Numerous positives found in disappointing Penguins post-season

by Ian Altenbaugh
London Knights defenseman Scott Harrington

Photo: Finishing the season with an OHL championship and an appearance at the Memorial Cup, defenseman Scott Harrington easily saw the most post-season success of any Penguin prospect. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Only two years ago an extended run in the NHL post-season was a seeming right of passage for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and their rabid fanbase. But after two consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009, the Penguins have experienced dramatic early post-season upsets, the first in 2011 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently in 2012 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

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IHL Prospect Makes the Jump to the ECHL

by Wil Kirwan
Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .
Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.
Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.
Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.

Stats on Ryan Brindley:

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63 Read more»

South Carolina Stingrays Off Season Report

by Wil Kirwan
To Say that the Stingrays are going to have a new look for the 2000-2001 season would highly understate the situation. The ‘Rays are looking different with both new uniforms, and an influx of new talent. The Stingrays have already filled three of their five available veteran slots with Brett Marietti,
Jared Bednar, and Greg Schmidt. However, these older talents are quickly being complemented by some excellent prospects with NHL potential. One of the best offseason moves made as of this writing was the re-signing of Adam
Calder, a prospect with potential to move up to the AHL/IHL. Calder has the skills to be a major player for any team he plays for, and should add
excitement to the upcoming season. The only other prospect currently signed by the Stingrays is Zach Ham, a former collegiate player from Bowling Green. Ham Should add to a great Second or third line for the Stingrays, playing on
the wing with Adam Calder centering.

The combination of Calder and Ham looks to be a very productive line, and
the two could score more than their fair share of goals. Least season,
Calder averaged more than a point per game with 44 points. In 41 games with
the Rays, the Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native scored 22 goals and
chipped in 22 assists. The feisty forward also added 84 penalty minutes.
With the additon of a rough-and-tumble player like Ham to help take the
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Tallahassee Tiger Sharks Season Preview

by pbadmin

President/GM: Larry Kish

Coach: Terry Christensen

Southern Conference/Southeast Division

Last Season: 27-34-9

Leading Scorer: Brett Punchard 26-38- 64

Key Players: Matt Oates, Alexi Krovopuskov, Jeff McLean, Kimbi Daniels and Wes Swinson

Outlook: Injuries hurt the Tiger Sharks last year. Along with failed trades, an assistant coach leaving the team and the General Manager leaving before the season was over. Larry Kish brought his affiliations with the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers with him. Terry Christensen is back behind the Tiger Sharks bench, after coaching the Miami Matadors last season. If Kish is able to secure quality players from the Habs and Oilers, the Tiger Sharks should make the playoffs.

Up Front: The only player in camp with a contract is Matt Oates (24-74-81 with Columbus 10th in the ECHL), if Jeff McLean shows up (24-26-50 with South Carolina and Tallahassee), Alexi Krovopuskov (6-9-15), Kimbi Daniels (11-28-39 with New Orleans), play together and stay injury free, the numbers they put-up could be staggering.

Defense: With only three non rookies in camp the Tiger Sharks are going to need to rely heavily on Wes Swinson (4-29-33, with Miami and Tallahassee) and Alexandre LaPorte (3-15-18 with Augusta and Tallahassee) to lead the defensive corps, providing they make the team. If Swinson stays healthy, he can direct the power play while LaPorte plays his stay at home defensive game.
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Hamilton Bulldogs Assign Four Players to Tallahassee

by pbadmin

The Hamilton Bulldogs, of the American Hockey League, assigned four players to the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks today. Kyle Schultz, Tiger Sharks Media Relations Director confirmed that four players had been assigned but had no further information.

The players that were sent to Tallahassee are Derek Paget, Craig Morgan, Brandon LaFrance and Paul Buczkowski.

No information was available on Morgan.

Padget is a Left Wing, 6’0 183 lbs., from Kamloops, BC. He played for The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. During the 1998-1999 season he scored 26 goals added 45 assists and 115 penalty minutes in 72 games.

Lafrance is a Right Wing, 6’1″ 190lbs., from Navan , Ontario. He played for the Ohio State University Buckeyes beginning in the 1995-1996 season. In the four years at Ohio State LaFrance played in 125 games, scored thirty- three goals, added twenty-one assists to go with 138 penalty minutes. His most productive season was the 1998-99 season where he scored Ten goals and had seven assists.

Buczkowski played six year for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. During his six-season tenure with the Blades, Buczkowski netted 126 goals, and was credited with 224 assists to go along with 313 minutes in the penalty box over the course of 313 games. Buczkowski played in the German Second league during the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons, with Peissenberg.
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