Notebook — 3/7/2001
Utah Grizzlies Notes
The Utah Grizzlies are presently mired in a long, so far winless, road trip (0-2-1) that
doesn’t end until three games from now in Chicago (on Sunday). Coach Bourne had publically stated that he expected a
big pick up from the team, given the recent seasoned NHL additions: Roman Lyashenko
and Tyler Bouck. Unfortunately, though Bouck and Lyashenko provided a little offense
in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Aeros, the Grizzlies continued their four game losing
In one interesting Hitchcock-esque move from the game, however, Coach Bourne placed
Richard Jackman (one of the hottest, most dominant players on the Grizzlies) at a
forward wing position for the 3rd period — sparking two additional Utah goals in the 3rd.
Jackman, though he has yet to make his mark as a solid NHL player, has been one of the best
Grizzlies this year in the 40 games he has played, averaging about a point every two games
as a defenseman. Furthermore, defensive coach Craig Ludwig continues to rave about how
solid Jackman has become behind his own blue line.
Vitali Yeremeyev’s recent play for the Rangers is living proof that success in the AHL does not always translate into success in the NHL. Yeremeyev, who shot up the depth chart this season after playing great down in Hartford, has been roughed up pretty bad so far in his stint in the NHL.
Yeremeyev is 0-4-0 in 4 games in the NHL this season, allowing 16 goals on 120 shots. He has a 4.53 GAA and an .846 Save percentage during those games. Although he has looked very good in practice, he hasn’t played the same during the games. He’ll be excellent for 10 minutes, than he’ll give up 3 goals in 2 minutes, which was basically what we saw Monday night in a 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders. Yeremeyev made some great saves in the first half of the 1st period, but then everything went downhill from there, as the Islanders goals just starting to keep piling up.
One thing I have noticed about Yeremeyev that needs improvement is the fact that he comes out too far on breakaways. He has let up 3 breakaway goals, and all because he was way too far out, allowing the player to just go around him and tuck the puck into the open side of the net. Martin Straka scored against him this way in Pittsburgh, and so did Jason Blake and Kenny Jonsson on Monday at the Garden. I’m surprised though that the Rangers have given up a couple of breakaways with the rookie in net, as you would think the Rangers would tighten up defensively do help their young goalie out. But, that hasn’t been the case and one can only wonder why.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Yeremeyev will be r Read more»