Who will take the gamble on Chiarello?

by Jessica Haskin
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Gene Chiarello has had quite a successful junior and college career as
to date but has never gotten his chance to play with the pro’s.

Chiarello played his juniors with the London Knights of the OHL and
posted save percentages of .844, .906, and .908 on a team that had
little defense.

Chiarello, Tom Kostopoulos, and John Erskine led the team to the OHL
finals in ’99, the furthest the Knights had ever made it in the history
of the team. Chiarello backed the team making up to 60 saves some
nights.

He was invited to Buffalo’s training camp in ’99 but was released and
went back to the Knights. He went to the Columbus Blue Jackets rookie
camp and was hoping he might be able to crack the line up there.
Although he had a good camp he was released, unable to get into the Blue
Jackets system already containing six goalies.

What is the reason that so many teams have passed over him? Is it his
“losing” record? Is it his willingness to take that gamble, diving way
out of his net for the puck? Will playing with the Varsity Reds of
the University of New Brunswick and a winning record help some pro
teams to take that second glance?

Chiarello has played every game this season with the Varsity Red’s. He
had a shaky start but now has a six game run without a loss.

“He’s been a real good addition for our hockey club” said Coach Gardiner
MacDougall.

He came in as a freshman and has responded very well to the new players
and the difference in the game. He continues to get better with every
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Blues Prospects Update

by Danny Raborn
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Daniel Corso-C-Corso has improved every year (three in all) with the Worcester Ice Cats, 28 points to 55 points, and is now on a pace for well over 55. So far this season he has 21 goals and 34 assists in 55 games. In the last three years, the top scorer for the Ice Cats has been promoted to the Blues; Michael Handzus, Jochen Hecht, and Jim Campbell, although Campbell wore out his welcome and was let go.

Mike Van Ryn-D-Van Ryn played in the Blues first game this season, but made 2 huge mistakes and was demoted a week later after sitting out to many games. That really hurt his confidence and he started off slow in Worcester, but now may be making a comeback, as he had two goals in his last game. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 13 games.

Barret Jackman-D-Jackman separated his shoulder recently, but is expected to play for team Canada this year in the WJHC. Before the injury he played 25 games in the WHL with the Regina Pats. In those 25 games, he recorded 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points.

Andrei Trochinsky-C/RW-In his first season in North America, as a member of the Worcester Ice Cats, he has played 19 games and has 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points.

Jaroslav Obsut-D-Obsut could be having a huge break out season this year with Worcester, November 12th, he was named AHL player of the week after getting five points in 2 games. In 20 games, he has 5 goals and 8 assists , 13 points. That’s one more point than he had for the last two years combined.

Marc Rycroft-RW-Rycroft is having a great rookie seas Read more»

Manny Malhotra: Back Onto The Radar?

by Brandon LeBourveau
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After a horrible season last year in which Manny Malhotra couldn’t get out of John Muckler’s doghouse, Malhotra looks reborn under new head coach Ron Low. After playing for 4 different teams last season, it appears Manny may be on his way to once again earn a full time job in the NHL.

Malhotra was recalled on November 25th after Eric Lacroix went down with a fractured finger and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Malhotra has played in 4 games so far since being recalled and each game he was close to being the Rangers top forward. He has been playing an aggressive physical game, while finishing every check and chipping in offensively. He has been very good in the offensive zone, cycling down low and making nice plays to get by the defensemen. He has 2 goals so far, scored against Jamie Storr and Martin Brodeur. Some people may criticize the goals because they were both lucky, but I don’t care how they go in as long as they count.

On his goal against the Kings, he took a backhander as he was cruising down the boards and the puck trickled in between Jamie Storr’s legs, who appeared to be out of position and misplay the puck. The next night in New Jersey, Malhotra got the Rangers back into the game and tied it at 1-1 as he took a slapshot from the top of the left circle and it went in over Martin Brodeur’s glove. Brodeur’s glove was interfered with as his teammate Scott Stevens accidentally hit it with his stick.

I think this is the best I’ve seen Malhotra play in the last year or so. Right now he is centering a line with Adam Grav Read more»

Blue Jacket Prospect Update

by Bill Drake
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Before getting into the prospect list, Matt Davidson was recalled by Columbus to play against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight.

Chris Nielen currently is 2g-1a-3p with 10 PIMs in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch.

Blake Bellefeuille has just 1g and 18 PIMs with the Crunch in 15 games.

Brad Moran has 2g-4a-6p with 18 PIMs in 18 games with the Crunch.

Matheui Darche, who the Columbus Dispatch thought merited a call-up, has 5g-11a-16p with 6 PIMs in 21 games.

Jonanthan Schill was demoted to the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL and for them has 4g-1a-5p and 31 PIMs in 11 games. With the Crunch he registered no points and 4 PIMs in two games.

Matt Davidson, the latest CBJ call-up, has 3g-3a-6p and 8 PIMs in 21 games for Syracuse.

Martin Spanhel has 1g-3a-4p and 37 PIMs in 17 games for Syracuse.

Dan Watson, a defenseman, has 1g-2a-3p and no PIMs in 13 games for the Crunch.

Jeremy Reich has 1g-3a-4p with 16 PIMs in Syracuse.

Jeff Williams, who almost can’t be considered a prospect anymore, has 4g-10a-14p in 21 games for Syracuse.

Jody Shelley, the Crunch’s resident goon (his personal profile has a picture of him with gloves off and fists clenched), has 2a and 103 PIM in 20 games. Congrads Jody for breaking the century mark already. Here’s to you going for 300 PIM.

Rounding out the list is Bill Bowler who has 10g-12a-22p in 22 games for the Crunch.

Later I will be updating the stats for the Blue Jackets European prospects

Rangers Weekly Prospect Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 11/25 to 12/1

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    23  29  23  52   20   23

This Week: 4 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P, 4 PIM, +1


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    16  12  14   26  19  +1

This Week: 4 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 2 PIM, +1


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    28  11  20  31   30   12

This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    29  21  18  39   12   -6

This Week: 4 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, -2


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    25   7   12   19  60  -1

This Week: 1 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, +1


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    20  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 4 PIM, +1


Player            Team      League  GP  G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     13  1  5   6    8   -1

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, Even


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE   11    1    Read more»