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Wolves Embark on New Chapter

by Dorian Green
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Wolves embark on new chapter

After ending a limited preseason schedule, (1-1-1), the Chicago Wolves prepare for their eight season on October 6th. It will, however, be their first season in the American Hockey League. The previous seven seasons were played in the, now defunct, International Hockey League which folded after 56 years where they won the Turner Cup championship twice (1998 and 2000). 5 other former IHL teams, (Utah, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Manitoba, and Houston), are joining Chicago in the AHL. All of the IHL teams will form 1 division, except for Manitoba which will play in the Canadian division, though the bulk of their schedule will be against their former IHL counterparts.

Even though the majority of the Wolves roster will be coming from their parent club the Atlanta Thrashers, they will be returning at least 5 Wolves mainstays from their IHL
days. Joining, longtime Wolves Captain, Steve Maltais are, (forwards) Dan Plante and Rob Brown, and (defensemen) Bob Nardella and Dallas Eakins.

The Wolves have tradition of excellent goaltending, and this year will be no exception. The Thrashers have assigned (last years Turner Cup MVP) Norm Maracle to patrol
Chicago crease. The remainder of the roster will be announced within the next few days. One player that will not be heading for Chicago is Ilya Kovalchuk, the 6’2″ 210 pound left winger from Tyer, Russia. Kovalchuk became the 1st Russian ever to be picked number one in the 2001 NHL entry draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. Kovalchuk is being
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Stars Preseason Wrapup 2001-2002

by Keith Riskey
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Stars Preseason Wrap-Up, 2001-2002

Preseason is officially over now, the roster has been pared down, and it looks like the Stars will begin the season with only

one new face — Finnish playmaker Niko Kapanen. The past few seasons, Stars fans have witnessed the development of

around one new player per season. Niko will be the first player to attempt that path this season.

Following preseason, among the last players to be returned to AHL affiliate Utah were John Erskine, Cameron

Mann, Marcus Kristofferson, Roman Lyashenko and Jon Sim. With final cuts, the Stars will begin the

season with the following roster of 23 players:

Centers: Mike Modano, Pierre Turgeon, Joe Nieuwendyk, Niko Kapanen, Kirk Muller (also LW), Shaun Van Allen
Right wingers: Jere Lehtinen (also LW), Donald Audette, Jamie Lagenbrunner, Pat Verbeek (also LW), Rob DiMaio
Left Wingers: Brenden Morrow, Jere Lehtinen (also RW), Pat Verbeek (also RW), Valeri Kamensky, Kirk Muller (also C), Benoit

Hogue
Defensemen: Sergei Zubov, Darryl Sydor, Derian Hatcher, Richard Matvichuk, Jyrki Lumme, Brad Lukowich, Sami Helenius
Goalies: Ed Belfour, Marty Turco
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Times are Wild in Minnesota

by Mike Wolf
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On Saturday the Wild will begin their second season, with the promise of having some youth in the line-up and having more offensive power to go along with their strong defense. Having the worst offense last year, the Wild needed to make some changes, and they did. They traded for Sergei Zholtok and signed Andrew Brunette. These upgrades alone will not be enough, so the Wild are counting on rookies to make the team. These potential rookies include Pascal Dupuis, Kyle Wanvig, Nick Schultz, Tony Virta and Travis Roche. Of these players, Dupuis and Nick Shultz have stood out with Travis Roche not far behind. As of today Dupuis has made the team with his scoring ability and 2-way play and Nick Schultz, a 2nd round draft pick in 2000, should make the team with his strong play. However the Wild have too many defensemen in camp and there are some concerns on where Schultz should play. He is too good for juniors but maybe not ready for a whole season in the NHL at 19 years of age. Travis Roche is another young defenseman that should make the team with his steady play, but I think he will be sent to the minors because he can be sent to the minors, he will not be a victim of numbers.

With Andy Sutton moving to forward, that leaves Sekeras, Kuba, Mitchell, Benysek, Marshell and Bombadir as the Wild’s top 6 defensemen, with Brad Brown, Chris Joseph, Travis Roche, and Nick Schultz fighting for the 7th stop and 8th spot. Chris Joseph should go. He brings nothing to the Wild that they don’t already have and is old. He does not help the future. Travis Roche can be sent down to dev Read more »

Belleville Bulls Player Updates

by HF Staff
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I believe the term is “fire-wagon hockey”, yeah that’s it, that’s the only way to describe the Belleville Bulls style of play so far this season. After 6 games they have scored 35 goals while allowing 23 against, not exactly the New Jersey Devils are they! No, they’re the Bulls and they’re 5-1 to start the season and that’ll suit coach Jim Hulton just fine I’m sure and the fans as well. This is a very speedy and talented team and they have, at present, 2 goalies that are quit capable of handling wide-open play. All of the new additions are fulfilling expectations, which as I said last year is a tribute to the scouting staff of the Bulls. Here is a rundown of the Bulls roster and how each player has looked so far.

FORWARDS

(GP-G-A-P-PM)
#10 Andrew Brown, RW- (6-0-0-0-7) A big strong winger, but doesn’t use size effectively. Needs to go to the net more and start punishing opposing defenders. An average skater, with limited scoring ability.

#7 Rane Carnagie, C- (6-4-3-7-2)The Bulls first round pick is learning extremely fast. This kid has unlimited potential and looks to be a sure 1st or 2nd round pick in the 2003 entry draft. He is very sturdy on his skates and has great moves. He has also shown a good nose for the net with 4 goals already this season.

#13 Andre Deveaux, C- (6-0-2-2-13)The second year man is currently struggling with back problems. He looks to be a bit more focused this year than last, but still looks as if he’s just out for a Sunday skate sometimes. Needs to p Read more »

Panthers Wrap-up and Opening Night Rosters

by Mark Fischel
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Panthers Pre-Season Wrap-up

With two days before the Panthers season opener against the Flyers on Oct. 4th, the hopeful Panther prospects have learned who made the opening night roster. 6 Panthers still considered prospect under HF’s criteria have survived the last cuts going into the season opener, while 4 of the Panther sophomores are given the opportunity to build on last season.

An unfortunate concussion has relegated Denis Shvidki to the injured reserve list, and Panther veterans Peter Worrell and Bret Hedican also are starting the season on the IR. These unfortunate injuries have opened up the roster for a few prospects to start the season with the big club, but when those three players come off the IR, some tough decisions will have to be made by management. One transaction that will help clarify the roster is the pick-up of defenseman John Jakopin on waivers by Pittsburgh.

The Panthers named their opening night 22 man roster at 5:00pm on Tuesday, which is one short of the maximum allowed. To follow is my analysis of what prospects and sophomores made the roster and a breakdown of what I see the lineups as being going into the rebound 2001-2002 NHL Season.

Opening Night Prospects

Kristian Huselius, Left Wing: Kristian immediately showed that the hype surrounding him was justified. Playing mainly with Olli Jokinen, Niklas Hagman, and Valeri Bure, Huselius scored 3 assists in 6 pre-season games, and was thrown in all game situations where he was able to adjust accordingly. Read more »

Kings Update

by Michael Harbison
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The Kings head into the final two pre-season games
against Colorado with 28 players still up and five more to be cut. The most recent cuts claimed veteran minor league defensemen Brett Hauer and Jason Holland, veteran Rob Valicevic, tough guy Ryan Flinn and promising young defenseman Tomas Zizka who had a great pre-season and camp. Expect to see Zizka back up sometime this season, his puck skills were very evident in the pre-season, he has already passed up most of the young defenseman that have been in the system for a few years now, including Richard Seely and Joe Corvo.

Andreas Lilja has continued to be a disappointment,
an overage veteran drafted out of the Swedish Elite league in the 2nd round of the 2000 draft, Lilja has a nice set of wheels and can move the puck, but his head is not in the game enough and he has consistently taken stupid penalties this pre-season. Barring any injuries Lilja will be sent back to Manchester in the final cut.

In better news, winger Adam Mair has been outstanding
so far in the pre-season, displaying the grit and hard work he was known for during his junior days. Mair is in a dog fight with Steve Kelly, Scott Thomas and Randy
Robitaille for those final roster spots. Mair could be a contributor this year for the Kings, and would look great on a line with Ian Laperriere.

Rookie Jaroslav Bednar has recovered from an awful
start to the pre-season by picking up a couple of goals in his last two games, but more importantly than the goals, is the fact that Bednar doesn’t look out of place out there like he did earlier Read more »

Young Players Looking to Impress at NHL Level

by Mike Castor
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This year’s Philadelphia Flyers Camp was the most competitive camp in the last 15 years. The youth shined in much of camp. The Flyers have a nice mix of toughness and skill in their prospects. Many of the veterans are finding themselves pushed for their jobs by younger players– if not right away, in the very near future.

There are not many open spots on the roster open as we speak, but it seems the young kids want to break into them, and a few have succeeded in doing so. The one thing that all the kids have shown is a willingness to compete and to learn how to play the game at the NHL level.

Even now that the season is about to start, Bill Barber will have many decisions to make. There are several ongoing roster battles. The battle for the 2nd and 3rd line wingers is very heated. The battle for the team’s enforcer is also a raging battle that will go on beyond the start of the season.

There is a great feel of anticipation to start the season. All of the players seem to enjoy working with Bill Barber and his coaching staff (Mike Stothers and E.J. McGuire). The players acquired in the off-season seem to be fitting in well.

A look follows at some of the younger players who have been fighting to make a name for themselves.

Pavel Brendl

Brendl has arguably been the big story at camp. The puck just seems to follow this kid and he has the hands of a surgeon. Even his much-maligned attitude seems vastly improved– at least for now. Brendl stated that he is willing to work on any part of his game that the staff indicates is Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson
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Forwards

Colby Armstrong, RW Red Deer (WHL)


Week: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 13 PIM
Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 13 PIM


Shane Endicott, C Seattle (WHL)

Week: DNP – With NHL Penguins
Season: 0 games


Steven Crampton, RW Moose Jaw (WHL)

Week: DNP – Injured
Season: 0 games


Michel Ouellet, RW Rimouski (QMJHL)

Week: 4 games, 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points, 4 PIM
Season: 4 games, 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points, 4 PIM


Defensemen

Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)


Week: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 9 PIM
Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 9 PIM


Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)

Week: 6 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 10 PIM
Season: 6 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 10 PIM


Goalies

Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)


Week: 3 games, 119 min, 10 GA, 5.04 GAA, .867 SvPct
Season: 3 games, 119 min, 10 GA, 5.04 GAA, .867 SvPct


Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)

Week: 5 games, 262:36 min, 17 GA, 3.88 GAA, .864 SvPct Read more »

Norfolk Admirals Report

by Brad Johnson
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Admirals Slim Roster down to 29 skaters

The Admirals have announced that defenseman Chris Bogas has been assigned to Jackson (ECHL) while forwards Olivier Morin and David Thibeault have been assigned to Columbus (ECHL). Norfolk released several players as well, including forwards Ryan Dolder, Chris Pittman, Troy Lake, Jason Stewart, Brad Both, Bret DeCecco, Nick Lent, Kelly Smart and Mark Scott. Also released by the club were defensemen Arved Rekis, Dion Lassu, Mike Josefowicz and Jaroslav Kerestes. Troy Lake and Bret DeCecco are headed back to Roanoke (ECHL) as for the others released only time will tell where they find themselves. One would assume that roster moves lock in a roster spot for former ECHL Admirals Rick Kowalsky and Bobby Russell but no assumptions will be made because afterall hockey can still be a brutal business.

Chicago Blackhawks Aquire Shawn Thornton’s NHL Rights Read more »

Islanders trim to 24

by Bill Bennett
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Here is a list from the teams website of players cut today:

Goaltenders (4): Rick DiPietro, Dusan Salficky, David St. Germain, Stephen Valiquette

Defensemen (6): Chris Armstrong, Ray Giroux, Marko Kiprusoff, Evgeny Korolev, Branislav Mezei, Ray Schultz

Forwards (10): Marco Charpentier, Ben Guite, Trent Hunter, Juraj Kolnik, Petr Mika, Justin Mapletoft, Dave Roche, Jason Podollan, Marko Tuomainen, Raffi Torres

Forward David Nemirovsky was released. Bridgeport signees Graham Belak and Bob Lachance remain Sound Tigers property.

What’s next ?

Today moves leave the Islanders with a few decisions to make, and some of them could be the end of the line for a few players. Alan Hahn in Newsday, says the teams payroll is over budget so some players could be bought out of contracts if they are not traded with the Isles taking on part of the salaries.Â

Jason Krog-The former Hobey Baker Winner was on the teams waiver list Friday and went unclaimed. Krog has not been in the teams final exhibition games and was not among the cuts today. If he were in the Isles plans he would have been in the lineup, but with several smaller players on the Isles he seems to be the odd-man out of the organization.

 His new two-year contract may be what kept him from being claimed Friday. Going by the last two years the numbers are there for Krog, despite the Isles affiliate problems. His scoring background in College should make him someone the Isles wanted to protect because he has never really gotten a real look on Read more »

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