The morning kicked off with a forty-minute scrimmage
between the Black and White teams. Ben Clymer opened the scoring a few
minutes in, snapping a wrister past Kevin Weekes. Clymer made it
obvious through his performance and determination today, that he has no
intention of returning to the minor leagues.
Brad Richards, who did not seem to be affected at
all by the absence of close friend and former linemate, Vincent Lecavalier,
tied the score when he got the puck past Nikolai Khabibulin from in
close. Richards centered Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis,
which will likely be the top line if Lecavalier is not signed soon.
The final goal was scored by prospect Nikita Alexeev,
after a scramble in front of Weekes. Management stated going into camp,
that Alexeev had a roster spot to lose. By watching the ex-Erie Otter
play, you would think he is hanging on for dear life. He woed fans with his
speed and skill, as he showcased himself for the coaching staff.
Another prospect, Jimmie Olvestad, ended the day on
a positive note. Turning on his physical game, Olvestad had four hits
through the first 20 minutes of play, including two on hulking defenseman
Kristian Kudroc, who towered over the 6’1 winger.
Defensive pairings on the white team were juggled to get Read more»
Hockey’s Future Conversation with Marcus Nilson and Kristian Huselius
Taking a break from their hectic training camp schedule, Hockey’s Future recently had the chance to have a conversation with Panthers sophomore left wing Marcus Nilson, and highly regarded rookie, Kristian Huselius. Nilson ended last season playing the part as the defensive and physical conscience for Pavel Bure, and completed his season as one of the best of his career on any level.
Kristian Huselius is not only coming off a career year numbers-wise for himself, but a career year for all of the Swedish Elite League, where he swept 6 offensive categories and had what is considered the finest season for any Swedish players ever. Both Marcus and Kristian were able to reflect on their past seasons, what the upcoming season will hold, and what challenges they face. They also deftly avoided my attempts to get them to start the pre-Olympic trash talking well before anyone else.
Hockey’s Future: How long have you two known each other, and how many times have you played against each other or together?
Marcus Nilson: I would say about 9 or 10 years, and against each other not too many times. Maybe like 6 or 7 times….
Kristian Huselius: We played together alot though.
HF: What kind of advice have you given Kristain about playing in the NHL?
MN: Nothing yet, just trying to help him out here and there, but he is doing fine by himself
HF: With Sweden and Finland be Read more»
Well, here we are again at the beginning of another OHL season. I love this time of year, so much to look forward to on ice rinks around the world. Before I get going on the outlook for the Belleville Bulls this season, I would just like to congratulate Canada’s under-18 team on bringing home the gold medal, proving that we still have great talent in this country and the resources to develop it. I would also like to extend my deepest sympathies to all those affected, in whatever way, by the tragic events this past week.
I see that The Hockey News has picked the Bulls to finish last in the division for the second straight year. Pin it up in the locker room next to the division title won by last year’s team. I have contended in the past that it is a futile exercise to rank junior league teams because of the high turnover of players and the steep improvement some players make from one season to the next. Examples on last years team alone can be sited to make this point. Kyle Wellwood went from a promising young player to one of the best players in the league. Randy Rowe began his career in Belleville as a 4th line checker and ended up as the leagues top sniper. If prognosticators last year would have known these two players would have turned out that kind of season, I’m sure they would not have been picked last. So any way, let’s see what surprises the Bulls have in store for the league this year.
Mike Renzi Kyle Wellwood Nate Robinson
David Silverstone Matt Stajan Cody McCormick
Marc Rancourt Andre Read more»
The final installment of the 2001-02 previews, for unranked prospects.
Fedor Fedorovthe former Port Huron Border Cat was selected by the Canucks in the third round of this year’s draft. He re-entered the draft, after failing to come to terms with his original team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Let me first start out by saying that all Fedorov’s are not created equal. Fedor doesn’t have the talent of his older brother, Sergei, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not a talented player in his own right. Fedor is big (6’4″) and 217 pounds, and uses his size to his advantage. He had a great season in Sudbury, leading the Wolves in scoring, after being relegated to a checking role the season before. A fast skater with great balance, Fedor can open up the ice with his skating ability, much like his older brother, Sergei. He has good basic offensive skills, but nothing to suggest that he’ll be much more than an average offensive contributor at the NHL level. Fedor could possibly become a part of the Canucks future, he’s one of the few solid wingers in the system. He’s already played one season of minor-pro, and has worked hard at improving his game in Sudbury. He might make an impact if he goes to Manitoba this season. He remains unsigned as of today.
Will: Play hard, no matter where he ends up.
Can’t: Shake the shadow of Sergei.
Expect: Hard work, and good results, hopefully in the AHL.
Don’t Expect: An NHL promotion right away. Read more»