Three Phoenix Coyotes’ rookies (Ossi Vaananen, Wyatt Smith and Robert Esche)
have played important roles this season and have all contributed greatly to
the Coyotes’ success.
Ossi Vaananen, a tough as nails defenseman from Finland, has likely made the
biggest impact of the three. Drafted in the 2nd round in 1998,
Vaananen currently has 4 goals, 8 assists and 56 penalty minutes in 50 games
this season. He has played great defensively, knocking his opponents down in
front of the net and clearing the crease well. He has also chipped in on the
offense too in some games.
Wyatt Smith, a late round pick in 97, has played well as a role player this
season. The 23 year old center has 3 goals, 7 assists and 13 penalty minutes
in 41 games this season. He has worked hard every night and is an effective
forechecker. He’s more of a defensive forward, so the Coyotes consider any
offense from him a plus.
Robert Esche, a 6th round pick in 1996, has played 13 games this
season and has played really well. He has posted a 5-5-2 record with 1
shutout. He has a 3.30 Goals-against-average and a save percentage of .887
while also chipping in with 2 assists. He has played solid when the Coyotes
decided all-star netminded Sean Burke needed a rest.
All 3 of these players appear to have bright NHL futures some day. I have
taken them all off the top prospects lists and have moved them to the
“Graduated” section of the page.
News and Notes: Sheesh, it’s been a while since I updated this page. I
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OHL West vs. WHL East
I was generously given the opportunity to attend the 2001 Hersey Cup for the CHL All-Star Series Wednesday night at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre. The game boasted the best players from the WHL East and the stars of the OHL West. It is a new all-star format that definitely has its pros and cons. Sure it was nice to see a couple future stars in Pavel Brendl and Jay Bouwmeester, but I would have preferred to see my all-stars from the OHL East. Most of the OHL all-star representatives I support were shipped off to Quebec where many of the fans missed out on seeing their favourite players participate in high level competition. I mean, isn’t that why the OHL presents an all-star game, so fans can watch their best against the rest of the leagues best. That being said, let’s talk about the game itself. Read more »
First, thank you for all your mails. I’ve tryed to add requested
players to this update. Lately I haven’t been able to answer anything,
some problems with computers. If you still want me to add other
players to update don’t hesitate to mail.
Name – team drafted stats – since last update
W Frank Banham – Mighty Ducks 40 19+19=38 +7 52
Banham has been the lone scorer in Espoo Blues. He is seeking
for a one-way NHL contract.
W Teemu Elomo – Stars 41 2+9=11 +11 38 – 11 1+3=4 +7 4
Elomo has been able to play bit better, though he could
be playing even better.
D Ray Giroux – Islanders 30 5+13=18 +4 38 – 8 2+4=6 +3 4
Giroux came back to Finland, now to play for Jokerit Helsinki.
He has but up some points in his first games.
C Riku Hahl – Avalanche 40 2+6=8 -5 24
Hahl hasn’t yet made his break thru. Maybe next season?
W Niklas Hagman – Panthers 41 19+10=29 -3 26 – 11 4+4=8 -1 2
Kärpät Oulu fired head coach Juhani Tamminen after losing
streak. Hagman has been able to score even when the team was losing.
W Jukka Hentunen – Flames 40 20+20=40 +8 22 – 10 11+6=17 +5 4
Hentunen is now 5th in scoring in the whole league. He can win
the scoring title if he continues to play like he has been playing.
F Mikael Holmqvist – Mighty Ducks 31 2+3=5 0 8 – 4 0+0=0 0 0 Read more »
With the current horrible play of the New York Rangers, President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has decided to call up center Jeff Ulmer from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.
Ulmer, a 5’11 180 pound center, had 11 goals and 13 assists along with 30 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Wolf Pack. For those of you who don’t know, Jeff was signed as a free agent over the summer, after Ron Low convinced the Rangers management that Ulmer was worth a shot. Ulmer played for Ron Low’s Houston Aero’s last season, and Low liked what he saw. Prior to turning pro, Ulmer spent 4 years at the University of North Dakota, where he totaled 74 points and 132 penalty minutes in 135 games.
At 23 years old, Ulmer is hoping to make an impact in his first NHL game tomorrow night as the Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers are in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, this after a five game unbeaten streak that looked like it could turn our season around. Although some criticize Jeff’s play because he is “small”, there’s no denying his talent. He’s a hard worker, and earns everything that he gets. He never gives up on a play and gives it his all every night. He has good speed and strength, and a decent shot. He will likely see time on the 3rd or 4th line in tomorrow’s game.
In order to make room for Ulmer, the Rangers sent Brad Smyth back down to Hartford. Smyth, recalled a week ago, registered 1 goal and 4 penalty minutes in 4 games. He was a healthy scratch in last night’s 7-2 drubbing by the 2nd yea Read more »
NEWS from german ice-hockey. Actually: german national teams, January 29th
GERMAN NATIONALTEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC-QUALIFICATION:
Goalies: Alexander Jung (22 years old, Team: Eisbären Berlin/League: DEL), Leonardo Conti (22, Frankfurt Lions/DEL), Robert Müller (20, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Christian Künast (29, München Barons/DEL) :
Defenders: Christian Ehrhoff (18, Krefeld Pinguine/DEL), Jochen Molling (27, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Torsten Kienass (29, Düsseldorfer EG/DEL), Andreas Renz (23, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Mirco Lüdemann (27, Kölner Haie/DEL), Daniel Kunce (29, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Heiko Smazal (26, München Barons/DEL), Christoph Schubert (18, München Barons/DEL) :
Forwards: Len Soccio (33, Hannover Scorpions/DEL), Alexander Serikow (25, München Barons/DEL), Jan Benda (28, Jokerit Helsinki/FIN), Sven Felski (26, Eisbären Berlin/DEL), Wayne Hynes (31, Adler Mannheim/DEL), Jürgen Rumrich (32, Nürnberg Ice Tigers/DEL), Fabian Brännström (26, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Rainer Zerwesz (31, Berlin Capitals/DEL), Andreas Loth (28, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Daniel Kreutzer (21, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Klaus Kathan (23, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Tobias Abstreiter (30, Kassel Huskies/DEL), Mark MacKay (36, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Thomas Greilinger (19, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL), Marcel Goc (17, Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL) : Read more »
Rating prospects is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do. Both John Blankenship (Battleship) and myself each reorganized the prospects and the following list is basically a compromise between what we each had. I had an extremely hard time choosing a #1, and at times I felt that prospects were so close together in terms of development and potential that it would probably be more accurate to tier them as opposed to rank them in order. There are comments from both John and myself as well as from Jeff Charlesworth after each prospect, and I apologize in advance for my bad jokes.
If you disagree with us on some prospects that’s fine, in fact we welcome it. We didn’t agree on everything ourselves, as you will see. This is not an exact science, so feel free to post any thoughts, comments or questions you may have.
I think I can speak for John, Jeff, and myself when I say that we all worked hard on this, and hope you enjoy it.
1. Charlie Stephens C, Guelph (OHL), Capitals’ third choice, 31st overall in 1999
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While this season for the Panthers has been an hard one to watch and an easy one to forget, it has given me the opportunity to see in person many of the top prospects of the Florida Panthers. While there are many reasons why the Panthers are having a dismal year, the biggest one is the startling amount of injuries that has plagued this team.
Normally the Panthers would have 3-5 rookies called up throughout a season, but this year the Panthers have seen 11 rookies play extended roles for games at a time. Some of these players have been pleasant surprises, like Serge Payer and Lance Ward. While some have promise and potential, they show that they are not ready for the NHL, and wouldn’t be playing if it weren’t for all the injuries to Panther regulars.
Mid-Season Panther Prospect Report Card….Part 2
Denis Shvidki, Left Wing Read more »
On February 6th the BCHL will play the NOJHA in a all-star game featuring players yet to agree to college scholarships. The NOJHA (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association)will be paying the expenses of the British Columbia Hockey League players to get back east. I think this is a great idea.Players from both leagues get exposure to college scouts and BCHL players get to travel back east and be seen by scouts that might not make it out west that often.The NOJHA is paying the BCHL quite a compliment by paying all the expenses. The BCHL has hit the 28 mark with scholarships this season. The league is the most recruited in Canada. It will be interesting to see how the game goes.However it turns out, I`m sure the scouts will be noticeable in the stands. I`m not sure if the NOJHA is playing already college bound players in this game or not? I have seen most of the players attending this game from the BCHL. They are all great players. I am sure most of these players will get scholarships by the end of the season.The goaltenders on this team are very good. I have seen goaltender Jason Montgomery many times. He has won many of the games for his club, the Quesnel Millionaires this season. Montgomery is arguably the best in the BCHL. So,if your in Sault Ste Marie on February 6th check out this game. It could be a good one if the players play with some pride.
Speaking of all-star games. The BCHL all-star game was played awhile back in Quesnel. Many scouts always attend this game from all over North America. I realize it`s a way to see alot of good player Read more »