Brett Bruneteau
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Brett Bruneteau


San Francisco California

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4th round (108th overall), 2007


183 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2006-07: Brett Bruneteau skated in 55 games for the Omaha Lancers in his second USHL season. He scored 12 goals with 28 assists and was plus-10 with 55 penalty minutes. The Lancers finished first in the West Division but were upset in the first round of the playoffs. Bruneteau had 1 assist and was minus-one with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Bruneteau committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota in 2008-09 and was selected by Washington in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

2007-08: After being traded from Omaha to Indiana over the summer, Bruneteau began the year with the Ice; appearing in 14 games and scoring 1 goal with 7 assists and going plus-1 with 8 penalty minutes. In November he was traded to Des Moines in exchange for defenseman and fellow North Dakota recruit Ben Blood. Limited to 21 games with the Buccaneers due to injury, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was minus-11 with 13 penalty minutes. Des Moines finished last in the West Division.

2008-09: Bruneteau returned to the USHL rather than beginning his college career and skated for Des  Moines in his fourth USHL season. He was one of the few veterans on a young Buccaneers squad that would finish with the league's second-worst record.  The 19-year-old was the team's third-leading scorer with 15 goals and 28 assists and was minus-22 with 65 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Bruneteau played in 27 games for North Dakota as a freshman. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was minus-two with 6 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux captured the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy playoff championship after finishing fourth during the regular season and faced Yale in the NCAA tournament.

2010-11: Bruneteau appeared in just four games for the Fighting Sioux in his sophomore season. He had no points nor penalty minutes. Bruneteau completed his degree at North Dakota and announced he was transferring to Vermont, where he would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.

2011-12: Bruneteau joined his younger brother Nick Bruneteau, a sophomore defenseman, at the University of Vermont. He skated in 33 of 34 games for the Catamounts, scoring 4 goals with 6 assists, and as minus-15 with 25 penalty minutes. Vermont finished last in Hockey East; winning just six games.

2012-13: Bruneteau skated in 33 games for Vermont in his senior season. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -6 with 14 penalty minutes. The Catamounts finished tied with Maine for seventh in Hockey East and lost to Boston College in a Hockey East quarterfinal series. Bruneteau was not signed to a contract by Washington in August 2013: becoming an unrestricted free agent.



Bruneteau was not tendered a contract by the Washington Capitals prior to the 2013-14 season, and currently is not playing pro hockey.


Georges Laraque

by pbadmin
With all the shuffling that GM Glen Sather has put the rookies through, you’d think it was because of their lack of effort or skill or both. Well, neither is true as Slats tries to mix up the lines and spark the team out of their mediocre performance. The rookies, in fact, are arguably the best ones out there half the time, as the likes of superstars Jason Arnott and Andrei Kovalenko have been caught in funks of goalless streaks extending past 20 games each. The Bulldogs are the ones that have taken advantage of the situation to make a name for themselves as Oilers. One of those rookies is hulking winger Georges Laraque. Despite only playing in 2 games, Laraque showed true grit, desire and character, playing his usual hard nosed game with a broken right foot.
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Buffalo Sabres Update

by pbadmin
Buffalo recently sent Erik Rasmussen and Jay McKee down to Rochester to get
more playing time. Buffalo also allowed Rochester to re-assign Mike Zanutto
and Daniel Bienvenue to South Carolina of the ECHL for the same reason.

I had a chance to talk with the Sabres Direction of Player Developement and
the Head of the Scouting Department, Don Luce, he told me that as of now
Buffalo has no plans to recall anyone besides Rasmussen, McKee, Mike Hurlbut
(D) or Patrice Tardif (RW) (both a veterans) and maybe Scott Nichol. He felt none of
the other prospects were ready to contribute at the NHL. Luce also stated
that he was surprised by the overall positive play of Jean-Luc Grande-Pierre
and Denis Hamel. Both came into training camp with serious questions marks a
both need to pick up their skating. In each case their poor skating was
considered the key in holding back any NHL career. Grande-Pierre has improved
quite a bit, while Hamel is
improving much slower but he is using his other assets to catch the scouts
Luce also state that he was thrilled to hear how well Alexie Tezikov was
playing but he hadn’t had a chance to see an QMJHL games. He was planning and
making a round in mid January to look at the Russian and Francois Methot.

As of Mid-Decemember 1997, here is my current feeling as to the Sabres top

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Sabres Make Roster Moves

by pbadmin

The Buffalo Sabres have recently made several moves involving their prospects.

First, Buffalo farm club Rochester re-assigned Mike Zanutto (C 6-0 190) and Daniel Bienvenue (LW 6-1 196) to South Carolina of the ECHL. This move was done so these two young players could see more game action. Also it is expected that Mark Dutiame (LW 6-1 180) will also be assigned to the ECHL, when and if he ever gets healthy. (It should be noted that Mark has played a grand total of only 20 games since he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1995 draft)

Then Buffalo sent Jay McKee (D 6-3 200) and Erik Rasmussen (C 6-2 207) down to Rochester of the AHL. Both players were in Sabres coach Lindy Ruff’s doghouse and they had been spending more time in the press box than on the ice. The Rasmussen move is not unexpected as Buffalo management want him to see more quality ice time at the center position. The McKee move is very unexpected. McKee’s progress last year was one of the key reason Buffalo made no attempt to re-sign free agent Gary Galley. He has been very inconsistent all year and down right terrible lately. The move will hopefully restore his confindence longterm.

Rochester now is the home of three first round picks in Jay McKee (95′-a), Erik Rasmussen (96′) and Martin Biron (95′-b).

Sleepers: Tracking The Progress Of The Rangers’ 1st Round Picks

by pbadmin
When you’re in New York, the pressure is always on. New York sports fans demand a winner, and they will usually accept nothing less. The New York Rangers
are no exception. Despite having some of the most loyal fans in the NHL, the Rangers also have some of the most scrutinizing fans, and they are not shy about
voicing their displeasure over the team’s performance. The fact that New York City is the media capital of North America doesn’t make it any easier. The pressure
to win places the general manager in a tough decision when it comes to developing talent. Can the team afford a few off-years in a row, but be able to develop
players through the minors and the draft? Or do they use those draft picks and prospects to get established players that allow them to compete for the Stanley Cup?
In the 1990′s Rangers’ GM Neil Smith has employed the latter strategy, and it has resulted in the Rangers’ first Stanley Cup in 54 years, in 1994. Sometimes the
strategy has worked, like when the Rangers traded Doug Weight and Tony Amonte for Esa Tikkanen, Stephane Matteau, and Brian Noonan, respectively. These
three players were integral parts of the Rangers ’94 championship teams. Other times the strategy has failed miserably, like when the Rangers traded young
defenseman Mattias Norstrom and a draft pick for Jari Kurri and Marty McSorley. Both players were ineffective in the playoffs, and were not on the team the
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World Junior Hockey Championship Preview: Team Canada

by pbadmin
Looking at team Canada this year one thing comes to mind: inexperience. Of the 31 players invited to camp, which begins on December 12, only two of those are returning players. Jesse Wallin and Cory Sarich, both defensemen in the Western Hockey League are the two returnee’s that will help Team Canada go for their 6th stright gold this Christmas. Usually there are five or six returning players, which only two this poses a small problem for Head Coach Real Paiement. He is please with the talent invited to camp, and feels that there will be no problem.

Team Canada looks at the Ontario Hockey League for talent and players this year with 11 players from the OHL including Daniel Tkaczuk of the Barrie Colts, Sean Blanchard of the Ottawa 67′s and Scott Barney of the Peterborough Petes. Richard Jackman of the Soo Greyhounds was not invited to the camp in Kitchener due to a curfew violation. For goaltending Canada once again looks at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with it’s repuation for churning out great french-Canadian goalies. Most will be looking forward to seeing Vincent Lecavalier, the top ranked prospect, in action. On December 17, the roster will be trimmed down to 2 goalies, 7 defensemen, and 17 forwards and the team will head to Sweden for a six-day pre-competition camp.
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