It has been a long time since I have done News and Notes. I figured there is enough material to put it in its own article this time.
Jason Jaspers earned his first NHL recall playing in his first game against Nashville and registering his first point, an assist, against the Detroit Red Wings three games later. Branko Radivojevic also earned his first professional call-up to the Coyotes this past week and played his first game against Columbus, which he earned an assist, his first point, on the game-winning goal by Daniel Briere. Overall, 7 Coyotes prospects have made their NHL debut, which include Grenier, Cullen (now Minnesota Wild property), Focht, DesRochers, Jaspers, Radivojevic, and Safronov.
Honors and Awards:
Branko Radivojevic earned AHL Sherwood player of the week honors for the week of February 10th. Radivojevic scored five goal and one assist which included his first his first professional hat trick during that span. Another former prospect, Jean-Guy Trudel was selected to play for the Canadians in the AHL all-star game, which he scored one goal and two assists. This was Trudel’s second consecutive all-star appearance for the Falcons. Josh Blackburn earned honorable mention for finishing as the one of the top six remaining point-getters in the balloting for the CCHA all-conference team.
Fredrik Sjostrom received a concussion on a open-ice hit courtesy of Brandon’s Reagan Leslie. Sjostrom has been out the past week and his timetable to return is uncert Read more»
LEAFS YOUNG BOYES LIGHTING IT UP!
Trade talk abounds at the Air Canada Centre. Yet, a couple hundred miles away at the Tullio Arena, the Leafs future star attraction is ignoring all the talk and doing what he does best, playing hockey.
Brad Boyes is in the midst of a career high thirteen game point scoring streak, having recorded twenty-two points in that span. This streak has improved his season numbers to a very impressive thirty goals and seventy points in just forty-one games.
The Leafs top pick from the 2000 NHL entry draft is excited but not overwhelmed by the small taste of Leaf hockey he has had through two preseason camps. He expressed these feelings recently in an interview with Hockey Future’s Reporter Ken McKenna.
“At first, you’re in awe a little bit, but you get over that. You need to get over the awe quickly to try and play well. I’ve taken things from both camps, and hopefully I’ll improve on them next year.”
Brad feels confident in his skating abilities, but is still working on improving that aspect of his game.
“Over the summer, I try to get faster, and I try to get stronger. A lot of people say I need to work on it, and some say it’s not that bad. Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. I played a bunch of exhibition games this year (for Toronto), and I felt my skating wasn’t an issue. But, every year, every summer, I definitely try to work on getting faster, stronger and quicker.”
Brad has been credited by many scouts as having the best hockey sense on the ice of any OHL player. However, don’t b Read more»
Abid, Ramzi – LW – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Bezina, Goran – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
DesRochers, Patrick – G- Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Focht, Dan – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Grenier, Martin – D- Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Jaspers, Jason – C – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Safronov, Kirill – D – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Westrum, Erik – C – Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Andreyev, Alex – D – Binghamton Icemen (UHL)
Blackburn, Josh – G – Michigan Wolverines (CCHA)
Klema, David – C – Boston University (H.E.) Read more»
In what people were calling the biggest game of the season for both the Hurricanes and the Tigers Joffrey Lupul was the difference. Scoring four goals and setting up two others Lupul carried the Tigers to the win. They now sit only one point behind the Canes.
Hurricane Nathan Barrett entered the game as the only WHLer with 100 points and he had a 6 point advantage on
The Tigers came out and got to Canes goalie Logan Koopmans in the first period as former Hurricane Warren McCutcheon and Chris St. Jacques were able to put the puck past Koopmans.
The second period was where the game took a turn for the worst, for the Canes.
St. Jacques scored his second of the game,27th of the year, and then Lupul scored his 1st of the game which also was his 50th marker on the campaign. Tim green got the Canes on the board less then a minute after Lupul’s first making it 4-1 for the Tigers. Lupul then scored two goals in 21 seconds to ice the game for the Tigers.
Tomas Kopecky scored his 30th of the year early in the third. The Tigers quickly regained their four goal lead when Lupul scored his fourth of the game, this time on the powerplay. Kopecky scored his second of the game with less then a minute left, the goal really meant nothing except on a few points on Connors goals against average.
The Hurricanes really wanted a win in this game as Read more»
NAILERS HOPE TO HALT STREAK TONIGHT
Wednesday, March 6Johnstown @ Wheeling 7:00p.m.
NAILERS WEEK IN REVIEW
Friday, March 1Wheeling 2 @ Dayton 4 Read more»