Playing three games in a row in the USHL is always a tough order, especially if you have to travel from Topeka, Kansas to Waterloo Iowa overnight only to play the US National Under 18 Development squad a few short hours after returning home. The Black Hawks showed obvious signs of that three game stretch when they took the ice against Team USA, who also had played three games in three nights. The Nationals however, only had to travel from Cedar Rapids and got a good night’s rest.
Team USA got out of the gate quickly getting goals by David Booth and Timmy Wallace 4:33 and 6:33 into the game. Booth’s goal came right in front of the Waterloo net where he was all alone and wristed the shot past Waterloo goalie Jeff Jakaitis. Waterloo looked a bit weary early on but managed to knot the game up with two quick goals midway through the opening period. Ross Carlson scored as he was coming into the offensive zone through a line change. Team USA cleared the puck out and Carlson intercepted the pass and came in uncontested to slap the puck past Timothy Roth. 41 seconds later Aaron Johnson tied the game off a scrum towards the side of the US Nationals net. Carlson tallied his first of three assists on the night. The game didn’t stay tied for very long unfortunately as Brett Sterling received a perfect pass as he was streaking towards Jakaitis and he put it home giving the Nationals the lead once again at 3-2. Jakaitis and the Black Hawks penalty kill were instrumental in keeping the score where it was while two men down late in the opening period. A number of good sav Read more»
Here is a ‘preview’ of sorts which would be leading up to the wholesale re-ranking of the Canucks prospect depth.
Many Canuck prospects have had solid seasons in 2001-02; but several have taken steps backward.
One player who more than deserves to be here is Thatcher Bell. The speedy Rimouski centreman has missed well over half of the season this year for the Oceanic, which has hurt their attack overall. He probably won’t be signed by the Canucks unless he turns in one heck of a playoff for Rimouski, and so far in two games, he has two goals and one assist for three points. Since he’s been drafted Bell has been a rather large disappointment, as all he’s done in the nearly two years since having his name called is get injured, and when healthy; not play up to his ability.
He’s got a lot of the tools to be a solid NHL’er; which include speed, shot, some intelligence, and decent hockey-sense. What he doesn’t have, however; is what will hold him back. He doesn’t have very much size, he doesn’t appear to care too much for the defensive aspects of the game, and his durability can be likened to porcelain.
So, to sum up, he’s easily been the worst of the two QMJHL Canuck picks of 2000. The progress of players such as Reid and Barrett has been excellent, even though Barrett and Reid didn’t really break through until their final year of junior. Bell was one of my favorite Canuck prospects going into the season, and, like the aforementioned Barrett; he’ll probably be looking for a new club to house his rights if he isn’t dealt befo Read more»
The moment many Minnesota Wild fans waited for since June’s entry draft
arrived on Wednesday night, a little longer than they had originally hoped,
but just as pleasing.
Right-wing Tony Virta was called up by the parent club March 20 to help fill
the holes created by injuries to forwards Sergei Zholtok and Wes Walz, and
Aaron Gavey’s battle with the flu.
Virta, playing in the first National Hockey League game of his career,
failed to register a point in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Prior
to his promotion, the 29-year-old prospect had spent all season with the
American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros – the Wild’s primary affiliate.
“I wasn’t nervous, but it was new,” said Virta to the Pioneer Press. “I was
surprised. Maybe it’s because we played Columbus, but there wasn’t much
hitting at all. I don’t know what was happening. There are a lot of young
players in the AHL, and there was a lot of skating and hitting. I just have
one NHL game, and it was against Columbus, so I really don’t know if I know
what to expect.”
In 67 games with the Aeros, Virta has been a pleasant surprise, leading the
team in scoring with 25 goals and 58 points, his first season in North
America after spending the majority of his professional career in his native
Finland with TPS Turku, where he was the Finnish player of the year last
Virta led the team in scoring with 27 goals 60 points in 56 games, while
Minnesota’s first pick in last year’s draft, Mikko Koivu, saw action in 22
games tallying only one assist.
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Holding two number one picks in the 2001 draft, Hawk G.M. Mike Smith chose to pass on Rangers rookie Dan Blackburn in favor of Tummo Ruutu with his #9 overall selection.While sitting at the draft as it reached the middle of round one, I wasn’t the only one feeling that the Blackhawk’s lack of depth in goal might lead to a ‘tender taken with the second first rounder. But all indications were that goalie might be Jason Bacashihua
would be the guy if a goalie was picked. He played for the Chicago Freeze, in a northwest Chicago suburb, and was rated a late first rounder.
He was in fact picked by Dallas a few picks before the Blackhawks picked.The Hawks made Adam Munro their pick, surprising Adam and his Dad as much as the rest of us.Was he a back up choice, or was it Tretiak’s high scouting marks that bumped him into the first round?
A big goalie, Adam presently progressing in the AHL.Here is Ken McKenna’s interview with Adam:.
Q&A with Adam Munro.
By Ken McKenna.
Hockey’s Future : We’ll start with this season. Erie is on its way to another division title. How do you feel about the teams’ chances of going to the Memorial Cup?.
AM:I feel like we have a good enough team to do it this year. Last year we had a lot of skill, but I don’t know if we had the character there. This year, I think we’ve got a lot of experience from last year, we’ve got a lot of guys back. We probably don’t have as much skill, but a lot more character on this team this year than we did la Read more»