Jeff Woywitka, the Philadelphia Flyers 1st round selection (27th overall) is having an excellent season with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. To date Jeff has played in 50 Games netting 9 Goals and 18 Assists for 27 Points. 2 of Jeff’s 9 goals came on the power play and one is a shorthanded goal, he also has 2 game winning goals. Jeff is an impressive +19 for the season and has 77 penalty minutes. Here is a quick interview I did with Jeff:
AR- How did you feel on Draft Day when you heard your named called 27th overall?
JW- It was a dream come true. I had always thought about the NHL draft and sitting
there in the stands and hearing my name was almost surreal.
AR- How has it been so far being a part of the Philadelphia Flyers
JW- They are a class organization and have kept in touch with me all season long.
It’s great to be part of such a solid team.
AR- What would you list as the best part of your game?
JW- Getting it out of my own end.
AR- What part of your game do you think you need to work on the most to
make it to the NHL level?
JW- The physical side of the game.
AR- Who would you liken your game to in the NHL?
JW- Chris Pronger
AR- What NHL player did you idolize the most as a child?
JW- Ray Bourque
AR- What NHL team did you grow up following?
JW – Vancouver Canucks
AR- I realize how little spare time you probably have but what do you do
when you are not on the ice?
JW- Go to school
AR- Do you have Read more»
Maxime Ouellet-Has adjusted real well so far in his first pro season. Future: Seems to be on track to develop into a real good NHL Goaltender. Potential: Number one goaltender in the NHL.(B+)
Pavel Brendl- Is showing no ability to create scoring chances on his own, But when he has been set up with good chances he has put them away. Future: I really believe his sniper shooting is enough for him to make it to the NHL as a scoring line forward in the future, how good he will be will be decided by if he can develop his skating and defensive play. Potential: Second Line sniper, outside shot at being an all star depending on how his skating improves(C+)
Bruno St.Jacques- Has had an excellent season has been the Phantoms best defensive defenseman. Future: Bruno will probably get his permanent spot with the Flyers next season either as a 6th or 7th defenseman. Potential: Future number 3 or 4 defenseman.(A-)
Tomas Divisek- Has had a very good season playing a solid all around game for the Phantoms, could use to put up a few more points in his 3rd AHL season. Future: Tomas might be given a shot to contend for a job with the Flyers at next training camp. Potential: Future 3rd Line player with scoring ability.(B)
Vaclav Pletka- Started out on a tear in the beginning of Read more»
2002 CHL HOME HARDWARE TOP PROSPECTS GAME ON ROGERS SPORTSNET
The 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game will be broadcast live on
Rogers Sportsnet Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and 8 p.m. ET, live from Saskatoon
It’s the seventh annual edition of the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game,
which features 40 of the top CHL prospects for the National Hockey League’s
Entry Draft, as selected by the NHL’s Central Scouting Department.
This year’s celebrity coaches for the game both have roots in Western
Canada. Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly
Hrudey will coach one team, taking on a squad coached by former NHL and WHL
star Dave “Tiger” Williams.
Among the participating players this year are three members of Canada’s
national junior team, which won a silver medal at the recent World Junior
Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic. Defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of
the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, forward Rick Nash of the London Knights
of the OHL and forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL
are among the bright young CHL stars taking part in both Thursday night’s
game and Wednesday night’s skills competition.
Brandon Segal of the Calgary Hitmen replaces injured forward Tim Brent of
the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in the game, bringing the number of Western
Hockey League players in the game to 15. There are 15 OHL players
performing, along with 10 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
Bouwmeester is the number one ranked player from the WHL on th Read more»
Team: Belleville Bulls (OHL)
Birthdate: June, 13th, 1983
Height: 6′ 2”
Weight: 210 lbs. Read more»
By Mike Buskus
Albany Week in Review #17
Down on the farm: Salomonsson and Zyuzin
They have been with the River Rats long enough for a comment or two: rookie forward Andreas Salomonsson (10 games in Albany) and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin (3 games of a two-week “conditioning stint”).
Touted by some as the next Brian Rafalski at forward (as an older player who spent considerable time in Europe), Andreas Salomonsson was the Devils’ 8th choice, 163rd overall in the 2001 entry draft, listed at 6’1″ and 200#. He made the Devils out of training camp, but lagged all New Jersey players in plus/minus (at -13) after 35 games.
Enter rookies Christian Berglund and Brian Gionta. Bus ticket to Albany for Salomonsson.
For the first week and a half, Salomonsson skated at left wing on Albany’s top line, centered by Steve Guolla. He did not make an immediate impact, with few shots on goal and fewer still hits on opponents. His skating is smooth and passing is accurate. In one early game during his 10-game (to date) visit in Albany, when Brian Gionta was on right wing, Salomonsson fired a pin-point precision pass ahead of Gionta, who was crashing the net, and a nice-redirection goal by Gionta resulted.
Salomonsson has speed and good ice vision, anticipating plays as and before they develop. He has an aversion to physical play and, at times, unloads the puck in a hurry to avoid taking a hit.
The past two games, Salomonsson has been moved from the first line to the second line centered by Mike Rupp (w Read more»