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Sluggish Start to Year for Storm

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After a slow start, the Guelph Storm are only playing .500 hockey. Something they haven’t done for a while. They have played the fewest games at 6 and have a record of 3-3 (wins and losses). While Chris Madden has 3 wins and Craig Andersson has all three losses. It’s not that Andersson isn’t playing well, it’s just when he plays the defense thinks that they are defending for Madden, which leads to mistakes.

The other night in Owen Sound, Andersson faced 24 shots alone in the first period. And the Platers had only scored 1 goal. Over all in that game Andersson faced 43 shots turning away 40 of them. It was obvious to see that the Storm need a veteran defenseman with leadership qualities.

Ian Forbes, who has been playing great in the last few games has helped the team out incredibly on the power play as well on the penalty killing line. However, Forbes and Kevin Mitchell are the only 19 year-olds on the team that play defense.

Kevin Dallman also spent a lot of time on the penalty killing line, but he also spent quite a few minutes on the power play line.
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Rangers Update

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With the NHL season in Full Throttle the once dead Rangers are starting to head in the right direction. With Mike York adding two assists to his already impressive season the Rangers believe they have found their no.2 center. Swedish defenseman Kim Johnsson continues to play like a veteran with his smooth skating style and soft passes. Around the local media, Johnsson has been noted as New York`s Best Defenseman. Erstwhile Rangers first year goalie Milan Hnilicka did not fare well in his first game against Pittsburgh, getting beat through the “five hole”, Hnilicka stopped 4 of 6 shots but looked nervous between the pipes in MSG as the Rangers fell 5-2. With Mike Richter`s return against Atlanta in a 4-1 win, Hnilicka was returned to Hartford of the AHL.

HARTFORD AHL:
Newly acquired Alexander Daigle garnered player of the week honors Daigle had two goals and three assists in two games for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He leads his team in scoring and ranks second in the AHL with 10 points with (3 goals and 7 assists) in five games.
The former top pick in the NHL draft has played for Ottawa, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Tampa before being acquired by the Rangers just two weeks ago. This may be Daigle`s last shot at reviving a once promising AHL career.
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There is a light is at the end of the tunnel for the Knights

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After starting the season off on the wrong foot the Knights have made a couple key trades to boost the roster to a competitive team. Disgruntled defenceman Peter Reynolds was dealt to North Bay for Sniper Brett Gibson and big D-Man Brett Angel. Gibson has been nothing less than spectacular. As in the first three games he played he was in all on 7 goals the Knights scored. Brett Angel has also added some height to the Defence in the loss of Alex Henry to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. This trade has also seemed to spark Chris Kelly as he is on fire and is up to 15 points on the season.

Coach Agnew has also tried to spark talented rookie Matthew Albiani by placing him on the 1st line with Kelly and Gibson so far it has worked. In the four games they have tried him on the 1st line he has four points. The Knights then traded Mike Mazzuca to the Kitchener Rangers for a draft pick which will probably turn out to be nothing at the end of the road. A few days after the Mazzuca deal the Knights dealt 17 yr. Old Steven Rawski to the Windsor Spitfires for Over-Ager Max Linnik, In his first game as a Knight Max recorded 2 points. With the trading done for a while the Knights will finally be able to gel as a team and be back up in the standings where they belong.
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Trevor Daley – Right guy – right time

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When the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were preparing to select a player with the tenth overall selection in the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection Draft, they knew they had a big hole to fill on their team. They lacked within the organization a young offensive defenseman who would take over the significant ice time logged by returning overager defenseman Daniel Passero. Young Derek Fox, whom the Greyhounds had selected in the first round last year was evolving into a two-way defenseman but he had a tendancy to play a more defensive style and not join the rush a lot. Who to pick? was the question going into the draft.

Enter Trevor Daley, the (just turned) sixteen year old defenseman from Toronto, Ontario. Listed at 5’11 170, the gifted young defenseman had been with the Vaughn Junior A team the season before putting up promising offensive numbers. In forty four games, Daley scored ten goals, had sixteen assists for a total of twenty-six points along with seventy-nine penalty minutes.

He looked small even on skates, which is why he slipped to tenth overall, but is it normal for a kid who’s only fifteen to be 6’2 200? The Greyhounds took a long look at this young player and decided he would be a valuable asset regardless of his size. Now only a handful of games into the season the nine teams that passed on the swift skating defenseman are starting to regret that decision.
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Kootenay Ice: ICE CHIPS

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We apologize for the length of time between the last news update and this one.

We are back to provide you with all the information from the last two weeks. We’ll start from the present and work back…

BIG MAC IS BACK:
Yesterday, Oct. 18, it was announced that Steve McCarthy was being returned to the Kootenay Ice after playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. He may play in the Ice’s road game this Wednesday in Lethbridge but this has yet to be determined. The fans can be assured that #7 will be back on the ice by this Friday night for the game against Prince Albert (in Cranbrook).
OVERAGE ABUNDANCE SOLVED:
On October 14 the Ice traded over-age defenseman Scott Roles along with future considerations to the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 17 year old defenseman Cole Fischer (Dec. 23, 1981). This will be Fischer’s third year in the WHL. Fischer dressed for the Ice for the first time on Saturday, October 16th versus the Moose Jaw Warriors. He proved himself as being an experienced player as well as a physical presence on the ice when he took a player into the boards in the first few seconds of his Ice debut.
NO MORE INJURIES:
Forward Mike Green returned to the line-up in time for the October 16th game where he proved that he was healthy by notching 1 goal and 2 assists and earning the title of first star. Green suffered an ankle injury in the October 2nd game against the Saskatoon Blades.
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Montreal Canadiens’ Junior Prospects Weekly Update

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Here is another installment of the Canadiens’ junior prospects update.

Stand Outs -Michael Ryder had a superb week with 7 points in 2 games, including a 6 point night.
-Jerome Marois had a strong week with 4 points in 3 games.
-Marc-Andre Thinel had a ver good week with 8 points in 3 games.

Awards -Michael Ryder was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the month for September.

POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
Eric Chouinard (c) 6’4″/192 Lbs. 18 D-Mtl98(1/16)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Quebec 10 11 6 17 +3 16 2 0
#1 Strength- Scoring ability
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size
Chouinard played 1 game this past week. He scored 1 goal in a 2-2 tie with Sherbrooke. He was also +1 for the week.

NHL Projection – Second line center
Current Stock Status- Stagnant

POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
Francois Beauchemin (D) 6’0″/190 Lbs. 19 D-Mtl98(3/75)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Acadie-Bathurst 14 4 7 11 +7 39 0 0
#1 Strength- Intelligence
#1 Weakness- Injuries
Beauchemin played 1 game this past week. He scored the Titans’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Sherbrooke. He was also -1 for the week.

NHL Projection -Fourth defenseman
Current Stock Status- On the rise.
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Hurricane Tracking Chart

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While storm watchers are tracking Hurricane Irene’s march to Florida, you can use this chart to track where the Carolina Hurricanes prospects ended up for this season.

NHL:
Carolina: Byron Ritchie, David Tanabe, Eric Fichaud, Tommy Westlund

IHL:
Cincinnati: Craig MacDonald, Craig Adams, Nikos Tselios, Randy Petruk, Ian MacNeil, Shane Willis, Greg Kuznik

ECHL:
Florida: Hugh Hamilton Jacksonville: Mark McMahon, Sergei Fedetov New Orleans: Mike Morrone

OHL:
Guelph: Chris Madden
Sarnia: Jeff Heerema
Plymouth: Kevin Holridge, Damian Surma
Sault Ste. Marie: Josef Vasicek

WHL:
Kootenay: Jaroslav Svoboda Regina: Brett Lysak Prince George: Brent McDonald

WCHL:
Anchorage: Yauheni Kurylin

Swedish Elite:
MoDo: Niklas Nordgren

SM-Liiga:
Lukko: Antti Jokela

ECAC:
Clarkson: Erik Cole, Don Smith, David Evans

CCHA:
Michigan State: Brad Fast
Bowling Green: Ryan Murphy
Michigan: Andrew Merrick, Mark Kosick

WCHA:
North Dakota: Brad Defauw

USHL – Feature Prospect: Rheese Carlson

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Name: Rheese Carlson
Pos: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 172 lbs.
Born: 11/26/79
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Last Year’s Team: Rochester Mustangs (USHL)

1999-2000 Stats (USHL): (as of 10-9-99)

GP G A Pts PIM
6 2 2 4 0
(2 ppg, 1 gwg)

1998-1999 Stats (USHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
47 12 18 30 24
(3 ppg, 3 gwg, 2 uag)

JH: How would you describe your style of play? is it comparable to any current NHL player?
- I’m darn aggressive.
JH: Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
- Theo Fleury or Paul Kariya because they are aggressive and the way they move up and down the ice. They are fun to watch.

JH: What are your best skills and what are the skills you feel you need to improve on?
- One of my best skill is my ability to make things happen around the net. I need to work on my defensive play and getting everyone else involved.

JH: At what age did you first start playing hockey?
- I started playing when I was two years old.

JH: What colleges are you looking at, would you like to attend or are looking at you?
- I would like to attend something in the WCHA.

JH: Who has been the most important influence on you in your hockey career up to this point?
- My parents.

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Sedin-Sedin-Weinhandl, a great success.

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HV 71 (Home) vs. MoDo (Away)

Before the season many “experts” said that MoDos defense was an uncertain card, before the game against HV 71 MoDo had only let 10 goals past in 7 games! The Sedins line is not only the best offensive line but defensive as well, much because that they almost spend all the time in offensive zone. After 7 games the line has still not let any goals against with even strength.

The first period against HV 71 was quite even; the Sedins line created one big scoring chance but Daniel did not manage to beat Kari Takko in the net. In the second period MoDo played better and 4 minutes into the period Henrik fed Mattias Weihandl with an opening pass.

Weihandl deked Takko but he hit the post. But Weinhandl got his revenge after a disordered situation in front of the net. He picked up the lose puck and fed Henrik with a pass, Henrik with an open net made no mistake. HV tied the game before the period was over.

The third period was, just as the previous two, an open history. Great skating, intensity and goal tending. With 2.24 left of the game, Samuel Pahlsson won a face-off in offensive zone, he was captured by HV 71′s defense and knocked to the ice. But with great strength he manages, lying down, to lift the puck past Kari Takko. MoDo won 3-1 after an EN-goal.

HV 71-MoDo 3-1 (0-0,1-1,0-2)

First Period:

No scoring

Second period:

0-1 (07.27) Henrik Sedin (Mattias Weinhandl)
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