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Carolina Prospect Update

by Parker Neale

An update with stats for all Carolina Hurricane prospects. Most of the individuals to be profiled are embroiled in their respective playoff races. Therefore, let’s take a look at how they all faired as their regular seasons wound down.

Lowell (AHL)

Up front for the Lock Monsters, Brad DeFauw has put together a respectable sophomore season but has, probably not matched the pre-season expectations that would have been placed on him by the Hurricanes’ brass. He has 17 goals and 36 points after 60 games. However, he does have 6 points in his last 9 contests as the team has finished off strong, just like they started.

Jesse Boulerice has, probably fulfilled all expectations since being traded from the Philadelphia Phantoms as he has tallied 4 points and 80 penalty minutes in 14 games.

Mike Zigomanis has faded offensively as his rookie season has progressed. He does have 46 points after 76 games. However, 31 of those came in the first 44 games. On the other hand, Jeff Heerema has been dynamite all year and now has 33 goals and 68 points after 73 games.

Tomas Kurka has been fairly steady throughout the season and now has 27 points after 68 games. Whereas, Brett Lysak hasn’t demonstrated the offensive capabilities that he displayed in junior during his rookie pro campaign and, with 14 points after 53 games, was sent down to Florida of the ECHL where he has 9 points in 16 games. Ian MacNeil has a respectable 32 points and 126 penalty minutes after 76 games, totals that mirror his previous two seasons. He is yet to receive a call-up Read more »

Quebec Citadelles Report

by Annie Pascal

March 25, 2002

Saint John 2, Quebec 1

Last Friday, the Citadelles had visited the Flames in Saint John and had
earned two points in a 4-3 victory. Last Monday, it was the Flames who visited
the Citadelles at the Colisée Pepsi. In eight games this season, Quebec has a
6-0-2 record against them.

The two teams started the game quietly as no goals were scored in the first
period. Both had few scoring chances and they spent most of the period in the
neutral zone. The goaltenders weren’t very busy as well.

In the second period, the Flames and the Citadelles traded goals. Saint John
opened the scoring in the middle of the period when Jason Botterill beat Mathieu
Garon between the pads. Quebec tied the score five minutes later on a nice piece
of work from the excellent line of Landry / Darby / Ryder. Darby and Ryder went
in on a 2-on-1 and beat Kay Whitmore with a precise shot to score Quebec’s first
goal. The play was superbly started by Eric Landry at center ice. The Cits had a
good chance to break the tie when Benoit Gratton’s shot landed on the net.
Another scoring chance came from Eric Chouinard, but his powerful shot hit the

The third period was scorless, which forced both teams to play an extra
period. In overtime, the Goats weren’t threatening as they managed only one shot
on goal. At 2:56, Steve Montadore put an end to the game by scoring his 8th goal
of the season. The two teams will face each other again in two days, which will
be the third game in a row between the two teams Read more »

Calder Corner: Handicapping the Field-March

by HF Staff



It’s time again for Hockey’s Future to answer the question “If the Calder Trophy were awarded today,
based on what you have seen so far this season, who would your Top 10 Rookie Finalists be?” We’ve recruited several of
HF’s finest to take part this month and totaling up their votes, here is this month’s version of ‘Handicapping the Field’:
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Rangers prospects in playoffs

by Brandon LeBourveau

The playoffs are currently taking place in Major Junior Hockey and in Europe, while the NCAA Frozen Four kicks off tomorrow with two huge games. Although none of this means much to the current Rangers squad, some youngsters and prospects are gaining valuable experience playing in high-pressure situations and against top competition.

Out in the Western Hockey League, Ryan Hollweg and the Medicine Hat Tigers had their best season in five years but still found themselves out of the playoffs despite scoring a league high 277 goals. Hollweg, the Rangers’ 8th round selection this past June, had a superb season for the Tigers, posting a career high in goals, assists and points. He finished with 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points in 58 games, including 121 penalty minutes and a +6 rating. Hollweg also played for Team USA at the 2002 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic this year, scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists in 7 games. He also tacked on 33 penalty minutes and was a +2. Upon finishing his third season in the WHL, Ryan signed a try-out contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, the Rangers’ top minor league affiliate. Hollweg has only been there a short time, but has been an excellent addition to the Wolf Pack as they gear up for a run at the playoffs. Wolf Pack coach John Paddock has been extremely pleased with the determination and work-ethic of the 18 year old California native. Paddock felt comfortable assigning him the third line center spot, and Hollweg has responded well with a goal and an assist in 5 games. During that span, h Read more »

Czech 2002 prospects: Jakub Langhammer

by Robert Neuhauser
All Kladno fans are worrying now about their team being relegated to the Div I league and
in some way the NHL teams should worry, too. Because Kladno and Litvinov are the biggest
Czech producers of NHL talent. Among those risen in Kladno you can see the likes of
Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias or Tomas Kaberle. Also this season the coach Jaromir Sindel’s
roster boasted young promising prospects like Tomas Plekanec or undrafted gem Miloslav Horava.
But now with the team being relegated it’s almost sure that all the top prospects will leave.
One talented forward with NHL upside left Kladno already one year ago. The story is about
Jakub Langhammer.

Jakub Langhammer started playing hockey when he was only four years old. The major factor
for the beginning of his career were both his parents. They wanted their little son to
be active during his free time and do some sport. And because hockey has a long-time
tradition in Kladno, they brought him to the hockey rink. The little Jakub soon called the
arena his new home. He learned how to skate in record time and was ready to jump in and
play pre-novice games. Coach Jiri Resatko immediately recognised that he has a kid with
a tremendous hockey talent in front of him. Jakub was very eager to have the puck on his
stick and seemed to always make the right decision. He wasn’t a pure sniper, Jakub
was more tending to a playmaking role. Thanks to his natural gift he could prepare lots of
quality chances for his teammates and also score some goals of his own. Now wonder that
he soon became a major leader of the Kladno 1 Read more »

Riders streaking into playoffs

by Kory Catlett

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Captain Danny O’Brien changed his pregame meal hoping to change his luck. He went from the normal pasta before games to peanut butter and jelly. That’s right, good old-fashioned p, b, and j. Well it seemed to work so far as O’Brien scored a powerplay goal Saturday night against Rochester to open the scoring at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The Riders came out a little sluggish during the first period and gave up a goal late in the first to tie it at one heading into the break.

RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson must have lit a fire in the locker room during the intermission. The Roughriders came out like their butts had been chewed on a little bit. Just 47 seconds into the second period Nate Meyers scored another goal for CR or did he? Meyers took a pass from Kevin Brooks and muscled it under Yen I-Chen for an apparent goal but the on ice officials didn’t see it. Even though the goal judge lit the lamp to signal a goal, the goal was not allowed at that time. About 40 seconds later the officials stopped play and talked it over via walkie-talkie and then allowed Meyers’ 27th goal of the season. Kevin Brooks scored about 5 minutes later to give Cedar Rapids a 3-1 lead. Toward the end of the second period things got a little testy. As Rochester net minder Chen froze the puck, there was a lot of pushing and shoving. Meyers held onto Rochester defensemen Matt Manina moving him away from the scrum toward center ice, Manina thought it would be a good idea to take some swings at Meyers. I wonder if he still thinks it was a good idea? You could s Read more »

Wild Week in Review

by Chris Kitching

Playoffs are out of the question but that doesn’t mean the Minnesota Wild
have nothing to play for.

The Wild need just one more victory this season to break their first-season
record of 25 victories and 68 points. With a record of 25-32-11-7, Minnesota
sits last in the Northwest Division, five points behind the Calgary Flames.

As mentioned before, the Wild have a perfect opportunity to put a dagger
into the playoff hopes of some teams this month. All of their remaining
seven games come against Western Conference foes, but six of the seven games
are against teams who are fighting for the fourth to eighth playoff spots in
the West.

Looking at this month’s schedule, the Wild may be a deciding factor in which
teams will advance to the first round of the playoffs, and which teams will
hit the greens early.

By the Numbers

79 – Faceoffs were taken during Sunday’s game in Chicago.

2 – Home games remaining for Minnesota.

1 – Points shy Marian Gaborik is of 100 for his young career.

The Week That Was (2-2-0-0)

Tue, Mar. 26: W 2-1 at St. Louis Blues (24-30-11-7)
– Blues playoff run in question thanks to Wild victory.

Minnesota kicked off the week with a big win in St. Louis, striking a major
blow to the Blues’ playoff drive thanks to some stellar netminding by Manny
Fernandez, who let in a late goal by Scott Young, with an extra attacker on
the ice.

Wed, Mar. 27: W 4-2 at Atlanta Thrashers (25-30-11-7)
– Minnesota drops National Hockey Le Read more »

Admirals recap

by Corine Gatti


Report to your respective corners..

No, it¡¦s not a Tyson fight..

It’s what Matt Henderson called a desperate attempt to gain dignity in Admirals 5-1 win over the Penguins last Friday night. Without a pause, “We beat them on the board and on the ice and instigating fights and they got what they deserves,” said Henderson who recorded two goals and a helper in the third period.

Before the 122 penalty marathon, Ty Jones grabbed the first goal of the game one minute in the second period. Henderson joined his teammate with his 19 goal of the season when the rubber bounced over the glove of Sebastian Caron 2:27.

A handful of squirmishes were sparked by a clash of fists from winger Shawn Thornton and Darcy Verot would even make Mike Tyson look respectable. Trent Yawney and Penguins’ Glenn Patrick sealed the game with an exchange of looks and words .

The Penguins who are out of contention this year battled back, but the Admirals thawed any chances with another goal at the end of the stanza with a top shelf by Valeri Zelepukin. Norfolk is seven points ahead of Hershey and nine points above the Philadelphia Phantoms in the southern Division, added two goal s before the a final wrap.”Yea, there was too much testosterone out there tonight, but we need to move on and focus on our next game (Philadelphia on Saturday night),” said Peluso whose goal was on the first power play of the night.

Philadelphia Phantoms 4 Norfolk Admirals 2

With only two games left of the regular season and eight consecutive wins on the books–Norfo Read more »

Belak’s Long and Winding Road

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Belak’s Long and Winding Road

It’s been quite a bumpy path so far for Wade Belak. Originally drafted 12th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft by the then Quebec Nordiques he was seen as the eventual partner for Adam Foote on a burly take no prisoners blueline. He was then moved to Calgary in the trade for Theoron Fleury four seasons later and again seen as a major component of a young blueline. Again, it didn’t happen for him, and as more Flame rearguard prospects came of age, he ended up on waivers.

It was from there that Pat Quinn plucked him last season, amid cries from the media to trade for Rob Blake. Needless to say, the similarities between Belak and Blake gave birth to a good many jokes about the Leaf GM’s literacy level. That said, the journey for the strapping westerner still wasn’t over even though he has yet to don a different jersey. No, rather than another city, the last leg is a rather short one geographically from the blueline to the center red line. That said, it is probably the most difficult part of his travels.

To be sure, he can still play defense, and he has been called on to fill in there on occasion this season. More and more though, the Leafs, as they did for the Detroit game, are leaving him up front, and calling up a rearguard from The Rock rather than sending him back to the defense. No, Belak’s future lies not on blueline but on the fourth line. Skating with Alyn McCauley and Gary Valk, the trio has been dominant when on the ice. While they don’t often finish their chances, they generate chaos in the opponent’s zone i Read more »

Bouwmeester’s Star Ready to Shine

by Jeff Bromley

It’s been a hockey story eighteen years in the making and although the plot has been it’s juiciest the past three or four winters, the book is within just months of it’s climax, at least of volume one. This story is about a kid out of Edmonton who they say can skate as effortlessly as water flowing down a river, has all the modern tools of the game in his shot and natural size and seemingly can control or change the outcome of game if he so desires.

His name is Jay Bouwmeester (pronounced Boo-meester) and this year is his official breaking out, or rather the breaking in party to possible stardom in the NHL.

Ever since the Medicine Hat Tigers drafted the kid that had many scrambling how to pronounce his vowel-filled last name with the first overall pick in the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft, Bouwmeester has been high on the radar of every NHL Scout on the continent. And from game one with the Tigers the defensive prodigy that had scouts dropping their donuts and spilling their coffees did not disappoint, nor would he for the next three WHL seasons, one more than most highly-touted draft picks get because of two days. Bouwmeester was born two days shy of the September 25 deadline for players eligible for the NHL Draft the year they turn eighteen and hence was not part of a stellar 1983-born NHL Draft class that included the likes of Dan Blackburn, Dan Hamhuis, Shaonne Morrison and Colby Armstrong.

Pegged to go number one in the 2001 Draft for the last three years, you might think the pressure could get to a teenager treated like the second coming of Coffey or perha Read more »