Will with Goran Bezina another Swiss player return to the Swiss league from North-America?
The 21 year old was one of the best Swiss defensemen in the league and thanks to his ‘NHL-body” he tried to make the jump to the NHL last summer. However with Phoenix’ farm team Springfield Falcons things aren’t going exactly his way. Bezina only gets dressed every second game, usually as a forward, and his stats this season are disappointing.
“I will talk to the coaching staff once more. It is well possible I will return to Switzerland,” he said to Swiss newspaper “Blick” after he wasn’t selected in the Swiss Olympic team. In another newspaper “Le Matin” he said: “Perhaps will I skate for Fribourg-Gottéron in the playoffs.” Other possible teams he could move to: Lugano and SC Bern.
Things are going better for two other defensemen of whom is less expected. Ottawa Senators prospect, defenseman Julien Vauclair logs quite a lot of ice time with Grand Rapids Griffins and has been selected by national team coach Ralph Krüger in the Olympics squad. Also the Senators are satisfied with his development as Senators’ scout Mr. Johnston told me recently during the WJC. Timo Helbling has yet to miss a game with the Milwaukee Admirals. The 4th Swiss player in the AHL, center Read more»
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»