The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles designed to summarize activities in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Penny for your thoughts: The Maple Leafs plugged a gaping front office hole this week when the signing of former Vancouver Canucks executive Mike Penny was confirmed… Penny brings more than 20 years of NHL player personnel experience to the party, all of it within the Canucks’ organization… among the gems unearthed during Penny’s tenure in Vancouver were Mattias Ohlund, Pavel Bure, Petr Nedved and Trevor Linden… in Toronto, Mike will be responsible for overseeing all amateur and professional scouting activities… Penny is a seasoned hockey man who perfectly fills Toronto’s need for a proven talent “birddog” created when both Nick Beverley and Joe Yannetti left to join Mike Smith in the Windy City last month…
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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Camp

by Jessica Haskin
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I am sitting in Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Michigan
watching my
brother James and a group of 12 to 15 year old boys trying to develop
their
hockey skills with the hope of some day skating here as a part of the
Red
Wings NHL Prospect Camp. However, while some of these boys do represent
hockey’s future it definitely is the very distant future.
As for what is at hand in the near future you may want to check out on
of the
NHL Prospect Camps. This year Centre I.C.E. and the Detroit Red Wings
will be
hosting six
teams including: Detroit, Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, and
Columbus. As a fan it is a great place to come and watch these
players
giving all they have as they try to earn a contract with an NHL team.
Last year’s competition was tense, the first game between Detroit and
Chicago
featured a bench clearing brawl. The week was full of good hockey
featuring
future stars like Jiri Fischer and Brian Finley.
I can’t predict another bench clearing brawl, but, I am sure this year’s
camp
will once again be a full week of good old fashioned hockey as these
young men
fight to win one of the few open positions on the roster.
This year’s camp will tenativly be held September 2-5. Admission to
practices is free and game admission is $5.

This year’s schedule is as follows.


Saturday, Sept. 2

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IHL Prospect Makes the Jump to the ECHL

by Wil Kirwan
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Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .
Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.
Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.
Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.

Stats on Ryan Brindley:


Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63 Read more»

Basement-bound Jackets, Look Solid for the Future

by pbadmin
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Mark McGwire didn’t hit a home run during his first at-bat in the Major Leagues. Michael Jordan didn’t lead the league in scoring in his first couple of seasons and even God needed seven days to create our surroundings. Summing all of that up, you can imagine how the Blue Jackets will not win the Stanley Cup next season. However, five years from now could be a different story.

The Jackets selected a solid team to put on the ice next fall. Veterans like Geoff Sanderson, Steve Heinze, Robert Kron, and Kevyn Adams will attempt to guide the rest of the young BJ’s out of the cellar of the NHL. And I think that the Columbus team will do better than the Minnesota Wild this inagural season. They have very solid goaltending (Tugnutt, Denis), some bangers on defense (Pushor, Quint, Odelein) and plenty of unproven youngesters to go around. I still believe they will finish in last place in the Central Division of the Western Conference, though.
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Norway Prospect Lists Updated

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Patrick Thoresen-Storhamar(Nor.Elite)

Espen Knutsen-Columbus Blue Jackets(NHL), Hartford(NHL DRAFT), Anaheim Mighty Ducks(NHL 1997), Cincinnati (AHL).-Djurgarden Stockholm(Swe. 1998-200)

Anders Myrvold-Quebec (NHL Entry), Colorado(NHL),Boston(NHL), Providence (AHL)-AIK (Swe.1998-)

Tore Vikingstad-St.Louis Blues (1999 NHL Entry Draft), Farjestad (Swe. 1998-)

Trond Magnussen- (Undrafted)(Farjestad-Sweden 1997-)

Lars Peder Nagel-(Undrafted)(MS-Nor. 2000-)

Marius Andersen- (Undrafted) (ECHL,UHL 2000?)