Giant Growing Pains
Like most newborns, the Vancouver Giants are also susceptible to growing pains. These pains were most evident over the last three-game homestand, winding up Saturday, October 13th, in what will become a divisional rivalry with the Portland Winter Hawks. The Giants, hoping to push their record over the .500 mark and perhaps thinking they could take advantage of the Winter Hawks who have been struggling on the road, never did seem to get organized. From obvious communication problems on the bench, to teammates running into each other on the ice, the Giants never came close to finding the disciplined, hard-working and physical groove they displayed just one night earlier in the first period against the offensive Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Being a young team, this erratic display of hockey is not unusual. Coach Dragicevic was saying all the right things to the players between periods and after the game, emphasizing the need to play a rugged, grinding style of hockey, and to shy not from the body. Yet it seemed to land on deaf ears against the Winter Hawks. There really is no explanation for it other than the proverbial ‘growing pains’ of a young team coming together.
Players at both ends of the ice were turning away from what appeared to be sure checks, and the defence were often beat on the outside along the half-boards due to ill-timed turns to play the man. In short, they were getting caught flat-footed. They looked surprisingly tired — something a fan would not expect this early in the sea Read more»
The happenings and goings on (statistically, anyway) on the Vancouver Canucks prospects thus far in 2001-02.
2001 Draftees Thus Far… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Umberger, R.J. Ohio State 1 0 2 2 0
Fedorov, Fedor Manitoba 1 1 0 1 0
Gladskikh, Evgeny Magnitogorsk – – – – –
Bieska, Kevin Bowling Green 2 0 0 0 6
King, Jason Halifax 11 13 8 21 6 *
Mikhailov, Konstantin Nizhnekamsk – – – – –
2000 Draftees Currently… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Smith, Nathan Swift Current 7 4 6 10 8
Bell, Thatcher Rimouski 10 6 9 15 15
Branham, Tim Guelph 11 0 3 3 18
Duma, Pavel Nizhny Novgorod – – – – –
Reid, Brandon Manitoba 3 0 0 0 0
Barrett, Nathan Lethbridge 11 12 11 23 14
Smith, Tim Swift Current 12 7 11 18 16
GP W L T GAA
1999 Draftees as of now.. Team GP G A P PIM
Sedin, Daniel Vancouver 7 2 2 4 0 Read more»
Moral victory comes at a high cost
It wasn’t a win, but it sure felt like one. Both players and fans alike came away from Wednesday’s 1-1 tie game with Red Deer feeling like it was a moral victory in that it provided some pluses for a club sorely in need of good things to build on. It also proved to be very costly.
A couple of weeks ago in an interview with Rob Vanstone for The Hockey News, Jarrett Stoll lamented the bout of bad luck he’d suffered over the summer and into the beginning of the season. Referring the wrist surgery, a case of strep throat before the Calgary Flames training camp and the freak kitchen knife accident that sliced the hand of the Yorkton, Sask. native that will see him sidelined for at least another month, his mother had always told him that things happen in threes. Being prophetic about her son is one thing, being clairvoyant about predicting the early season mis-fortunes of the Kootenay ICE is quite another.
But you could use any cliche here. Bad things always happen in threes, when it rains it pours, pick one, in the recent fortunes of the Kootenay ICE, almost any apply.
Marek Svatos, the club’s leading scorer and offensive catalyst in the absence of Stoll received the worst possible news when the slick Slovak suffered a dislocated shoulder that will sideline the Colorado Avalanche draft pick indefinitely. Adding to bad news of Stoll cutting himself and Dan Blackburn sticking with the New York Rangers, losing Svatos was not a possibility that the club wanted to ponder.
Coach Ryan Mc Read more»