Adam Courchaine
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Adam Courchaine

Hometown:

Kanata Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-20

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2007

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Played for the Orleans Blues of the CJHL, a junior A level league in Canada. He posted a 19-11-5-2 record in 39 appearances, 3.12 GAA and .921 dave percentage. Courchaine had one shutout on the season, a 4-0 win over the Brockville Braves in February 2007, where he stopped 37 shots.The Blues finished second in their division and went on to have a brief 6 game run in the playoffs. Courchaine appeared in all six games, picking up a 2-2-2 record, 2.58 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Ottawa 67's (OHL) acquired rights to Courchaine from Barrie Colts in January 2007

Invited to Boston Bruins 2007 training camp; signed three-year contract with Bruins in Sept 2007

2007-08: Played his rookie season with Ottawa and made the majority of starts. He earned two shutouts; one on December 16th vs. Mississauga, and the other on December 30th vs. Erie. He joined the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an ATO following the close of the season. 

2008-09: The early-season groin injury that kept Courchaine from Bruins camp also kept him from securing the starting goalie role this season. He started 17 fewer games than he did last year and saw his save percentage drop below .900.  Consistency was a struggle, especially during February when he went 1-3 in six appearances with a 5.49 goals-against average and .841 save percentage. At times, his butterfly style revealed a tendency to go down early and get beat high. At other times, he was prone to giving up dangerous rebounds. He managed to finish the season with a 13-11-2 record and 3.28 goals against average. Confidence and consistency were better throughout the playoffs. He finished 2-2-1 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .920 save percentage that included one shutout. Ottawa lost to Niagara Falls in overtime of game 7 for a first-round defeat, despite 45 saves from Courchaine.

2009-10: Courchaine split time between two OHL clubs this season, playing for the Sarnia Sting and Erie Otters.  In 27 games for the Sting, Courchaine compiled a record of 8-16-1-1 while posting a 3.51 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage.  Courchaine was traded to the Otters, where he played in 21 games.  His record with that club was 12-8-0-0, with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.  Courchaine was on the losing end of 2 playoff contests, where he registered a 4.50 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage.

2010-11: Courchaine spent his first season in pro hockey with the Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces backing up one-time Lightning product Gerald Coleman. In 28 games with the Aces, Courchaine was 17-7 with 2 overtime losses and 4 shutouts in 28 games. He posted an impressive 2.39 GAA and .907 save percentage for the Aces. Courchaine appeared in one playoff game for the Aces and stopped 35 of 37 shots to get the win. The successful season erased any memory of his forgettable ECHL debut – an October game with the Reading Royals in which he allowed 4 goals on 9 shots in seven minutes of action against Trenton; his lone appearance for the Royals.

Talent Analysis

A butterfly style goaltender, Courchaine stays square with the shooter and is quick to react. He has the ability to remain calm and focused during tough games, even when he is bombarded with shots. More often than not, he will come up with the big save.

Future

Helped Alaska win a championship last season, but will still have a hard time making the Providence squad. Expect him to play for Reading of the ECHL this season.

A Look at Vancouver Prospect Thatcher Bell

by Scott McFarlane
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The Vancouver Canucks are loaded with depth in their organization. Even though they have had some picks that have not panned out. For example Shawn Antoski, he had some good junior stats but never really did anything in the NHL.

One player that the Canucks drafted in the 2000 NHL entry draft. He really stands out in my mind.

His name is Thatcher Bell;

Position: C
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0
Weight: 188 lbs
Birth date: 1982-02-01
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI
Acquired: Round 3, #71 overall, 2000 NHL Entry Draft
The Canucks got a steal when selecting Thatcher in the 3rd round of the 2000 NHL entry draft. Bell was ranked as one of the top QMJHL players, and fell. The Canucks were quite lucky to get this fast skating, highly skilled player.

Last years stats with the Rimouski Oceanic.

       GP   G    A    P    PIM
QMJHL  46   27   32   59   77
A solid year for a quick player that shows he can snap a wrister with the best in any league. His shot is devastating for opposing goalies, he releases it so quickly that the goalie has no time to react. Reminds me of a young Joe Sakic.

He does have average height for the NHL, but Bell could manage to put a few more pounds on. If he bulked up to around 200-210, then he would be able to take some punishment from NHL players. But I don’t think that many NHL players would be able to catch him.

Bell’s best year in Rimouski came in the 1999-00 season. Where he recorded 69 points in 53 games.

Bell has potential to be a star in th Read more»

The Future is Wild

by Mike Wolf
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In this first part, a look at the Wild’s strongest position, defense.

Filip Kuba- is 6-3 205 but looks bigger, Wild’s best overall defensemen didn’t
make many mistakes played a clean game, played in 75 games, lead the team in
average ice time, game winning goals. Scored 9g 21a for 30p and had 28pims.
Should improve on his rookie season, and become one of the top d-man in the
league.

Willie Mitchell- another 6-3 205 d-man, Willie has all the potential in the word, as we saw his play get better and
better each game he played for the Wild. Willie should turn in to one of the
better d-man the Wild will ever have, he likes to take the body but could use
it a little more, he will fight when needed, can produce on the O, this is
where he will get a lot better, and should have many 40 point maybe more
seasons to come. It also doesn’t hurt that he played for NJ. He had 1g 9a and
40pims in 33 games.

Andy Sutton- 6-6 245, Hugh Hulking defensemen, lead the team in hits, and
second in PIMS, a team leader by example, was always there for his
teammate’s. He also had a team high 5 shots vs SJ, a key part of the Wilds’
future, he had 3g 4a 7p and 131pims in 69 games.

Lubomir Sekeras- 6-0 183, Drafted as an overage European, he
performed like an NHL veteran, he played in 80 games was first in assists and
second in points, excellent on the power play with his hard shot, also had 50
takeaways to lead the team, he had 11g 23a 34p and 50pims in 80 games. If he
would have been younger he would have been a candidate for ROY.

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Sabres Report: Winding Down

by Ken McKenna
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The 2000-01 hockey season has come to a close, with the Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche putting the finishing touches on the season that was. All other hockey leagues of note have completed their seasons, as well, with Saint John’s (AHL), Red Deer (CHL), Orlando (IHL), and Buffalo farm club South Carolina (ECHL) all winning their respective league championships. European leagues also completed their playoffs back in April, so this season cycle is complete.

The Buffalo Sabres can claim one bona fide prospect (Henrik Tallinder) as a champion, while also supporting a league champ in South Carolina. In addition to these honors, there were several other prospects that had notable playoff performances, with most of the best showings taking place in the WHL. Reputations, good or bad, can often be made during a playoff run, so it is a good bet that Buffalo’s scouts have taken a close look at how their prospects have handled the pressure of playoff hockey.

CHL

OHL

The Sabres had just 1 prospect taking part in the OHL playoffs, that being D Sean McMorrow of the London Knights. One other prospect, C Mike Zigomanis (Kingston), missed the playoffs due to an injury (Zigomanis has since gone back into the draft, as has fellow OHLer and Sabre draft pick C Brad Self).

Sean McMorrow’s playoff run ended quickly, as the London Knights were easily defeated 4 games to 1, by the Erie Otters. McMorrow had little to show on the s Read more»

Pierre Gauthier holds Forum.

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At the annual select-a-seat, Pierre Gauthier, President and General Manager of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, held a forum for season ticket holders. Here are the details from that forum.

The draft is one of the richest in the last decade and Pierre says he will not trade the #5 pick. He plans to take the best of the top 5 players and is glad he doesn’t have the 6th pick. When the name Stephen Weiss was mentioned, Pierre smiled and mentioned he met with Weiss last week. With two picks in the second round (35 and 41), Pierre plans to trade one of them, or one or more of the later round picks before or during the June 23rd draft. Gauthier and Murray both agree that the team needs more grit, emotion, and leadership, and will try to fill those needs with trades. Gauthier expects to see a great deal of dealing on the draft floor. Pierre is glad to have Shields on the team because he doesn’t feel that Giguere is ready to start 60-70 games due to his youth. Neither Shields nor Giguere will be involved in trades. Pierre reiterated that drafting well, and making smart trades is the best way to build a winning franchise. He stated Detroit, Dallas, San Jose, New Jersey, and Colorado as examples.

Regarding prospects already in the system, Pierre is high on Cincinnati center Andy McDonald (C) and Russians Alexei Smirnov (LW) and net minder Ilja Bryzgalov (G). At the same time he was disappointed in Balmochnyk and Jay Legault.

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Coyotes 2001 Draft Preview

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The Phoenix Coyotes head into the 2001 Entry Draft with a lot of questions about their franchise that need to be answered. Will the Coyotes finally deal Robert Reichel and Mikael Renberg? Will Jeremy Roenick leave the franchise via free agency? Is Cliff Fletcher the right GM for this team? Etc. The list goes on. The Coyotes have been one of the more active teams in trading players and signing players over the last couple of months, as all-star netminder Nikolai Khabibulin was dished off for a package of youngsters as was all-star Keith Tkachuk. Add in the signing of big defenseman Martin Grenier, and all of a sudden the Coyotes have a solid group of young players and prospects. The Coyotes will look to strengthen their prospect pool at the Entry Draft, as the team holds the 14th overall selection (1st Round), and the 31st overall (from Islanders via Tampa Bay) and 45th overall (compensation for not signing Scott Kelman) selections, which are both 2nd rounders.

With three picks in the top 45 in an extremely deep draft, the Coyotes have the ability to add three top notch NHL players to their organization, pending upon whether they have scouted and drafted the right players. They could have also had the 24th and 44th overall picks, but New Jersey opted to take the Blues pick this year in the Scott Stevens case, so the Coyotes will get the Blues 1st rounder next year. Phoenix dealt the 44th pick to the Florida Panthers for Todd Simpson at the trade deadline. They might get a couple of other high picks, pending on whether the team trades the rights to Robert Reichel a Read more»

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