WHL WEST STARS WIN, SO OHL CLAIMS THE HERSHEY CUP
RIMOUSKI – The Western Hockey League’s Western Conference All-Stars defeated
As a result the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League and the QMJHL all finish the
Jared Aulin of the Kamloops Blazers and Paul Gaustad of the Portland Winter
Karl Fournier (Acadie-Bathurst Titan), Yanick Lehoux (Baie-Comeau Drakkar),
The WHL East led 3-2 after one period of play and the QMJHL Dilio Conference
The OHL wound up the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series with a 1-1 record
Washington Capitals 2000 Entry Draft selection Igor Schadilov could be ready to jump into the AHL next season, but is General Manager George McPhee ready to convince Igor to make the jump?
Igor was drafted by the Capitals in 1999. He was selected in the 9th round (249th overall) and is considered to have the ability of being a great two-way defenseman. When Igor Schadilov was originally drafted, he was left towards the bottom of the depth chart for his Russian Super League team. But the Caps liked what they saw, and decided to take the chance. Low and behold having been previouisly stuck behind such Russian defensive prospects such as Andrei Markov(Montreal), Alex Proshkin and Alexander Khavanov(St. Louis)…Igor has emerged this season on the number one defensive pairing for his squad.
In 2000, Igor played on the Russian Junior National Team at the Five Nations and Four Nations tournaments. After his strong performance at the Four Nations tournament, where he registered a +2 rating in 3 games, Igor was invited to take part in the training camp for the World Junior Championships. He helped the his team to win the Silver medal at the 2000 U20 WJC with his goal and an impressive +8 rating.
Currently with Severstal Cherpovets of the Russian Super League, Schadilov has scored 5 goals and 2 assists. In a game on December 2nd, Igor scored 2 goals and was named the number one star for the game. RussianProspects.com
Despite being drafted late, Igor should be offered Read more»
Coming into the 2001-02 season, defenseman Henrik Tallinder was touted as being one of the Buffalo Sabres’ better prospects. He had just finished a championship season with TPS Turku in Finland’s top league, an accomplishment that only added to his reputation, and which served to add to the anticipation of his arrival in North America.
Henrik’s debut was somewhat delayed due to a knee injury suffered early in Buffalo’s training camp, but he has not disappointed since joining the Rochester Americans’ roster. The smiling Swede seems to have adapted quickly to the style of play favored on these shores, to the point where he has logged as much as 25+ minutes a game. Tallinder does, indeed, look like a very promising prospect.
I caught up with Henrik following a recent practice, where we briefly discussed his career and his approach to the game. The following is a transcript of that conversation, with "HF" designating my questions and "HT" being Henrik’s answers.
: Last year, you played in Turku, Finland. What differences have you noticed between playing in Turku, and playing in the AHL?
: It’s a pretty big difference. Over here, it’s more hitting, and the play goes more, like- the transition game is much more forwards-and-backwards, and offense and defense is much faster than it is back home. Back home, it’s more sideways-to-sideways instead of up-and-down, if you know what I mean.
: You guys won the championship last year. That must have been exciting f Read more»
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#1 Jeff Taffe – Minnesota Gophers (26 GP, 22 G, 15 A, 37 P, 16 PIM, -1)
Taffe has had a career year so far as his production from last year has almost doubled. One problem with Taffe is his defensive game is not as strong as his offensive game and he needs to become a better 2-way center. Taffe was one of the key components in the Keith Tkachuk trade and his status is unknown to whether he will try to make the Coyotes roster as of next year or stay in College for his senior season.
#2 Martin Podelsak – Lethbridge Hurricanes (32 GP, 12 G, 20 A, 32 P, 29 PIM, +9)
Podelsak has adjusted well to the North American ice style since he came over to North America in the 2000 CHL Import Draft. Podelsak 2-way game has improved greatly this year. Podelsak is also starting to use is 6’5” frame to his advantage. Podelsak’s future will most likely stay in the juniors for one more year before attmpting to transfer over the to NHL.
#3 Jason Jaspers – Springfield Falcons (40 GP, 17 G, 10 A, 27 P, 35 PIM, +3)
Jaspers is having a great year so far and has even earned a recall with the Coyotes, which he registered a point in three games played. After the Coyotes made the Lewtoski trade, it has opened a door for Jaspers who plays almost an identical style as Lewtoski did. Jaspers will have a shot at making the Coyotes although he will stay at Springfield next year at all likelihood.
#4 Peter Fabus – Dukla Trencin (22 GP, 12 G, 8 A, 20 P, 59 PIM, +12)
HF: What has been your biggest obstacle playing at this level of hockey (AHL).
BR: I wouldn’t call it obstacles, but being in and out of the line up has really given me a hard time. That is my fault. If I were doing everything right, I wouldn’t be in and out of the line up as much as I have been. Also, I need to work on my strength and my on ice vision. That has been my major downfall at this level.
HF: In what way has Trent Yawney (head coach) helped develop your skills more?
BR: He keeps telling me to do the little things right, and for the most part he lets me play.
HF: How are you adjusting to this league after playing at the ECHL level?
BR: Adjustment is a huge step, because in the ECHL you have maybe three or four guys that can play at this level. I need to work on passing better, working on my speed and being there at the right time.
HF: How do you prepare yourself for a game?
BR: I have my twenty-minute workout here, (practice) and I grab a bite to eat of chicken or pasta and nap for a few hours. [Laughing] It’s pretty standard, but that is my typical game day.
HF: Any pre-game rituals?
BR: [Pausing] I can’t say that I do, unless I score a couple days in a row and than I try to remember what I did or what skate I put on first that day.
HF: Who are your heroes off the ice?
BR: My father and mother. Without them I wouldn’t be here. As a kid, they would be up with me at five o clock in the morning for practice. Read more»
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