The Last Line Of Defence

by Larry Bradley
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The Brampton Battalion hockey club have made a bold move in their charge towards a playoff birth. Just before the 6 p.m. trade deadline on Wednesday (01/10/01), Battalion Head Coach and G.M. Stan Butler announced the acquisition of Barrie Colts veteran goaltender Brian Finley. Finley, when 100%, may be the final piece of the puzzle for an already talented Brampton club. Last years OHL Playoff MVP has been sidelined with a groin injury since early December and played in only 16 games for the Colts this season. The Sault Ste. Marie native will join his new club Thursday and may not dress for Friday’s game against the London Knights. There is no word as to when he will see his first start for Brampton. The deal also sent the Battalion Mississauga’s seventh round pick in the 2001 OHL Priority Selection and Kitchener’s fourth rounder in 2002.

In return, the Colts receive backstop David Chant, blueliner Tyler Hanchuck and pivot Matt Grennier. Chant, Hanchuck and Grennier are all expected to join the Colts for this weekend’s trio of games starting Friday night in Sudbury.

Finley’s OHL experience should be a great asset in the development of up-and-coming keeper Brad Topping. Look for Topping to take on the starting position until Finley returns from his groin injury. On paper, Brampton has one of the best looking teams in the league. Two top 10 picks in the 2000 NHL entry draft (D-Rostislav Klesla, COLM 4th / LW-Raffi Torres, NYI 5th) and two of the top 20 North American skaters projected in 2001 (D-Jay Harrison, 7th / C-Jay McClement, 20th). Read more»

Vitali Yeremeyev Solid in 1st NHL Start

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Vitali Yeremeyev, the 25 year old goalie from Kazakhstan, has had a superb first season in North America. He started the year in the ECHL, then moved up to the AHL and was dominant there, and now he finds himself in the NHL wearing a 3rd different jersey this season.

Yeremeyev’s NHL debut came a few weeks ago as he relieved Kirk McLean in a 4-3 loss against the Hurricanes. But Yeremeyev got his first chance to start a game yesterday when goalie Mike Richter was unable to go because he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired knee a few days earlier. The game wasn’t a memorable one for Yeremeyev, as the Rangers put forth one of their worst efforts of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at the FleetCenter.

It all started 33 seconds into the game when Bill Guerin took an innocent shot from the sideboards that Yeremeyev deflected away with his stick, but the puck hit off Brian Leetch in front and trickled right back into the net. Since Yeremeyev doesn’t speak English, the lack of communication showed. Guerin scored another one, this time 13:49 into the 1st period. Guerin was allowed to stand right in front of the goalie and tap in a pass from behind the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Rangers defense just stood there and didn’t even make an attempt to knock Guerin down or not give him position. Radek Dvorak was able to put the Rangers on the board when he scored 17 seconds into 2nd period. But with the Rangers on the power play a few minutes later, the Bruins were able to score again. The third goal was another mista Read more»

Welcome in Germany …

by Oliver Janz
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Nr. 1 Marcel Goc
A 17-year-old center from the Schwenninger Wild Wings. He has more talent than his older brother Sascha Goc, who played this season 11-times for the New Jersey Devils in the NHL. The biggest german talent ever..?!Has his big breakthrough this season.

Stats: Schwenningen / DEL 36-8-19-27-8
(Marks: Team / League GP-Goals-Assists-Points-PIM)

Nr. 2 Thomas Greilinger
The second talent from Schwenningen. Thomas, a 19-year-old Left Wing, shots last year over 50 goals in the third german league and scored 9 points in 8 games during the B-Worldchampionship 2000 with the pros, where he was germans top-scorer. A Power-Play-Specialist and a very quick skater.
Stats: Schwenningen / DEL 32-5-9-14-12

Nr. 3 Christian Ehrhoff
Last years best defender in the 3rd german league plays a surprising season, scores and scores and scores… . With his “Coast-to-Coast”-Stile he excited the viewers. Also the jury named him the best defender during the B-Junior-U20-Worldchampionship.

Stats: Krefeld / DEL 36-2-10-12-59

Nr. 4 Christoph Schubert
Playing for the DEL-Champion Munich, he body-checks every player he wants. A hard defender with many offensive skills scored 14goals in 11games in his last junior season. A talent like Sascha Goc, who takes his chance in a DEL-team, but he plays harder and have no fear.
Stats: München / DEL 34-4-3-7-46

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Rangers Top 30 Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Welcome Fans. Please meet the Rangers top 30 prospects…

1. Pavel Brendl - Premier goal scorer who is a superstar in the making. Arguably the current best prospect in the NHL, Brendl flashed his talents on the World stage, leading the Czech Republic to the gold medal in the 2001 World Junior Championships with 4 goals and 6 assists in 7 games.

2. Mike Mottau - Surefire future top 3 defenseman in the NHL. Is currently rounding out his game in Hartford. An offensive-minded defenseman who loves to hit and play physical and a future power play Quarterback.

3. Jamie Lundmark - A hardworking, high-scoring center. Lundmark was traded to Seattle of the WHL early in the season and has turned that whole entire team around and now they are on their way to becoming legitimate playoff contenders. A future captain in the NHL, Lundmark plays with a lot of heart and has a great work ethic.

4. Johan Holmqvist - Although Vitali Yeremeyev has been the most surprising Rangers goalie prospect this year, the future still remains in the hands of Holmqvist. He’s only 22 and is having a very solid year in Hartford of the AHL.

5. Tomas Kloucek - Currently playing in the NHL with the Rangers, Tomas has a bright future ahead of him. A future top 4 defenseman, Kloucek plays a steady stay-at-home defensive game and very rarely makes a mistake on the ice. Brian Leetch was quoted as saying about Kloucek, “He’s going to be one heck of a hockey player.”

6. Jason Labarbera - Don’t let the numbers fool you. Labarbera has playe Read more»

Rangers prospect stats update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 12/31/00 to 1/12/01

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    26  29  23  52   24   21
               Czech    WJC     7   4   6  10    8    8

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 4 PIM, +2


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    20  17  17   34  19   3
               Canada    WJC     7   4   3    7   6   4

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, 4 PIM, +3


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    40  13  28  41   42   20

This Week: 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +6


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    42  27  23  50   16  -15

This Week: 5 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   33  11   20   31  68  +5

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    23  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: No Games Played Read more»