This article was written by Evan Schnittman, who can be reached at RIPBIH@aol.com. Evan originally wrote the article for his school newspaper, The Thunderbird, at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, New York. With Evan’s permission, I have posted this article here on Hockey’s Future for our readers enjoyment.
Thursday was a day that highly touted prospect Jamie Lundmark did not want to come about as he knew the results of the day. The result of the day was a ticket to the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, Connecticut along with goaltender Johan Holmqvist, Ed Ward (on tryout), Mike Mottau, Martin Richter, Mikael Samuelsson, Jeff Toms, and PJ Stock while Bryce Wandler, Scott Meyer, Dean Arsene, Dean Serdachny were assigned to Charlotte of the ECHL.
While Lundmark shined at times in this camp he also seemingly had “stone hands” as his puck control skills appear to have disappeared at an alarming rate that hopefully some time in Hartford would cure. Another reason and perhaps a more “rock hard” reason is that the roster is loaded with centers including Mark Messier, Eric Lindros, Mike York, Peter Nedved and Manny Malhotra oh which atleast 2 will see time at wing and one relegated to another club (via trade) or become comfortable at the no.4 spot with limited ice time. In short.. no room at the inn for Lundmark.
Last year at this time, center was a big question mark for
the Bolts. Only two centers, Vincent
Lecavalier and Brian Holzinger, had achieved even moderate success
at the NHL level. Wayne Primeau,
Ryan Johnson and Steve Martins were being counted on to shoulder
a good part of the load, but had limited experience. By the 2001 entry draft, only Lecavalier and Holzinger
remained in the organization. Nobody
knew how much to expect from Brad Richards last year at this time.
How things have changed.
This season, Lecavalier (pending a contract) and Holzinger
return from last year’s Tier One group to join 2000-01 rookie-star Brad
Richards and a handful of others capable of playing both the pivot and
The organizational depth chart at center can be broken down
into four tiers of impact talent:
Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Brian Holzinger, Vaclav Prospal, Juha Ylonen, Tim Taylor.
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Well, my friends, I’m back, with the Canucks new and revised ‘Top 16’ List! Okay, I know that sounds silly, but I only have sixteen ranked prospects, so bear with me. This season is a very important one for the Canucks, and many of their prospects this season will either make big moves, or flounder, like many young players before them. We face many challenges this upcoming season, the largest fish we have to fry is our goaltending situation, we have a fine prospect in Alexander Auld, but he is out for a month, as he is in a walking cast. This leaves the Canucks with three options, option A is the Waiver Draft, which takes place tomorrow. There are three ‘tenders that would help the Canucks remedy their back-up situation. Jamie McLennan, Chris Osgood, and Stephane Fiset. It has become more than likely that the Canucks will end up with McLennan, as Osgood and Fiset are expected to go rather high in the waiver draft. (What an accomplishment!) Although I’m a big critic of getting someone like McLennan, the price (free, for all intents and purposes) is right. Either way, I’m going to be interested in the events that will transpire during tomorrow’s Draft.
We knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but Josh Holden was left unprotected. In five years since being drafted, Holden has been nothing but a disappointment, with a major injury mixed in here or there. He could never catch a break, but he should have been up here by now if he’s all that he was billed as coming out of the Regina Pats program. I hope he is able to latch on with another NHL team, and get a second c Read more»