New Guns on the Hitmen

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One Oilers whom has stepped up his offensive production is second year winger Shawn Norrie who was drafted by Edmonton in the sixth round this year. At 6-2/185 his has the size to be an effective third line checker with some offensive capabilities in the Ethan Moreau or Josh Green mold.

In the first 7 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, he has amassed 3 goals and 4 assists while adding 17 minutes in penalties. Has shown the willingness to fight and play tough along the boards and crash the net with out fear. At this current rate Shawn will score 30 goals and 40 assists with 170 penalty minutes which is a huge increase over last seasons 12 goals and 13 assists and 94 penalty minutes over 67 games.

With the extra playing time in all situations this season an improvement in his offensive and defensive awareness should propel him to top of the scoring leaders on his team. His gritty play and tenacity are a welcome addition to the roster which has a few rookies this year and his style of play and leadership by example are a much needed commodity.

The coaching staff has given him the new responsibilities and he is beginning to flourish and he may become a steal in the draft for the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff if his play continues and he develops into a solid winger at the next level. If he progresses at this pace for the next couple years and models his play after Moreau and Mike Grier it will not be a surprise to see Shawn sporting an Oilers jersey in the near future.

Flyers Junior and European Update

by Bill Meltzer
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Here is the latest news on Flyers affiliated players in junior, college, and European hockey:

Canadian Junior Hockey

Guillaume Lefebvre: Lefebvre, who bounced around the Q last season, seems to have found a home in Rouyn. Through 10 games, the center has 10 points (2 goals; 1 powerplay, 1 shorthanded). He is getting steady ice-time.

Jeff Feniak: The big defenseman has been solid in his own end of the ice. He has also played physically- something he has to do to be successful. He has only one point (a goal) on the season but he will never be someone who can be tracked by points. More importantly, he has 30 penalty minutes and a +6 rating for Tri-City.

U.S. College Hockey

John Eichelberger: Did not play in the Wisconsin season opener. Started but did not score in their second game.

Colin Shields: Looking for ice time with U of Maine in the early season.

SM-Liiga

Antero Niitymäki: Continues to be the most exciting Flyers prospect outside of the North American pros. Came in the last TPS game (a convincing loss against Jokerit) in relief of Fredrik Norrena. Niittymäki may get the start in TPS’s road game tonight against Tappara. For the season, Niitymäki has appeared in all or parts of 5 games, recording a shutout, a 1.85 goals against average, and .925 save percentage.

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Rangers Kids Not Their Own

by Evan Andriopoulos
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With the hopes of a new season to lighten the eyes of the Manny Malhotras, Pavel Brendls and Derek Armstrongs of the world, Glen Sather orchestrated some deals to make the Rangers younger, bigger, and hungrier. However, this was done done via the additions of Dale Purinton and Johan Witehall, but the move of Stephane Quintal (much to the delight of Rangers fans) “in theory via waivers” for Brad Brown and Michal Grosek.

While the move makes the Rangers a better team, it sends tremors down the spine of the Rangers infrastructure. Players such as Purinton and Witehall are deserving as any to be in the NHL, but again have not been afforded the chance to make the show.

In the case of Lundmark and Brendl, neither showed up to play everyday and if not for Brendl’s big game to close the preseason, the entire camp would have been a wash. Mike Mottau, who so many decided was “on the team,” was dispatched to Hartford much like the rider after the initial engagement at Lexington and Concord. Mottau responded by having a rough opening act in the AHL.
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ICE Home Opener This Week/ Rumours Abound

by Jeff Bromley
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It’s been thirteen months in the construction stage, seven years in the developmental, planning, referendum and hoping stage and ten long 2000-01 regular season games in the waiting, but the opening day of Cranbrook’s Recreational Complex is finally upon us.

The $22.6 million, 4268 seat facility will host its first event Friday as the 2001 Memorial Cup host Regina Pats are in town to face the Kootenay ICE. The ICE, who finished up a monster ten game road trip to begin the season a very satisfying 7-0-1-1 (before Wednesday’s game against the Hurricanes) will have little time to get used to their new digs as the club will have a one practice in the new facility on Thursday before facing the Pats the next night. After Friday’s tilt against the Pats, Saturday is ‘Raise the Banner’ night when division rival Calgary Hitmen are in Cranbrook. Tickets for both games are going fast and are available by phoning 426-SEAT.
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Habs’ Prospects Update

by Chris Boucher
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Jason Ward -F (Drafted-97(1/11))

Ward found himself in the AHL after an average training camp. In his first game with Quebec, an 8-2 win over Syracuse, he scored 1 goal and added 4 assists.. He added another assist in a 7-5 win over Hamilton the next night. Overall Ward has 1 goal and 5 assists in 2 games, and is +3.

Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))

Ribeiro was also sent down to Quebec near the end of the Habs’ training camp. His lack of speed, along with the need for more playing time were the likely reasons. He was shutout during the Citadelles’ 8-2 opening night win over Syracuse. He rebounded with a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over Hamilton. Overall Ribeiro has 1 goal and 1 assist and is +2.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder was expected to spend his season in Quebec. He was shutout in the 8-2 win over Syracuse, and had an assist in the 7-5 win over Hamilton. Overall he has 1 assist and is -1.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard was surprised by his demotion to Quebec. Many felt his natural goal scoring ability would better serve the Canadiens. He scored a goal in the 8-2 win over Syracuse, and had a strong second game as he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in the 7-5 win over Hamilton. Overall he has 3 goals and 2 assists, and is a strong +5.

Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Drafted-99(5/145)) Read more»