The Calder Corner
The best trade Atlanta didn’t make was trading the #1 pick in last years draft, as Ilya Kovalchuk yet again takes home the weekly Calder Corner nod for the HF prospect of the week by scoring 4 goals in 4 games.
Thrashers AHL prospects
After a two game scouting trip, Atlanta Thrasher writer Holly Gunning gives her observations on the club’s prospects playing for the Chicago Wolves (AHL).
Derek MacKenzie–Checking center, good along the boards. Will probably have to bide his time in the AHL for another full season, but could take Corkum’s spot if he his traded.
Ben Simon–Solid hitting checking center. Good penalty killer. Plays with a lot of emotion. Could get a chance with the Thrashers in 2002-2003, but another year in the AHL is more likely.
Dan Snyder–Good two-way centerman. Plays with a lot of passion. Projection is for another year in the AHL.
Brad Tapper (RW)–Speedy winger. Plays with an increasing edge. Has a reasonable chance of making the Thrashers roster to start 2002-2003.
J. P. Vigier (RW)-Offensively gifted player, who is also very responsible on D. Plays the point on the PP occasionally. Does not have a physical presence. Named to the 2002 AHL All-Star Team. Would have to beat out NHL players for a job, due to an abundance of scoring wingers.
Zdenek Blatny (LW)-Checking winger who is not terribly creative offensively. Good forechecker. Needs to work on decision-making. Not getting a lot of icetime with the Wolves. Another year of minors is in his future.
The Canes added another veteran player to the blueline today as the WHL trade deadline came and went. Lethbridge swapped d-men with the WinterHawks trading youth for experience. The Hurricanes get 19-year- old Chris Callaway along with the Hawks first round Bantam pick in 2002. The 6 foot 1 inch Callaway has one goal in 12 games for the WinterHawks this season. Heading to the Hawks are 17-year-old rearguard Matt Fetzner and 15-year-old prospect C.J. Jackson.
The Canes were looking for some veteran d-men and feel they filled their needs by picking up Selthun last week and Callaway today.
So it looks like the Canes will head into the stretch drive with the following d-men; David Selthun, Brent Seabrook, Simon Ferguson, Clay Plume, Matt Bergen and the newly aquired Callaway. This leaves Tyrell Moulton on the outside looking in. He played on the wing of the fourth line yesterday against the Ice but once Kopecky and Green return expect him to be in the press box.
That’s it from Lethbridge.
Effort good; results fair
The Albany River Rats played well in all three games this past week, but had only three points (one win; one overtime loss) to show for it.
On Wednesday, a valiant comeback effort (from down 3-0 at the second intermission) fizzled when goaltender Ari Ahonen misjudged a Quebec dump-in on a Citadelles? penalty-kill. He wound up clearing the puck to incoming Eric Landry and a Quebec short-handed goal resulted with less than five minutes to go, with a 4-2 Citadelles? victory margin going with it.
Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa?s little brother, snared a pair of goals to give Quebec the lead. With a marker from Francis Belanger sandwiched in between Hossa?s goals, the Rats faced a 3-0 deficit after 40 minutes. Given recent history this season when in such a predicament after two periods (1-16-1 trailing after two), fans did not expect too much from the Rats.
The Albany River Rats made a good try. Mike Rupp popped in a rebound of a Max Birbraer shot. Two minutes later, Richard Rochefort polished off a rebound of a Joel Dezainde blast. Suddenly, with more than half the third period to go, the Rats only trailed by one and had momentum to boot.
But, a rare goaltending gaffe by Ari Ahonen sealed the Rats? fate. With Martti Jarventie in the box for tripping, Albany had a power play with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Citadelles dumped the puck in. Ahonen got it near the net, but misjudged the speed of incoming Eric Landry. Ahonen?s attempted clearing pass wound up right on Landry?s stick and a sho Read more»
Saskatoon, SK: The 2002 Top Prospects Organizing Committee and the Canadian
Hockey League today announced the teams for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top
Prospects Festivities at a media conference in Saskatoon. The 2002 Home
Hardware Top Prospects Festivities will be held January 30th and 31st in
Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly Hrudey’
s team will take on former Toronto Maple Leaf and The Canadian WHL star Dave
“Tiger” Williams team at the seventh annual event. The event features the
top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as selected by the NHL’s
Central Scouting Department. The game will be broadcast live on Rogers
Williams’ team will feature two members of Canada’s silver medal winning
team at the recently completed 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League
and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL will
anchor Williams’ squad, which will meet a team coached by Hrudey.
Hrudey’s team will feature Rick Nash of the London Knights of the Ontario
Hockey League, the top ranked player from the OHL as determined by NHL
Central Scouting, another member of Canada’s national junior team. The top
ranked player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenceman Martin
Vagner of the Hull Olympiques, is also on Hrudey’s team.
The complete breakdown of the two teams’ rosters is listed below.
Virtually every player to perform Read more»