What are the greatest accomplishments of the Rick Dudley era?
What are the biggest failings?
CHAD – DudleyDudley gave more attention to scouting in
three years than has been done for the Lightning in the previous seven. He drafted 4 goaltenders in 3 drafts (Konstantinov, Eklund, Polukeyev, Lanicek). In the previous 7, only 3 goaltenders had
been drafted (Tyler Moss, Derek
Wilkinson, Zac Bierk). He also
went in with an agenda, drafting first for size and speed and paying close
attention to the European style of player development. Murdoch seemed to draft with a
spoke favorably about the European way of developing players — concentrating
on practices, rather than the North American way on concentrating on
games. He gave the draft and prosp Read more»
JEAN-FRANCOIS RACINE OF DRUMONDVILLE IS THE CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10, 2002 is goaltender
Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League.
Racine turned in brilliant performances in two games this week, allowing
just one goal while stopping 65 of the 66 shots he faced for a save
percentage of .985 as Drummondville won both of its games this past week.
His goals against average for the week was 0.50.
On Friday, Racine made 30 saves as the Voltigeurs edged the Rimouski Oceanic
4-1. Then on Sunday he posted the seventh shutout of his career, stopping
all 35 shots he faced, as Drummondville edged the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1-0.
Racine was also selected as the QMJHL Defensive Player of the Week. He takes
the CHL Player of the Week honours over the other league nominees, including
Philippe Lacasse of the Hull Olympiques, the QMJHL Offensive Player of the
Week, Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls, the OHL’s Player of the Week and
Joffrey Lupul of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Husky WHL Player of the Week.
The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News. The CHL
Player of the Month for January will be announced in Wednesday’s CHL Daily
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are three games in the WHL on Tuesday night. Kootenay is at Kelowna,
Portland plays at Medicine Hat and Vancouver is in Moose Jaw.
There were no games in the WH Read more»
Jan Alston has had a 3-game loan spell with ZSC Lions’ farm team GCK Lions in which he scored 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points.
1988 5th rnd Pittsburgh Penguins‘ draft pick Greg Andrusak, who also saw NHL time with the Maple Leafs, signed a contract with HC Lugano after his contract with German team Berlin Capitals was dissolved. In 39 games in Berlin he managed 22 points. In the latter part of the Swiss regular season Andrusak played 8 games notching 4 assists, gearing up for the playoffs.
Another former Penguins draft pick enterred the Swiss league. Oleg Belov, drafted in the 4th round in 1995, signed a contract with Rapperswil-Jona close to the end of the regular season. Belov, who only has played IHL in North-America, was playing in Sweden with HV’71 the past three seasons and does return to Switzerland after having had a previous spell with EHC Chur in the 96-97 season. In 7 games Belov assisted on three goals while not being able to find the net.
Undrafted Rob Cowie who saw NHL ice time with the Los Angeles Kings between ’94 and ’96 returned to Switzerland after he started his European career at La Chaux de Fonds. Cowie will play for EV Zug during the upcoming playoffs. He came from Finnish giants Jokerit Helsinki and played several seasons in the German league before his stay in Finland.
It is widely rumoured Christian Dubé, one of the brightest stars in Swiss hockey at the moment, is leaving HC Lugano next season as his contract will run out. Front runner for his signature is SC Bern.
Hav Read more»
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey managed 3 assists through 4 games since our last update. He was shutout during Sunday’s game against Hamilton, thereby ending a 4-game point-scoring streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 40 games. He has 24 points (7-17-24), and is +10 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 87 shots on goal.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))Garon recorded a 2-0-1 record through 3 games since our last update. The 24-year-old backed up Vadim Tarasov during a February 9th game against Manchester, thereby ending a string of 26 straight starts. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 34 AHL games. He has a 17-8-8 record with 2.73 GAA, and a .917 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard picked up 1 assist through 4 games since our last update. He hasn’t been seeing as much ice-time with Craig Darby, which has hurt Chouinard’s production. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 43 games. He has 33 points (13-20-33), and is -3 with 12 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 121 shots on goal.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))Beauchemin returned to action in time to score 1 goal through 3 games this week. His goal came during a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 31 games. He has 8 points (5-3-8), and Read more»