C, 6-3, 235, 18 years old, Burlington, MA
St. Sebastian’s(USHS) n/a
Following in older brother Jay’s footsteps, a standout at Boston
University and now playing for the Devils, Mike Pandolfo has signed a
letter intent with BU after a stellar season in Massachusetts’ top
high school league, the ISL. Because of his growing reputation as one
of the top young power forwards in the country, he’s been heralded as
the next Keith Tkachuk. But there are other reasons for that
comparison; both were considered poor skaters in high school, lacking
the quickness, mobility and speed that it would take to find success
at the next level. But Pandolfo is so skilled in other areas, such as
having terrifically hard wrist and slap shots, nice soft hands and the
ability to be an immovable crease monkey, that make the risk well
worth it. What scouts also love about Pandolfo is that he uses that
big frame to his advantage, making opponents part of the boards or
just a spot in the ice with his booming checks. Pandolfo was the 4th
rated skater on the USHockey Report’s New England-New York area
skaters ranked for NCAA Division 1 potential.
D, 6-3, 190, 18 years old, Amherst, NY
Thayer Academy(USHS) 20-4-1-5
Orpik, one of the top young American defensemen, was trying to decide
where to play this past season, as well as this fall. He attended a Read more»
In the second installment in our series on the world of scouting, we take a look at how National Hockey League clubs organize their scouting departments and utilize their resources in order to find the best available draft prospects.
A typical NHL team will begin its scouting structure by assigning their scouts to specific regions or territories. And these area scouts are responsible for scouting all the prospects in their particular region. Generally, clubs will have different scouts assigned to Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, U.S. College and High Schools, and Europe. The scouting director meanwhile helps to organize and direct the group while receiving and reviewing all player reports and updates. He too will take to the road, along with the general manager, to see select players/tournaments firsthand.
Crucial to the entire scouting system is the ability to communicate and integrate the information. The computer networking age has certainly helped to facilitate this. As reports and rankings are compiled by region and league, the next step is to consolidate that information into a useable format–one that allows the club to evaluate all prospects evenly.
The Buffalo Sabres may be headed in a new direction early in 1998. Some time this week Buffalo long confused ownership question will finally be resolved. Lifetime owners Nortrup Knox and John O. Swados are being forced out by minority owner John Rigas, owner of Adelphia Cable. Rigas is rumored to finally be taken full control.
The ownership change has been rumored for some time but the situation changed rapidly on Friday, after Sabres management struggled to make payrole. The team has reportedly lost some 32 million dollars over the last three years and were is desperate financial shape.
Rigas, a Sabres minority owner since 1994, has slowly been buying up shares of the club and he currently owns around 49% of the team. However no one really knows for sure. Rigas though has been the Sabres primary financial backer over the last three seasons. The trouble has been that Buffalo has always been run by a limited partnership, wherein the five most prominent owners voted on everything. Rigas often lost during the voting and therefore he has no real power, dispite his financial clout.
Rigas was an huge backer of former coach Ted Nolan and he was very upset after he was basically run-out-of-town. Once he gains full control, Rigas will probably make sweeping changes. Many feel he will fire team President Larry Quinn, a vastly unpopular person in the Buffalo community. Also on the possible hit list are current General Manager Darcy Regier, current coaches Lindy Ruff and Mike Rasmey, along with other front office personel. Read more»
The Sharks have had five rookies total in their lineup this year, more than
any team in the NHL in fact. There’s some good regarding that, and some bad.
The bad being that if you need to have that many in the first place, the
chances are your team hasn’t been playing to well in the past. As of course
has been the case with the San Jose Sharks in recent years. The good news, is
that of the five, four are regularly in the lineup for the Sharks, and all
have played well for us. The young guys, not only rookies, but other young
players such as Jeff Friesen who’s 21, Mike Rathje 23, Owen Nolan 25 and
Andrei Nazarov 25, are a big reason to why the Sharks are currently in 7th
place in the Western Division, and at the time of this article, unbeaten in
their last 6. What I’ll be covering here is only the rookies who have played
for the Sharks this year. Those players being Patrick Marleau, Alexander
Korolyuk, Andrei Zyuzin, Richard Brennan (currently in AHL), and Rookie of the
Month for November, Marco Sturm.
Patrick Marleau-The youngest player in the NHL this year earned a spot on the
Sharks’ roster this year, despite fears that rushing him to the NHL would
ruin, or hurt his development as it did former Shark Pat Falloon, and another
now big name player, Petr Nedved. It was a tough decision. You had a rare
case in Marleau, of a player who had outgrown the WHL where he was drafted Read more»
Alex Tanguay – 6’00, 180 Lbs, Shoots – Right
Born – November 21, 1979 in Ste-Justine, Quebec
Acquired – Drafted in 2nd round 20th overall in the 1996 QMJHL Midget Draft.
1996-97 Team – Halifax Mooseheads, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Honors – Named to 1996-97 CHL All-Rookie Team at Left Wing
NHL Status – 1998 Prospect
Year GP G A PTS PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG GTG
1996-97 70 27 41 68 50 +21 5 0 3 0
Playoffs 12 4 8 12 8 0 1 0 0 0
1997-98 29 26 18 44 12 -1 6 1 2 1
After spending only one season in the Quebec Midget AAA League, Alex
Tanguay began the 1996-97 Season with only one goal, to make the Halifax
Mooseheads’ lineup. Well, Tanguay earned a spot in Halifax and sure enough
the next step the NHL may be at hand.
Playing in an average of 5,000 fans a game and sellout crowds of 9,615.
Tanguay’s personality and skill made in a instant fan favorite in Halifax
in 97-98. Leading the team in points with 44 this year. Alex has 4 games
due to a wrist injury early in the season and now has been named to
Canada’s World Junior Team. where he should fair well playing along with
top prospects Vincent Lecavalier and Manny Maholtra.
Tanguay will go into to the 1998 NHL draft looking to become the highest
Halifax Moosehead to be drafted by a NHL team. This Spot is currently held Read more»