New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update
A biweekly article that will look at the development of Future Devils competing in the WCHA, CCHA and Hockey East
1.) David Hale, Defense, North Dakota, sophomore year
The Fighting Sioux of North Dakota have had a tough beginning to the regular season thus far, especially after this past weekend when they dropped two contests to currently number one ranked St. Cloud. In Friday night’s game, David Hale did manage to score a goal half way through the second frame to tie the game. Hale received a nice pass from Ryan Connelly, skated in closer and beat St. Cloud goalie Dean Weasler for his first tally of the season. The tied game was short lived as St. Cloud scored 6 of the next 8 goals. David is seeing more ice time than last year and is playing a larger role. Hopefully he will take full advantage of the opportunity and improve upon his offensive numbers. The Fighting Sioux have the upcoming week off and will travel to MSU-Mankato in two weeks. Hale missed one game because he was ejected the night before.
2001/02 stats: 8 games, 1 g, 0 a, 25 PIM
2.) Paul Martin, Defense, University of Minnesota, sophomore year
One of the biggest surprises this year has been the play of the Golden Gophers as well as Paul Martin. Minnesota entered the past weekend undefeated and the number one team in NCAA Men’s Division One. Just two weeks ago, after a weekend set with Colgate, Paul Martin was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after tallying four points Read more»
Right-winger Jason King has been named the player of the month for October by the Mooseheads.
King netted 17 goals along with 5 helpers totalling 22 points in just 11 games during the month of October. It should be noted that the 20-year-old managed to get a point per game during 10 of the 11 games. Not too shabby considering a 7-2-2 record for the month.
After turning the big “2-0” on September 14, the talented forward recorded five games with more than one point in each during October and also turned a lot of heads when he set a single-game team record of 5 goals in an 8-3 win over Baie-Comeau on October 10. King also netted a pair of goals and added 2 helpers for a four-point night on October 6 against Val-d’Orand led to an 8-6 win. The following night, he led the Mooseheads to a 6-4 victory over Rouyn-Noranda, contributing a hat trick. October 24 also saw King with a hat trick against division rival, Moncton Wildcats, and also handing the Cats a 7-2 defeat.
The crafty winger also managed game-winning goals against Baie-Comeau (October 12, 8-3) and Shawinigan (October 14, 3-2) and scored the game-tying goal on Hull (October 16, 2-2). King is also becoming well-above his already-noticable proficiency on special teams–netting 3 powerplay goals and 4 shorthanded goals during October.
Hats off to Jason for having a great October!
Mooseheads’ Director of Hockey Operations Marcel Patenaude has announced that defenseman Milan Jurcina has been invited to represent the Slovakian Republic in the 2002 World Junior Read more»
Mathieu Darche(LW) – Unable to crack the Blue Jackets opening day roster, Mathieu Darche was quickly relocated to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. Darche, who was called up for a 9 game stint last year, has not gone unnoticed by the Blue Jackets organization. After compiling 8 points in 9 games (6-2-8) for the Crunch, Darche received a call-up to the big club. In limited action with the Jackets, Darche has been held pointless in three games, with 4 PIM and a –3 rating.
Brad Moran(C) – One of Darche’s teammates on the Syracuse Crunch, Moran has not enjoyed the early season success he’d like to. After scoring 120 points only two seasons ago, Moran has had a tough time adapting to the professional level, recording just 34 points in 80 career AHL games, and only 4 points (2-2-4) in 9 games this season. After recording 3 consecutive 100+ point seasons in junior, the Jackets cannot be happy with the production of the former WHL Player Of The Year and Bob Clarke Trophy winner.
Martin Spanhel(RW) – Spanhel has split duty this season between the AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch and the NHL Jackets. Spanhel, who didn’t make the final cut in the preseason, managed 3 points (1-2-3) in 8 games before receiving his call-up with Darche. Unlike Darche, Spanhel has managed to tickle the twine, with one goal (1-0-1) in four games, while going – Read more»
Here are some notes on the Johnstown Chiefs, Richmond Renegades, Louisiana IceGators, Florida Everblades, Dayton Bombers, and the Pee Dee Pride.
Eric Schneider leads the ECHL in goals scored (9), and is tied for second in the league in power play goals (4).
Both of Chad Onufrechuk’s goals have come in the shootout.
The last time the Chiefs had a three game winning streak was 1/27/01-2/2/01.
Jeff Sullivan is ranked 6th on the Chiefs all-time penalty minute list with 547 PIM.
The Chiefs have not surrendered a goal in the two shootouts they have been in this season.
The Chiefs have only one power play goal in their last 15 chances.
The Chiefs are tied (Columbia) for the league lead with 26 major penalties.
Schneider is currently riding a eight game scoring streak. He has 8 goals and 3 assists during the eight games.
Four of the Chiefs five wins have come by one goal.
Tonight is the first game of a six game home stand.
If Rod Taylor plays tonight he will tie former Chief Bob Woods for most ECHL games played with 599. Taylor has missed the last two games.
Rookie Garrett Prosofsky leads the ‘Gades with 7 goals and 4 assists (11 PTS).
Richmond has been outshot in eight of their eleven games this season.
Former Washington Capital Brad Church was recalled earlier this week by the Portland Pirates (AHL).
The Renegades are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Read more»
“OHL’s Top Defenders”
Defensemen usually don’t get the praise that they rightfully deserve. They
battle hard, game in and game out, and are seldom rewarded. That’s why I
have composed a list of (in my opinion) the top ten rearguards in the OHL
(in no particular order). I stress that this is my opinion. I know some
people won’t be happy that I have left out Guelph’s Kevin Dallman and his
points. But I feel that there is more to a defenseman than points. I have
“honourable mention” list of players that I thought of putting on, but
didn’t have the room for them. Enjoy, and pick apart my list all you want.
The first five are below, and the next five will be posted tomorrow.
Mark Popovic (6’1″ – 194lbs) Mark is one of the most skilled d-men in the
entire league. He is the unquestionable leader on the Majors hockey club.
After a terrific camp with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, he was sent back the
the “O” for more seasoning. He is rounding out his game very well. His
skating and his offensive skills are top notch. He is an excellent puck
mover that needs to work on gettingmore physical in front of his net. But
nonetheless, Mark plays a terrific all-around game.
Malcolm Hutt (6’0″ – 195lbs) Malcolm is probably the most underated
defenseman in the OHL. While he is in the top ten in d-man scoring, that
not his calling. Malcolm is an exceptional defensive player who makes a
great first pass. Two words used most often to describe Malcolm are
and “dependable”. He rare Read more»