Canada’s World Junior Championship team was unveiled on Saturday afternoon and among the names on the list were three Toronto Maple Leaf draftees. Making the cut were defensemen Jay Harrison of the Brampton Battalion, as well as Erie Otter teammates Carlo Colaiacovo and Brad Boyes, the former a blueliner, the latter a pivot. Each is obviously happy to be a part of this long time holiday tradition but each also has something to prove at this tournament.
Brad Boyes is one of the returning forwards from last years’s bronze medal team but while one can count the experience card in his favour, whether or not it was a good or bad one, is up for debate. By the end of the tournament his icetime was being slashed as he was generally ineffective up front. It is not the Brad Boyes many had come to know in the CHL and he arrived in training camp a bit lighter and a step faster. The Otter pivot is an important prospect for the Buds. He is the first pick of the Quinn regime (Nick Beverly is Mike Smith’s man) and a lot of reputations are riding on how well he turns out. As far as Boyes is concerned, if he can put a recent bout of mononucleosis behind him and impress overseas, he has a chance to place himself squarely in position to leapfrog several other highly touted prospects in the Leafs system come September.
Like Boyes, Jay Harrison is no stranger to spending Christmas overseas having done the same thing last year in Moscow. He’s one of five returnees on the blueline but he’ll be the only one playing tour guide for the new guy (see below) at least fro Read more»
Pierre Parenteau stands at 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 165 pounds therefore making him small
by NHL standards especially for a center but whatever he lacks in size he surely makes up for it
in heart. Pierre grew up idolizing Mario Lemieux he liked him for his magical abilities,
deceptive shot, and most of all his French-Canadian roots. When I asked Pierre what his plans
for the future were he told me that he would like to finish his last years of junior eligibility and
spend a season or two in the AHL then he’d be ready to play in the NHL, his life long dream.
Pierre compares himself to Steve Yzerman although he admits his defense needs work, his two
way play is adequate for the QMJHL and his offensive abilities are unquestioned as so far this
season he has 56 points in 31 games, but eh didn’t Stevie Y start out as a one way player, but
Pierre told me this off-season he will be totally committed to working on his defense. Obviously intrested in Pierre’s skill’s I asked him
asked what part of his game stood out above the rest he said his offensive abilities in general but
more specifically his one on one play, a quality that is very important to success at the NHL
Pierre’s favorite hockey team is the Colorado Avalanche although the Ducks are a close
second Pierre likes the Avalanche because they have great overall team skill and have or had
some great French-Canadian players like Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque. After finding out that
the Ducks were Pierre’s second favorite I asked him what he thought of the organization to
explain his liking for the Read more»
Well, this week, I will re-rank our prospects, one-by-one, and give reasons for each ranking. Many of the Canucks’ prospects have regressed a great deal in development this season, and this could serve as a wake-up call for some of them; (If they have computers, and read this site, that is.) while others will be pleasantly surprised by their surge in the rankings. Without further ado, let us proceed.
1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Even though he started the season with the Canucks, Allen quickly proved that he didn’t belong there. He’s still my top prospect on reputation and potential alone. When he reaches the NHL again, I hope that we see the Allen of last year’s play-offs, the physical, tough, and defensively-responsible Allen. If he can conquer his split-NHL personality, then he’ll fit in just fine. Our blueline is in need of some fresh blood, and, with Murray Baron and Scott Lachance as our #3-4 defensemen, respectively, Allen should rocket up the depth chart, if he wants to.
2001-02 Manitoba 22GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 53 PIM.
2001-02 Vancouver 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Vancouver Canucks. Drafted: ’98 (2/31) Read more»
Western Hockey League
Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Shane Bendera was one of two Columubs goaltending prospects to be named to Canada’s World Junior Tryout for the 2002 World Junior Championships. He made it up until the final cut, where Pascal Leclaire and Olivier Michaud were selected over him. Since the November 30th update, Bendera has struggled a bit. His GAA has jumped from a 2.03 to a 2.28. He has also gone winless in his last 3, bumping his record to 11-6-3. His .926 SV% has dwindled down to a .918. He remains second in the league in GAA, and third in SV%.
Ben Knopp – RW – Kamloops Blazers
Benn Knopp is now a Kamloops Blazer. Strongly desired and readily available from the Moose Jaw Warriors, Kamloops dealt Lwer Derek Krestanovich and a 3rd round pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft. Knopp will be meeting up with AJHL teammate Tyler Sloan. While the trade has not helped Knopps +/- rating, which now sits at –16, his offense has hit the skids which is a greater cause for concern. In his last ten games, Knopp has managed one goal and 3 assists, to push his totals to 33 points(18-15-33) in 39 games. Given some time to get used to his Blazer teammates, and Knopp should regain the scoring touch that has him highly touted by the Blue Jackets Organization.
Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
Kiel has continued to keep his own pace that he set for himself early in the season. His production has tailed off only slightly, from 1.22 PPG down to 1.20. He sits beh Read more»
New Jersey Devils NCAA Prospect Update
An update 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
North Dakota has had a tough spell over the last month going 3-4-1, including four straight loses between WCHA rivals MSU-Mankato and Wisconsin. Hale is playing well defensively with the Fighting Sioux, as he is one of their top three blueliners. In their last game before the Christmas break, David tallied an assist on Chris Fournier’s game winning goal, he was also a +3 on the day. Hale’s offensive production is not what makes him so valuable to North Dakota. David is a large, stay at home defensemen can physically punish a team, clear the net, work along the boards and participate on the occasional special team assignment.
2001/02 stats: 16 games, 1 g, 2 a, 33 PIM
2.) Paul Martin, Defense, University of Minnesota, sophomore year
With the exception of the Mariucci Classic, Minnesota will have about a month off between games. In a win against Denver, Paul was left all alone on the side of the net and put away first goal of the game in a 2-1 win. Martin has been very strong for the Gophers in the last month. He is playing on the number one power play unit. Paul still needs to add some extra weight and develop a physical presence in front of the net and along the board instead of totally relying on his pure skill and talent. Paul has twenty points on the current season. It took him all 37 g Read more»