To continue our coverage of the “Big List” week, Hockey’s Future is glad to announce the unveiling of our top 25 defenseman.
Head to the link “2001 top 50 Prospects” link in our top features section to see the list!
A very quick breakdown of the few NHL roster spots that will be up for grabs this camp and the main contenders for each spot. The Boston Bruin situation is a little interesting this season, for the first time in recent memory the biggest news of the off-season wasn’t the deep pockets and short arms of team owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sure, the off-season is turning into camp-time now with the high-profile Jason Allison holdout dominating the news on the team, but in-between the decision not to meet contract demands on 1999 draftees Kyle Wanvig, Martin Grenier, and Seamus Koytk, and the current troubles finding a happy meeting ground to ink a deal with Mr. Allison, the Bruins signed some fairly high-profile and pricey unrestricted free agent help. Five of Boston’s top six forward spots should be accounted for. This leaves one spot open and no real proven talent locked into taking the spot. Here is the first possible rookie battle to keep an eye on. If Jason Allison is signed, the spot is his, but if he isn’t the two most likely rookies to compete for the spot will be 2001 Hobey Baker finalist Andy Hilbert, and 2002 NCAA goal scoring leader Lee Goren. Of the two players, Hilbert’s game seems more NHL polished. His combination of grit and skill should serve him well in his attempt to step straight into the NHL without having to serve an AHL apprenticeship. Compared favorably in some circles in style to the way that Chris Drury plays the game, Hilbert may end up resembling Drury in that he could get shifted around in positions and ro Read more »
Life still goes on despite the attacks yesterday, the most tragic day in
American history. The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice for their first
day of training camp in Traverse City, MI.
“We’re here and we’re working out, but everybody’s heart and soul in
our organization are with the families of those who were lost yesterday”
said the Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
Holland also said that there was much discussion the night before to
decide whether or not to hold training camp as scheduled. The final
decision was to hold camp as planned to offer a little happiness to
those who had planned on coming and give them the opportunity to take
their minds off of the attacks for awhile.
The fans got their first glimpse of Dominik Hasek, Luc Robitaille, and
Brett Hull practicing as a team with the Detroit Red Wings.
Darren McCarty brought a smile to a young boys face as he gave a playful
punch to the glass where the boy was leaning his chin on the boards.
The veteran Igor Larionov and prospect Paul Ballantyne battled along the
boards this morning in a drill in Team C’s practice. Ballantyne defended
Larionov amazingly well, keeping Larionov from passing the puck out from
behind the net. The 19 year old Ballantyne will most likely be seen as a
regular on the Detroit blue line in coming years.
When Team C’s practice was over teams A and B came onto the ice for two
scrimmage games. Each scrimmage consisting of one twenty minute period.
The crowd cheered as the players skated onto the ice recognizing their
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Coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Lethbridge, the Kootenay ICE kicked off their home debut of the 2001 exhibition season against an old rival that hardly needed any introduction, the Calgary Hitmen. If the weekend’s exhibition series are any indication, the loss of goal scoring through the graduation of high-scoring forwards such as Bret DeCecco and Zdenek Blatny from last season isn’t of any concern to the ICE. Outscoring their big-city rivals by a combined score of 15-5 over the two game, home and home set (with Calgary’s home date being in Okotoks), Kootenay’s scoring came from the usual suspects, some pleasant surprises and a fresh face in the name of Nigel Dawes.
At the home date on Saturday the local squad came out a little flat and had trouble measuring up against a Hitmen squad loaded with toughness. During the first ten minutes of the first frame a total of six players saw the showers early as fisticuffs between Brennan Evans and Robin Gomez, Steve Makway and Mike Egener and Andy Thompson and Wes Rypien highlighted a first period that ended in a one-one stalemate. The second and third frames were marked by one thing – goals. Five in the second and four in the third to be exact as the ICE dusted off the Hitmen by a count of 10-4. The good thing about exhibition is that if you lose, it’s just that, exhibition. If you win it’s a sign that things are going right and there are lots of positives to build on but it’s still preseason. That attitude was echoed by ICE assistant coach Cory Clouston who took over the reigns of head coach for Saturday night’s tilt. “In g Read more »
Out of the respect for all the innocent victims and their families of this horrendous tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C. we at Hockey’s Future would like to have a day of silence. From our entire staff from other countries to all our American staff and readers our condolences for your loss. We all hope one day that these events will longer be necessary in any part of the world.Respectfully,Shane MalloyAsst. Managing Editor/Director of Media RelationsHockey’s Future
Columbus vs. St. Louis
The Columbus Blue Jacket’s and St. Louis Blues faced off for the final
game of the tournament to determine who would be the champions of the
The Blue Jacket’s Pascal Leclaire and the Blues’ Phil Osaer were the
goalies for the night.
The first action to make the score sheets were penalties. Three were
handed out three minutes and twenty-one seconds into the game. Simon
Skoog of the Blues was sent to the box for roughing. St. Louis’ Mahon
and Columbus’ Tyler Sloan each received five minute fighting majors.
Sloan got a few good punches in with Mahon only punching him once to the
back of the head. Sloan was worn out at the end of a shift though and
went down fairly easily when Mahon wrestled him to the ice.
With Columbus already on the power play Brett Scheffelmaier got a delay
of game call giving the Blue Jackets a five-on-three advantage for
Four seconds after St. Louis was allowed to have one of their men back
on the ice Columbus’ Preston Mizzi received the puck from Kiel McLeod
and lifted it over Osaer’s left shoulder.
Eleven minutes and fifty-four seconds into the period Ben Knopp was
called for tripping giving St. Louis a power play. Eight seconds into
the power play Greg Davis scored for St. Louis with an assist from Brad
Mizzi went to the penalty box for holding giving St. Louis another power
play opportunity with five minutes and one second remaining in the first
period. Half way through the power play the Blues scored with a goal
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A list of 49 players was announced by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, September 8, 2001. The camp itself begins on Tuesday, September 11, with fitness and medical testing. Practices and intra-squad games will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, as the roster will be divided into two teams for the time being.Out of the Hull tourney invitees, Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza, Alexandre Giroux, Simon Lajeunesse, Ray Emery, Josh Langfield, Toni Dahlman, Chris Kelly, Scott Bala and Tim Gleason will participate at the training camp. The likes of Tessier, Konopka, Maleyko, Byfuglien, Platil, among others were promptly left off.The Senators rookies had a successful tournament, despite the recent 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens hopeful.
Player Name. Pos. Height, Weight. Birth Date.
Alfredsson, Daniel. RW. 5’11, 198. 1972-12-11.
Avredsson, Magnus. LW. 6’2, 198. 1971-11-25.
Bala, Chris. 6’1, 180. LW. 1978-9-24.
Bonk, Radek. 6’3, 220. C. 1976-01-09.
Brookbank, Wade. D. 6’4, 225. 1977-9-29.
Chara, Zdeno. D. 6’9, 255. 1977-03-18.
Chouinard, Mathieu. G. 6’1, 211. 1980-11-04.
Ciernik, Ivan. LW. 6’1, 234. 1977-10-30.
Dahlman, Toni. RW. 5’11. 194. 1979-09-03.
Demidov, Ilya. D. 6’3, 188. 1979-04-14.
Doig, Jason. D. 6’3, 228. 1977-01-29.
Emery, Ray. G. 6’3, 192. 1982-09-28. Read more »
Hockey’s Future has kicked off the “Big List” week with the posting of our Top 10 goalie list!
Click on the link in the “Top Features” section on the upper left of the page, and discuss the lists on our message board.
Check back in two days for the top 25 Defenseman!
The lists are completed, and we checked them at least 47 times to ensure their accuracy and completeness! At approximately 6:00 Eastern time, head over to the link called “2001 Top Prospects” on the top left of the page, to see the new lists as they are published.
This edition of the Top 50 Prospect lists will be a departure from what usually made up the top 50 prospects. Each player will have a profile on the final list, as well as their previous rankings from the last list, if applicable. Biggest risers and fallers will also be a new feature for your enjoyment.
So here is the schedule!
Mon, Sept 10th : Top 10 goalies
Wed, Sept 12th : Top 25 defenseman
Fri, Sept 14th : Top 25 Forwards
Mon, Sept 17th : Top 50 prospects
Wed, Sept 19th: Team Organizational rankings
Also being officially announced soon, increased coverage of the AHL in conjunction with our friends at the AHL report. The combined efforts of their great writers and Hockey’s Future will make this a one-stop place for all of your prospect and Minor-League coverage. Keep your eyes open for this exciting announcement!
Another new feature that is in the Top Features section is the “HF Player Interviews” which is the new home of all past and present interviews with hockey’s best prospects! Stay tuned all throughout the year for more exciting interviews, and if there is a particular player you want to see interviewed, drop me a line and we will try to make it happen
So with that being said, enjoy the “Big List” week and se Read more »
When Toronto used the last selection they had in the 2001 Entry Draft to select Mike Knoepfli from the OPJHL’s Georgetown Raiders most observers were divided equally into three groups: The ‘how do you spell it’s?’, the ‘how do you say it’s?’, and ‘the who the heck is he’s?’ (For the record it’s pronounced kuh-naw-flee). Granted the league in which the portsider played is not as visible and many will maintain not as competitive as the CHL, but there are many reasons to think the Leafs may have pulled a fast one on the rest of the league here.
Talking to Georgetown GM John (Jack) Moon, the one thing that comes through time and again is the fact that “Mike is an incredibly smart player”. While he has an array of tools at his disposal, it is the way he chooses to use them that is most impressive. In the passing game “he makes the smart, safe pass, but can also thread the needle when it’s there. His passes are very accurate, hard, and clean”. When in the corners “Mike possesses a variety of methods for winning battles and shifts easily from one to another. He can power over a player one time and finesse him the next. He has excellent footwork and 90% of the time will come away with the puck.”
However, as unselfish a player as Knoepfli might sound, his 45 goals in 47 games will attest that he is an established finisher both in close where he can use his 6’2″ 205 lb frame to his advantage or coming in from the wing. Moon points out that his charge “has an outstanding slapshot as well as a quick snapshot (and) will always go to the net on the rush.” Once there Read more »