Pavel Rosa is considered one of the top prospects in the Kings organization. He is 11th in the IHL in scoring and has had success on the NHL level. Rosa’s promise is undeniable. The bad news is that his considerable potential will likely never be in a Los Angeles Kings’ sweater.
Pavel Rosa started the season in Long Beach for the second year in a row. Rosa has shown his skills there, posting 23 points in 25 games (8 goals, 15 assists), but has yet to crack the big club’s lineup. The reason? Pavel Rosa may be the key to keeping Storr and Fiset.
Pavel Rosa is coveted by many teams and may well be packaged with one of the goalies for a big name star. The reason he cannot stick with the Kings? Size. Size in terms of height and heart. Rosa is notorious for taking shifts off- something that you can get away with in the minors but not in the NHL when you are 5’10” and 188lbs. His size is even more glaring if you look down the pipeline. If Rosa were to stick, he would likely be on a top line that the Kings are hoping would include Justin Papineau. That lack of size would spell doomsday for the Kings.
I personally like Rosa, but he has no real position. He is not a center, and is really too small to play forward in the evolving NHL. Sure there are a lot of smaller players prospering right now, but they all have the speed and skating ability that Rosa lacks. His lack of defensive awareness also figures to hamper him in Andy Murray’s system.
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With the start of the Buffalo Sabres’ 1999-2000 season just hours away, it would probably be a good idea for this writer to tie up the loose ends left over from a mildly interesting training camp. Some new faces will be with the club to start the season, due mostly to the fact that four players are still holding out, but the 99-00 edition of the Sabres will still be pretty much the same team that made it to the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.
Sabres “Improve” On Last Year’s Pre-Season Effort
Okay, maybe improve is stretching things a bit, since the Sabres finished the exhibition slate with a 2-4-1 record. The Sabres coaching staff appeared to adopt the “Marv Levy Approach” to pre-season games, which means they used veterans sparingly while taking a long look at several younger players. While this approach virtually guarantees a losing pre-season record, it also gives the coaches a good idea of where their younger players are at in their development. Players such as Maxim Afinogenov, Cory Sarich, Brian Campbell and Domenic Pittis received plenty of playing time throughout the exhibition schedule, with some of those players making good use of the opportunity, and others making it clear they are in need of more playing time in the minors.
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The St. Louis Blues have been busy on and off the ice as of late. Some of the news has been gloomy to say the least. By now everyone knows that Tony Twist was involved in a motorcycle accident that has ended his season before it could begin. Hours after being told by GM Larry Pleau that he was not in the Blues plans this year, a car pulled out in front of Tony while he was riding his Harley in a suburb of St. Louis. Among his injuries, ligament damage to his knee will prevent him from playing much, if at all, this season. Blues fans are relieved, however, that his injuries weren’t life threatening. Tony Twist is a prominent figure in the community and is known for his charity work. Even after his accident he followed through on a commitment to attend one of his many charitable events. It has been suggested that the Blues make a compassionate gesture and make Tony an official representative of the St. Louis Blues. Hopefully this negative can be turned into a positive for Blues fans and Twist fans as well.
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It’s been about 2 weeks since the Avalanche lost to the Stars in a dramatic 7 game series. But altogether, this season has been anything but a disappointment. It’s been somewhat of a surprise, to say the least. In fact, the biggest surprise comes from rookie scoring leader, Milan Hejduk. Before the season began, this kid was an unknown. I recall looking at the Avalanche Top 20 prospect lists here at Hockey’s Future, and at other websites, and nowhere was Milan Hejduk to be seen. I remember watching training camp in Colorado Springs, and asking myself, “Who is that guy?” Hejduk is an emigma no longer. In fact, he was a key playoff component on Colorado’s first line with Fleury and Sakic. As soon as he was injured, the production of that line flopped. We can always play the ‘What If’ game, but we can all bet that the Avs chances of winning the Cup would have been significantly greater had Hejduk not been injured. We all knew what to expect from Chris Drury, and he broke those expectation too. He deserves the Calder. One of the unsung heroes of the season is Dan Smith, who was called up early in the season to fill in for Colorado’s shambled and injury plagued defense. He did a better job than a call-up should have to do, and that will earn him some good points in training camp next season.
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Everyone thought he was done. The show was over, and the curtains were closed. But apparently, that was just the epilogue. In the last month Jose Theodore has stepped out from behind the curtain, into the spotlight, and yet again become a young phenom.
The latest show has been based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. Theodore, after winning player of the week awards, goaltender of the month, and praise from many of his critics, seems to have nestled back into the idea of being a starting goalie. His numbers in Montreal as a backup weren’t good at all: only 3 wins, 12 losses, a GAA over 3.50, and numerous other less-than-satisfactory statistics. But the truth has come out: Theodore is a future starter.
Just this past week, after losing two straight and going back to Fredericton for game five of the AHL quarter finals, Theodore led his Canadiens, with a 32 save performance, and seized victory in a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 series win, pitting the Canadiens against the Saint John Flames in round two.
Can he keep it up? He said this week that he loves the pressure, and the outlook is that, yes, he can keep it up. Only time will tell, but it is likely that Theodore will be challenging Domenichelli, Sorochan, and Saint John, and maybe even upsetting the early favourites.
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Player: Remi Royer
Birthdate: Febuary 12, 1978
Hometown: Donnacona, Quebec
Weight: 200 lbs
SEASON TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM
1994-95 Victoriaville QMJHL 57 3 17 20 144
1995-96 Victoriaville QMJHL 43 12 14 26 209
1995-96 St-Hyacinthe QMJHL 19 10 9 19 80
1996-97 Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL 29 3 12 15 87
1996-97 Indianapolis IHL 10 0 1 1 17
1997-98 Rouyn-Noranda QMJHL 66 20 48 68 205
1997-98 Indianapolis IHL 5 0 2 2 4
1998-99 Chicago NHL 18 0 0 0 67
1998-99 Indianapolis IHL 49 4 14 18 158
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Born: July 26, 1979
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Weight: 187 lbs
When a junior hockey player wins one scoring championship, it’s pretty impressive, but when a player wins back-to-back championships, it’s almost unheard of. This season Peter Sarno of the Sarnia Sting became the second player in OHL history, and first since 1970-71, to do so. The last player to win back-to-back scoring titles was Marcel Dionne with St. Catharines (1969-70, 1970-71).
Sarno has had a pretty illustrious OHL career. Sarno was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the fifth round of the 1996 OHL midget draft. His totals in Tier 2 Junior A with North York were impressive. He scored 39 goals and 96 points in 52 games with North York.
In Sarno’s 3 seasons in the OHL he has looked more like a first round draft pick then a fifth round pick. His playmaking skills make watching him fun. Adding a great scoring touch to his playmaking skills make him a threat every time he comes onto the ice. In his rookie season (1996-97), Sarno won the Emms Family Award as the OHL rookie-of-the-year. His rookie season was very successful as the creative centreman scored 20 goals and 83 points in 66 games. The 63 assists that Sarno picked up were the fifth highest total in the league.
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For the first time in their history, the Calgary Flames held a rookie camp for the four days prior to the opening of the main camp. The media in Calgary found itself talking about the first round draft picks, Rico Fata and Daniel Tkaczuk, as well as CHL player of the year Sergei Varlamov. They also found great stories in the brothers of Flame captain Todd Simpson and tough guy Rocky Thompson. The brothers, Kent Simpson and Jeremy Thompson joined another relative. This relative was the son of the head coach Brian Sutter. Shaun Sutter, drafted in the fourth round, also made the headlines in the Calgary papers as training camp got under way.
When all was said and done on Monday at the conclusion of the rookie camp, eleven players were returned to their junior clubs, while another eleven players were released after thier tryouts. Sadly, three media stories did not make the main camp. Shaun Sutter returns to Lethbridge of the WHL, while the brothers Simpson and Thompson will have to find employment elsewhere during the upcoming season.
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