In just the first inter-squad scrimmage of the season Johan Witehall netted a pair of goals in a 2-1 win. Witehall who has been so close to making this club for the past two seasons opened up some eyes with his “smarts” and knack for the net. Erstwhile Mark Messier skated on a line with Adam Graves and Theo Fleury in hopes of adding some grit to the Rangers four line unit and resurrecting Theo Fleury from the “Graveyard” called 1999-2000.
Messier commented to the New York Post and Hartford Courant on former “hate target” Petr Nedved. Messier one time “no fan” of the “heart transplant” candidate Petr Nedved, noticed how Petr had matured over the past seasons and played with heart and pain last year. Nedved in 99-00 was on the one unit with countrymen Jan Hlavac and Radek Dvorak that showed excitement last season. Nedved was constantly the target of opposition`s hit and run tactics as were many of the Rangers. Hopefully the addition of Sandy McCarthy and the eventual and needed promotion of Dale Purinton from Hartford of the AHL will provide a line of defense to the backs of the forwards like Nedved and Mike York.
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Hockey’s Future staff caught up with Ryan Hollweg of the Medicine Hat Tigers, and was fortunate enough to ask him a few questions regarding the upcoming draft, his past playing experience and much more.
With the 2001 off-season now complete and the 2001 season right ahead of us, many of the young stars of tomorrow are just warming up. Ryan Hollweg is no exception, and this off-season has been a busy one to say the least. Ryan has been hitting the gym, working out, and getting stronger preparing himself for the upcoming season and the draft. This summer he has also been working on his scoring touch, and improving on his passing skills to help further enhance his complete game.
“Upon arriving in Medice Hat, my first impression was it was quite cold here, but a very great hockey town with great fans. The coaches and teammates were also great and welcomed me aboard the team.” stated Ryan, regarding his initial impression when arriving in Medicine Hat.
After a solid first year campaign with the Tigers, where he compiled 19 goals and 46 points in 54 games, Ryan and the Tigers are looking to come back even stronger and better. “We have many young players returning from last years team, each with a year of experience under their belt.” stated Ryan.
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I’m back once again with the 3rd part of this 3 part series. Today we
will look at the Rangers’ forward prospects as many of them will try to
impress the Rangers management this week at training camp. Although the
Rangers don’t have many talented prospects at the Forward position, it is
still a good group nonetheless.
Brendl is atop everyone’s top prospect list for the Rangers, with Jamie
Name: Pavel Brendl
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 205 lbs
Birthdate: March 23, 1981
Hometown: Opocno, Czech Republic
Acquired: Draft 1999, 1st round (4th overall)
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 Calgary WHL 61 59 52 111 94
Calgary* WHL 10 7 12 19 8
Hartford* AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Calgary WHL 68 73 61 134 40
Calgary* WHL 20 21 25 46 18
1997-98 HC Olomouc Czech Jr 35 36 20 56 35
HC Olomouc Czech 2 12 1 1 2 --
1996-97 HC Olomouc Czech Jr 40 35 17 52 --
Lundmark always close behind. The Rangers invested a lot in Pavel as they
gave up proven players such as Dan Cloutier, Niklas Sundstrom, 1st Round Pick
in 2000 (Nikita Alexeev) and a 3rd round pick in 2000. A lot of people have Read more »
The Sens rookie camp wrapped up last night. For the second year in a row the Ottawa rookies won a mini tournament between the Lightning, Canadiens, and Panthers youngsters. Martin Havlat had a hat trick
including the game winner to down Tampa. Once again the tournament was a great success. The Panthers who host the tournament in Hull, Quebec hope to add more teams for next year’s tournament.
During the tournament Martin Havlat silenced his critics, including this one, concerning his physical play. While not carrying sharpened elbows Havlat didn’t totally shy away from the rough stuff. Frankly Havlat looked like a first line NHLer by the time the end of the camp rolled around. A late round pick from last year’s draft Alexandre Giroux, was very impressive potting numerous goals and controlling the flow of the game down low. Antoine Vermette, another Q league forward was brilliant showing plenty offensive improvisation.
Ottawa’s goaltending was very good during the tournament. Mathieu Chouinard looked confident and determined in between the pipes, in an allusion to his play of a few years back. While being solid, Lajeunesse the other goaltender was out played by the older of the two.
Another note is that Swiss defenseman Julien Vauclair, a beautiful skater, finally looks ready for North American hockey.
At least ten of the players from the rookie camp can expect to be invited to the main camp….. definites include
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Jamie Morris knows that second chances in pro hockey are far and few and chances like this don’t come around very often. Morris, who was strong in goal during Manitoba Moose training camp a year ago, is about to get a second chance to play professional hockey in his home town and he wants to make the most of it.
The Winnipeg South Blues graduate will join fellow Winnipeggers and Manitoba Junior Hockey League opponents, Cory Cyrenne and Jeff Leiter, when the Manitoba Moose opens camp on September 17.
The Moose announced yesterday that Leiter and Morris were given an invitation to camp, while Cyrenne was inked to a one-year deal.
Were it not for a pulled stomach muscle, Morris may have made his debut last year when Manny Legace was summoned by the Detroit Red Wings.
It took him a while, but Morris bounced back on his feet, landing a job with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League.
After spending much time in the shadows, the 26-year-old posted an impressive 8-3 record in the post-season to backstop the Ice to a Miron Cup title while earning playoff MVP honours in the process.
With Legace and Johan Hedberg already signed if they are unable to crack an NHL roster, Morris is likely to battle for an emergency recall spot.
An opportunity to find work in professional hockey is something the Moose will provide Leiter, whether it’s with them or with a club in another league.
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Training Camp roster expanded: The Maple Leafs have decided to invite virtually the entire roster from the recent Rookie Tournament in Kitchener over to the Main Camp … the rookie squad went undefeated and won the round-robin affair in impressive fashion … only defenders JF Cote and Lubos Velebny have been returned to their respective junior clubs …
Karpovtsev talks heat up again: After announcing a much publicized suspension of discussions with the Maple Leafs concerning a contract for Alex Karpovtsev, Mark Gandler slithered back into town this week in order to resuscitate the talks … for their part, the Leafs (represented by contract point man, Bill Watters) seem willing to let bygones be bygones in order to get a deal done … Watters stated that the 2 sides were suddenly much closer together and that an agreement might possibly get done by the end of the week … although no indication was given as to which party blinked first, its my guess that Potsie has advised his representative in no uncertain terms that he prefers to play in Toronto rather than in Moscow this winter … if an agreement is reached that covers only one season, don’t be too surprised if Karpovtsev is sent packing anyway – he’ll will be an unrestricted free agent next summer and the Maple Leafs are generally not amenable to keeping players on the roster that are in this situation …
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The moment Caps fans have been waiting for came on Friday, when training camp began for real. This is expected to be another banner season for Washington, as nothing less than a repeat of the Division Championship will do. Although the fight for spots in the lineup will be tough, the most difficult job belongs to Head Coach Ron Wilson. It is his task to pare down the roster to 23 players for opening day.
There are 27 players in camp who took part in an NHL game last seaon. Also in the hunt are several young players looking to establish themselves. 1999 first round selection Kris Beech is being projected as a future star and will be given every chance to make the team. 2000 draftee Bjorn Nord also hopes to be around in October – as he is in an all-or-nothing situation. If he does not stick with the Caps, he will return home to Sweden.
There are two players in camp on a tryout basis – Forward Greg Davis and Goaltender Tim Barlow. Davis is a big centre who will be entering his sophomore year at McGill University in Canada. He is a very talented offensive player, and scored 42 points in 38 games last season. Barlow is a former teammate of Rastislav Stana in Moose Jaw (WHL). He inherited the starting job with the Warriors after Stana was dealt to Calgary.
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Nashville and Chicago faced off for the 5th place champion game at two
o’clock in the afternoon, neither team had won a game yet for the week
of Prospect camp. One team would win it’s first that afternoon.
Nashville scored quickly just one minute and four seconds into the game.
Martin Erat sent the puck past Michel Larocque, with helpers from Denis
Arkhipov and Stuart MacRae.
Chicago tied it up two minutes later when after receiving a pass from
Mike Souza who was deep in the corner of the offensive zone, Arne
Ramholt passed it across the ice to Dan Tessier who was positioned to
the left of the goal behind Kyle Kettles. Tessier sent the puck home
before Kettles had a chance to get over and stop it.
A few minutes later Jonas Andersson scored putting Nashville up by one.
Ed Hill slammed Ramholt along the boards. Ramholt was a bit shaken up
Later, Louis-Phillipe Lessard found himself alone right in front of
Kettles with the puck in his possession. Kettles dropped to a
butterfly, and Lessard shot the puck. The puck was heading for the net
just over Kettles left shoulder when Kettles glove shot out with
lightning speed and snatched the puck out of the air.
With twenty-five seconds left in the period Erat rang his shot off the
At 8:35 of the second Chicago replaced Larocque with Jeff Maund.
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Some of the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues prospects stood around
the perimeter of the rink watching Nashville and Chicago play for fifth
place as they taped their sticks or just passed time before their game.
Sean Avery came out with three sticks, he took one and gave it to a
security guard asking him to give it to a kid in the stands. Avery took
another one and gave it to a girl of about 10 years old sitting in the
stands near the end where he could hand it up to her. Then he took his
remaining stick and started taping it.
The Red Wings and Blues filed out onto the ice for the start of the
game. When the first Red Wing skated out onto the ice the fans went
ecstatic cheering and stomping their feet.
JF Perras started in goal for Detroit and Stephen Wagner for St. Louis.
Perras stoned Justin Papineau on a point blank shot from the left of the
net four minutes into the game. Aaron Fox found a hole though in Perras
2 minutes later when he scored an unassisted goal. Fox skated into the
offensive zone and fired the puck over Perras’ left shoulder.
With less than two minutes to go in the first period St. Louis took a
high sticking call. Magnus Nillson scored on the man advantage with
helpers from Jason Williams and Sean Avery.
Tim Verbeek took two minutes for holding with 34.5 seconds left in the
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Yes, I wrote it.
Contend for the Stanley Cup this season 2000-01.
And yes, if that means without Zdeno Chara, so be it.
That is a very bold statement, but the fact is the Islanders for the first time in years have a strong young nucleus of players who are no longer
just happy to be in the Nhl, with several players entering their prime years and an ownership that added the talented veterans that were desperately
needed here for years, in addition this team now has the depth players in its minor league system, as well as an outstanding group of prospects that
have the ability to win one of the few spots on this years team and make a significant contribution.
Many of the players who are returning from
last years 24 win, 300 man games lost to injury season learned that they can beat any team in the Nhl last year because many of those wins came
against the best teams. The Islanders biggest problems was depth and inexperience and players were brought in to address both needs.
Along with a new ownership that will make the changes to improve this season.
Some Very Tough Questions:
1. It took eighty five points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season and ninety the year before that, how do the Islanders make up that kind of ground in one year?
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