I recently had a chance to speak with future top draft choice Scott Hartnell of the Prince Albert Raiders. He’s a good kid with a smart head on his shoulders. You know this kid is going far in the league just by talking to him.
To watch this kid play is what it must have been like to watch Trevor Linden, Dale Hunter, or even Rod Brind’amour play at this age. He’s got the skills, desire, and the leadership to be just as dominating as those three. It is obvious that what ever team drafts him in Calgary, on June 24, is going to be in for a real treat. This is the interview with Scott Hartnell.
HF: How has the pressure of the upcoming entry draft affected your play?
Scott: I don’t really try to think about it when I’m on the ice. You just go out and play your game the way you’ve been playing it for the past 10-15 years. Don’t try to change anything, just go out and play your style of hockey and that’s all you can ask for.
HF: Some people say that you are a good potential power forward, but they say your offensive upside isn’t as good as some of the other top ranked prospects. How would you comment on that?
Scott: I don’t really try and think about it. I just try to block it out of my head and do the best I can out there. I’m not very offensive like some of the other draft prospects, that’s pretty obvious through my numbers. I just go out there and score if I can and just do what I can do out there.
HF: So would you say that’s an unfair statement?
Grand Rapids forward Kevin Miller was re-assigned to the Griffins by the Ottawa Senators last week and came back with a vengeance.
After arriving at the rink 90 minutes before his team’s game against Milwaukee Friday, Miller hit the ice and then hit the back of the net for a hat
trick in the 5-3 win.
He didn’t play for the Senators during his two-day trip up to the NHL, but he’ll get another chance.
Miller and forward Yves Sarault were recalled Sunday by Ottawa, which has been hit by injuries.
The loss will sting the Griffins, who are tied with Orlando for first in the Eastern Conference standings with 93 points.
Miller is the squad’s second-leading scorer, with 20 goals and 54 points, while Sarault is fourth with 16 goals and 25 assists.
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Mark Lamb Hou 64 13 42 55 42 3 2 4
Mark Freer Hou 62 15 29 44 45 4 1 3
Brian Wiseman Hou 59 12 28 40 44 0 1 2
Greg Pankewicz Hou 57 21 17 38 128 11 0 3
Bobby Reynolds Hou 38 11 19 30 17 2 1 1
Lane Lambert Hou 64 16 12 28 80 4 0 2
David Oliver Hou 38 15 10 25 38 5 0 2
Terry Marchant Hou 61 11 12 23 37 2 0 1
Brian Felsner Hou 28 7 16 23 18 1 0 0
Sandy Moger Hou 44 13 9 22 43 0 0 3 Read more»