The Coyotes have shipped off almost all of their high-priced talent in a plan that’s aimed at making them a real contender in about three years when they’re able to get into a new up and coming Glendale arena. The Coyotes have gone from older, high-priced talent to younger, cheaper, and a more enthusiastic team then we saw last year. There will be tons of young youth and with the veterans in Teppo Nummineen to help the defense and the playoff performer in Claude Lemieux to help the offense, this looks to be a fun-filled, high-energy team.
With the all-stars in Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenick gone, the Coyotes look to place the scoring weight on Shane Doan along with getting help from the new additions Sergei Berezin and Daymond Langkow. Looking at things from an offensive standpoint, we will be hard pressed to score goals this year, as the system Bob Francis will be implementing will be a defense first.
The defense will be young and with the newly appointed captain Teppo Numminen being the most important part of the Coyotes defense this year, they will look to him to teach the up and coming core of the Coyotes defense in Ossi Vannannen and Paul Mara. They will also look to Todd Simpson for his leadership on the blue line this year. But the most important part of the team will be Sean Burke in goal. After putting up career numbers in 2000, the Coyotes will look to him to provide leadership and to keep the defense one of the tops in the league. The Coyotes also have a dependable backup in Robert Esche who led team USA in the World Championships t Read more»
Norfolk Admirals Off-Season Report
Norfolk Admirals Training Camp Increases to 30
The Norfolk Admirals announce that Syl Apps (Center) has accepted an invitation to attend Admirals Training Camp.
Apps, 25, spent the last two seasons skating for the St. John’s Maple Leafs
(AHL). In 2000-01, the six-foot, 195 pound Pittsburgh, Pa. native
registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 69 regular season games
with the Leafs. In four post-season appearances, he remained scoreless.
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A look at some Anaheim Mighty Duck prospects that look poised to breakout in 2001-02.
Samuel Pahlsson: He has played well this preseason, so well, he was rewarded top line play, and he didn’t disapoint scoring 2 goals and 1 assist against the Sharks on Sunday. Pahlsson will challenge Matt Cullen for the 2nd line center spot and by the end of the season look for him to have it.
GP G A PTS
Fearless Forecast: 77 14 31 45
Petr Tenkrat: He has been the Ducks most consistant scorer this season, earning praises from head coach Bryan Murray. He has soft hands and is especially deadly on the power play. Look for Petr to bust out big this season and give the Ducks another weapon.
Fearless Forecast: 71 26 29 55
Antti-Jussi-Niemi: Niemi is a thunderous body checker who is sound defensively and has offensive potential. There’s no reason for Niemi not to become an everyday player in the NHL whether it be this season or next.
Fearless Forcast: 63 3 12 15
Timo Parsinnen: He is a very skilled and determined player which is a perfect recipe for success in the NHL. So far this season Parsinnen has shown terrific skill and chemistry playing with Paul Kariya on Anaheim’s top line. He might play on one of the top two lines this season.
Fearless Forecast: 66 12 26 38
Some other Fearless Forecasts:
GP G A PTS
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By Al Alven
There was a time not too long ago when even the thought of the Philadelphia Flyers owning the rights to several promising European prospects seemed unrealistic. Times and the NHL have changed, however, and the team now boasts a number of non-North American-born hopefuls on its depth chart.
Without question, Pavel Brendl heads the list. The 20-year-old right winger from the Czech Republic has been the Flyers’ most pleasant preseason surprise to this point. In fact, he currently leads the team with six points (three goals, three assists) in just three exhibition games. The wildcard in the big Eric Lindros deal with the Rangers, Brendl has grabbed the majority of the headlines from other Flyers prospects and rightfully so. He’s been that good so far.
For three of his fellow countrymen, however, the accolades have been more difficult to come by. In this report, we’ll examine the progress of 21-year-old forwards Tomas Divisek, Petr Hubacek and Vaclav Pletka. All three spent all or most of last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. Barring something extraordinary, that’s where they’ll start the 2001-02 season as well.
The furthest developed of the Flyers’ three Czech prospects playing with the Phantoms, Divisek could see some time with the big club this season. Like any Flyers prospect, Divisek faces the unenviable task of attempting to crack a lineup that is literally stacked with quality forwards. Should the Flyers run into injury problems, Divisek could be a call-up candidate be Read more»
Giants Jump-Start With Team Chemistry
The Vancouver Giants played their inaugural games this past Friday and Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. As the WHL’s newest franchise, the Giants certainly left us all recognizing the need for some improvement. That said, the way the Giants rallied together, played as a team and came immediately to the defence of one other was nothing short of inspirational.
In their first match against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, a game they resoundingly lost 5-2, the third period fell into the age-old category of “I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out”. From the get-go, the Giants appeared tentative. They were slow to move the puck up-ice through the neutral zone, reluctant to play the man and generally looked more like a team that was spent than one making its WHL debut. Remember, they played before a sold-out, standing-room only crowd of 7740 hometown fans.
These things happen. That’s OK. The emotions had been running high with anticipation for weeks, and all the hoop-la before the game clearly took its toll. The players all emotionally jacked were at the rink at 3:00 p.m. game-day. Come the 7:30 p.m. opening face-off, they simply came out flat. But to most everyone’s delight, the Giants did not leave quietly.
Time and time again, scraps broke out between unlikely combatants with the Giants routinely on the ‘short’ end of things. All things except a suprising team commitment to one another. A commitment one would not expect to see from a bunch Read more»