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by Michael Theodore

    As the 2001 season comes to an end for the New York Rangers, they must yet again gear up for another draft rather then a return to the post season. This however is not necessarily a bad thing as the Rangers will once again have a top ten pick. But before I get into that I would like to add that while not many rookies have played this year Ron Low and Sather are not to blame for this nor should they be.

First off Ron Low has given ice time to those who earned it. Manny Malhotra is a decent player but even I will admit at this point that he was oversold coming out of junior hockey. He wasn’t putting up great numbers in the AHL and he’ll never be a point producer at the NHL level. He figures to best be used as a third line winger who nets maybe 10 goals, 20 points and 100 PIM. It’s a harsh reality but it is true. Ron Low is giving Kloucek nearly 20 minutes a game, because Kloucek is earning it. Not to say that Malhotra deserves only 4 minutes a game but I don’t know exactly everyone is expecting to see if he does. Why is it possible that two coaches now haven’t been impressed with Malhotra? They are seeing something we don’t and perhaps we should leave it at that. Well, now that I got that out of my system I am ready to get on with the prospect talk.

    Pavel Brendl is slipping folks. His attitude is going south again and so is his game. Regardless of whether he is bored or not he isn’t helping his case this year at all. He’s been offered in the trade talks with Phoenix and don’t be too surprised if he gets traded there soon. His skill level is great but h Read more »

Serge Payer Nominated For Bill Masterton Trophy

by pbadmin

– The South Florida chapter of the Professional Hockey
Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today that center Serge Payer is
the Panthers’ nominee for the National Hockey League’s Bill Masterton
Trophy, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities
of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Payer, 21, is in his rookie season with the Panthers, having been signed
as a free agent on Oct. 2, 1997. The 6-foot, 203-pound native of
Rockland, Ontario, has played in 40 games this year, scoring four goals
and adding an assist. On Nov. 29 vs. Carolina he became only the second
rookie in team history (Jaroslav Spacek) to score a shorthanded goal.

Payer was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1998, while playing
junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
The disorder is a rare acute type of nerve inflammation. The
inflammation damages portions of the nerve cell, resulting in muscle
weakness or paralysis. He lost more than 40 pounds while he battled the
illness during a lengthy hospital stay. Upon his release from the
hospital, he hadn’t strength enough to even climb a flight of stairs.

Shortly into his recovery from Guillain-Barre, Payer developed a severe
case of mononucleosis, which prevented him from participating in the
1999 Florida Panthers Rookie Camp. He was unable to skate until November
of 1999, when he rejoined his teammates in Kitchener and finished fifth
in team scoring with 36 points, despite playing in only the last 44
games of the season.

Pa Read more »

Czech Republic Under-16 team at Four Nations Tournament

by Robert Neuhauser
The Czech Under-16 team underwent its first major tournament at the european junior stage.

After they met teams Finland, Switzerland and Slovakia three times, they headed to Yaroslavl
to compete against Sweden, Finland and Russia. It’s evident that the Czech miracle still
works, this small country in the center of Europe still produces top hockey talent. Among
those born 1985 two guys are a bit ahead of the others. The first is Rostislav Olesz of HC
Vitkovice, not eligible until the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but already 6’0” 170 lbs., who
played two games in the Czech Elite League this season! Olesz needed just three minutes to
score his first point, an assist, in his first Extraleague game. Then he appeared in one more
game, but most important he is a star for the juniors of Vitkovice. Besides, he is still
eligible to play in the midget league next season! Olesz is really a big talent, big, creative
forward with an excellent scoring touch and vision, great pair of hands and hockey sense. He
just has to learn how to play without the puck and how to be more responsible defensively. But definitely a top prospect.

The other guy is Vojtech Polak, a native of Decin, Czech Republic. Polak is nearly the same
rocket talent as Olesz, just like him he plays for the Under-16 team the second season,
played sparingly with the junior team of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary last season and posted
great numbers in the midget and junior league this season. After the tournament he was
awarded with his biggest success till now, his first game in the Extraleague. Read more »

Rangers Update: Graduation Day!

by Brandon LeBourveau

With the new management coming in and the captain, Mark Messier, coming back to the team, everyone in New York with a pint-sized brain, including me, figured this year would be an exciting season in which the Rangers could do something big, maybe even become legitimate contenders for hockey’s prized trophy, the Stanley Cup.

Well, so far it has not gone as planned.

After a good 2 months to start the season, the losing started to pile up and the Rangers never were able to recover. Mike Richter was lost for the season with a knee injury and Theoren Fleury just recently volunteered to enter the NHL’s Drug Abuse and Behavior program, likely meaning he will not return to the ice this season. This leaves the Rangers in 10th place in the East and a near impossible chance of being able to catch Boston or Carolina for the 8th and final playoff spot. Although there has not been many, a few of the bright spots for the Blue shirts this season has got to be the improved play of rookie defensemen Tomas Kloucek and Dale Purinton.

Both Kloucek and Purinton now have surpassed the 25 games played mark, meaning this year will indeed be their rookie seasons for Rangers defensemen Tomas Kloucek and Dale Purinton. There’s not one game where I can remember seeing Tomas Kloucek (31 games played) or Dale Purinton (26 games played) not giving it their all on the ice every shift, game in and game out. That has not been something we have seen from other players on the team, and that shows that we indeed need to get some more youngsters on this team. Kloucek and Purinton both play a v Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson

Junior Player of the Year 2/5 – 2/11


Peter Hamerlik (Kingston)- 1-1, 2.00 GAA, .911 SvPct


Jeremy Van Hoof (Ottawa)- 2 games, 2 PIM
Darcy Robinson (Red Deer)- 2 games, 20 PIM
David Koci (Prince George)- 3 games, 2 PIM


Joel Scherban (London)- 2 games, 1 goal, 1 assist
Tomas Skvardilo (Kingston)- 2 games, 1 assist
Steve Crampton (Moose Jaw)- 3 games, 5 assists, 9 PIM
Shane Endicott (Seattle)- 3 games, 2 assists
Jan Fadrny (Kelowna)- 3 games, 2 goals, 6 assists, 2 PIM
Michel Ouellet (Rimouski)- 3 games, 2 goals, 2 assists

Player of the Week

1st: Fadrny
2nd: Crampton
3rd: Hamerlik


Ouellet 41 (4)
Fadrny 33 (5)
Hamerlik 32 (3)
Endicott 27 (4)
Crampton 10 (1)
Scherban 9 (1)
Skvardilo 4
Robinson 1 Read more »

Oilers Prospect Update Part 2

by pbadmin
Christian Chartier

Prince George WHL GP-51 G-12 A-45 PTS-57 PIM-89
Alexander Ljubimov

Togliatti Rus GP-20 G-1 A-2 PTS-3 PIM-8
Dan LaCouture

Edmonton NHL GP-37 G-2 A-4 PTS-6 PIM-29
Lou Dickenson

Kingston OHL GP-51 G-14 A-18 PTS-32 PIM-29
Brad Norton

Hamilton AHL GP-36 G-3 A-12 PTS-15 PIM-56
Matthew Lombardi

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-60 G-24 A-35 P-59 PIM-56
Oleg Smirnov

Moscow Dynamo RUS GP-25 G-2 a-0 PTS-2 PIM-14
Chad Hinz

Hamilton AHL GP-60 G-11 A-17 PTS-28 PIM-28
Jonathan Fauteaux

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-43 G-6 A-15 P-21 PIM-113
Paul Flache

Brampton OHL GP-60 G-7 A-16 PTS-23 PIM-94

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