Ahhh, no matter what league we’re referring to, whether it be the NHL, AHL, CHL, NCAA, the leagues throughout Europe, and all those many leagues in between, there’s always a curiosity for every true fan as to what new faces will establish themselves into household names through the course of the season. Let me get more specific considering that *new faces* can also include older, experienced players that are just new to that respective league. What I’m focusing on are the kids…the rookies…the first year players. Every year there are high expectations for kids who often crumble under the pressure. Then again, every year sees its share of kids that seem to come out of nowhere to become shooting stars. In the international realm, these types of kids often become the targets of NHL scouts who are looking to bolster the depth, and hopefully, the successfulness of their franchise by taking a flyer. This type of exuberance and the joy of discovering talent is something that, for the most part, takes place all over the hockey world, but I’d like to inform y’all about a league where this exuberance and the joy of discovering talent is all the rage at this very moment. Yep folks, there’s the DEL in Germany – a league that has pretty much become a second home for many IHL, AHL and even NHL veterans who have gotten up there in age and are looking for a last hurrah (and a few extra pennies along the way). However, this trend has been changing recently and young German born talent has been getting the chance to prove themselves as good and as profitable as the many Nor Read more »
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Patrick Roy’s Olympic Meddle
The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team was dealt a blow when Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche announced that he would not be participating in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, choosing instead to focus on the NHL season and the playoffs in the spring. The announcement came as a bit of a shock to the hockey world, but upon further examination it is not really much of a surprise when you consider the sum of the parts that make up the most successful goaltender in NHL history.
There are a few things you quickly notice about Patrick Roy as you watch him. First is his immense talent. The guy really knows how to stop a puck. He has combined lightning quick reflexes with an uncanny ability to out think a shooter to become a wall in goal. He has taken advantage of every technology change possible to keep his game at a level that few have ever managed to attain. He uses his over-sized equipment to cover as much of the net as humanly possible and makes the shooter fire at targets that aren’t there. It’s hard to believe that his six foot, one hundred and ninety pound frame, can be so intimidating to NHL snipers, but when you add on the largest pads in the game it becomes clear as to a portion of where his success stems. When you combine these features together you have a package that is the most successful goaltender that has played the game.
The second thing you notice about Patrick Roy is his competitive spirit. He hates to lose. You don’t put together the numbers he has without having the desire to go ou Read more »
Wheeling center Chris Wells is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.
The 6-6 and 230-pound Wells scored three goals and five points while helping Wheeling score five points in three games and even its record at 8-8-1. The 26-year-old Wells scored the game-winning goal in Wheeling’s 3-2 win against Northern Conference leader Trenton on Thursday. He came back the following night and scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, and had an assist as the Nailers won 5-3 at Johnstown. He closed out the week with an assist in Wheeling’s 3-2 shootout loss against Cincinnati on Saturday. On behalf of Chris Wells, a case of pucks will be donated to a Wheeling area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.
Augusta’s Gregg Naumenko is the ECHL Goalie of the Week
TEAM NOTES :
WHEELING : Read more »
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))
Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))
The long-anticipated arrival has occured, and the results have been very promising. The Manchester Monarchs finished their extended season-beginning road trip with a dismal record of
The Monarchs began the season in the Lock Monsters’ arena, and had lost to them twice in their 14-game journey on the road. The tables were turned, however, on that night of firsts for the Monarchs and their fans. They soundly beat the Lock Monsters, 3-1, in the home opener. The first goal ever to be scored in the VWA was by Monarchs defenseman, Joe Corvo. Read more »
PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
The Pittsburgh Forge had a very busy 3 game week playing a rare Wednesday
Forge 5 Cleveland 8 :
Forge 2 USA 3 (Shootout) : Read more »
First, transactions that have taken place between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. The Jackets have reassigned goaltender Karl Goehring to Syracuse(from Dayton). Goehring, finished up his NCAA career last season, posting an 80-20-13 record in the NCAA ranks, setting a new record. Goehring replaces Gardner, who is reassigned to Dayton.
Columbus has returned forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL after being called up on November 1st. Darche tallied for one goal (1-0-1) in 7 games with the Jackets.
Defenseman Darrel Scoville is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a 3rd Degree shoulder separation a few weeks ago.
Stats as of Thursday, November 22nd
Mathieu Darche(LW) – Darche was just recently relocated to Syracuse after an unsuccessful stint with the Jackets. Darche had 7 points (6-1-7) in 9 games before being recalled. What has he done since being returned? About as much as I have in Syracuse…nothing. He’s only played 2 games since his return, but has yet to put up any points.
That’s a foreign concept to the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans. The Bolts are just grasping the need for depth and beginning to acquire it. Now, to tell them their blueline is too deep is likely to daze and confuse them.
The notion of excessive prospects in the Tampa Bay organization is a rare one, but it is a challenge that the team is currently experiencing and one that could case a major traffic jam in the system. A shared affiliation, enough veterans to fill the big club and a few too many defensive prospects has gotten the Bolts in quite a predicament that will have to be rectified–soon.
Due to the dual affiliation between Phoenix and Tampa Bay, the Lightning can only place ten prospects with their AHL affiliate in Springfield. The rest will have to go down to the ECHL and even the UHL. Last season, this situation would have been ideal for the baby Bolts, who played much of the season with virtually half a team. As GM Rick Dudley trudges on with Tampa Bay’s rebuilding process, he continues to add quality prospects to the system, hence our dilemma.
For the first time in the Davidson era, the Lightning are able to fill their blueline with–get this–NHL-quality players. Of course they don’t have a Stevens or a Pronger or even a Hamrlik, but they are not playing with three and four rookies either, as they were forced to do in past years. Off-season additions have pushed the rookies down the depth chart to the minor leagues, where they belong.
The season began with relative ease: Mike Jones arrived to camp with heel fractures, s Read more »
Now that the Canucks have acquired another ‘top-six’ forward, and with Andrew Cassels due back in two weeks or so, our biggest weakness is clearly on defense.
What do we have in our organization in the way of defensemen? Not too much, almost all of our NHL-calibre Defensemen are already in the NHL, and we have a lot of wild-cards. (See Komarniski, Zenith; Vydareny, Rene.) Here is the Canucks’ depth on defense, with seasonal reviews to this point for the defensive prospects.
Bryan Allen was supposed to arrive this year. He began the season with the Canucks, going scoreless, and being victimized on several plays early in the season. Marc Crawford and his assistants decided that it’d probably be best for Bryan to go back down to Winnipeg, and play for the Moose until the Canucks need him again. He’s still a top-drawer defensive prospect, and he’s on pace for a better offensive season than last year in Manitoba, but he’s not much more than a sixth or seventh defenseman on the Canucks now, even in our poor state of affairs on the blueline. More was expected out of him this season, but there’s still time to recover. But it’s better to play 20-25 minutes per game in Winnipeg, than 5-10 minutes in the NHL.
Jason Ulmer continues to give 100 percent. He definitely has talent and ended the weekend with a goal, an assist, and more time with the Pirates’ special unit teams. Definitely one to watch as he gets better and better with every game.
After a disappointing second half of last season for Brad Church, he has really learned from previous mistakes. His biggest improvement of all is he seems to have learned patience, and it has increased the level of his game tenfold. He is another player who knows how to utilize his size and strength and he is playing at a personal best right now.
Todd Rohloff was out and about at the Civic Center this weekend and all reports are that his physical therapy is going well. He is expected to be back on the ice sometime before Christmas.
Peter Ferraro continues to play well and work hard. However, he is spending too much time in the penalty box on unnecessary penalties and is just a tad sloppy. Peter is a good player; he just needs to clean it up a little to be a great player.
Whilst Chris Ferraro is technically still called-up with the Capitals, he will be indefinitely on ‘day to day’ status. My thoughts and prayers go out to both him and his wife.
Kyle Clark may need to be sent back to Richmond to try and develop some more and give his spot to one of our ECHL prospects – Garret Prosofsky immediately comes to mind. The fact is, Clark is the only forward to have played with the team this season thus far that has no points, and he has accumulated a negative p Read more »