The Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-November
It’s time again for Hockey’s Future to answer the question “If the Calder Trophy were awarded today, based on what you have seen so far this season, who would your Top 10 Rookie Finalists be?” We’ve recruited several of HF’s finest to take part this month and totalling up their votes, here is this month’s version of ‘Handicapping the Field’:
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|6||1||Dany Heatley: The Thrashers’ 2nd overall pick in 2000 has finally caught up and at least for the moment surpassed his more celebrated counterpart picked 1st overall in 2001. It’s only a matter of time until his physical game catches up to his offensive one and then he’ll be a real handful. Read more »|
Red Wings Prospects Update
The best prospect thus far into the season has been Stefan Liv of HV 71 in the Swedish Elite League. He had a great season last year but this year he has been outstanding. He is third in the league with a .917 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA and he also leads the league with 3 shutouts.
But he has not only been great with the Elite team he has also played terrific with the national team in two tournaments, the first in the Czech Republic in the start of the year where he only played one game and allowed only one goal and was the first star of the game. But the second tournament, the Sweden Hockey Games showed to be his best international performance so far, he started as back up but after poor play by Andreas Hadelöv he was allowed to start the second game. At this point, his sensational play led the team to the victory in the whole tournament, and the Swedish commentators were touting him as the best goalie of the tournament, but sadly the award went to a Russian goalie. So far this season in 4 games with the national team he has a 1.5 GAA and .944 save percentage.
It is not only his great performances in the rink that has given him many great compliments here in Sweden, it is also his great sense of humour and self confidence. For every interview you hear and see him, you can’t help but like him more and more, and that is why he is one of the most popular players in the league.
Unfortunately last week he broke his collar bone and the doctors say that he will be out up to six weeks but. In a recent interview, Liv Read more »
Dayton rookie center Preston Mizzi is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 20-year-old Mizzi scored five goals and eight points while helping the Bombers go 3-0-1 to remain atop the Northwest Division. The 5-11 and 194-pound Mizzi scored the game-winning goal in Dayton’s 4-1 win against Wheeling on Tuesday and had two goals and an assist in the Bombers’ 6-2 win at Toledo on Friday. He scored a power play goal and had an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss at Cincinnati on Saturday, and then scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Peoria. Mizzi, who has a four-game goal-scoring streak, has scored 13 points (9g-4a) in his last nine games and leads Dayton with 10 goals in 14 games.
Louisiana’s Frederic Cloutier is the East Coast Hockey League Goalie of the Week
Cloutier, who is under contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, was 2-0-0 with a 0.99 goals against average and a .973 save percentage in two games last week. The 20-year-old Cloutier made 31 saves while recording his team-record and ECHL-leading fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against New Orleans on Tuesday. He then made 40 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Arkansas, a victory that improved Louisiana to 17-1-2, the best start in ECHL history. Cloutier is 9-0-2 and leads the ECHL with a 1.41 goals against average, four shutouts and a .959 save percentage in 11 games.
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The Canadian Hockey League Player of the Month for November is forward
Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior
Bouchard, a centre, turned in a spectacular month for Chicoutimi while
appearing in 11 games. Bouchard fired 12 goals and added 16 assists for a
total of 28 points in those 11 games, while also posting a plus 11. Bouchard
was also selected the QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month.
Bouchard becomes the second winner of the CHL Player of the Month Award.
October’s winner was forward Nathan Robinson of the Belleville Bulls of the
Ontario Hockey League. The three CHL leagues – the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League – all
select Players of the Month and starting last month, the CHL then selects a
CHL Player of the Month from among the leagues’ nominees. The CHL also
selects a Player of the Week from among the three leagues’ nominees every
Goaltender Adam Russo of the Acadie-Bathurst Titian was the QMJHL Defensive
Player of the Month after winning all nine games he started in November
while posting a 2.32 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
The OHL’s Molson Player of the Month was forward Darryl Bootland of the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. Bootland scored 12 goals and added 11 assists
for 23 points in 13 games to help the Majors post a 7-2-4-0 record for the
month. The OHL Goaltender of the Month was David Chant of the Barrie Colts.
He posted a 7-2-2 record, along with a 2.24 goals aga Read more »
Where are they now? (Switzerland – part 1)
Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL teamAnaheim Mighty Ducks
Drafted 1997, 8th rnd, 209th overall Read more »
2002 United States National Junior Team
No.NameHt. (cm.)Wt. (kg.)BirthdateS/CHometownCurrent TeamNHL Rights
29Bacashihua, Jason6-1 (186)165 (75)9/20/82RDearborn Hts., Mich.Plymouth (OHL)DAL
1LaBrosse, Dwight6-1 (186)170 (77)10/6/83LMcMurray, Pa.Guelph (OHL)2002
2Ballard, Keith5-11 (181)200 (91)11/26/82LBaudette, Minn.Minnesota (WCHA)2002
31Hope, Joey 6-0 (184)174 (79)1/1/82RAnchorage, Alaska Portland (WHL)2002
8Komisarek, Mike6-4 (193)230 (104)1/19/82RIslip Terrace, N.Y.Michigan (CCHA)MTL
26Lampman, Bryce6-1 (186)193 (88)8/31/82LRochester, Minn.Neb.-Omaha (CCHA)NYR
13Lebda, Brett5-10 (178)186 (85)1/15/82LBuffalo Grove, Ill.Notre Dame (CCHA)2002
5Reitz, Erik6-0 (184)192 (87)7/29/82RPlymouth, Mich.Barrie (OHL)MIN
6Welch, Noah6-3 (191)212 (97)8/26/82LBrighton, Mass.Harvard (ECAC)PIT
3Whitney, Ryan6-4 (193)192 (87)2/19/83LScituate, Mass.Boston Univ. (HE)2002
23Brown, Dustin6-1 (186)203 (92)11/4/84RIthaca, N.Y.Guelph (OHL)2003
9Eaves, Ben 5-8 (173)176 (80)3/7/82RFaribault, Minn.Boston College (HE)PIT
18Globke, Rob6-3 (191)205 (93)10/24/82RW. Bloomfield, Mich.Notre Dame (CCHA)2002
24Helminen, Dwight5-10 (178)184 (83)6/22/83LBrighton, Mich.Michigan (CCHA)2002
21Higgins, Christopher5-9 (176)190 (87)6/2/83LSmithtown, N.Y.Yale (ECAC)2002
11Hollweg, Ryan5-11 (181)185 (84)4/23/83LDowney, Calif.Medicin Read more »
Two recent draft picks of the New York Rangers, Bryce Lampman and Ryan Hollweg, made the final roster for the USA Junior team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships. This year’s tournament takes place in the Czech Republic during late December and early January.
|Bryce Lampman, a 19-year-old native of Minnesota, was the captain and a stud defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season. Drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (113th overall) this past June, Lampman had to make a difficult decision this summer concerning where he would be playing for this season. He had the option to play in juniors with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, or head to college and play for the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. In a move that was easily foreseeable, Lampman chose to take the college route, and so far it seems to have paid off for him.|
Photo Courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Lampman has suited up for 16 games so far with the Mavericks, and has registered 3 assists and 22 penalty minutes along with a -2 rating. The numbers do not exactly stand out at you, but most of the time statistics do not Read more »
You never really ever can prepare yourself for it. Even players who know almost certainly know that they’re going to be moved are always taken a little off guard by the announcement. In the case of Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome and Jason Jaffray, to say that the trade that saw them headed to Swift Current in exchange for B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, surprise would be perhaps the understatement of the year.
Even Jeff Harvey, who had been the subject of trade rumors of late, didn’t see this one coming, at least not at this particular point in the season.
“I had no idea why they called me into the office,” said Harvey before the former ICE players left for their new surroundings on the Prairies. “I thought maybe it was that I was playing well after three wins. Then they tell me I was traded. I was speechless.”
By his own admittance Harvey had agreed that his season hadn’t gone the way he would’ve liked but of late he felt something was different, that his game was improving.
“I thought I’d turn the corner,” said Harvey. “I thought I’d started to turn it around here but obviously they felt different in that they want more experience in that position.”
Aaron Rome expressed that same shock but seemed somewhat more at ease with the transaction. He reasoned that being traded once before that landed him in Kootenay last season from Saskatoon had prepared him somewhat. That being said, the detection of sadness at leaving his former teammates was still glaringly evident.
“I didn’t really expect it but I guess you try and prepare yourself for it al Read more »
It could be called an ironic twist of fate. It will most certainly be called the blockbuster of the year. Call it what you want but Kootenay fans weren’t the only ones surprised at the monumental trade involving the Kootenay ICE and the Swift Current Broncos. B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, the two guys coming the other way, weren’t exactly expecting it. “I couldn’t believe it,” said former and now current ICE goaltender B.J. Boxma. “I even said to them ‘is this a joke?’. I was absolutely shocked.”
Duncan Milroy, the high-scoring, second round pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last season’s NHL Draft didn’t exactly see it coming either. “My reaction was that I was very disappointed at the beginning, to be honest,” said Milroy. “I haven’t really had time to think about it. We had to pack our bags right away to play here last night so I still really hadn’t had a chance to think about it.”
Boxma, who experienced success in Speedy Creek in backstopping the Broncos to the Eastern Conference Final last season, was somewhat let down that the club would trade him. “I was kind of disappointed from Swift Current’s standpoint,” said Boxma. “I thought there would’ve a been a little more loyalty as we went to the third round last year, the furthest they’ve went in eight years. I thought I would’ve been the man this year but (Broncos’ goalie Todd) Ford is the up and comer and possible NHL Draft pick and I guess they thought they had to get him into more games.”
At the cusp of his four-year long WHL career, Boxma has now assumed the role of undisputed, Read more »
You get what you pay for, goes the old consumer’s adage. If you want quality, you have to give up quality, goes an old hockey adage. When Kootenay G.M. Jeff Chynoweth traded team captain Jason Jaffray along with Aaron Rome, Jeff Harvey and the club’s first round pick in next year’s Bantam Draft to Swift Current for B.J. Boxma, Duncan Milroy and a fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft, immediately those truths could be applied to the deal. The biggest question now is that, did the club sell its soul in order to improve itself in the areas needed most – goaltending? Did the ICE give up too much? That’s the $64,000 question.
This trade could turn out to be the most significant trade in the history of the ICE franchise. The club just dealt arguably the most popular, hardest working, trench warfare fighting, durable, community-minded player in the club’s history in Jason Jaffray. Aaron Rome and Jeff Harvey were big parts of the Kootenay ICE – there is no denying that fact – but both were with the club less than fourteen months. Rome, a talented d-man that seemed to be on the cusp of a breakout season, who went about his business in contributing to one of the best defensive corps this club has ever had. How much of a contributor Rome was to the ICE blueline depends on who you ask. Nevertheless, we are about to find out.
Harvey, an enigmatic goalie who never quite seemed to be able to step out of the shadow of Dan Blackburn. Yes, they were some big shoes to fill but what Harvey was unable to do was live up to the expectations of both team management and its fan Read more »