- San Jose Sharks
Erik Cole- Carolina Hurricanes
Brian Felsner- Carolina Hurricanes
David Karpa- Carolina Hurricanes
Greg Koehler- Carolina Hurricanes
Greg Kuznik- Carolina Hurricanes
Craig MacDonald- Carolina Hurricanes
Ian MacNeil- Carolina Hurricanes
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After a day of practices and a game day skate, the hopeful future Buds finally had an opportunity to strut their stuff against the rookie squad of the North Carolina Hurricanes. Sporting such luminaries as Josef Vasicek and Jaroslav Svoboda, the visiting side found itself ahead 2-0 just minutes into the second period. The first tally came about because of some bad clearing in the Leaf end and decided timidity in front of the net. Kevin Young sent a floater in from the blueline that handcuffed Toronto netminder Sebastien Centomo and ended up in the crease behind him. Erik Cole simply outhustled everyone to the disc and banged it home.
The second goal came as a result of Allan Rourke starting up ice before making sure the puck was doing the same. A turnover in the neutral zone caught him off guard and gave Brent Kelly two steps on him. Derek Fox fed him the puck and despite Petr Svoboda’s last ditch dive, Kelly was able to put the puck upstairs on Centomo.
That was short lived however. Jonathon Zion made as couple of brilliant “now you see it, now you don’t” moves on his man in keeping the puck in the Carolina zone. He then fired a perfect goalmouth feed to Jonathon Gagnon who onetimed it only to have Fredric Brind’Amour slide across and stone him. The rebound though popped out in front and training camp invitee Ben Ondrus made no mistake in firing it over the sprawling puckstopper.
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Berard news: The latest information regarding the status of injured Leafs star Bryan Berard is quite startling … at a meeting with his surgeon (Dr. Stanley Chang) this week, Berard was told that the damaged eye would neither improve nor deteriorate at this point and that no further surgical procedures were required … as a result, Bryan has been cleared to resume dryland workouts and will soon hit the ice in order to determine whether or not he can compensate for depth perception limitations … a full comeback is still considered a long shot as the NHL (rather than Berard or the Maple Leafs) will ultimately decide whether or not Bryan satisfies the league’s minimum sight requirements before he can be permitted to play … in any case, Berard’s single minded determination to get back into the Toronto line-up just might beat those long odds some day and should also provide a great deal of inspiration to his Leaf team mates …
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With the 2000-01 season rapidly approaching the Manitoba Moose have been busy signing players to bolster their lineup for the upcoming season, when the Moose aquired the rights to Scott Thomas, Manny Legace and Johan Hedberg, and tough guy Mel Angelstad.
With the signing of Scott Thomas who is making a return to Winnipeg, Moose coach Randy Carlyle is hoping that Thomas can find the net like he did when he was here 2 years ago. “Scott had a career year here (in 1998-99) and we were able to provide him with an environment he had success in,” said Carlyle.
Manitoba’s training camp is set to kick off in 2 weeks and with the signing of these 4 players the Moose brought their roster up to 16 players. All 4 of the new signees will hit NHL training camps that kick off next week but will return to Winnipeg if they are unable to secure a spot with their parent NHL club.
Thomas was missed dearly a year ago, especially on the Moose power play, when he suited up for the Long Beach Ice Dogs.
Although Thomas’s production dropped to 15 goals and 31 points in 52 games, Thomas still netted 10 power-play goals and had three game-winners last year.
The Los Angeles Kings farmhand presently holds Moose single-season records for goals with 45, 16 power-play goals and 8 game-winning goals, which were all set in 1998-99. “He’s one of those guys who knows how to get it done,” said Carlyle. “He’s a big man that goes to the front of the net.”
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The Maple Leafs’ Y2K prospect team and their counterparts representing the Carolina Hurricanes experienced great difficulty in creating any sustained flow at the tournament’s opening game in Kitchener last night. In fairness, it may just have been the hottest evening of the entire summer which made for a hot foggy building, soft ice and a puck that bounced wildly all night long. To make matters even worse, the practices planned earlier in the week were cancelled due to CBA provisions preventing team sponsored workouts prior to August 31st. The difficult physical conditions and obvious lack of team cohesion forced both clubs to dump and chase, to paste everything that moved and to wildly fire the puck at the net from all angles hoping that something good might happen.
Carolina’s prospects dominated early on and were able to build a 2-0 lead shortly after the 2nd period got underway. Only solid work by Leafs’ goalie Sebastien Centomo prevented the deficit from climbing even higher at that point in the match. The Maple Leafs’ prospects seemed to collectively discover their skating legs shortly thereafter when some nifty work by defender Jon Zion at the Carolina blueline led to Toronto’s first goal. Brad Boyes tied up the game early in the 3rd period with a somewhat lucky shot from long range. The comeback was capped with some nice work down low by Luca Cereda’s line resulting in a nifty wraparound effort by right winger Miguel Delisle.
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“Espen Knutsen will be a very important player for us, and will do all for him to have success. He is an extremely fast, technical and intelligent player. These qualities compensate for his size (5-10)” said Head Coach Dave King to Norway`s Dagbladet Newspaper.
“Already 9 years ago I said that Espen Knutsen while in Norway would come to be very special” added Coach King. “I saw him in the winter 7-8 times, he had tremendous success on Sweden`s best team and he was the most exciting player in the entire Swedish Elite League. That told me a lot about him, we needed to get him signed” -Dave King to Dagbladet.
Espen is one of the first players signed for the expansion Blue Jackets. The Jackets had taken notice of Knutsen`s success at Swedish Champion Djurgården where Knutsen broke Peter Forsberg`s playoff points record in the 2000 playoffs.
Some of the questions asked to Dave King regarded Knutsen`s last journey to the NHL, 3 years back. In simple Knutsen has matured both talentwise and mentally since that debacle in Anaheim.
King also commented that Knutsen was never really given any real chance during his time. In Columbus he will receive a lot of ice time to do what he does best. It is important that he can play without the media on his back (other than the Norwegian press) and actually suffer through some down games which will allow him to mature.
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