Minnesota Wild Prospect Update

by Mark Schwarz


(HF prospect rankings are in parentheses)

Travis Roche (4) 14 GP 8-5-13 29 PIM +5

Clearly a class player in the AHL, and it’s only a matter of time before he cracks the Wild’s NHL roster permanently. Leads the AHL in defender goals, and is amongst the leaders in both defender and rookie scoring. Posted 1g 2a in his last game vs. Manitoba November 14. Turning in the sort of dominant performance needed to graduate to the next level. Was called up for one game vs. Nashville, on Halloween.

Kyle Wanvig (5) 14 GP 2-4-6 31 PIM -1

Has seen an up-and-down start to the start of his pro career. Scored has first AHL goal just 2 minutes in the Houston’s season opener. Took another 12 games and 5 weeks until he lit the lamp again vs. Manitoba Nov. 12. Offensive game is coming along a bit slower than expected, but his size and grit is holding him in good stead in the AHL game.

Derek Gustafson (7) 5 GP 3-1-1 2.38 GAA .920%
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The Svitov Saga

by Megan Sexton

Who needs to watch Days of our Lives when there is Alexander Svitov and his ongoing saga to keep them entertained? The drama and suspense are incomparable, not to mention the bizarreness of the whole matter.

While an end is nowhere in sight, I have put together a timeline to help keep track of the situation.


It all began when Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant GM Jay Feaster took the podium in Sunrise, Fla. and announced as the third overall selection what looked to be the mos t NHL-ready player in the draft. The team had hopes of immediate assistance from the young Russian star.

A flurry of off-season transactions diminished the need for Svitov in the lineup for the 2001-02 season. When the European signing deadline passed with no word from T ampa Bay on its first round draft selection, no one was very surprised.

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Deutschland Cup Review: As team spirit beats Team Canada

by Oliver Janz

#8 Vitalij Aab

Deutschland Cup 2001

in Hannover, Nov. 9th – 11th


Switzerland – Slovakia 2-1 P, Germany – Team Canada 3-2, Slovakia – Germany 2-0, Switzerland – Team Canada 4-2, Team Canada – Slovakia 6-4, Germany – Switzerland 1-2 P

(P = after Penalty shots)

Final Standings:











The Quebec Citadelles Report

by AHL Report Staff

2004 prospect interview: Petr Pohl

by Robert Neuhauser

Vitkovice midgets star winger Petr Pohl established himself as one of the best midget-aged
players in the Czech Republic. It is obvious that he is on the way to a serious 2004 NHL
Draft prospect. This at this time not very known prospect took time to answer my
questions after the final game of the three-game series against the Swiss Under-16 team.

When did you start playing hockey?

When I was 4 years old I tried to enter the youngest cathegory in hockey, but there were
older kids, I was too young so I wasn’t admitted. I spent the next year with figure skating,
the figure skating coaches taught me to skate so when I was five I had no trouble with starting
playing organized hockey.

Where did you start playing hockey?

It was in my hometown Koprivnice and now I play for the Vitkovice midgets.

Who directed your first hockey steps?

Nobody forced me to play hockey. My first role model was a friend from the house we lived in,
he was older than me and was also playing hockey so I wanted to be like him and started
playing hockey.

What is your biggest success in hockey so far?

Well, I think that my biggest success is that I was selected to play for the Under-16 team,
it’s a great honor.

Who is your biggest fan?

This would be my granddad. He watches most of my games and we discuss hockey very often. He really
supports me a lot.

Who is your hockey role model?

My biggest idol was Wayne Gretzky, when he was still playing, I watched him a lot and tried
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