Sebastien Piche
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Sebastien Piche

Hometown:

Evain Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-02-04

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Detroit, 2012

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Had a breakout year for Rimouski, scoring 72 points in 62 games.

2009-10: In his first pro season, Piche appeared in 9 AHL games with Grand Rapids with no points and 4 PIMs. He skated in 36 ECHL games with the Toledo Walleye, scoring 5 goals, 23 assists for 28 points. He added 2 assists in 4 playoff games.

2010-11: Piche spent most of his season on the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, playing in 48 games and scoring 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points. He also saw time with the Griffins where he put up 2 assists through 11 games.

Talent Analysis

Is an offensive-oriented defenseman. Piche does very well on the powerplay, as he has good puck control and possesses an impressive, strong shot. He also plays a steady defensive game when needed.

Future


Projects as a depth defenseman. Will really need to step up and show he can play at the pro level.  Piche was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deal that brought Kyle Quincey back to the Detroit Red Wings.

From Potential Phenom to Potential Bust – The Story of Rico Fata

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When Rico Fata suited up for the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds as a 15 year old in 1995-96, it was a dream come true for a young player ready to embark on a hopefully successful career. Growing up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Fata had the opportunity to play in the NHL for his hometown team a year before he was even eligible for the OHL Priority Selection, thanks to an interesting rule only allowed in the OHL. Any player can play for his hometown team at age 15, but then still become available for to be drafted by any team when he’s 16 and the Priority Selection rolls around. Fata played 62 games during his rookie season totaling 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points, including 52 penalty minutes. He appeared in all 4 playoff games the Greyhounds played that season, but failed to register any points or penalty minutes.

After his rookie season was complete, scouts began to drool over his potential. Many even went as far to say that he was a lock to be the 1st overall selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, a draft that was still two years away. Fata’s stay in Sault Ste Marie was short, as the London Knights shared the same opinion on Fata as tons of scouts. After finishing with a 3-60-3 record en route to one of the worst seasons by any team in the history of the OHL, the Knights wasted little time in making Fata the first player selected in the 1996 OHL Priority Selection. The Knights finally had a star player that they hoped would lead their team back to respectability.

In Fata’s first season with the London Knights, 1996-97, he tallied just under a poi Read more»

German Draftee Situation

by Oliver Janz
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How far is Portland away from Mannheim

How far away is Portland from Mannheim?

Washington Capitals’ draftee Robert Müller is going to leave Mannheim. The reason for this is his frustration at not getting to play many games this season. In 50 contests for his team, Müller only played 14 times, and did so as well as his goaltending partner Mike Rosati. However, Rosati has been the clear-cut number one netminder. He’s an (italo-)Canadian, has a lot of experience, has played in the NHL and is one of the best goalies in the German hockey league. If that’s an argument enough, Mannheim has won two championships with Rosati in goal. It’s not an easy situation for a backup goalie.

Müller is highly talented, for sure. The coach has the best goalie tandem in the whole league, except for maybe Nürnberg’s goalies Frederic Chabot (former LA Kings and Montreal goalie) and German Olympic sensation Marc Seliger. Chabot and Seliger share their job in Nürnberg’s goal. Various German hockey experts and fans have asked themselves why Mannheim’s coach hasn’t done that with Rosati and Müller. Müller needs the playing time for his development. Since Rosati signed a contract extension, Müller’s time in Mannheim will end after this season. It doesn’t look like he could get more ice time, so he’s figuring it’s better to change the team.

Where could Read more»

Albany Week In Review

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By Mike Buskus

Albany Week in Review

It was a tough week, by any standards. For the players (5 games in 7 nights) and for the fans (no wins; two overtime losses, one against Hartford, reported last week in AWIR).

Since Albany Week in Review last did a weekly recap, the River Rats have not won a game. They lost a home-and-home series with the Worcester IceCats, losing on the road in Worcester on Wednesday (2-1) and then in overtime at home (3-2). On the road in Lowell with a full bus-load of Booster Club supporters to cheer them on, the Rats lost a one-goal game (2-1) to the Lowell Lock Monsters.

Then came Sunday. With many of those holding tickets staying home to watch the Olympic gold-medal game between Team Canada and Team U.S.A., the Albany River Rats were pummeled, 5-0, at home in Pepsi Arena, for the seventh time this year the Rats have failed to score a goal.

With 22 games to go, the Rats are 19 points out of a playoff spot. However, with Springfield between the Rats and a playoff spot (not to mention Portland and Saint John), the prospects of play in April past tax day are dim at best.

Special teams were just awful this week. The River Rats were zero for 19 on the power play in four games. On the penalty kill, the Rats allowed three opponents’ goals on 16 opportunities.

Using the “last ten games” as a measure of current effectiveness, the River Rats are playing worse than all but one squad in this 27-team league: only the Cleveland Barons (1-8-1) are less effective lately than the River R Read more»

Bolt Banter: Alexeev

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Roundtable: Has Nikita Alexeev proved himself worthy of the 8th overall draft selection?

Chad

No, he has not, but the jury’s still out and will probably be out for a couple more years.

A big, potential power-forward like Alexeev will need some time to adjust his game to the NHL level and get more consistent. The developmental track of Fredrik Modin comes to mind.

The fear is Dudley may have drafted a big, fast power defensive-forward, rather than a guy that’s going to pot 30 a year. Alexeev has improved each game he’s played for the Lightning and has taken advantage of increased ice time due to injuries to Modin and
Martin St. Louis. He’s good along the walls and his vision and passing are underrated. He will be a fine complimentary winger, but will never challenge for the Richard Trophy. Most complimentary wingers don’t get drafted top-8, also.

Considering the players with offensive upside taken with 15 picks after Alexeev (players such as Yakubov, and especially Frolov, Nedorost and Kolanos), Alexeev has a long way to go to make Rick Dudley, who perhaps was mesmerized by Alexeev’s physical attributes, look like a genius for taking him so high.

Pete

Let me preface this by saying that at the time he was selected, I hated the selection of Nikita Alexeev with a vitriolic passion. From what I had seen he was a player who played soft, and whose offensive production was solely measured in garbage goals or leaching off his linemates. His shot was laughable, with his slapper hitting only in Read more»

Colorado Prospect Update (2/24/02)

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Juniors:

Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 43 GP, 32 G, 32 A, 64 P, 50 PIM, +5

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 51 GP, 2 G, 14 A, 16 P, 59 PIM, +22

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 34 GP, 11-17-4, 3.54 GAA. .876 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 52 GP, 21 G, 29 A, 50 P, 47 PIM, -22

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 55 GP, 15 G, 11 A, 26 P, 226 PIM, -13

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 55 GP 5 G, 26 A, 31 P, 33 PIM, -1

Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 13 G, 11 A, 24 P, 107 PIM, -23

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 10 G, 13 A, 23 P, 106 PIM, +6

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 34 G, 48 A, 82 P, 114 PIM, +45

Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 18 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P, 19 PIM, +3

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 35 GP, 21-9-4, 2.36 GAA, .918 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more»

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