I know a lot of Ranger fans and other hockey fans around the world are
waiting for top prospect Pavel Brendl to make his mark on the NHL. Will Pavel
impress Ron Low, Glen Sather and the rest of the New York Rangers’ management
during training camp and earn a roster spot? I sure think so.
Brendl has been training very hard this summer with Adam Graves, Jamie
Lundmark and Stefan Cherneski. He’s already up to 6’1 205 lbs. and a lot of
knowledgeable hockey people suggest he will gain more weight before training
camp starts. It’s good news to Ranger fan’s ears to hear that Pavel is
training and working hard this summer. Most fans remember Brendl coming to
camp last year out of shape and with an attitude that he was already good
enough to make the team and he didn’t need to work hard. He was proven wrong
and the Rangers made sure he would turn things around this summer and so far
he has done just that.
So where should we expect Pavel to play? If he falters again in training
camp, he will be sent back to his junior team.
However, there’s a good chance he’ll do well and if he does, he should be 3rd
line RW for the Rangers this season. 10-15 goals and 30 or so points is good
numbers to project for Brendl’s rookie season. If things go EXTREMELY well,
the sky is the limit for Brendl, and we may see him score 50 goals in a
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The Leafs Rookie Camp roster has now been set. The team listed below will participate in two-a-day workouts at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on August 29th and 30th and will then take part in a round robin tournament against the prospects of the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. The tournament will also take place in Kitchener and will run between September 1st and September 4th. Here is Toronto’s final roster.
Goaltenders: Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, and Jean-Francois Racine
Defensemen: Jean-Philippe Cote, Peter Reynolds, Allan Rourke, Petr Svoboda, Lubos Velebny, Vaclav Zavoral, and Jonathan Zion.
Forwards: Brad Boyes, Luca Cereda, Miguel Delisle, Jonathan Gagnon, Lance Galbraith, Jacques Lariviere, Franticek Mrazek, Mirko Murovic, Ben Ondrus, Alex Ponikarovsky, Vadim Sozinov, Michal Travnicek, Kris Vernarsky, Morgan Warren
The majority of these youngsters are already under contract with the Maple Leafs’ organization or are unsigned selections from the team’s previous drafts. Galbraith and Ondrus are free agents hoping to secure a professional contract just as Centomo and Lariviere did last year with solid play in the Rookie Tournament.
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The Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils should open the 2000-01 season without a great number of new players on the roster. However, training camp should still be quite interesting for Devil watchers.
Goaltender Ari Ahonen, New Jersey’s first round pick in the 1999 draft, will be attending his first NHL camp. The 19 year old Finn has played well in his native country but the Devils are anxious to see how this will translate to the North American game.
Ahonen has no chance of being on the opening night roster. New Jersey would love for the young netminder to agree to play this season at Albany of the AHL which would likely accelerate his progress.
Six 2000 draft choices plan on being in training camp, none of whom are even being considered for spots at this time. Still, defensemen Phil Cole and Deryk Engelland along with forwards Michael Rupp, Max Birbraer, Mike Jefferson and Warren McCutcheon hope to make a lasting impression on Coach Larry Robinson.
Of that group expect 6-5, 230 lb. Rupp to get a long look. 5-9, 190 lb. Jefferson will get some attention if only due to the fact that he is likely to start some skirmishes based on his abrasive style.
Training camp opens on September 8th at South Mountain Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. The first exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh is scheduled for September 16th in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Today the St. Louis Blues announced that training camp will officially open Sept. 7th, however, players won’t actually hit the ice until Sept. 11th. Workouts will be held at U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Chesterfield , MO. Prior to training camp Blues prospects will participate in a six team tournament Sept. 2-5. Other teams involved inclued the Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues will look to defend last years championship with a somewhat interesting roster. The most noteable observation is the size of the players listed. Check out both the rookie camp and training camp rosters below.
2000 St. Louis Blues Rookie Camp Roster
Graham Belak 6-5 230 Kootenay (WHL)
Andy Burnham 6-4 271 Sarnia (OHL)
Randy Copley 6-2 225 Montreal (QMJHL)
Aaron Fox 6-0 190 Minnesota (WCHA)
Tony Hutchins 6-2 221 Boston College (NCAA)
Kevin Karlander 6-0 195 Univ. of Vermont (NCAA)
Brett Lutes 6-0 182 Montreal (QMJHL)
Shawn Mamane 6-0 190 Worcester (AHL)
David Morisset 6-2 195 Seattle (WHL)
Justin Papineau 5-11 180 Belleville (OHL)
Yevgeny Pastukh 5-11 179 Red Army CSKA (Moscow)
Mark Rycroft 6-0 190 Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
A. Troschinsky 6-5 187 Ust-Kamenogorsk (KAZ)
Roger Trudeau 6-3 205 N. Michigan (CCHA) Read more »
Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Mikael Tellqvist news: The player now widely considered to be the Maple Leafs’ “goaltender of the future”, Mikael Tellqvist, is under contract with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League for the upcoming season … Tommy Soderstrom, the former Djurgarden starter, has retired and Mikael (the SEL Rookie of the Year in 1999 / 2000) expects to handle the bulk of the work there this year … Tellqvist was recently named to the Swedish National Team for the Ceske Pojistovna Tournament in the Czech Republic later this month and he should get the bulk of the playing time there as well … Tellqvist’s primary competition for the #1 job with the Swedish National Team, Johan Holmqvist, is not playing in the tournament as he has already left for the New York Rangers camp … Mikael feels strongly that he’d like to get at least a year of significant National Team experience before coming over to play in North America … at this time, he plans to re-evaluate his situation at the conclusion of this season … Mikael Tellqvist is an extremely important player in Toronto’s long range plans and we will be following his progress closely on behalf of all Leaf fans here at Hockey’s Future …
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The Slovakian-born defenseman played the last two seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.
This past season, he was named to the OHL All-Star Team, First Team, in a postseason vote by league coaches after going 7-21-28, a +35 with 99 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.
He was the first runner-up in the voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded yearly to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman.
Mezei was one of the final cuts during last year’s training camp.
Mezei is considered a very heady and mobile defenseman. At 6’4, 230 pounds, the Slovak also has the size to match his skills and smarts.
With another year of junior hockey under his belt, he’s sure to make a run at a spot on the Islanders’ blueline.
Mezei, who will turn 20 on Oct. 8, has been enjoying himself on Long Island all week working out with several of his teammates.
Is Ulmer another Rangers smallish centerman in the likes of Christian Dube and Marc Savard or is he like Mike York or Mike Rogers?
Jeff Ulmer is another product of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux where he played from 1995-1999. During the 1999-2000 season with the Canadian National Team he registered 14 goals and 39 points in 48 games around the globe, toiling against such teams as Norway, Britain and Slovakia. A late season signee of the IHL Houston Aeros he was coached by newly signed Rangers boss Ron Low. Low mentioned that the reason the Rangers signed the smallish center was that he was a hard worker who earns everything he gets.
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
DRAFTED: Not Selected
HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent signee on 07/27/00
LAST CLUB: Houston (IHL), Canadian National (Intl.)
Ulmer posted solid US Collegiate Numbers at North Dakota totaling 39 goals and 46 assists in 135 games in four seasons.
All signs point to Ulmer impressing at Rangers camp early next month and may suprise a few with his work ethic that will most likely see him at Hartford (AHL) but if injuries strike Tim Taylor as they do… Ulmer may have a “cup of coffee” with the Rangers before next season is over. He can also bring the Rangers a breath of fresh air as he plays much bigger than he is…
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This is the conclusion of a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.
Last week we examined a group of returning players and this week the spotlight swings over to several key newcomers.
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Why do they call it a camp? There’s no
campfires, no wiener or marshmallow
roast, no fishing and the only singing
around the fire you might hear are the
ones singing the blues because they
didn’t make the cut. No, this isn’t your
run-of-the-mill weekend at the lake kind
of camp. Miles of skating, the odd puck
and buckets of sweat – Welcome to ICE
Training camp 2000.
With Rookie camp opening over the
weekend and main training camp for the
Kootenay ICE set to begin later this
week on Friday Sept 1st, the anticipation
will be mounting on a daily basis leading
to the ICE’ first game of the 2000-01
regular season, beginning their defense
of the WHL Championship.
The anticipation level will also be rising
on whose going to make the veteran-
laden club that has as many as 20
returning veterans to the team this
season. Out of a roster of 24 players, to
say the competition for those few spots
on the club will be fierce would be
somewhat of an understatement. Here’s
what we do know. Mike Green, Wade
Burt and Graham Belak have all
graduated onto bigger and better things.
After that, things tend to get a little
complicated. On the European front
things are somewhat clearer. With
Jaroslav Svoboda in Carolina’s (NHL)
camp, it is certain that he won’t return.
Even if Svoboda doesn’t make the big
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