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Rostislav Klesla (Brampton Battalion, OHL
No doubt about this guy. The first ever draft choice of the Blue Jackets will be the anchor of the defense. A rugged offensive defenseman likes to punish the players in front of h Read more »
Novak Not Going to WJC: Rangers defensive prospect Filip Novak will not be playing for the Czech Republic at this years World Junior Championships, as he is having problems with his former Czech team. According to what is being said, when Novak first left the Czech Republic for the Regina Pats last year, he left without permission and that has caused a problem with his former Czech team, which in some way they are not letting him play in the WJC. I suppose Rangers’ assistant GM Don Maloney didn’t know of the situation as he said on TV earlier in the year that Novak will be playing . However, Pavel Brendl will be on the Czech team and will look to make a name for himself, if he hasn’t done so already.
The Sophomores: How good have Mike York, Jan Hlavac and Kim Johnsson been for the Rangers this season? They have all been playing key roles on the team this year. Johnsson is the 3rd/4th defenseman, York the 3rd line center, but has been playing on the 1st PP and PK units, and Jan Hlavac has been playing 2nd line LW with Petr Nedved and Radek Dvorak. York has been a superb player for the Rangers, as his name has always come up in the press. Mark Messier, Theo Fleury, Ron Low and everyone else on the Rangers have said nothing but great things about York. He should continue to be a great two way center. Hlavac is on pace to score about 25 goals this year, and he will be a consistent 30 goal scorer in the NHL. While many Rangers fans have proposed trade offers with his name included, I don’t see any way Sather can trade Hlavac. He is not only g Read more »
the Month for the month of November.
Player of The Month–Mike Zigomanis, Kingston Frontenacs
23 points in 12 November games. Zigomanis led the Frontenacs to a 7-4-1
record in November to help catapult them into top spot in the OHL’s East
season, was named the OHL’s Player of the Week on November 20. This
season marks the third consecutive season that Zigomanis has been named
the Player of the Month in the month of November. Zigomanis leads the
Frontenacs in scoring with 21 goals and 38 points in 27 games in the
first 2 months of the season.
Rookie of the Month–Rick Nash, London Knights
November games en route to being named the OHL’s Rookie of the Month.
assists, good for 31 points in 26 games with the knights. Nash scored
his first OHL hat trick against the Mississauga IceDogs on November 17.
Goaltender of the Month–Adam Munro, Erie Otters
5 2001 Draft Eligible Players that have stepped up their play, and at the right time.
Kingston’s Cory Stillman
Here is a quick look at last nights IHL action with game recaps and league stats.
Cincinnati Cyclones 7 Cleveland Lumberjacks 4
Milwaukee admirals 1 Kansas City Blades 3
If you think someone is missing, feel free to ask for them to be added to update.
Stats: position, name, games, goals, assists, points, plus/minus andpenalty minutes
W Teemu Elomo 30 1+ 6= 7 +4 34
has had problems with scoring. Only
one goal in 30 games in not what coach
Jortikka is expenting from him.
D Ray Giroux 22 3+ 9=12 +1 34
Helsinki. He suffered from wrist injury,
and was not able to play as well as can.
Giroux plays now for AIK in Sweden.
W Niklas Hagman 30 15+ 6=21 -2 24
and good shot to score. He is still quite one
W Jukka Hentunen 30 9+14=23 +3 18
had a slow star with Jokerit, but
after great performance in Finnish national team
he started to score also in SM-liiga.
F Mikael Holmqvist 27 2+ 3= 5 0 8
because of a injury. He hasn’t been able
to take a step to next level with his game.
W Hannes Hyvönen 30 9+ 6=15 +1 20
has started to play hockey instead
of taking bad penalties. He could
reach 20 goals.
C Niko Kapanen 30 4+12=16 1 10 Read more »
Week Of 12/2 to 12/9
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Pavel Brendl Calgary WHL 26 29 23 52 24 21
This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 4 PIM, -2
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Jamie Lundmark Seattle WHL 19 15 17 32 19 +1
This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, Even
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Filip Novak Regina WHL 31 11 22 33 32 11
This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Garret Bembridge Saskatoon WHL 32 23 20 43 12 -7
This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 P, 0 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Evgeny Gusakov Baie-Comeau QMJHL 30 9 18 27 64 +4
This Week: 5 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 4 PIM, +5
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Premsyl Duben Baie-Comeau QMJHL 23 0 7 7 24 -5
This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Nathan Martz New Hampshire HE 14 1 5 6 8 -1
This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Patrick Aufiero Boston U. HE 13 1 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.
Fanatical behavior: Just for the record, I heartily agree that the play of Ukrainian forward Dimitri Khristich has been routinely poor (and often bordering on pathetic) throughout the 2000/2001 campaign … that said, I will never understand the habit of booing a specific player each time he touches the puck – a strategy recently resumed by the faithful down at the ACC … as if that sort of treatment could possibly produce anything positive … does this action mean that the fans no longer support this particular Maple Leafs’ player and don’t want him to accomplish anything … the problem with this approach is that any attempt to mess up Khristich (who is still a part of the home side) is counter-productive when practiced by the team’s supposedly loyal supporters … the last Leaf to attract this sort of treatment was defender Larry Murphy and he was eventually dispatched to Detroit for purely humanitarian reasons in 1997 … if I’m not mistaken, Murphy has played a significant role on 2 Stanley Cup winners since that deal was made … no one is saying that we don’t have a right to express displeasure at what we see on the ice from time to time but this sort of treatment just seems cruel and pointless to me … after all, the Leafs really haven’t made too many missteps with their various personnel moves under the current regime …