| | Many fans caught a glimpse of this 16-year old (Moscow) Dynamo at the recent U-17 challenge. Russian prospect Alexander Ovechkin is making a lot of noise in the scouting community, as many consider him to be the early favorite for the 2004 NHL draft.Born on the 17th of September, 1985, Ovechkin missed 2003 eligibility by a thread (or a couple of days to be exact). His on-ice intelligence and pure game-breaking ability makes one question the validity of his birthdate. However, there is no mistake; this phenom will not be property of an NHL team for more than 2 years.He has drawn comparisons to Ilya Kovalchuk, last year’s first overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. And rightfully so, considering that Ovechkin is getting regular icetime with the Moscow Dynamo of the Russian Superleague (the top hockey league in the country).So far in 10 games, Ovechkin has collected 2 goals, 3 points and has earned a first star honour in a recent match.Alexander has fit in perfectly with his fellow ‘Dynamites’, playing on the line with Raviil Yakubov and Alexei Tereschenko. A right winger, Ovechkin has demonstrated maturity and poise beyond his years, earning praise from critics, fans and coaches alike.Ovechkin’s 7 goal, 20 point performance (in 13 games) in the Russian 1st division earned him the call-up to the top club, where he has surprised many by consistently piling up the points.Alexander is a big, balanced skater whose Read more» At the trade deadline 10 days ago, the Wheat Kings traded forward Richard Mueller, the team’s leading scorer, for 19-year old Adrian Foster of the Saskatoon Blades. In his first game as a Wheat King, Foster scored the team’s only two goals, including the game winner in OT. In 4 games with his team, Foster has accumulated 3 goals and an assist. Although it may seem to be too early to determine which team got the better end of the deal, I feel that Brandon has come out on top.
In Foster, they have acquired a legitimate 1st line sniper, and no drop in production in comparison with Mueller. Additionally, Adrian has a much better upside, along with bringing more size and strength up the middle. There are still those critics who believe that Foster is too injury prone, but i do not agree. Foster has only been seriously injured once, and is almost at 100%. I believe that his nagging abdominal injuries are behind him and that the sky’s the limit for him. The New Jersey Devils and Dave Conte must have known and believed this as well since they drafted him with their first round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft even though CSB did not even rank him in their report.
Mid-Season Review of the Panthers AHL Prospects
In the first part of several articles documenting the Panthers prospects development in Europe, the AHL, the CHL, and the NHL, Todays installment breaks down how the prospects in the American Hockey League season is going and how they are developing.
With the Panthers currently leading the league in man games lost to injury, several players like Nick Smith, Brad Norton, David Morisset and others have gotten the chance to make the NHL Debut this year, and if the trend continues, it is only a matter of time until Kyle Rossiter gets called up for a look-see as well….
Denis Shvidki: Right Wing, Utah Grizzlies
NHL: 8 Games, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, – 4, 2 PIM Read more»
Goalies (Nr., Name, Age, Team, Fast Facts):#33 Marc Seliger (27, Nürnberg Ice Tigers), former Washington Capitals Draft Pick
#80 Robert Müller (21, Adler Mannheim), Washington Capitals Draft Pick 2001
#47 Christian Künast (30, München Barons)
#13 Christoph Schubert (19, München Barons), Ottawa Senators Draft Pick 2001
#84 Dennis Seidenberg (20, Adler Mannheim), Philadelphia Flyers Draft Pick 2001
#6 Jörg Mayr (32, Kölner Haie)
#31 Andreas Renz (24, Kölner Haie)
#12 Mirko Lüdemann (28, Kölner Haie), signed a 5 year contract extension yesterday. Suffered an injury and could be replaced.
#10 Christian Ehrhoff (19, Krefeld Pinguine), San Jose Sharks Draft Pick 2001
#41 Daniel Kunce (30, Krefeld Pinguine)
#7 Marcel Goc (18, Schwenninger Wild Wings), San Jose Sharks Draft Pick 2001
#81 Mark MacKay (37, Schwenninger Wild Wings)
#26 Daniel Kreutzer (22, Kassel Huskies), Overage Prospect for Draft 2002
#18 Andreas Loth (29, Kassel Huskies)
#49 Klaus Kathan (25, Kassel Huskies)
#21 Stefan Ustorf (28, Adler Mannheim), NHL-Games for Washington Capitals Read more»
OHL WEST STARS GET BIG WIN AT HERSHEY CUP CHL ALL-STAR SERIES
The Ontario Hockey League Western Conference All-Stars scored a big 7-2 win
over the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference All-Stars last night in
Red Deer, Alberta, giving the OHL a chance to claim the 2002 Hershey Cup.
The win leaves the OHL with a 1-1 record in the series, which features two
all-star teams from each of the three CHL leagues. The Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League is 1-0 after its Lebel Conference All-Stars beat the OHL
Eastern Conference team 4-2 in Ottawa last Wednesday, while the WHL is 0-1.
There is one game left in the Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series – Wednesday,
Feb. 6 in Rimouski, Quebec, when the QMJHL Dilio Conference All-Stars host
the WHL Western Conference All-Stars. If Quebec wins that game, the QMJHL
wins its second consecutive Hershey Cup. If the WHL wins, all three leagues
will have 1-1 record and the Cup winner will be decided on goals for/goals
On Wednesday night in Red Deer, the game was tied 1-1 halfway through the
second period but the OHL West Stars exploded for three goals in six minutes
in the second period to lead 4-1. They then followed with another three-goal
binge in the third period to complete the rout.
Second period goals by Rick Nash of the London Knights, Steve Ott of the
Windsor Spitfires and Kris Newbury of the Sarnia Sting in the second period
put the OHL West ahead for good. Below is the complete game summary from
last night’s game.
OHL WEST 7, WHL EAST 2
OHL: Savie Read more»