3 Players Recalled, Lundmark Traded, and More News

by Brandon LeBourveau
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It’s been a horrible week for the New York Rangers as they are currently in
the midst of a 4 game losing streak. However, their lack of good play has
caused head coach Ron Low and general manager Glen Sather to bring up some
rookies from the minors to get some NHL action.

The Rangers re-called 22 year old hotshot defenseman Mike Mottau on Wednesday
from Hartford of the AHL. Mottau played his first NHL game in Thursday’s 3-0
loss to the Flyers. I thought overall he played a strong game. He made the
smart first-pass out of the defensive zone, and saw time as the quarterback
on the 2nd power play unit. Although the Rangers did lose, Mottau had a great
game. But last night in the Rangers 4-1 loss to the Penguins, Mottau didn’t
play as well. He committed to soon on a 1-on-1 situation with Jaromir Jagr in
the first period, leading to the 1st goal of the game for the Penguins. The
next game for Mike will be against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, his hometown
team.

In other news, Kirk McLean was listed as day-to-day with back spasms, causing
the Rangers to re-call goalies J-F Labbe and Johan Holmqvist from the minors.
Holmqvist, a 22 year old Swedish goalie who was drafted in the 7th Round of
the 1997 Draft, got his first NHL start last night against the Penguins. The
Rangers lost this game as well, but Holmqvist’s performance was outstanding
between the pipes. He let up 3 goals in the first period, but shut down the
Penguins throughout the 2nd period. He robbed the Penguins’ Alexei Kovalev
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Positives on the Prospect Prospectives

by Mike Delfino
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As the Sharks started their 10th season, there were areas that were unquestionably keys for the Sharks if they were to succeed. By far, the two most important areas were getting the free agents signed, and the improvement of young players such as Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Scott Hannan. Of those two objectives, the first was accomplished successfully, with only Owen Nolan out opening night. However, the jury is still out on the development of the younger players.

The first two games of the year, Patrick Marleau looked more out of place than he did last year. There were times when he literally stood there and did practically nothing, while his opponents were whizzing past for scoring chances or turnovers. However, after those first couple games, Marleau has improved a great deal.
Since then, Marleau seems to have taken on a new attitude towards his game.
“The key is to keep the intensity up and play level high,” said Marleau after nearly connecting on several chances vs. Boston, and scoring once.
In that game he scored a bit of a fluke goal, but created many more chances that were either saved, shot wide, or hit the post. The biggest difference is that he’s creating chances that he wasn’t creating last year. He’s using his speed and natural ability to if nothing else, get the puck deep in the offensive zone. He may not get a point, but it’s often his work that is paying off in the long run of a 60-minute game.

One could make a case that Marco Sturm has been the unsung hero of this young season. While his numbers don’t j Read more»

2000-2001 USHL Eastern Division Outlook

by Jason Shaner
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The new USHL season has already begun and the early season action is as
action packed as ever. This season the league welcomes two new teams
although they are not new franchises to the league. The Chicago Steel
join play this year after playing in Fargo the past few seasons as the
Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks. The Tri-City Storm also debut this year.
The Storm were formerly known as the Twin Cities Vulcans. Last season
the Vulcans won the Junior A National Championship after finishing 2nd
in the playoffs to the Green Bay Gamblers. They will be out to defend
their title for sure. As will Green Bay who will look to add yet
another division title and playoff banner to their impressive history.
Several star players have left and several more have taken their
places. Below will be a look at each division, the team’s outlooks in
the order I predict they will finish and some of their rising stars who
will take them there.

Eastern Division

1. Green Bay Gamblers -
The Gamblers are not as strong as they may have been in past years but
until someone knocks them off their roost, 1st place is theirs. The
Gamblers do have some major players returning this season. Gone are
offensive wizard Aaron Smith and defensive wild-man Jeff Finger but the
Gamblers still have plenty in the cupboard. Luke Stauffacher will lead
the way on the offense but Ryan Moderson and Alan Swanson bring USHL
experience and the offensive know-how the Gamblers will use. These
leaders will work their fresh faces into the offensive flow as was done
to th Read more»

Stats for Rangers Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Player Stats
Player            Pos  Team       League    GP    G   A  Pts   +/-  PIM
Pavel Brendl      RW   Calgary    WHL        7   11   4   15    7     6
Jamie Lundmark     C   Moose Jaw  WHL        0    0   0    0    0     0
Filip Novak        D   Regina     WHL       13    5   9   14    5     9
Garrett Bembridge  C   Saskatoon  WHL       10    4   6   10   -8     8
Johan Witehall    LW   Hartford   AHL        6    5   6   11   N/A    8
Burke Henry        D   Hartford   AHL        6    1   7    8   N/A   11
Mike Mottau        D   Hartford   AHL        6    1   6    7   N/A    2
Jeff Ulmer         C   Hartford   AHL        6    3   2    5   N/A    2
Manny Malhotra     C   Hartford   AHL        6    1   1    2   N/A   35
Stefan Cherneski  RW   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A   12
Brandon Dietrich   C   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A    0
Francois Fortier  LW   Hartford   AHL        4    0   0    0   N/A    0
Boyd Kane         LW   Hartford   AHL        4    0   0    0   N/A    4
Tomas Kloucek      D   Hartford   AHL        6    0   0    0   N/A   12
Dale Purinton      D   Hartford   AHL        5    0   0    0   N/A   41
Martin Richter     D   Hartford   AHL        1    0   0    0   N/A    0

Goalie Stats
Player           Team      League GP MIN   AVG  W  L  T EN SO GA Svs SPCT
Johan Holmqvist  Hartford  AHL     4 209  2.87  2  1  0  0  0 10 108 .907
Vitali Yeremeyev Charlotte ECHL    2 118  4.06  1  1  0  0  0  8  71 .899

Kootenay’s Tutschek Playing the Waiting Game

by Jeff Bromley
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On the ice, Kootenay ICE forward Brad Tutschek is used to facing his opponents head on, with his trademark toughness, grit and attitude that have made him a stalwart in the ICE
lineup since he joined the club via a trade from the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1996. Now, the gritty center is battling two opponents he has little or no control over. Father time and the
specter of a nagging shoulder injury that is taking longer than expected to heal.

Brad Tutschek is a twenty-yr-old forward this season and him, along with teammates Dion Lassu, Dean Arsene and Mike Comrie are all subject to WHL rules stating that any team is
only allowed to carry three overage (twenty’s) players on their roster after the November 1st deadline. With the exception of scoring sensation Mike Comrie, one of Arsene, Lassu or
Tutschek will be traded by the Kootenay ICE by this Wednesday or sooner to accommodate the league overage rule.

In a perfect world, it is a decision that ICE Director of Hockey Operations Bob Tory would probably rather not make. For Brad Tutschek, the problematic shoulder injury and the fact
that he hasn’t see any action yet this season has kept the power forward from making Tory’s decision that much harder. “Obviously it’s nerve racking, it has been from day one. I knew
that I probably wouldn’t get into any games before the deadline, if any. I try not to think about it much but whatever happens it will be the best for the team,” said Tutschek.

The training, the therapy, the practices and the inability to get back into the lineup ar Read more»