Geoff Peters Help Admirals Shake off Four Game Skid

by Corine Gatti
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Teams win, teams lose but if you are on a four-game skid and allowed 34 shots, 1 goals for the first time this season–its a tough lump to swallow. “All teams go through it; I don’t want to call it a slump, we were on the road and we just couldn’t get the wins, said Geoff Peters who had 2 lamplighters for the night.

How did the song end at the Scope? On a good note for Norfolk and for Center Geoff Peters. They dubbed their Quebec counterparts 4-2 in front of an announced crowd of 5,055. Geoff Peters has struggled all year due to injuries and lack of confidence on the ice. But recently, the Hamilton, Ontario native has begun to utilize more of his opportunities. “ I use to look at the big picture, now I am narrowing it down to the little things and taking it one shift at a time.”

The show opened with little action, little rubber, until Francois Fortier broke the stalemate with a slap shot right of the crease from a pass Mike Ribeir 18:55. No matter how the puck was turned goalie Eric Fichaud kept Norfolk at bay. His shutout lasted until the 19:09 mark until Admirals Marty Wilford wristed a shot on a pass from rookie Mark Bell that tied the game. In the third stanza, Geoff Peters had wrap around into the slot taken on a pass from Blair Atcheynun thus making it 2-1. “Tonight you’ve seen more of our style and get the puck in the net at all cost and we wanted it more,” said Peters
Comfort zone? Ajay Baines rebounded, and came up with an insurance g Read more»

IHL Prospect Report

by Parker Neale
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IHL Prospect Watch

The International Hockey League has proved to be a fertile training ground for many youngsters this year while others have struggled. Also, it is apparent that some organizations have bought into the youth movement more than others. Here is a look at the progress of many players that may earn permanent spots on NHL clubs in the near future.

Chicago is stocked with wily veterans. However, they did start off the season with the much ballyhooed Rick DiPietro. After struggling with the Wolves, earning 4 wins, a 3.39 GAA and a 0.880 save percentage in 14 starts, DiPietro has been equally ineffective with the Islanders, obtaining 2 wins, a 3.52 GAA and an 0.878 save percentage in only 13 games.

The Carolina Hurricanes have reason for optimism. In his professional rookie season, Jeff Heerema has contributed 15 goals and 25 points in 58 games. Jean-Marc Pelletier has a respectable 3.09 GAA and 0.906 save percentage in 24 starts. Nikos Tselios, the mammoth defenceman, has been solid on the blueline with 17 points and 64 pims in 64 games. And, although Jaroslav Svoboda has struggled, amassing only 14 points in 52 games, the big Czech winger is only twenty.

Like Chicago, Cleveland also ranks quite low for budding superstars. Peter Bartos has showed signs of promise this year with 4 goals and 6 points in 13 games with the Wild and 13 goals and 32 points in 42 games with the Lumberjacks.

Detroit continues to try to win with youth. They have numerous gems on the squad that should be mainstays with Read more»

Rangers Weekly Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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We’ll start off with the new question and then below that will be the stats update

Who would you most like to see the Rangers trade at the deadline and why?

Please send all responses to RangersWriterHF@aol.com.

~~~~~~~~~~~Results To Last Week’s Question~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


I received 9 responses to last week’s question, which was “Should the Rangers deal Adam Graves for some youth?”

Here is the poll:


Yes – 8
No – 1
9 votes total

Stats Update

Week Of 3/03/01 to 3/09/01

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    47  40  36  76   64   19
               Czech    WJC     7   4   6  10    8    8

This Week: 4 GP, 4 G, 1 A, 5 P, 4 PIM, -6


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    44  29  38   67  45  -6
               Canada    WJC     7   4   3    7   6   4

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -6


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    58  15  48  63   61   42

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 2 PIM, -1 Read more»

Coyotes Welcome New Faces

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Everyone around the NHL knew that the re-signing of goaltender Sean Burke to a 3 year contract officially meant that the Phoenix Coyotes decided to start taking offers on goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who hasn’t played a game in the NHL since the ’98-’99 season because of a contract dispute. Right from the get-go lots of teams were interested in acquiring the Russian netminder’s services, with the front-runners being the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers. Coyotes’ General Manager Cliff Fletcher was offered a deal by the Tampa Bay Lightning that he couldn’t refuse.

Heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning is of course Nikolai Khabibulin, along with defenseman Stanislav Neckar. In return the Coyotes acquired an excellent group of young players in defenseman Paul Mara, forwards Mike Johnson and Ruslan Zainullin, and a 2nd round draft pick in the up-coming 2001 Entry Draft. In my opinion, this was a great deal for the Coyotes. They acquired some great young players for a guy that was sitting at home and wasn’t helping their team.

Paul Mara is a 6’4 205 pound, 21 year old steady two-way defenseman with a good offensive upside. He was drafted 7th overall in the 1997 Draft by the Lightning, and he was highly regarded in their organization until this season, when they grew tired of Mara’s lack of development. They felt he hasn’t been improving much over the last year or so and don’t envision him becoming the Brian Leetch/Chris Chelios type of defenseman he has been compared to. With the depth at defense in the Tampa Bay organization, they felt it wo Read more»

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Scouting staff prepares for D-Day: While the Maple Leafs may have permanently suspended efforts to acquire Eric Lindros, the team’s scouting staff is in the field preparing data on other potential trade acquisitions as March 13th nears … led by personnel director Mike Penny, the club held its mid-season scouting meetings during the 3rd week of February … pro scouts Murray Oliver, Floyd Smith and Mark Yannetti have been particularly busy around the league as the deadline approaches … in recent days, Toronto’s bird dogs have been most prominent at games involving Anaheim, Calgary, Long Island and Phoenix … this also is an important time of year for Toronto’s amateur scouts, who are making final evaluations for the upcoming Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida … under the leadership of new amateur scouting director Mark Hillier, Toronto’s 5 North American-based scouts are now evaluating the players likely to be available when the Maple Leafs exercise 5 picks somewhere between numbers 15 and 55 … in Europe, where Thommie Bergman and Leonid Vaysfeld maintain the highly effective operation started by Anders Hedberg, Leafs’ scouts will be out in force at the European junior championships in April …

Rumours: There is much to talk about as we enter the final week of NHL trade speculation for the 2000/2001 season … whispers floating ba Read more»

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