Rangers Update: Yeremeyev Gets Big Chance

by Brandon LeBourveau
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It was simply shocking to see Mike Richter laying on the ice in extreme pain after jamming his right leg into the goal post while trying to slide across the crease to make a save on Monday afternoon. This is the second consecutive year that Richter will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL. Last year it was a similar play that tore up his left knee, while this year it’s his right knee. There have only been a couple of cases in the NHL where a player has been able to come back from 2 serious knee injuries, but Richter sounded optimistic to the media after the game on Monday, saying that he knows the routine and he will be ready for camp in September. What makes this injury even worse is it happens at a bad time. The Rangers are in the midst of a 5 game unbeaten streak which leaves them currently only 6 points behind 8th place Boston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a goalie spot available on the Rangers roster, they have opted to recall 25 year old Vitali Yeremeyev from Hartford.

Yeremeyev has played solid hockey for the Wolf Pack this season, posting an 11-11-1 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .919 Save%, along with 3 shutouts in 24 games this season. He was selected to play for the PlanetUSA team in the AHL all-star game, surrendering only 1 goal, however that goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Canadian team in the 3rd period. In 2 appearances this season with the Rangers, Yeremeyev has suffered 2 losses. He relieved Kirk McLean in a game earlier in the year in Carolina, giving up only 1 goal on 14 shots during the game, ho Read more»

The NHL Draft; A History Of Impressive Late Round Gems

by Matt Wood
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Every year about this time, things start heating up surrounding the
forthcoming NHL Draft. The world junior tournament is over, CSB Mid
season rankings are out, the CHL all star and prospect games have been
decided and the playoffs are near. Although its no surprise that so much
focus is placed upon the top junior prospects, NHL teams employ more pro
scouts and invest more money than ever before into the entire draft
process for a reason. In taking a close look at past drafts its
interesting to see how many of the more successful guys in the league
made it, when the odds were so clearly stacked against them. Here’s a
few late round gems from the early 80′s until 1996.


1996 Round  8 - Tomas Kaberle
     Round  7 - Pavel Kubina

1995 Round  7 - P.J. Axelson and Peter Worrell
     Round  9 - Danil Markov

1994 Round  6 - Daniel Alfredsson and Alexander Selivanov
     Round  9 - Steve Sullivan
     Round 10 - Richard Zednik, Sergei Berezin, and Tomas Holmstrom

1993 Round  7 - Todd Marchant and Darren Van Impe
     Round  9 - Mike Grier and Pavol Dimitra
     Round 10 - German Titov

1992 Round  7 - Ian Laperriere
     Round  8 - Stephan Yelle
     Round  9 - Nikolai Khabibulin
     Round 10 - Jonus Hoglund, Anson Carter, and Dan McGillis

1991 Round  8 - Dmitri Mironov, Brian Savage, Janne Laukkanen, and Corey Hirsch

1990 Round  7 - Jason York, Robert Lang, and Eric Lacroix
     Round  8 - Andre Kovalenko, Peter Bondra, and Alex Karpotsov
     Round 11 - Valeri Zelepukin,  Read more»

The Empty Nest Syndrome

by pbadmin
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The QMJHL’s Maritime Division is beginning to look a lot like the NHL’s
Southeast Division with it’s top team playing below .500 yet still winning.

With the 2000-2001 season winding down, the Halifax Mooseheads have been
somewhat of a disappointment for long-term fans. The folks who have watched
the likes of Alex Tanguay, Ramzi Abid, Brandon Reid and Jody Shelley must
feel like parents in a way. They’ve watched their sons grow and blossom and
become draftees into the pros. Now they’re gone.

In sociology, one would consider this the Empty Nest years with the kids
having grown up and moved away. In their absence, we’ve even had a Memorial
Cup hosted in Halifax last year. Once the hoopla had ended, it grew quiet.

Tanguay is now among the NHL’s elite as a member of the Colorado Avalanche
(of course he is, we didn’t have any doubts) and Jody Shelley has managed to
sign with the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets. Not bad.

So the question on every Mooseheads’ fan’s mind is this: Who is going to be
the next Tanguay or Abid?

Two young men who have had an impact on the team are eligible for this
year’s entry draft and are expected to be picked within the first four
rounds. Netminder Pascal Leclaire is touted as the number one goalie
prospect of the Canadian Juniors while a six-foot four-inch Slovak named
Milan Jurcina is likely going to find himself grabbed within the third or
fourth round.

It’s no big secret that the Mooseheads are in a rebuilding phase but it
seems like everyone aro Read more»