| | Many people in hockey, and by extension the entire sports world feel that winning is a learned ability. Of course it is first and foremost the product of talent, but it also comes from confidence, and leadership. The two latter characteristics are normally acquired through experience, and can therefore be thought of as part of this learning “curve”.The Québec Citadelles’ recent success can only help the Montréal Canadiens long-term. This is a franchise with the highest percentage of Montréal owned talent since the team’s inception.Only 51% of the 1999-2000 Citadelles roster (the first year of its renewal) contained players with direct ties, or contracts with the Canadiens organization. This team finished the season with a 37-38-5 record, and 83 points. It was then eliminated in 3 straight games during the first round of the AHL playoffs.The percentage increased to 74 % last year. This team finished with a 41-36-3 record, and 89 points. It went on to enjoy some success during the playoffs, but ultimately lost to the eventual Calder Cup champion St. John Flames.The current team has increased this percentage to an impressive 85%. Twenty-two of the 26 players to dress for the Citadelles this season hold Montréal contracts, and all except for 3 were acquired (but not necessarily drafted) by Rejean Houle. Five of these players are former 1st round picks, while 3 others were chosen in the 2nd round. This could be considered a negative as it demonstrates an inability for some of the team’s top picks to make a quick jump to the NHL Read more »
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:
PEE DEE : The Pride today announced that they have signed defenseman B. J.
Adams to a contract, and that they have released right wing Matt Van Arkel.
The Pride claimed Adams, 24, off of waivers from Jackson on Saturday. He
played all of last season with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL, and opened this
season with Toledo, but was released after appearing in one game. The
6-foot-2, 215 pound defenseman played in 69 games with the Storm last
season, registering two goals, 14 assists, and racking up 110 penalty
minutes. To make room for Adams on the roster, the Pride released rookie
forward Matt Van Arkel. In seven games, the Notre Dame graduate had one goal
and was a plus-one.
LOUISIANA: The IceGators goaltender Marc Magliarditi is the Goalie of the
Month for October. The 25-year-old Magliarditi was a perfect 4-0-0 with a
2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage while helping
Louisiana to the best start in team history, 6-0-1. Magliarditi, who was
drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Blackhawks (146th overall) in
1995, opened the month making 23 saves in a 6-3 win at New Orleans in the
season opener, and improved to 2-0-0 with a 4-3 win against Arkansas on
October 14, making 28 saves. The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native made 32 saves in
a 5-2 win at Jackson on October 20 and closed out the month making 20 saves
in a 5-2 win at Mississippi. He finished the month stopping 103 of 113
MISSISSIPPI : The Sea Wolves announced that forward John Evangelist Read more »
The Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-October
As part of the Calder Corner’s continuing coverage of this year’s NHL prospects, once a month Hockey’s Future will be handicapping the race for the Calder Trophy and presenting you with our Top Ten favourites for the league’s coveted Rookie of the Year Award. Therefore, without further ado CC’s inaugural picks for the silverware:
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|–||1||Kristian Huselius: Got off to a slow start due partially to a lack of line chemistry, partially due to a habit of looking for the perfect play. Once these problems were solved Huselius went on a tear of monster proportions that he is still in the middle of. With Pavel Bure slumping like he is, his timing has been flawless.|
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Kristian Huselius Nabs Rookie of the Month
Highly touted Calder Candidate Kristian Huselius wraps up an exciting month of October by being named the Rookie of the Month. In getting this award, Huselius beat out Mark Bell, and Atlanta’s Kovalchuk and Heatley, and Jeff Jillson
Huselius ranks fourth among NHL goal scorers (9), leads all rookies in goals (9), tied with Mark Bell for rookie points leader (11), tied with Kovalchuk with Power-play goals (3), tied with Jeff Jillson for Power Play Points (5), and leads rookies with Short Handed points (1 goal)
Huselius’s season started with scoring his first NHL goal against Philadelphia on a 2 on 1 effort, where he was able to beat Cechmanek with a shot that trickled over his right pad. The goal-scoring was absent for the next 4 games, as he was getting plenty of chances but was unable to put the puck in the net, most notably in a rematch against Philly on Oct 13th. In his 6th game vs Vancouver on Oct 16th, Huselius notched his 1st power-play goal of the season. But it wouldn’t be till after the Panthers Western road trip that Huselius finally caught on fire.
At home against Washington, Huselius notched his first multi-point game in the 4-3 OT loss against Washington, which also saw his first PP assist on a Bure crashing of the net goal. Against the Los Angeles Kings, Huselius scored his second PP goal on a blast from the left circle which beat Potvin left on the short side. Highlighting what is Huselius’s play-making ability less than 2 minutes later, he added an assist on the PP with a b Read more »
Back to the ‘Future Considerations’
In the game of hockey, from the Junior ‘B’ level though Major Junior right up into the NHL, the practice of trading players has always been a part of the game. Not exactly earthshattering news as any hockey afficionado would tell you that it’s as much a part of the game as curved sticks and frozen discs of rubber. Hockey, unlike other major sports in North America, trading is an integral part of the sport. Likely because of the use of salary caps and advent of true free agency is more prominent in the other big three sports of Basketball, Football (NFL) and Baseball. The NFL had its trading deadline go by the other day without a single deal being made. I don’t think anyone even noticed. Whereas in hockey, trading is still a major contributing factor in composing a team and in junior it’s even more of an imposing factor. Perhaps that’s why fans of the game tend to get wrapped up in the inner workings of the sport almost as much as the actual games themselves.
Who’s going where and for what? It’s a phenomenon almost exclusive to the sport of hockey, until the trading deadline of course.
A few trades of late in the WHL have brought on some confusion to some in the sense of not ‘who’s going where’ but rather ‘who’s coming back’ or ‘wasn’t he with???’.
Confusion meaning that the players that were supposed to have already been traded have somehow ended up back with their clubs of origin and then traded again.
Just before last year’s trading deadline the Regina Pats, in building their club for an Read more »
Rats are re-stocked with veterans
The New Jersey Devils have bolstered the Albany River Rats with the signing of three veteran players in the past week. Forwards Bruce Gardiner and Steve Guolla and defenseman Joel Bouchard joined the club and played this past weekend.
While the mission of the minor league club continues to be developing “prospects” for the NHL, in a nod to the more competitive nature of the American Hockey League in recent years (a trend accelerated by the merger or acquisition of former International Hockey League teams), the Devils for the first time in recent memory will have a roster that will allow the team to field a maximum of six “veterans”.
The incoming players join Richard Rochefort, Sylvain Cloutier (out with a knee injury) and Ted Drury. These players, as well as Gardiner, Guolla and Bouchard have played more than 260 combined NHL and AHL games.
The Devils and Rats have not gone overboard, and will not face the situation of being forced to sit a veteran every game to avoid the veteran player ceiling. Indeed, as of the moment, with Captain Sylvain Cloutier still out with a knee injury, the Rats have only five “veterans” on the roster.
The transactions which bolstered the River Rats started on October 21, when the Devils signed Gardiner and Guolla. They were placed on waivers, and after getting no takers from NHL clubs, were assigned to Albany. Both were in the starting lineup on Friday as the River Rats visited Rochester. Bouchard was signed on October 25 and cleared waivers the next day Read more »
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Greg Pankewicz — Pensacola Ice Pilots
The 6-0 and 200-pound Pankewicz scored two goals and had five assists in
Pensacolao’s two games at Florida over the weekend, and he leads the East
Coast Hockey League with 13 assists and 17 points in seven games.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK:
Tyrone Garner — Greenville Grrrowl
The 23-year-old Garner went 2-1-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and a
.950 save percentage while playing three games in three nights. He opened
the week with a 3-1 loss against Trenton on Thursday, but rebounded on
Friday making 39 saves and picking up an assist in a 4-1 win against Macon.
The 6-3 and 200-pound Garner closed out the week with 35 saves in a 4-1 win
at Richmond to improve to 4-2-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .942
save percentage. Garner, who was drafted in the fourth round (96th overall)
by the New York Islanders in 1996, leads the ECHL with 211 saves.
NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:
ROANOKE: The Roanoke Express lost in regulation for the first time this
season in Charlotte on Friday night, but bounced back on Saturday beating
Wheeling. The Express is now 6-1-1 and faces a home and home series against
Atlantic City this weekend. Goal scorers this week : Rick Kowalsky, Joe
Dusbabek, Bret DeCecco, Frank Novock, and Terence Tootoo.
The Renegades are now 5-2 after splitting two games at home last
weekend. Rod Taylor played in his 596th career ECHL game Saturday. He can
tie the league record held by Bob Woods Sunday in Cincinnati. T Read more »
Jay McClement (St. Louis Blues, 2nd round 2001)
Jay has good reason to be very proud of his first 15 games of the 2001-2002 season. In fact, apart from Battalion captain Kurt MacSweyn, it could easily be said that Jay has been the team’s best two-way forward, a style of play that he will definitely depend on if and when he cracks the Blues’ lineup.
After potting 30 goals in his sophomore OHL season, he has continued that pace in his third year in the league, with 7 goals in his first 15 games. What’s more, he has been able to keep up that pace without the benefit of Raffi Torres (now with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL) and Lukas Havel (playing professionally in the Czech Republic) as his linemates. Several of his goals have been of the highlight variety, including a short-handed marker against the Erie Otters that featured him splitting the defence and putting a move on Adam Munro that still has Munro looking for his jockstrap. McClement has only three assists thus far this year, due to several factors. For one, McClement’s versatility allows coach Stan Butler to play him in all situations, including defensive roles that don’t allow McClement to play with the team’s more offensive weapons. Perhaps more importantly, his left winger (Chris Rowan) has taken until the last few games to get untracked, and his right winger (Aaron Van Leusen – Detroit, 4th round 2000) has missed nine games with an injury.
McClement is the type of player that any coach wants on the ice to protect a one-goal lead in the final minute. His innate ability to g Read more »
When the Wild took Marian Gaborik third overall in the
2000 entry draft they made the young Slovakian very
happy “It’s a great feeling to be the first player who
was drafted by Minnesota ever, and I’m so happy I can
be there.” As this article will show he’s not the only
one happy he’s there.
Marian Gaborik was drafted third overall in the 2000
entry draft by the Minnesota Wild. So far he hasn’t
left Wild Management or the coaching staff second
guessing their selection of Marian as the teams first
ever pick in the NHL’s entry draft. Marian had an
excellent rookie season in the NHL. He was a co-leader
for goals on the Wild with 18 and finishing the season
with 36 points which was enough for him to be the
leading point-getter on the team. While Marian is
still a teenager at age 19 his second year has the
beginning looks of a real successful year. He has
already managed 12 points in 9 games (4+8=12) which is
exactly a third of his totals from his rookie season.
Marian has tremendous speed, linemate Andrew Brunette
said “with Marian using his speed, I don’t think
anybody can catch him, if he can control himself and
use his speed in specific times, he’ll be really
dangerous.” Another thing about Marian is his maturity
and confidence levels they are pretty impressive for a
19-year-old Brunette said this about Marian “I haven’t
come acros many 19-year olds who are as mature and
confident out there as him. The kid is something else”
Jim Dowd another linemate and friend of Gaborik added
“He’s grown so much even fro Read more »