Vitali Yeremeyev, the 25 year old goalie from Kazakhstan, has had a superb first season in North America. He started the year in the ECHL, then moved up to the AHL and was dominant there, and now he finds himself in the NHL wearing a 3rd different jersey this season.
Yeremeyev’s NHL debut came a few weeks ago as he relieved Kirk McLean in a 4-3 loss against the Hurricanes. But Yeremeyev got his first chance to start a game yesterday when goalie Mike Richter was unable to go because he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired knee a few days earlier. The game wasn’t a memorable one for Yeremeyev, as the Rangers put forth one of their worst efforts of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at the FleetCenter.
It all started 33 seconds into the game when Bill Guerin took an innocent shot from the sideboards that Yeremeyev deflected away with his stick, but the puck hit off Brian Leetch in front and trickled right back into the net. Since Yeremeyev doesn’t speak English, the lack of communication showed. Guerin scored another one, this time 13:49 into the 1st period. Guerin was allowed to stand right in front of the goalie and tap in a pass from behind the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Rangers defense just stood there and didn’t even make an attempt to knock Guerin down or not give him position. Radek Dvorak was able to put the Rangers on the board when he scored 17 seconds into 2nd period. But with the Rangers on the power play a few minutes later, the Bruins were able to score again. The third goal was another mista Read more »
Name: Jeff Whitfield Team: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHA) Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Position: Defense Number: 5 Height: 6'2" Weight: 200 lbs
young defenseman Jeff Whitfield of the Soo Thunderbirds. Well, I’m back
to give you a report on his progress since then.
season, especially in the last month or so. The improvement has come
more in his defensive game than his offensive game, but both have
has to be the increase in confidence shown by Thunderbird head coach Jim
Capy. Capy has been giving the young defenseman a slight increase in ice
time and he plays in many different situations. Where some coaches may
hold their youngsters on the bench during a penalty kill or in the 3rd
period of a tight game, Capy does use Whitfield in some of those
situations. That increase in ice time from Capy also helps boost the
confidence of Whitfield.
Well, he is no longer letting his temper, and opponents, get the best of
him. This has helped Whitfield in the sense that he is on the ice more
working on his skills.
is so young that should come with some time as he still has time to fill
out. At. 6’2″ and 200 lbs it’s scary to think that Whi Read more »
Welcome Fans. Please meet the Rangers top 30 prospects…
1. Pavel Brendl - Premier goal scorer who is a superstar in the making. Arguably the current best prospect in the NHL, Brendl flashed his talents on the World stage, leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal in the 2001 World Junior Championships with 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games.
2. Mike Mottau - Surefire future top 3 defenseman in the NHL. Is currently rounding out his game in Hartford. An offensive-minded defenseman who loves to hit and play physical and a future power play Quarterback.
3. Jamie Lundmark - A hardworking, high-scoring center. Lundmark was traded to Seattle of the WHL early in the season and has turned that whole entire team around and now they are on their way to becoming legitimate playoff contenders. A future captain in the NHL, Lundmark plays with a lot of heart and has a great work ethic.
4. Johan Holmqvist - Although Vitali Yeremeyev has been the most surprising Rangers goalie prospect this year, the future still remains in the hands of Holmqvist. He’s only 22 and is having a very solid year in Hartford of the AHL.
5. Tomas Kloucek - Currently playing in the NHL with the Rangers, Tomas has a bright future ahead of him. A future top 4 defenseman, Kloucek plays a steady stay-at-home defensive game and very rarely makes a mistake on the ice. Brian Leetch was quoted as saying about Kloucek, “He’s going to be one heck of a hockey player.”
6. Jason Labarbera - Don’t let the numbers fool you. Labarbera has playe Read more »
Nr. 1 Marcel Goc
Nr. 2 Thomas Greilinger
Nr. 3 Christian Ehrhoff
Nr. 4 Christoph Schubert
Nr. 5 Dimitri Pätzold Read more »
Graduated Prospect Report: :
The best news in the Flyers development system this season has come from the NHL level. The team leads the NHL in goals scored by rookies. Additionally, 20 year old NHL sophomore Simon Gagne , coming off a strong rookie campaign, has taken the next step toward the stardom that seems inevitable if he stays healthy.
The NHL news is not all positive, however. Defenseman Andy Delmore has lacked consistency and goaltender Brian Boucher has fallen victim to a horrendous sophomore slump and has had the starting goaltending job snatched away from him by 29-year old Roman Cechmanek , a veteran Czech league and international star who finally decided to give the NHL a try after the Flyers drafted him in the 2000 entry draft and gave him the type of contractual flexibility he sought– enabling him to have the choice to return home if things didn’t work out here. Obviously that is no longer an issue. Cechmanek has more than proven that he belongs in the NHL. Indeed, Cechmanek has arguably been the Flyers most valuable player to date. However, since he does not qualify as an NHL rookie and was already a known quantity– at least in the international hockey community– Cechmanek will not be considered a “graduated” prospect.However, give Flyers head European scout Inge Hammarström full marks for recommending that the Flyers use a draft pick on the veteran.
Simon Gagne: Gagne started out slowly this season due to a nagging groin pull. Since then, he has gone on two goal scoring tears that 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.
Berard news: Media reports this week indicated that there may now be renewed hope for Maple Leafs’ defenseman Bryan Berard in his bid to resume a once promising NHL career … Berard recently consulted with Connecticut-based eye specialist Dr. Donald Teig who is said to be optimistic that surgery to replace the lens in Berard’s right eye could give him the necessary 20/400 vision needed to play in the NHL again … before this can happen, Bryan requires at least one more procedure to clean up scar tissue left over from the original injury … after this has been accomplished, a decision can be made on the eye’s ability to hold such an artificial lens in place … if it can be successfully implanted, the lens would essentially replace the iris that Berard has lost and he would have a legitimate chance to pass a qualifying sight test … the Maple Leafs have been completely unable to replace Berard’s sheer bravado on the blueline and would certainly welcome him back with open arms if he can play again …
Rumours: The ACC was abuzz when principal owner Steve Stavro visited with Pat Quinn in the Coach’s room following the loss to Washington on the 6th – speculation centered on a major player move that might require high level approval (to significantly alter the team’s payroll) – it is also widely believed that getting Eric Lindros i Read more »
Because of injuries many prospects have been called up from Cincy. And some of these prospects are here to stay. Petr Tenkrat is probably the most notable. His ability coupled with his work ethic has made him stand out with his 8 pts (4-4) in 10 games. The game winning goal in overtime against the Panthers will be embedded in Gauthier’s mind for a long time to come. Definitely a highlight real to communicate the effort that is expected to upcoming team members and veterans alike.
Giguere has been recently called up with Roussel being claimed off waivers by Edmonton. Although Giguere is 0-2 as a Duck in the big pond, he is an all-star in the minors and one of the main reasons the Cincy club is hovering in the upper echelon of the AHL standings. Look for Giguere to start more games this season in order to gain some valuable experience.
Andy McDonald the Hobey Baker finalist has potential to be strong in a position the Ducks are loaded with at Center. We’ve already seen him called up a couple of times this season where he’s getting a feel for the big leagues. Andy will probably center the 3rd or 4th line next year. Expect a steady stream of prospects to be called up and down the rest of the season to evaluate their potential with the big boys given the Ducks position in the playoff picture. After the stream trickles down it would not surprise me to hear rumors of a drastic trade to a team needing extra firepower in the playoffs for a good crop of prospects and/or draft picks. But remember, they’re rumors until Gauthier pulls the trigger.