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Swiss Hockey Prospect Report

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I am the newest addition to the staff here at Hockey’s Future. I hope you enjoy my stories as they will all be related to Swiss ice hockey.

I will bring you player profiles of all the players in the Swiss leagues. I’m also keeping my eye on the German DEL, as there are a lot of ex-NHLers.

In my first article you will find 4 player profiles.

Laurent Müller, C, ZSC Lions
CBS-Rank: not ranked
Born: 28th May 1978; 6’2”, 194lbs.
14G-17A-31P in 30 games; 20 PM; Plus-44, Minus-19, Total Plus-25;

Finally this season Laurent has let his talent shine. After a few disappointing seasons in Bern (only 12 points in three seasons), he is now playing in Zurich. He has now found the self-confidence he needs to be successful, and he is considered one of the best scorers on his team. In the last two weeks he scored two over-time goals, both in the last minute.

He wins a lot of face-offs and is not afraid to hit. Sometimes he is too involved in the play to skate back into his own zone, which the opponents use to create some goal scoring opportunities on occasion. Another note is that he is the team leader in the plus/minus stat on his team. Laurent is playing on Zurich’s better penalty killing unit, which indicates that his defensive skills aren’t that bad.

He works good in the offensive crease, and allows his teammates to get easy scoring opportunities. He can pass the puck in all ways, and is very creative (no look passes, long passes, etc…)
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AJHL Cantel AT&T Cup (April 8th)

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Calgary Canucks 4 at St. Albert Saints 3
The Calgary Canucks have emerged as the first-ever victors of the AJHLs brand-new Cantel AT&T Cup.
Despite three straight hard-fought three-goal losses by St. Albert, the Canucks proved to be too strong for the defending AJHL Champions. The Calgary Canucks are now AJHL champs and will go on to play either Kimberly or Vernon in the Doyle Cup (BC-Alberta showdown to decide who advances to the Royal Bank Cup, to be played in Yorkton, Saskatchewan this year).

The Canucks struck early in this game as they so often have as a near-sellout crowd of 910 at Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert were barely filing into their seats Dany Heatley struck 1:27 in. He scored again later in the period with 1:17 left and the Saints were down 2-0 and reeling after one period.

But the Saints did not quit. Rob Ziemmer scored a powerplay goal to bring his club to within one with 16:52 left. Dany Heatley got his hat-trick several minutes later, however, and made the score 3-1 Calgary as fired a close in shot past Saints goaltender and future Wisconsin teammate Scott Kabotoff while on the powerplay. With seven minutes to go in the period, however, Darren Peebles converted a pass from Ziemmer on a two-on-one to bring his club back to within one and that was how they would go to intermission.
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Tyler Moss profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Tyler Moss
Birthdate: June 29, 1975
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 184 lbs
Position: Goalie

Tyler was acquired from the Calgary Flames. Tyler had a brief stint in St. Johns for the St. Johns Flames of the AHL where he played in 9 games and had a record of 2-5-1 with a 3.16 GAA and a .897 save %. Tyler also played 11 games up in Calgary with a 3-7-0 record and a 2.51 GAA. Last year Tyler won the Hap Holmes Memorial trophy for the lowest GAA in the AHL. He had the lowest GAA in the playoffs with a 2.91 GAA and help the Saint John Flames advance to the Calder Cup Final. Tyler was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Read more »

Stars Longshot Prospects

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Below is a listing of what I feel are the Stars longshot prospects in the coming years. Most should be recognizable names, and yet a couple maybe totally new to you, but each has a few skills that make them interesting. (Please email me with any thoughts, questions, or comments.) The next article will include some brief comments on the Stars “other” prospects, potential ’99 draft picks, and random thoughts on the team’s state.

John Erskine-D 6-4 200lbs.

Ranked higher on the Star’s depth chart by many, but I feel that John’s future in the NHL is not with the Dallas organization. First reason being that the Stars play an attacking style that calls for pinching by the D-men, and thus requires a good bit of mobility to maintain proper positioning. This style is not conducive to John, as he is a relatively poor skater that thrives in a more “controlled” stay-at-home posture. Secondly, the Stars have a good collection of defensemen in the minors, all of which are more talented than he. On the other hand, he does have a huge body, an ability to really fight, and the work ethic to improve his game. While I could be wrong about his future, as Craig Ludwig is still hanging around, my feeling is that he is trade bait, and no more than a support player for another team.
LONDON ( OHL ) GP-57 G-8 A-12 PTS-20 PIM-208 +/- 21

Marty Flichel-RW 5-11 175lbs.
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Isles Sign Krog

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The Islanders have just added highly sought Jason Krog, winner of this years Hobey Baker award, to thier rich list of talented prospects. The Islanders beat out six other teams and signed Krog to a two year contract woth $2 million plus bonuses. Krog, 23, is expected to play in the NHL next season.

Jason had a stellar career at New Hampshire capped off by an historic senior season. Krog led the nation in scoring and became the first player since Paul Kariya to score 50 points in Hockey East play. Krog is a two-time All American, Hockey East Player of the Year, and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team as he he led his wildcats to the nation finals.

The 5’11″ 191 lbs Krog finshed his career as UNH’s all time assist leader and second in scoring with 94 goals, 144 assists and 238 points in 151 games. He is the only player to be in the top 3 in Hockey East scoring for three consecutive years. Jason is a strong swift skater with an accurate shot. He has tremendous vision and is an excellent passer.

Newest Capital Tezikov Still Faces Numbers Game

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On Tuesday, March 23, the NHL trade deadline came and went. For Alexei Tezikov, his career with the Buffalo Sabres organization came to an end not long after it began. Tezikov had only been contracted to the Sabres since January 3, 1999. He missed half of his rookie season due to a lengthy contract dispute with management, but once he arrived in Rochester, fans and management could see he was a very talent player.

One of the reasons the Sabres played hardball with the former 1996 5th round draft pick, was that they had a glut of quality defensive prospects (Cory Sarich, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, Jason Holland, Dmitri Kalinin, Brian Campbell, etc., etc.) and they knew that Tezikov, though a quality hockey player, was really not needed, so management refused to give much in the contract negotiations.

In Trading Tezikov the Sabres really don’t lose anything which they cannot replace. However, for Alexei the situation isn’t quite as a bright as he may have hoped. The reason I say this is fairly simple to understand. Washington, much like the Sabres, have a lot of quality prospects playing defense. Right now, the only real competition looks like Nolan Baumgartner. However next season, the Capitals will be bringing in three high quality players: Nick Boynton of the Ottawa 67′s (a former 1997 9th overall pick), Scott Swanson, and Jean-Francios Fortin. Another player who looks sure factor into the equation is Patrick Bolieau, who was recently called up.
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Cub Report: Boston’s Top Prospects

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POS HT WT AGE
Ben Clymer D 6-1 195 21

GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 Seattle 70 12 44 56 93 (WHL)
98-99 Seattle 6 1 3 4 8 (Playoffs)

Strengths- Offensive Instincts, Strength
Weaknesses- Speed, Quickness
Ben Clymer left the University of Minnesota for the Western Hockey League, where he led all Seattle defensemen in scoring during the 1998-99 regular season. Clymer showed an impressive ability to help generate offense and was a integral part of Seattle’s power play unit. Clymer is a willing and able hitter.

Clymer has been knocked for sub-par skating ability and quickness, but other NHL players have been able to shed that label through hard-work and dedication to improving their shortcomings. Time will tell whether Clymer can improve enough to make the Boston Bruins. He is a player who has shown terrific upside, however.

Projection at NHL level- 6th-7th Defenseman.
Current Stock Status- On the Rise

POS HT WT AGE
Lee Goren RW 6-3 210 22

GP G A PTS PIM
98-99 North Dak 38 26 19 45 20 (WCHA)

Strengths- Skating, Hands, Hockey sense
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AJHL Cantel AT&T Cup (April 8th)

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Calgary Canucks 4 at St. Albert Saints 3
After a second heartbreaking defeat in a row, the St. Albert Saints find themselves in a familiar position – down three games to none.
The Saints started the game on a high. On a delayed penalty call, Andrew Gibson ripped a puck past Canucks netminder Mike Gilhooly. His goal was assisted by Joey Bastien and Pavel Beranek. Three minutes later, only ten seconds after Mike Buchan went to the box Dany Heatley ripped the puck underneath the cross bar from the right faceoff circle.

The Canucks made it 2-1 early in the second as Ryan Manitowich ripped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that somehow eluded Scott Kabotoff. St. Albert tied it up with two minutes to go in the period, however, while up two men on the powerplay. Rob Ziemmer picked the top corner on Gilhooly to even the game up.

In the third, it looked as if the Saints would win as they came out flying. Ron Grimard scored a goal from Joey Bastien and Pavel Beranek 3:16 into the period to give the Saints a 3-2 lead but the Canucks battled back. The club put on a lot of pressure late in the period. The turning point was likely when Ron Grimard broke in on a partial break with about eight minutes to go, but instead of him scoring his chance was negated by a Pavel Beranek interference call. The Canucks scored on the ensuing powerplay (Heatley unassisted) to tie the game up. From that point on it truly looked like the teams were headed for overtime.
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Gabbing Hockey

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Can Lightning Strike Twice?

It has not been a banner season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the second consecutive year, the Lightning will finish with the NHL’s worst record. They also are the league’s worst defensive team. They are now going on their third ownership in the last two years. They are the only team in the NHL whose general manager is also its coach. Things couldn’t look bleaker…or could they?

After finishing last overall in 1998, the Lightning took its first step towards respectability in drafting centre Vincent Lecavalier. The 6-4 rookie is obviously going through some growing pains with the league’s doormat. However, he is progressing nicely since the all-star break and looks every bit the franchise player he was selected to be. Similarly, Pavel Kubina just might be the best-looking rookie defenseman in the NHL this season. Furthermore, the trade deadline was a fruitful exercise for the Lightning this season, acquiring two young players with promise: defenseman Sergei Gusev and left winger Colin Forbes. In goal, after a few seasons of frustrating veterans Daren Puppa and Bill Ranford, the Bolts now have an interesting combination of Corey Schwab and newly-acquired Kevin Hodson.
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AJHL Cantel AT&T Cup (April 3nd)

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St. Albert 5 at Calgary Canucks 6 (OT)
The St. Albert Saints put in a courageous effort against the Calgary Canucks Saturday night but fell just a little bit short.
It was the Canucks who picked up where they left off in the blowout the night before, however, as Moe Halat scored a goal from Roger Leonard 50 seconds in. The Saints then struck for three quick goals. Rob Ziemmer and Joey Bastien, both on the powerplay at 4:22 and 6:12 respectively and Bastien with his second of the night even strength at 9:13 from Ron Grimard and Pavel Beranek.

Calgary – or, more precisely Dany Heatley – tied it up early in the second. Heatley scored a powerplay goal 2:45 in to bring his club within one and then scored the equalizer several minutes later. The Saints regained the advantage shortly thereafter, however, as Brent Robertson scored a minute after Heatley had tied it up. But then, with 30 seconds remaining in the period the Canucks scored a late goal. Almost all of their victories so far this post-season have involved a goal in the last minute of either the first or second period and Drew Norman scoring here was not a good sign for the Saints.

The Saints did continue their hard work well into the third period despite the small setback as they pressed for the go-ahead goal one more time. In the period they outshot Calgary 13-10 and it looked for awhile like they would outscore them too. Saints captain Mike Buchan scored a powerplay goal from Marc Collins and Chris Lane with 9:48 to go to put his club ahead 5-4.
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