Oilers Prospect Update Part 2

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OILERS PROSPECT UPDATE PART 2
Christian Chartier

Prince George WHL GP-51 G-12 A-45 PTS-57 PIM-89
Alexander Ljubimov

Togliatti Rus GP-20 G-1 A-2 PTS-3 PIM-8
Dan LaCouture

Edmonton NHL GP-37 G-2 A-4 PTS-6 PIM-29
Lou Dickenson

Kingston OHL GP-51 G-14 A-18 PTS-32 PIM-29
Brad Norton

Hamilton AHL GP-36 G-3 A-12 PTS-15 PIM-56
Matthew Lombardi

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-60 G-24 A-35 P-59 PIM-56
Oleg Smirnov

Moscow Dynamo RUS GP-25 G-2 a-0 PTS-2 PIM-14
Chad Hinz

Hamilton AHL GP-60 G-11 A-17 PTS-28 PIM-28
Jonathan Fauteaux

Victoriaville QMJHL GP-43 G-6 A-15 P-21 PIM-113
Paul Flache

Brampton OHL GP-60 G-7 A-16 PTS-23 PIM-94

Rangers Youth Movement?

by Evan Andriopoulos
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As the executioner readies his trigger finger the to end the Rangers playoff possibilities there is some brightness shining through this darkness called Year 2000-01.

As we watch Graves, Kamensky,LaCroix, Lefebrve toil up and down the ice like Jarri Kurri did in his last pathetic season one has to look to next year and what sun is shining in.

As Detroit, St.Louis and San Jose…the hockey vultures fly over the carcass of the Rangers players like Graves and Lefebrve could be on their way out. St.Louis who just lost Chris Pronger may have changed again it’s designs on what they need… Adam Graves can help but he is older, slower and less productive this season…which is not a good mix for the ever so fast and fluent Blues… Sylvain Lefebrve can be a nice addition to help anchoring the defense. Val Kamensky…who we are just waiting to come up lame again may find a new spot in Vancouver… Eric LaCroix would like nice in Dallas, Detroit and San Jose… what the Rangers would receive would be pieces of the future…draft picks, prospects and pieces to retool the Hartford Wolf Pack for their run to defend the AHL title.

While Manny Malhotra(limited ice), Jeff Toms(who looks good in his 4 mins a game), Dale Purinton (toughness) and Tony Tuzzolino(nice corner work) try to jump start the engine…only Malhotra is a true solid prospect for the future and one has to wonder what the treatment via Ron Low has done for him. In Hartford Mike Mottau continues to play better…he recently scored his 9th of the season and he is playing a more discipli Read more»

Christian’s Crusade

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After five years of service in the Western Hockey League in Saskatoon and Prince George this 6-0/185 boy has evolved into 6-0/216 man. After being drafted in the 7th round in 1999 Christian has stormed out of the gate the following year and posted very respectable numbers in the 1999-00 season. Even with being traded from Saskatoon to Prince George he managed 18 goals and
38 assists in 68 games while serving 64 minutes in the box.

Not to be out done this season by highly toated fellow teammate Dan Hamhuis, he leads all defenseman with 57 points in 51 games which is tied for first on the team with centerman Blake Robson. At the ripe old age of twenty Christian Chartier is looking forward to next seasons training camp to show the Oilers organization he is ready to take the step, inform the rest of the league that leaving him until the 7th round was a grave mistake. The added 20 pounds to his frame since draft day has helped give the confidence to become a more well rounded player on both sides of the ice. With such mass on a short body he will make life difficult for forwards trying gain position on him in front of the net. Time will only tell how he fairs against Ryan Smith, Mike Grier and Ethan Moreau during training camp when they set up shop in front of the net. If he passes that difficult test he will most likely split time in Edmonton and their farm team gaining valueable experience.

For Christian the four dragons that must be slain for him to take a regular shift with the Bronze and Blue next season are the ability to make safe plays in his own Read more»

Petr Kanko-“no troubles, no problems”

by Ivana Paulova
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One of the many talents of Czech hockey. He is not a very well known player but in his age group (16, born 2-7-1984) it is not unusual. He is a potential 2002 draft pick. He already made an impression in the highest Czech league when he played 2 matches and scored one goal in the colours of the Extraleague Champion Sparta Praha. This creative right winger steadily plays in the junior team of Sparta Praha even though his age enables him to play in one category lower.

He was born in Pribram, a town not far from Prague. He started with hockey at the age of 7 in Pribram and as tradition his father was the main force that made Petr play the game hockey. Petr in fact never had an ambition to play anything other than hockey. He likes to play football and tennis, but not very much. At the age of 10 he started to play for Sparta where he plays at present.

It is obvious that hockey means everything to him. He is 16 and he does not go to school anymore; he has decided to devote everything to hockey. All his attention is centred around hockey. There are no other areas that are as important to him as hockey. He has no other hobbies or interests. He does not go out to clubs or discos with friends. Why? Because it is not fun for him. These are just things that do not attract him. He likes to be with his family, sometimes watch TV (usually sport) and be with his team mates. His life may seem boring to others but not for him. He does what he likes the most. He concentrates only on hockey which is very beneficial for his future career. He cannot be disturbed b Read more»

Bolts Bits – Tampa Bay Prospect Update

by Megan Sexton
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Ekman Fairing Well

In his latest stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nils Ekman appears to be doing something right. Not only has he stayed with the club since his call up in mid-January, but he has also seen time on the top line with Captain Vincent Lecavalier.

“When you are playing with players as good as I am right now, sooner or later I have to score,” Ekman, who has 6 goals so far this season, explained.

That theory hardly explains his 22 goals and 14 assists in 33 games with Detroit (IHL) this season though.

Questions arose last season, when Ekman, who was the IHL Rookie of the Year, couldn’t seem to carry his minor league success over to the NHL. That question mark is slowly fading. Ekman has 10 points in 24 games so far this season. His six goals, tie him for 9th place in scoring on the team.

Ekman has also seen time on the power play and penalty killing units. He has goals from each to show. He is one of only 5 Bolts to score shorthanded.

Ekman is not reading too much into his improved play. “I kept on working hard and obviously things are going better for me now.”

But he does admit there is a different feel this time around. “It’s easier to play here this time. I feel more confidant and self-confidence is a big part of the game.”

Ekman is the type of player that thrives on ice time. By the looks of things as long as he does what is asked of him, he will continue getting his. “He is getting a chance offensively,” explained Head Coach John Tortorella. “He is learning that if he is not playing the way we want hi Read more»

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