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Rookie Camp Successful for Canes

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The Carolina Hurricanes hosted twenty-nine players at their rookie camp in Detroit last week. Twelve players were given tryouts. Out of the remaining seventeen, all but one had been drafted by the Canes. The camp, and ensuing rookie tournament, was a chance to get an invitation to the Hurricanes Training camp in Ft. Myers, Florida.

On September 1, the rookies moved to Kitchener, to participate in the Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament. Here the Canes, Leafs, Sabres, and Rangers rookies played in a round robin tournament. The Director of Amateur Scouting for Carolina, Sheldon Ferguson, told The Kitchener Waterloo Record, “The good thing with this tournament is they’re playing against kids their own age, so you get to accurately see how your own guys stackup.”

Game one saw the Leafs youngsters top the Canes 5-3. The Leafs offense poured it on in the third to break a 3-3 tie, before the Canes gave up an empty net goal. Jeff Ulmer, Brett Lysak, and Jaraslav Svoboda notched goals for the Canes. As with most training camp games, play was physical, with Greg Kuznik and Michal Dvorak showing off for the scouts.
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Red Wings’ September 7 Training Camp Notes

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Thank you to our correspondent Sarah Lindenau, who is attending camp in Traverse City and continues to provide us with valuable prospect information.

Team B vs. Team C
Final Score: 5-2 for Team C

Team B Notes

Team B features regulars Kozlov, Holmstrom, Maltby and Dandenault.
Team B features prospects Jesse Wallin, Ryan Barnes, John Wikstrom and Jake McCracken.
Scoring: Wikstrom and Brett Harkins. Wikstrom also added an assist.
The top line featured Harkins centering Maltby and Holmstrom.
Sean Avery centered Kozlov and Marc Rogers.
Wikstrom was paired with Dandenault on the blue line. Although he requires improvement in several areas he played well defensively and chipped in with a goal and an assist. Wallin and Rogers also made an impression. Wallin is making a strong bid to begin the season in Detroit.
McCracken looked weak in net, allowing several weak goals and had difficulty in 1-on-1 situations.
Legace was solid – although he seemed to commit himself too early on several occasions.
Team C Notes

Team C features regulars Lidstrom, Osgood, Shanahan, Larionov and Lapointe.
Team C features prized prospect Jiri Fischer along with Yuri Butsayev, Maxim Kuznetsov, Toivo Suursoo, Alexandre Jacques, and contract hopeful Mike Hurley.
Scoring: Jacques (2g and 1a), Hurley (1g and 2a), Suursoo and Shanahan.
The top line featured Larionov centering Shanahan on the left and Lapointe on the right.
Fischer again looked strong paired with Lidstrom. Read more »

Rangers Training Camp notes

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1999 New York Rangers Training Camp Roster and Reserve Roster has been announced. This list is as of September 8,1999. Some changes have already been made and squads split into groups run by Coach John Muckler(NYR), Bob Crocker(NYR Scout) and John Paddock(Hartford-AHL). Rangers training camp roster/reserve list:

Goaltenders
Derek Doson-Oshawa(OHL)
Jeff Heil-Charlotte(ECHL)
Milan Hnilicka-Sparta Praha (Czech)
Jason Labarbera-Portland(WHL)
Jean-Francois Labbe-Hartford (AHL)
Kirk McLean-Florida (NHL)
Mike Richter- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Alexander Korobolin-Mechel (Russia)
Johan Asplund- Gavle (Sweden)

NOTES: Jeff Heil and Jason Labarbera have been assigned to John Paddock and look to start the season in Hartford(AHL). Also it is expected that J.F.Labbe and Milan Hnilinka will join Paddock`s Hartford Wolf Pack.

DEFENSE:
Terry Virtue- Providence (AHL)
Brian Leetch- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Patrick Aufiero-Boston Univ. (HE)
Arto Laatikainen-Espoo (Finland)
Alexei Vasiliev- Hartford (AHL)
Mathieu Schneider- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Tomas Kloucek-Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stephane Quintal-Montreal (NHL)
Mario Joly Hull- (QMJHL)
Dale Purinton-Hartord(AHL)
Kim Johnsson-Malmo(Sweden)
Wes Jarvis-Kitchener(OHL)
Peter Popovic-NY.Rangers(NHL)
Rumun Ndur-NY.Rangers(NHL)**NOT IN CAMP**
Burke Henry-Brandon(WHL)
Jeff Brown-Charlotte (ECHL)
Sylvain Lefebvre-Colorado (NHL)
Jason Doig-Springfield-Hartford (AHL) Read more »

Flyers top 10

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It is Time for the Flyers to Produce from Within
A HF’s look at the prospects in Philadelphia by John A. D’Amico

Losing in the first round of the NHL playoffs in consecutive years is bad enough. But doing it while spending enough money to dwarf the gross national product of a small European country makes it that much worse. Flyers GM Bobby Clarke has tried to build a winner by buying the priciest free agents that the sport had to offer. Unfortunately for Clarke, a bloated price tag does not assure success. And unfortunately for the Flyers season ticketholders, (after taking the gaspipe in back to back playoff years), all they have to show for their ticket buying dollar is a rather substantial price hike for their seats.

A concerted effort to build from within is now a priority for Clarke and it looks as though he does have some nice talent on the way up. This crop of prospects could be the best group that the Flyers have had stabled since the early eighties when Hextall, Tocchet, Zezel and Smith danced their way on to Broad Street to carry the team to two NHL Finals later in the decade.
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Red Wings’ Sept. 6 Training Camp Notes

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Thank you to our correspondent Sarah Lindenau, who is attending camp in Traverse City and continues to provide us with valuable prospect information.

Team A vs. Team C

Final Score: 3-1 for Team B.

Team A Notes

Team A features regulars Fedorov, Yzerman, Chelios, Ward and Brown.
Team A features top prospects Jason Elliott and Darryl Laplante.
Scoring: Yzerman.
The top line featured Fedorov centering Yzerman on the left and Brown on the right.
Jason Elliott, the Red Wings’ fourth rated prospect, was solid but not spectacular. He displayed a good glove hand but didn’t cover up loose pucks well.
Laplante played well, throwing several heavy hits. One in particular sent 18th rated prospect Toivo Suursoo flying into the bench.
Greg Labenski, a contract hopeful, was unimpressive, and was caught out of position several times.

Team C Notes

  • Team C features regulars Lidstrom, Osgood, Shanahan, Larionov and Lapointe.
  • Team C features prized prospect Jiri Fischer along with Yuri Butsayev, Maxim Kuznetsov, Toivo Suursoo, Alexandre Jacques, and contract hopeful Mike Hurley.
  • Scoring: Shanahan, Hurley, and Jacques.
  • The top line featured Larionov centering Shanahan on the left and Lapointe on the right.
  • Fischer was impressive paired with Lidstrom. He showed great poise, vision, and made great passes under pressure. Read more »
  • Hoping For Contracts

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    As the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp got underway in Traverse City on Sunday, there were several unexpected faces of note. Sandy Moger, Randy Burridge, and Jeff Sharples were all late invites to camp, and along with a half dozen other hopefuls, they will battle in search of a Red Wing contract. Because the team does not have a dedicated minor league affiliate this year, the Red Wings’ are only expected to sign one or two players. The competition in Traverse City should reach a very high level as contract hopefuls try to get an edge.

    The most noteable player in search of a contract is 30 year old Sandy Moger. At 6’3″ and 218 lb., Moger is ideal for the Wings’ fourth line with Darren McCarty holding out. Moger spent last season with the Los Angeles Kings, appearing in 42 games but notching only 5 points. Moger has good hands and an excellent release, and he plays a strong physical game. Although his skating is weak, he is strong on his skates and has good balance. With a solid training camp he could begin the season with Detroit.

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    History Repeats in the Biggest Crap Shoot of All?

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    It has been called a crap shoot, it has been called a game, but the one thing it has never been called was easy. The NHL entry draft is a sport onto itself. Unlike other sports where many kids come out of college as more mature 21 year olds (and sometimes older), the NHL draft features baby faced 18 year olds. It has been a subject of controversy for year and is now begining to stir up media attention as the NHL ponders raising the draft age. Each and every draft we see “blue chippers” and “risks” and despite their draft day labels we only discover the draft day winners and losers years later. The Rangers are a team that took a huge gamble this past year and, rightfully so, there was a lot of controversy over it. In the end the
    Rangers got two blue chip prospectes, but the real questin is “Will they ever make it?” The answer to that question is probably a lot more
    interesting than you think.

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    Brendl Sick as Rangers` Camp Opens

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    New York Rangers camp opened yesterday in Burlington, Vermont. Noticeably less than 100% was top prospect and Rangers projected star of the next
    decade Pavel Brendl. Brendl awoke Sunday morning with the same stomach flu
    that has bothered him for nearly three days but he decided to lace èm up to
    show Rangers Management what he could do….. which was with the flu not
    much other than fall down during off ice training and go no where near the
    net during on ice drills. Even with the excuse of flu many are a little
    more concerned that Brendl may have not locked up that guaranteed roster spot that was handed to him on draft day.

    General Manager Neil Smith was quoted at camp saying
    “I have to admit that for a moment I thought, ‘Oh, my God, what if he’s not
    sick? But the fact is, he is sick and, actually, I was surprised that he
    even was out there”. Veteran Adam Graves has been assigned as Brendl`s
    roommate, a move that they hope will help motivate him away from the puck
    and ice.

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    Brawn, Talent and Slush: The ’99 NHL [Hull] Prospect Tournament

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    One might wonder if the ice was that bad, or if there was that little talent. After
    a hard fought match between Florida and Montreal, where the brawn outshone the talent,
    the Ottawa Senators prospects took on the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects in what seemed
    to be a slip and slide matchup due to a sheet of water covering the ice. These were the
    final two games of a four-day tournament which featured two games per day, with
    each team playing in one of those daily two games.

    In the Panthers’ four games, they deteriorated from giving the impression of being
    a fairly strong, experienced and mature team to revealing themslves as an
    undisciplined, immature and flat out joke of a squad. Their top player, Novoseltsev
    was injured for all games aside from Game 2 versus Montreal in which he notched the
    only two Panther goals. The pressure was then placed on Florida’s number one draft
    pick, Denis Shvidki, to lead the way offensively for the talent-challenged Panthers.
    But after a respectable opening game against the Senators, Shvidki trailed off and
    disappeared for the rest of the tournament. Receiving some PK time, and tons of
    powerplay time, Shvidki remained unsuccessful and mainly a liability defensively.
    Perhaps too much was expected from the supposed feisty young player. It may
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    A Look At The Montreal Prospects Tournament Game 3

    by Paul Tanasi
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    Talk about a roller coaster ride. This team went from terrible to excellent and then squeaked in a period and a half of decent hockey before the wheels came completely off. They reached a new low in this game against Ottawa. Outplayed, outshot and outscored, they came out in the third period looking extremely tired, then all but gave up with about ten minutes to go. With the score 7-2 and only a few minutes remaining, I can’t recall ever watching a team wanting to playout the clock the way these guys did. They iced the puck at every opportunity, and stayed almost completely out of Ottawa’s zone. I guess you could blame it on exhaustion as the team played with a short bench most of the game. Gordie Dwyer didn’t play due to an injury, Alexander Buturlin left the game mid way through the second with a knee injury and Aaron Asham didn’t play in the third after he had two fights in the second period. Konstantin Sidulov was inserted in the lineup in place of Dan Watson on defense and Sebastien Thinel played for the injured Dwyer. Once again, Jason Lehoux and Olivier Morin did not dress for the game nor did goaltender Dan Murphy. Three games in three days with practices every morning is tough, but I didn’t notice the Ottawa team slowing down.

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