View Archives:
  • News & Features

Travis Weber Future Watch

by pbadmin
on

I’m back again with another installment of Future Watch, featuring the top prospects in the USA. Today Travis Weber is the featured prospect. Weber is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota who spent last season playing for the Under 17 and 18 teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Weber is a hybrid goalie, who basically does anything to stop the puck which is the goaltenders job. He also likes to play the puck and control the play as much as possible. Having started out the year for the Under 17 team, Weber was playing solid between the pipes and was moved up to the Under 18 squad. Weber also made the trip to Switzerland for the Under 18 World Championships and he played extremely well in 2 and a half games and had the best goals against average in the tournament as well as finishing second in save percentage. With the coaching change in Ann Arbor, he feels as most of the players do, they liked the old coaches but will be happy to start out with a clean slate. The top colleges on his list include Minnesota, Harvard, North Dakota, and Notre Dame. He will be making an unofficial visit to the Minnesota Campus soon. Over the summer Weber plans on working out on his strength training program and probably won’t play too much hockey.

Hot List in Flames

by pbadmin
on
The Calgary Flames have answered a few questions in regards to which of their second-ranked prospect group will be getting a good shot to make the team with the release of their expansion draft protected list on Tuesday. However they may have raised more questions at the same time.

As little as five days ago the general assumption was that the Flames would protect two goaltenders, Fred Brathwaite and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The surprise trade of Giguere to Anaheim was the first in new GM Craig Button’s administration and has many people scratching their heads. Very few people are outraged at the move but it has left many wondering what the team is up to. Giguere, ranked Calgary’s top prospect for much of the last two years, has neither been a disappointment nor good enough to change the “goalie of the future” designation to the “goalie of the present”. Despite that, the situation seemed perfect this year, Freddie was the number one and Giguere would be the season-long understudy. Button said that he made the trade because he did not want to lose a good fourth defenseman and eighth forward.
Read more »

IHL Rookie Profile – Vlad Serov

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Player: Vlad Serov
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Hometown: Kiev , Ukraine
Weight: 5' 10"
Height: 175 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Right Wing

YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM

1996-97 Yaroslav Russia 20 10 9 19 4
1996-97 Ukraine JR INT 7 6 2 8 2
1997-98 Novgorad Russia 40 28 14 42 8
1998-99 Ft. McMurray AJHL 36 25 17 42 20
1999-00 Flint Generals UHL 17 15 11 26 23
1999-00 Manitoba Moose IHL 51 11 9 20 16

Vlad signed as a free agent with the Manitoba Moose on September 30, 1999.
Vlad is a very exciting hockey to watch. An excellent skater who uses his
speed to create things in the neutral zone. Vlad has dynamic talent. Sees
all the ice well and uses it to his advantage to create plays. Excellent
puck handler and is good on the one on one. Has a lot of shifty moves which
keeps the opposition guessing on what he will do with the puck. Uses
teammates well to create happenings. Has a lot of natural talent. A very
smart player who comes to play every night and gives 100% every shift. Late
in the 99-00 season Vlad was sent to the Flint Generals of the UHL where he
collected 15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points in 17 games, but later was Read more »

Blues Sign Two Defensemen, Release Protected List

by pbadmin
on

The St. Louis Blues announced yesterday that they have signed defenseman Alexander Khavanov, a 1999 8th round draft pick. Khavanov
is 28 years old, stands 6ft. 2in. tall and weighs 190 pounds. He played last season for a Dynamo Moscow team that won their first ever
Russian Elite League Championship. Khavanov recorded 5 goals and 12 assists, good for 17 points, in the regular season.

The Blues also signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Vladimir Chebaturkin. He has good size at 6-2, 226 pounds, and is 25 years
old. Chebaturkin played in the AHL last season for the Lowell Lock Monsters and racked up 1 goal and 8 assists while adding 113 penalty
minutes. He was voted the teams most valuable defensive player of the year. Vladimir also has played in the NHL for the New York Islanders.
He played in 17 games this past season and recorded 1 goal and 1 assist with 8 penalty minutes.

No doubt these two moves are an effort to shore up the depth in the organization as the Blues will lose a defenseman in the expansion draft.
The Blues decided to protect both goaltender Brent Johnson and defenseman Bryce Salvador. In another surprise defenseman Jeff Finley was
left unprotected. Some other interesting names that were left off of the protected list were Scott Pellerin, Tyson Nash, and Reed Low. Here is
a complete look at the both protected players and unprotected.

Protected:

Craig Conroy C Read more »

Expansion protected list

by pbadmin
on
There was very few surprises when Edmonton released the expansion protected and unprotected list today. With having to protect only Tommy Salo it allowed the team to retain the core players from this season. Nine forwards and five defensemen along with the lone goaltender will survive but one or two players may be protected by deals made this week by management.

PROTECTED LIST

Forwards

1: RW Mike Grier

2: RW Bill Guerin

3: RW Georges Laraque

4: C Todd Marchant

5: LW Ethan Moreau

6: LW Rem Murray

7: LW Ryan Smyth

8: C Chad Kilger

9: C Doug Weight

Defensemen

1: Roman Hamrlik

2: Janni Niinimaa

3: Jason Smith

4: Sean Brown

5: Igor Ulanov

Goaltender

1: Tommy Salo

Note: LW Dan Cleary and D Tom Poti are ineligible since both are only second year pros.

Notable unprotected players:

1: LW Boyd Deveraux – Unfortunately Boyd is considering retirement due to the concussion he sustained at the end of the Read more »

Button named GM

by pbadmin
on
The choice of Craig Button as the new general manager was one of the most well thought out decisions made by the Flames organization in a long time. His strong player personnel abilities are what Calgary needs because of their inability to spend copious amounts of money in the free agent market. Words have been chosen carefully by this man when he speaks to the public. He refuses to use words such as small market and financial restraint while saying that his team will be competitive through attention to detail and a positive attitude toward their future endeavors.
Read more »

Wild welcome Fernandez, Lukowich and Sutton.

by Brandon Vizenor
on

On Monday the Wild started to get a little more active in hockey by making a couple of trades.

Trade #1:

Andy Sutton, a third round selection in 2001, and a seventh round pick in this year’s draft from the San Jose Sharks for an eighth round selection in 2001 and
future considerations. Andy Sutton is a 1998 Graduate of Michigan Tech University. He was also named WCHA Co-Defenceman of the Year in 1997-98 and All-WCHA Second Team. The last two years Sutton split time between San Jose and and the Kentucky Thoroughblades
of the AHL. We will have to see in October if Sutton stays in the big show.

Andy Sutton's Career Stats:

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM

94-95 Michigan Tech WCHA 19 2 1 3 42
95-96 Michigan Tech WCHA 33 2 2 4 58
96-97 Michigan Tech WCHA 32 2 7 9 73
97-98 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 16 24 40 97
Kentucky AHL 7 0 0 0 33
98-99 Kentucky AHL 21 5 10 15 53
San Jose NHL 31 0 3 3 65
99-00 Kentucky AHL 3 0 1 1 0
San Jose NHL 40 1 1 2 80
NHL TOTALS 71 1 4 5 145

Trade number two:

The Wild acquired goalie Manny Fernandez and defenseman
Brad Lukowich from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a
third round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and Read more »

IHL Rookie Profile – “Bubba” Berenzweig

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Andrew "Bubba" Berenzweig
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 8/8/77
Birth Place: Arlington Heights, IL

Season GP G A Pim +/- PTS Teams

1999-00 79 4 23 27 - 49 Milwaukee Admirals
1999-00 2 0 0 0 0 0 Nashville Predators
1998-99 42 7 24 38 0 31 University of Michigan
1997-98 45 8 11 32 0 19 University of Michigan
1996-97 38 7 12 49 0 19 University of Michigan
1995-96 42 4 8 4 0 12 University of Michigan

Bubba was drafted by the New York Islanders as their fifth selection (109th
overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Bubba was captain of the 1996 NCAA
champion Michigan Wolverines and was named to the 1998 CCHA All-Star Second
Team and to the 1998 NCAA championship All-Tournament Team. Bubba is a solid
stay at home type of defenceman, but is known to join the rush occasionally.
He rarely gets caught out of position and is a good skater and a puckhandler.
Has a good hard shot with a quick release. Clears the net well
and sees the ice well when starting a breakout from his own end. Bubba is a
proven winner and with time in Milwaukee to polish his skills he should
see time on the Predators blueline.
Andrew was named IHL’s US-Born Rookie of the Year (McKenzie Trophy) for
1999-2000 season.
Read more »

Hawks need the draft and their picks to yield players

by Bill Placzek
on

With SIX picks in the first 4 rounds there is ample opportunity to fortify
the team at all positions.
Unfortunately, the draftable players no longer are hidden by an Iron Curtain
or left unscouted, so the gems the Wings unearthed in the days where Euros
and Russians were an afterthought are past.

This draft may have a large second tier of talent, picks #5-12. The Hawks
will possibly be picking twice there. The ample number of six picks in four
rounds will allow them to get several chances at rebuilding.
Unfortunately Dale Tallon ( the guy who sold Bob Murray on Michal Sykora as
the main piece of the Ed Belfour trade) is the guy they sent to Europe.
You trust his judgement? I don’t.
So GM Smith is working on whatever he has put together in a short time, with
friendly assessments from non-Hawk staff, and the “expert” opinions of the
“organEYEzation.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade picks # 10 & 11 to an
expansion team for the chance to pick goalie DiPietro. Expansion teams want
quantity, and still would get quality with this draft’s even playing field.
That is of course if DiPietro lasts until pick #3.

Martin Samuelsson is getting an unwarranted rap from The Hockey News draft
issue and other places. He is very quick and crafty for a big man and fills
a need with the Hawks initially as a third line player who has major upside Read more »

Phoenix Coyotes 2000 Draft Preview

by HF Staff
on
When Wayne Gretzky joined the Phoenix Coyote franchise it was supposed to serve as notice for the entire NHL that the Coyotes organization was to be taken seriously; that they were serious about making a run at becoming one of the NHL elite. If the Coyotes are indeed serious about making a run at the Cup, the changes are slated to start at the NHL entry draft.

Read more »