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Kings Season In Flux

by Michael Harbison

Well lets take a look first at the offense, when the
Kings had their playoff run last spring they had 3
lines that were putting up offense, Jozef Stumpel was
centering Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh, Bryan
Smolinski was on a “stopper unit” 2nd line with Nelson
Emerson and Glen Murray, and rookie Eric Belanger was
centering Luc Robitaille and Ian Laperriere to form an
all French-Canadian 3rd line. Right now three of those
guys (Robitaille, Stumpel and Murray) are no longer
with the club and Emerson is out indefinitely with a
head injury. Once Jason Allison gets his legs back and
gets used to this team the Kings will boast one of the
deadliest 1st lines in the NHL with Allison between
Palffy and Deadmarsh, the problem lies in the 2nd and
3rd lines. Bryan Smolinski and Steve Heinze are
quality 2nd line forwards, the problem is they have
yet to find a consistent linemate since Murray was
dealt. Jaroslav Bednar an overage Czech who lead the
Finnish League in goals has been a bust with only 1
assist in 10 games, journeyman Randy Robitaille can
fill in when called upon but cannot be expected to be
a regular scoring line contributor. The Kings need to
address this problem shortly, they are clearly a 2nd
line LW short of 2 full scoring lines, which you need
to have to win in the NHL.

On the blueline the Kings have been strong for the
most part, keeping the shot totals down and playing a
sound positional game. Aaron Miller returned last
night vs. Detroit and his strong defensive play will
help even more. Offensively its been the Mathieu
Schnei Read more »

Bolts Bits

by Megan Sexton

Lobb out for Season

During the third period of Sunday night’s game versus his former team, the London Knights, Aaron Lobb was checked by the Knights’ Sean Dixon. Dixon’s hip connected with Lobb’s knee and resulted in a season ending injury. Although Dixon received a kneeing major and a game misconduct, the hit was deemed legal and no action will be taken.

Surgery will be scheduled soon to repair Lobb’s damaged anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. The Lightning will be picking a surgeon, while the Guelph Storm aid his recovery by focusing on a regimen to increase his upper body strength and help him add bulk to his 6’4 frame.

Eklund earns honors

Brown Goaltender Brian Eklund was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week on November 7th. In Brown’s season opener on November 3rd, Eklund stopped 27 of 29 shots to give Brown a 4-2 victory over Harvard.

This marks the third time in his career Eklund has earned the honor and the second time in a row. Eklund received the honor in the final week of the previous season after he stopped 48 of 51 shots.

In three games with Brown this season, Eklund has a 2.68 goals against average.

Lightning shuffle the deck

On November 9th, the Lightning acquired defensemen Josef Boumedienne and Sascha Goc and left wing Anton But from the New Jersey Devils in
exchange for defenseman Andrei Zyuzin.

Next, they reassigned defenseman Mathieu Biron and right wing Nikita Alexeev to Springfield (AHL) and recalled Boumedienne, Goc and left wing Read more »

Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Boucher

Andrei Markov -D (Drafted-98(6/162))

Due to a combination of his strong play, and injuries to Stephane Quintal and Patrick Traverse Markov was called up to Montréal on November 6th. He’s continued his strong play since the call, and has contributed during each of the 4 games he’s played. Overall, the Russian defenseman has played 12 AHL games. He has 10 points (4-6-10), and was a league leading +14 with 7 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next week. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. Despite missing 3 games Hainsey still leads the team with 25 shots on goal.

Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))

Riberio continues to split his time between Montréal and Québec. The latest trip had him returning to Québec on November 6th. He’s managed 4 points through 2 games since his return. All 4 points came during a 5-4 loss to Manitoba. Overall, the shifty center has played 6 AHL games. He has 6 points (2-4-6), and is +4 with 14 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder was shutout through 1 game since our last update. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of Québec’s 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 9 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 2 minute Read more »

Czech Republic – Switzerland Under-16 teams game recap

by Ivana Paulova

By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova

Czech and Swiss Under-16 teams met for the first time in a series of three games that are going to be played this weekend. Check out the recap of this game including the coache’s and player’s comments!

On November, 9th, 2001 there was the first playing day of a three-game series in which the Under-16 teams of the Czech Republic and Switzerland test their skills against each other. The first contest took place in Kralupy nad Vltavou a town only 10 miles from Czech capital Prague. Like every year, the Czech roster boasts lots of NHL prospects. Those players, born 1986 are still far away from being concerned as players who will turn into sure-fire NHL stars but already at this time it is obvious that some of them will probably be called blue-chippers coming the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. On the Czech side goalie Marek Schwarz, a Sparta Praha midgets starter is most likely going to be another in a long series of quality Czech netminders, defensemen Adam Lukacovic, also from Sparta, captains the squad as Jakub Sindel is on a stint with the Under-17 team, and he along with Lubomir Stach of Vsetin are also very good prospects who can have a NHL future. At forward the brightest stars are Michal Birner, a Slavia Praha midgets sophomore, Karel Hromas and Jan Dusatko of Sparta and Vitkovice midgets winger Petr Pohl.

And those players took on the Swiss squad. The Czech team seemed to be in control of the game since the opening faceoff and Radek Smolenak had the first scoring chance on his stick as he received a pass as he crossed the Read more »

Russian Prospects: Svitov and Chistov tell their own stories

by Eugene Belashchenko

Soviet Sport

By: Dmitri Ponomarenko

By: Eugene Belashchenko


Trio of Avangard’s Hawks: A Kalashnikov machine gun or a hockey stick?


year two of Omsk’s forwards, Stanislav Chistov and Alexander Svitov, who were
drafted in the first round 5th and 3rd overall, had to switch their hockey
uniform for kaki pants and shirt.  Due
to the conflict between Avangard and NHL Anaheim and Tampa Bay teams, the young
players became military personnel and had to spend several weeks in barracks. 
The players hardly had time to resume playing in the Super League when
clouds appeared above their heads once again. 
This time they were claimed by the Department Read more »

Mooseheads notes

by Ian Hamilton

Right-winger Jason King has been named the player of the month for October by the Mooseheads.

King netted 17 goals along with 5 helpers totalling 22 points in just 11 games during the month of October. It should be noted that the 20-year-old managed to get a point per game during 10 of the 11 games. Not too shabby considering a 7-2-2 record for the month.

After turning the big “2-0” on September 14, the talented forward recorded five games with more than one point in each during October and also turned a lot of heads when he set a single-game team record of 5 goals in an 8-3 win over Baie-Comeau on October 10. King also netted a pair of goals and added 2 helpers for a four-point night on October 6 against Val-d’Orand led to an 8-6 win. The following night, he led the Mooseheads to a 6-4 victory over Rouyn-Noranda, contributing a hat trick. October 24 also saw King with a hat trick against division rival, Moncton Wildcats, and also handing the Cats a 7-2 defeat.

The crafty winger also managed game-winning goals against Baie-Comeau (October 12, 8-3) and Shawinigan (October 14, 3-2) and scored the game-tying goal on Hull (October 16, 2-2). King is also becoming well-above his already-noticable proficiency on special teams–netting 3 powerplay goals and 4 shorthanded goals during October.

Hats off to Jason for having a great October!

Mooseheads’ Director of Hockey Operations Marcel Patenaude has announced that defenseman Milan Jurcina has been invited to represent the Slovakian Republic in the 2002 World Junior Read more »

New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update

by Andrew Clark

New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update

A biweekly article that will look at the development of Future Devils competing in the WCHA, CCHA and Hockey East

1.) David Hale, Defense, North Dakota, sophomore year

The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have had a tough beginning to the regular season thus far, especially after this past weekend when they dropped two contests to currently number one ranked St. Cloud. In Friday night’s game, David Hale did manage to score a goal half way through the second frame to tie the game. Hale received a nice pass from Ryan Connelly, skated in closer and beat St. Cloud goalie Dean Weasler for his first tally of the season. The tied game was short lived as St. Cloud scored 6 of the next 8 goals. David is seeing more ice time than last year and is playing a larger role. Hopefully he will take full advantage of the opportunity and improve upon his offensive numbers. The Fighting Sioux have the upcoming week off and will travel to MSU-Mankato in two weeks. Hale missed one game because he was ejected the night before.

2001/02 stats: 8 games, 1 g, 0 a, 25 PIM

2.) Paul Martin, Defense, University of Minnesota, sophomore year

One of the biggest surprises this year has been the play of the Golden Gophers as well as Paul Martin. Minnesota entered the past weekend undefeated and the number one team in NCAA Men’s Division One. Just two weeks ago, after a weekend set with Colgate, Paul Martin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after tallying four points Read more »

Capitals’ Prospects in Portland

by Caitlin LoCascio

Here is a look at ten of the Capitals prospects playing in Portland through Game 13.

Veteran defenseman Patrick Boileau has been amazing this past week. Despite an injured ankle, he scored two goals on Wednesday night and looked great tonight.

Krys Barch has a broken arm and will not be playing for several weeks.

Tonight was Nolan Yonkman‘s first game of the regular season and he had a solid start. He seemed more physical than before. He did not play all that many shifts and is still easing his way back into the game after a knee injury.

The Pirates should keep Jason Ulmer and Brad Church on a line together for as long as possible. They are well aware that their spots in Portland can (and have been) taken away, and both were willing to stand on their heads for the team tonight. Ulmer scored the Pirates’ first goal of the night on an incredibly low-percentage shot from the side of the net that was impressive. Church set up both goals of the evening.

Barrie Moore appears to really be getting in the swing of things and looked much more like his old self this past week. He got his first point on Wednesday night and looked very good and very solid tonight.

My opinion on Kyle Clark is dropping rapidly. He used to have the occasional brillant play that would help to make up for the fact he would do nothing else for an entire game, but the past two weeks he has done absolutely nothing. The fact he is 6’7 is far less of a bonus than expected because he rarely uses this to his advantage. Read more »

The OHL’s Top Defenders

by Robert Moore

“OHL’s Top Defenders”

Defensemen usually don’t get the praise that they rightfully deserve. They
battle hard, game in and game out, and are seldom rewarded. That’s why I
have composed a list of (in my opinion) the top ten rearguards in the OHL
(in no particular order). I stress that this is my opinion. I know some
people won’t be happy that I have left out Guelph’s Kevin Dallman and his
points. But I feel that there is more to a defenseman than points. I have
“honourable mention” list of players that I thought of putting on, but
didn’t have the room for them. Enjoy, and pick apart my list all you want.
The first five are below, and the next five will be posted tomorrow.

Mark Popovic (6’1″ – 194lbs) Mark is one of the most skilled d-men in the
entire league. He is the unquestionable leader on the Majors hockey club.
After a terrific camp with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, he was sent back the
the “O” for more seasoning. He is rounding out his game very well. His
skating and his offensive skills are top notch. He is an excellent puck
mover that needs to work on gettingmore physical in front of his net. But
nonetheless, Mark plays a terrific all-around game.

Malcolm Hutt (6’0″ – 195lbs) Malcolm is probably the most underated
defenseman in the OHL. While he is in the top ten in d-man scoring, that
not his calling. Malcolm is an exceptional defensive player who makes a
great first pass. Two words used most often to describe Malcolm are
and “dependable”. He rare Read more »

East Coast Hockey League Weekend Notes

by Ron Valerino

Here are some notes on the Johnstown Chiefs, Richmond Renegades, Louisiana IceGators, Florida Everblades, Dayton Bombers, and the Pee Dee Pride.

Johnstown Chiefs:
Eric Schneider leads the ECHL in goals scored (9), and is tied for second in the league in power play goals (4).
Both of Chad Onufrechuk’s goals have come in the shootout.
The last time the Chiefs had a three game winning streak was 1/27/01-2/2/01.
Jeff Sullivan is ranked 6th on the Chiefs all-time penalty minute list with 547 PIM.
The Chiefs have not surrendered a goal in the two shootouts they have been in this season.
The Chiefs have only one power play goal in their last 15 chances.
The Chiefs are tied (Columbia) for the league lead with 26 major penalties.
Schneider is currently riding a eight game scoring streak. He has 8 goals and 3 assists during the eight games.
Four of the Chiefs five wins have come by one goal.
Tonight is the first game of a six game home stand.

Richmond Renegades:
If Rod Taylor plays tonight he will tie former Chief Bob Woods for most ECHL games played with 599. Taylor has missed the last two games.
Rookie Garrett Prosofsky leads the ‘Gades with 7 goals and 4 assists (11 PTS).
Richmond has been outshot in eight of their eleven games this season.
Former Washington Capital Brad Church was recalled earlier this week by the Portland Pirates (AHL).
The Renegades are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Read more »

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