Red Wings Report: NHL and AHL “youngsters”
I have had some questions about why I`m not mentioning players like Jason Williams, Yuri Butsayev and so on in my articles. Therefore, here is an update on “all youngsters” who are playing with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.
Name: Jiri Fischer
Czech giant defenseman Jiri Fischer is improving and getting more ice time for every game that passes. He is playing great right now, logging on a bit over 20 minutes a game while playing a strong defensive game. He has been a regular on the second penalty killing unit all year long which has helped his development. The only minus is that he is not putting up offensive numbers, mainly due to the lack of PP time. I think that Mr. Bowman should give this kid some PP time to develop his offensive game and become more of a two-way defenseman.
Future: Jiri Fischer has a bright future ahead of him in Detroit. If he continues to develop at this pace he should become the best defenseman and the corner stone on the team in 4-5 years. With some PP time he could be a very good two-way defenseman in the NHL.
Name: Pavel Datsyuk
At the beginning of Tuesday night’s game at home against the Vancouver Giants the Kootenay were just three points back of the B.C. Division leading
Kamloops Blazers with three games to play in the regular season. At the end of the night Kootenay was just a point back of the Blazers with only two games left for each. Just over a week ago the Blazers were nine points up on the ICE, had a game in hand and had the division pennant all but hanging in the rafters of SportMart Place.
What a difference a week makes.
While the Blazers were in the process of losing their fourth straight to a Calgary Hitmen club that has now clinched a playoff spot in the WHL’s Central Division, the Kootenay ICE were having difficulty dispensing a pesky Vancouver Giant club that didn’t want to go away quietly. For the Giants the game was played purely for points in the pride column. Forced out of the playoff picture by a loss against the Seattle Thunderbirds last Friday, players on the coastal expansion squad were playing for jobs on the club next fall. That fact didn’t deter the club from being a thorn in the side of the ICE all night long. Being down by score of 2-0 and 4-1 and Kootenay poised to put them away for good, the Giants made things interesting and were down by only a 4-3 count with less than two minutes to play in the third frame before Kootenay put it out of reach with a 6-3 verdict on goals that included a fade-away lob-shot by Cole Fischer that fooled Giant netminder Jordan McLaughlin and an empty-net marker by Nigel Dawes.
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The Halifax Mooseheads have been skating in front of their hometown crowd in the Halifax Metro Centre. Moosemaniacs have seen the offensive exploits of players like Alex Tanguay, who registered 47 goals in 51 games in 98-99. Others saw Ladislav Nagy put up 71 goals and 126 points in 63 games in that same 98-99 season. Many saw Ramzi Abid blaze onto the scene from Acadie-Bathurst, to go onto his best junior season with 158 points in 72 games. This season, the fans of the Halifax Mooseheads are seeing a different breed of potential superstar in the making; Louis Mandeville.
Mandeville burst onto the scene during the 2000-2001 season when his current junior team, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, dealt him to the Mooseheads. Since that trade, his game has shown nothing but improvement. He completed the season with 22 points in 28 games for Halifax, after registering only 17 points in 42 games with the Huskies. But the story of Louis Mandeville starts much earlier than that.
After a hugely successful year with Col. Lemoyne in Midget, Louis realized that he could have a shot at the NHL somewhere down the road.
“Probably in Midget AAA I had a really good season,” said Louis, “People were talkin’ about me so I thought about it a bit at that time.”
People continued to talk as Mandeville made the jump for Midget hockey into Major Junior with Rouyn-Noranda, however, deciding between Major Junior and College hockey was one that Mandeville was forced to ponder.
Mandeville could have either taken the Major Junior route, or through t Read more»
1st: Kari Lehtonen
Jokerit (Elite league): 22 GP, 13-4-2, 4 SO, 1.77 GAA, .941 SV%
4th: Tommi Tervo
JyP (Jr. A): 29 GP, 12-10-6, 2.84 GAA, .909 SV%
8th: Hannu Toivonen
HPK (Jr. A): 31 GP, 15-12-4, 3.29 GAA, .911 SV%
1st: Joni Pitkänen, D
Kärpät (Elite league): 46 GP, 4+14=18, +2, 61 PIM
7th: Sean Bergenheim, RW
Jokerit (Elite league): 27 GP, 2+2=4, +1, 4 PIM
10th: Topi Jaakola, D
Kärpät (Elite league): 41 GP, 0+4=4, +4, 16 PIM
29th: Valtteri Filppula, F
Jokerit (Jr.A): 40 G, 8+15=23, -1, 14 PIM
30th: Mikko Kalteva, D
Jokerit (Jr.A): 29 GP, 5+3=8, +20, 10 PIM
37th: Jarkko Immonen**, C
Ässät (Elite league): 32 GP, 0+2=2, -14, 6 PIM
42nd: Jarkko Immonen, C
Blues (Jr.A): 34 GP, 14+12=26, +11, 18 PIM
46th: Jyri Marttinen**, D
JyP (Elite league): 47 GP, 1+4=5, +7, 65 PIM
59th: Joni Töykkälä, W
Blues (Jr.A): 44 GP, 8+18=26, +18, 18 PIM
69th: Joni Lindlöf, F
Tappara (Jr.A): 33 GP 17+8=25, +17, 14 PIM
72nd: Tommi Pelkonen, D Read more»