In the last article I wrote about Stefan Liv, the best prospect so far this year and Henrik Zetterberg. In this article I will write about the other Swedish prospects.
Let`s start with Niklas Kronwall, who is once again having a solid season, but still isn`t having his real breakthrough year.
Going into the season Kronwall had a great training camp in Detroit with the other Red Wings prospects, but when he returned to Sweden he cooled off and played without confidence and that led to limited ice time. But as the season continued, Kronwall picked up his game and played the hockey that made the Red Wing pick him 29th overall in the 2000 entry draft. He scored goals, made great passes, shots, hits and so on, but in the last 9 games his game once again dropped off
Why is it that Niklas can`t keep an equal pace througout a longer period of the season?
The answer could be ice time on the power play.
When Djurgarden had some injury problems on Defense, Kronwall stepped in and played a good two-way game while reciving solid time on the power play unit, but as soon as the injured D-men returned, Kronwall was put off the PP unit and his production and confidence fell off.
I think that Niklas is a top four D-man on Djurgarden and that he deserves to be on the PP unit, but the coach obviously thinks different.
Enough of the complaints, even if he hasn`t been able to produce big numbers this season, it still has been a step forward in his career. He has bulked up a bit to 176 pounds and is slowly growing into an NHL frame. He has also Read more»
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))
Hainsey was shutout through 4 games this week. He’s still trying to regain his pre-injury form. He’s keeping the game simple, while playing solid defense. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 12 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +5 with 6 minutes in penalties. All 3 of his goals were scored on the powerplay.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))
Garon was sent down to Québec on December 8th, 2001. The return of Jeff Hackett will give Garon the opportunity to get adequate playing time with Québec. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 5-1-1 record with a 2.54 GAA, and an impressive .924 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))
Chouinard scored 2 goals through 4 games this week. He snapped out of a 9-game scoreless streak with Québec’s lone goal during a 5-1 loss to Bridgeport. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 25 games. He has 20 points (9-11-20), and is +1 with 6 minutes in penalties. He also has a team leading 71 shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))
Beauchemin was shutout through 1 game this week. He was a healthy scratch during each of the last 3 games. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 11 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -3 with 10 minutes in penalties. Beauchemin has also played 7 ECHL games with Mississippi. He has 4 points (1-3-4), and is -1 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s directed 13 shots on goal.
Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Drafted-99(5/145))
Thinel scor Read more»
RED-HOT TITAN STILL LEADS THE PACK IN BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10
The red-hot Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
continues to lead the way in Week 10 of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL
Top 10 rankings.
Acadie-Bathurst won four more games this week, extending the club’s unbeaten
streak to 19 games and winning streak to eight games, to easily stay on top
of the weekly rankings, selected by a panel of NHL scouts. The Titan now
boasts a CHL best record of 27-4-4-1, for 59 points.
The 19-game unbeaten streak is the longest in the CHL this season. The Titan
has appeared in the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 for seven of the
first 10 weeks of the season and took over top spot from the Red Deer Rebels
of the Western Hockey League three weeks ago.
Holding on to second place in Week 10 of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL
Top 10 rankings are the Plymouth Whalers, who won two of their three games
this week to remain atop the OHL overall standings. The Whalers have a
22-5-4-1 record and have been ranked no lower than third for the first 10
weeks of the rankings, while also being the OHL’s number one ranked team
every week so far this season.
The top ranked team in the WHL and third ranked in the Bank of Montreal
MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings for Week 10 are the Kamloops Blazers of the
WHL, who split a pair of games this past week. The Blazers are in a
dog-fight for first place overall in the hotly contested WHL overall
standings, as the top eight teams in the WHL are just five p Read more»
This weekend, the state of Colorado was the center of attention in college hockey. The three top teams in the NCAA battled for WCHA points and rankings. Colorado College took on the mighty (#1) St Cloud State Huskies. After CC lost on Friday, they rebounded for a commanding 5-1 victory on Saturday. SCSU’s only two losses have come against the under .500 CC Tigers. However, the big battle was fought at Magnuss Arena as the (#2-t) Denver University Pioneers hosted the (#2-t) Minnesota Golden Gophers.
GAME ONE: Minnesota’s resume includes 6 draftees, 1 WJC invitee, 4 players ranked on the CSB preliminary rankings and one 2001 Hobby Baker finalist. With this impressive list, DU seemed to be a bit intimidated on Friday night. Both teams played a tight checking defensive game and neither team seemed to achieve good puck control thought out the evening. Both goaltenders made some incredible save and kept their respective teams in the game until the end. Minnesota’s goalie Adam Hauser was especially impressive, stopping 30 of 31 shots.
Minnesota was up 2-0 when the game finally opened up for a while during the second period with both teams exchanging break away attempts. DU’s Wade Dubielewicz made a spectacular save against Troy Riddle. Soon after that, Connor James also had a break away but could not convert. Also during this on slot, DU’s Jesse Cook blasted one that rang off the post. Finally in the 3rd period, Aaron MacKenzie’s shot from the blue line was redirected in by Luke Fulghum. DU pulled their goalie but could not tie it u Read more»