When I saw someone had written an opening day roster
for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates I
resist wondering what the Saint John Flames would look
on paper come early October. Now I work for the team,
many of the players’ attitudes and work ethics, so
all taken into account when I try to decide who will
won’t make the big team. So here it goes…
The Flames will be coached this season by IHL veteran
Jim Playfair, formerly of the Michigan K-Wings.
GM Craig Button and Playfair are believed to have a
relationship having worked for the same organization
Stars) for many seasons. Mr. Playfair has already
as saying Button is very understanding as to the needs
a prospect needs to develop and that’s veterans to
Therefore you can expect a few names that have kicked
the fringe of the NHL for quite awhile to play under
and his assistant coach, former St.Louis Blue Ron
At forward, the Calgary Flames already have 10
starters and they all have one-way contacts; therefore
cannot be demoted without clearing waivers first.
Cory Stillman (LW)
Bill Lindsay (LW)
Dave Lowry (LW)
Andrei Nazarov (LW)
Jason Weimer (C/LW) Read more»
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held their first ever Bantam mini-camp on Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th. The camp was for all players selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft or in the 2000 OHL Priority draft who were of Bantam age. In total 23 players attended the 2 day camp.
10 players from the Bantam camp are eligible to attend the Greyhounds main camp and compete for a spot on the Greyhounds roster when the team opens up the full camp on August 30th. Those 10 players include defensemen Chris Martin, Dustin Van Ballegooie, Tyler Campbell, and Jeremy Swanson, centres Brent Crawford, Cliff Miller and Craig Meredith as well as wingers Mike Melinko, Tyler Barath and Brett Trudell. Swanson and Trudell were the Greyhounds top 2 selections in the 2000 OHL draft. Swanson was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) while Trudell was selected in the 2nd round (36th overall). The other 8 players were selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft.
By the looks of things the Greyhounds may be in for another successful season. Four players in particular, all defensemen, used this 2 day mini-camp to showcase themselves to Greyhounds management. They include Dustin Van Ballegooie, Jeremy Swanson, Chris Martin and Tyler Campbell. Read more»
The Nashville Predators have released their roster for the upcoming rookie camp and tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, Sept. 2-5. There are several top propsects on the roster this year, including Denis Arkhipov, who recently signed a contract has finally come to North America. Arkhipov is one of the top prospects in the organization and an excellent goal scorer. He has an outside chance to make the Predators this season and his initial performance at the rookie tournament could be the first step toward the NHL.
Other strong prospects include Jonas Andersson, who was the most impressive rookie in last year’s camp. Andersson also has a chance to make the Predators this season, especially after spending an entire season in North America with the North Bay Centennials of the OHL. Martin Bartek has completed his QMJHL career and could also be a candidate to play in the NHL this season, but he will likely spend the year in Milwaukee of the IHL.
Scott Hartnell is perhaps the biggest name among this group of prospects, after he was selected sixth overall by the Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Hartnell will look to impress the Nashville staff and show the team that he is closer to the NHL than the scouts believe, but it is almost certain that he will be back with Prince Albert of the WHL this season.
The upstart Norwegian Under 18 Team lead by Patrick Thoresen and Peter Lorentzen started the tourney by shocking Slovakia by way of a 5-5 tie after being down 2-0 early in the first. Thoresen added a goal and teammate Thomas Tangnes added 2 goals and 1 assist.
In the second game Norway downed Germany 3-0 on goals by Thomas Tangnes, Erik Johansen and Peter Lorentzen. Thoresen assisted on the game winner 14 minutes into the first period.
In the final game Norway rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie Switzerland 3-3. Norway received goals from Peter Lorentzen, Thomas Tangnes and Patrick Thoresen whose third period goal tied the game for good.
The showing in the tourney was a solid move forward for the Norwegian National Side as they have been struggling to rebuild after years of being outclassed by their European Neighbors and North American Competitors.
Player POS GP G A TP
Peter Lorentzen FW 3 2 4 6
Thomas Tangnes FW 3 4 1 5
Patrick Thoresen FW 3 1 4 5
Henning Thorsnes FW 3 1 0 1
Rene Bøe FW 3 1 0 1
Kenneth Andersen DF 1 0 1 1
Tom Martin Hammerstad FW 3 0 1 1
Erik Wallace Johansen FW 3 0 1 1
***Thoresen, Tangnes and Lorentzen all finished +3 in plus/minus.
A fine showing by Norway`s future Stars…