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IHL History: Utah Grizzlies

by Andrew Bourgeois
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The Utah Grizzlies begin their 5th season in the IHL this up coming season and though the
franchise has been around 6 years (1 year was spent in Denver), there is alot of history
surounding the team. The Grizzlies first year of existence was in Denver, Colorado which is no
stranger to professional hockey. The International Hockey League granted Denver their first IHL
franchise in 1959-60 as the Denver Mavericks, but due to unseen circumstances the Mavericks
ended up moving to Minneapolis to complete the season as the Minneapolis Millers. The NHL moved
into Denver with the Colorado Rockies until moving to New Jersey.
The IHL moved back into Denver as the Colorado Rangers in 1987-88 in which the Rangers lasted
two seasons. In 1987-88 the Rangers finished 5th with a 44-35-3 record for 91 points in 82
games. Todd Elik lead the Rangers in scoring with 44 goals, 56 assists for 100 points and had 81
PIM in 81 games. Also Simon Wheeldon finished the season with 99 points on 45 goals, 54 assists
with 80 PIM in 69 games. Mike Ritcher lead the Rangers goalies posting a 3.14 GAA, with 1
shutout, 68 goals against and 1298 minutes played in 22 games. In the playoffs the Rangers
defeated Kalamazoo 4 games to 3 games, but were outsted by Salt Lake in the quarterfinals 4
games to 2 games. In 1988-89 the Rangers became known as the Denver Rangers instead of the
Colorado Rangers and posted a 33-42-7 record for 73 points in 82 games. In the Playoffs the Read more »

Brandon Wheat Kings Preseason Prospects

by pbadmin
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Last night the Brandon Wheat Kings faithful had a good look at the future of the Wheat Kings as Brandon faced off against the Regina Pats in the first pre-season tilt of the year.

This is definitely a whole new year for the Wheaties as many high profile players have graduated to the pro ranks this past year. Gone are Burke Henry, Andrei Lupandin, Ryan Robson, Jason Chimera and Brett McLean. I fully expect Brad Twordik to hang on in the St. Louis organization, so count him out too.

Hold overs, not including the 20 year olds are: Goaltenders, Jomar Cruz and Jamie Hodson (injury list until December). Defensemen, Brett Thurston, Corey Unser and Wade Skolney Fowards, Richard Mueller, Jan Fadrny, Brett Girard, Petr Kudrna, Aaron Goldade, J.D. Kehler, Mike Wirll, Ryan Craig and Randy Ponte.

Twenty year olds is where it is extra interesting for Brandon. Not including Brad Twordik, the Wheat Kings have four high quality 20 year olds. They are Daniel Tetrault, Les Borsheim, Scott McCallum and Alex Argyriou. I count for sure one too many, three if maybe Twordik comes back.

With a plethora of hold-overs coming back and extra 20 year olds, trades are imminent. Who goes? Who stays?

A look at the future might hold the keys to what Brandon does.

Let’s look at the prospects, those not on the roster last year.

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Sabres Report: Training Camp Preview

by Ken McKenna
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With the beginning of the Buffalo Sabres ’99 training camp just a day away, this would be a good time to present a camp preview. The main purpose of this article will be to speculate which Sabre prospects, if any, will make a push to stay with the big club. The Sabres have seven restricted free agents, as well as one unrestricted free agent, so it is possible that some younger players will be thrown into the fire until the veterans arrive. Given the fact that the Sabres are coming off a Stanley Cup final appearance, however, it is unlikely that many of the prospects will make the Sabres roster on merit, since there would be few roster spots available without the training camp holdouts.

I’m going to break down each position, listing the incumbents (veterans) and prospects at each position, and follow that with a brief analysis identifying which prospects, if any, have an opportunity to make the Sabre roster. An asterisk (*) next to a name denotes either a restricted or unrestricted free agent. There will be instances where a player’s name will appear at more than one position, which means that the player is not exclusively used at a certain position.

Center

Incumbents

- Mike Peca, Curtis Brown *, Stu Barnes *, Wayne Primeau *, Joe Juneau *, Brian Holzinger

Prospects

- Mike Zigomanis, Brad Moran, Francois Methot, Aaron Goldade, Kamil Piros, Brad Self
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Hockey pool book review

by Jes Golbez
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Well it’s hockey pool time — the favourite time of year for some of us — and with that we find at our local newsstands a
myriad of publications. So to help you with your picks in your hockey pool, here is a guide to some of the best, and worst, magazines to choose from. I’m not going to go into things such as who gives the best stats, generally they all give good stats, goals scored, assists, minutes played. Just the beef here, not soy allowed.

Now, there are different publications for different tastes and needs, but you can decide what you want, and where your money is best spent. But here is the order that I find the best.

For my money Slam’s Hockey Forecaster is far and away the best out there. While others give you glitz and sizzle, the Forecaster gives you most of everything. For the average office poolster they give a breakdown of the best to pick and the best to avoid. Their write-ups are concise and give you their opinion on why or why not a player will produce. But where this publication shines is in their coverage of secondary players and the prospects. While the average poolie wouldn’t touch a Tom Poti last year (and for good reason) the perpetual, or rotisserie, poolies love these little things and the Forecaster gives you plenty of this. If year in year out you Read more »

Prospects Tournament Game 2 – The real prospects show up

by Paul Tanasi
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Wow, what a difference 24 hours make. Either the Panther prospects are really bad, or this group of Montreal prospects really turned things around after Wednesday’s debacle versus Tampa. No significant roster changes except for the addition of Aaron Asham. The other changes were Konstantin Sidulov, Jason Lehoux, and Sebastien Thinel who did not play. Benoit Cotnoir, Jerome Marois were inserted in the lineup. Mathieu Garon also replaced Evan Lindsay in goal.

For those of you keeping track, Montreal lost the opener on Wednesday to Tampa Bay by a score of 4-3 but were totally outplayed and outshot. In the night cap game, Florida beat the Ottawa prospects by a score of 4-3 as well.

In yesterday’s early game, Ottawa beat Tampa 3-2 in a shootout. After a 5 min overtime period didn’t settle matters, Petr Schastlivy beat Robert Holsinger with the only shootout goal for the win. Mathieu Chouinard was outstanding as he stopped all five Tampa shooters. Simon Lajeunesse let in two Tampa goals by Chris Gignac and Sergei Kuznetsov earlier in the game. The other goal scorers for Ottawa were British import Jonathan Weaver and Chris Neil.

So with Montreal’s decisive 5-2 victory over Florida each team has won and lost a game which should make Friday’s matches very interesting.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I thought of each of the Montreal Prospect’s performance in this game:

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Player Profile: Sven Helfenstein

by pbadmin
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(The picture is courtesy of http://www.hockeyfans.ch)
Name: Sven Helfenstein
Club team: EHC Kloten, Swiss NLA
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5-10 (179cm)
Weight: 167 lbs. (76 kg)
Date of birth: July 30, 1982

Statistics:
Season Team Gms G Asts Pts PIM
97/98 Kloten Jr. B 31 6 8 14 14
98/99 Kloten Jr. A 33 25 18 43 14
98/99 Kloten Jr. A 7 5 3 8 2
98/99 Regular Kloten Sr. 2 0 0 0 0
98/99 Playoffs Kloten Sr. 0 0 0 0 0

99/00 http://www.ehc-kloten.ch/spielbetrieb/spielerstatistik/index.htm
Puckmovement:

+ Anticipates opposition movement well.
+ Creates space for his teammates with intelligent short passes in the offensive zone.
+ Sees his teammates very well and gives great passes.
+ With his passes he increases the linemates options.

- Puck jumps off the stick when he receives sharp passes.
- Puckhandling is reactive, but got better
- Cause of he’s bad puckhandling he has to pass the puck a bit too often.

Playing away from the puck:

+ Breaks into positions to make himself available as pass receiver.
+ He interferes passes well.
+ Can not be made panic.
+ Has no problem to change from defense to offense.

- Too often he seems to be a bit reactive. Tendence: getting better. Read more »

Championship Game Rematch set After Blues dispose of Detroit

by pbadmin
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The St. Louis “baby blues”, after beating the Red Wings 5-3, will now face Nashville in the rookie tournament championship game. This is a chance to avenge last years surprising loss to the Pred’s in the final. However, this group of Blues propects seems to be a more talented group from top to bottom. Everyone has contributed to the success of this years team. In game three the Blues used timely scoring to do in Detroit. Down 1-0 early, St. Louis scored the next three goals. Jame Pollock had a goal and an assist and Marc Brown had two goals, including the game winner, to lead the way. Jeremy Reich chipped in with two assists. Trevor Wasyluk scored his second goal of the tournament to seal the victory. Overall it was a strong team effort and the youngsters have confidence going in to the final against Nashville. Stay tuned for the dramatic finish to this tournament and a summary of who did well and who disappointed in Traverse City, Michigan.

Prospect Camp Rosters

by Paul Tanasi
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Rosters

Florida Panthers

39 Ivan Novoseltsev

41 Ian Jacobs

45 Brad Ference

46 Paul Harvey

52 Joe Dipenta

53 Travis Eagles

54 Ryan Jardine

56 Morgan McCormick

57 Chris Ovington

58 Kyle Rossiter

59 Rid Sarich

60 Denis Shvidki

61 Brad Woods

62 B.J. Ketcheson

64 Nick Smith

65 AJ Baines

67 Luke Murphy

68 Serge Payer

71 Brett Gibson

72 Curtis Huppe

73 Brad Goulet

74 Keith Delaney

75 Eric Godard

76 Paul Spadafora

Goaltenders

34 Alex Auld

35 Jonathan Charron

70 Jean-Francois Laniel

Tampa Bay Ligtning

23 Paul Mara

24 Glen Crawford

33 Curtis Tipler

34 Van Rachunekl

36 Sergei Kuznetsov

37 Chris Gagne

38 Brad Richards

40 Dimitri Afenssonkov

41 Eric Beaudoin

42 Matt Elich

43 Kyle Freaderich

45 Mark Thompson

46 Chad Cavanaugh

47 Brett Allen

48 Oak Hewer

50 Fedor Fedorov

51 Dale Rominiski

53 Justin Clark

53 Jan Sulo

54 Sheldon Keefe

56 Kyle Koss

57 Brett Schaffeimaier

58 Curtis Rich

59 Chris Lyness

60 Daniel Hulak

Goaltenders

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A look at the Montreal Prospects camp

by Paul Tanasi
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The Prospects Tournament was held in Hull last night. It was also a good opportunity to check out the up and coming stars for Florida, Tampa and Ottawa. Ottawa seemed to have the best prospects, followed by Tampa, then Florida. Montreal gets 4th by default.

There’s no knight in shiny armor in the crew of Montreal prospects. Below is how each player did. Keep in mind this is only one game and they’ve probably never played together before so they did look out of place.

Gordie Dwyer-Excellent fore checker, solid body checks, 1 assist, 2 fights (one win, one draw) will play in Quebec (AHL) but zero chance of any NHL time in my opinion.

Konstantin Sidulov-Didn’t impress, didn’t disappoint, was pretty much invisible. He was a little on the small side.

Francois Beauchemin-Brisebois, Robidas…you get the picture. May make it to NHL just because the Habs always give these guys a shot. Kind of reminds me of Brian Campbell, smallish and non-physical but a strong skater and nice passer.

Matt Carkner-Raw, good size, no offensive skills, weak skater but could be the next Brad Brown which isn’t too bad really. He could play for another team down the road.

Jason Lehoux- 2 fighting majors, lost one badly to Kyle Freadrich of Tampa, drew on the second. Didn’t look terribly out of place on a terrible looking team.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect: Vladimir Kulikov Who is He Anyway?

by pbadmin
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With the 211th selection in the 1999 NHL entry draft, the Toronto Maple
Leafs choose, Vladimir Kulikov.
Those fans who were paying attention at that time said, who? Even some of
the web’s most popular internet sports services listed this choice as
Vladimir Kulkov, a forward playing for CKSA in Russia.

Those fans who read these reports felt that the Maple Leafs had passed on
taking a goaltending prospect for the future, which is a team need as one
looks beyond the Cujo years. Not so, as the amateur scouting department,
then headed by assistant GM, Anders Hedberg, pick up a potentially good one
in young Kulikov.

Kulikov has played for CKSA in Russia, which is the former Red Army
organization. Through the foreign exchange program, he came to North
America and played for the Meadville High School Bulldogs during the 97-98 Read more »