Sabres Report: A Conversation with Derek Roy

by Ken McKenna
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With their first pick of the 2nd round in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres chose center Derek Roy of the Kitchener Rangers. It’s fairly certain that Buffalo was most interested in Derek’s offensive skills, a part of his game that has not disappointed during the 2001-02 season.

Roy is currently Kitchener’s leading scorer, having notched 46 points (22G, 24A) in 35 games. After having missed the playoffs the past couple of seasons, Derek and his Kitchener teammates are in the hunt for a playoff spot. A recent 11 game unbeaten streak pushed the Rangers towards the top of the OHL, where they are currently in a dogfight with the Erie Otters and the Guelph Storm in that league’s Midwest Division.

I had a chance to speak with Derek prior to Kitchener’s 1/5/02 game vs. division rival Erie. The following is a transcript of that conversation, with “HF” representing the interviewer and “DR” signifying Derek’s answers.

HF

: Let’s start with the present. You guys are one of the hottest teams in the league, if not all of the CHL. What has kicked in for the team in the last 10 games that has made things go so much better for you?

DR

: Pretty much everything has been clicking really well. We’ve got good goaltending from Scott Dickie and Matt Harpwood. We’re playing good defensively, and waiting for our opportunities. We’ve been bearing down on our opportunities, in which case we win games by one goal. So, those have been the big differences.

HF

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Comparing minutes played to points scored

by Chris Boucher
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Statistics are interesting. They can be made to clarify aspects of the game, but they can also be used as a tool of misinformation.

One case in point is the point-per-game statistic. It is an incredibly telling piece of information when used properly, however the minutes-played per game statistic now allows us to break a player’s point-per-game average down even further. Thereby allowing us to adequately compare all skaters, regardless of ice time. For example, a player averaging nearly a point-per-game is almost exclusively a first or second line player. As a top-6 forward, he should be averaging somewhere between 16 and 21 minutes per game. Therefore, if we break that statistic down to its raw value we find that the player in question is contributing 1 point for every 17 to 21 minutes of ice-time.

Of course this statistic doesn’t take into account quality offensive minutes; quality minutes are normally classified as powerplay time. What it does allow though, is a clearer indication of the offensive contribution offered by players playing on teams’ third and fourth lines, thereby allowing us to compare the offensive contribution of all players; from the top line center to the fourth line right winger.

The calculation is performed by taking a player’s average ice-time-per-game and multiplying it by the number of games played. This result should give us an approximation of the player’s total minutes played this season. We then divide that amount by the individual’s point total. That gives us an indication of how many minutes a player needs Read more»

Who Is Eero Somervuori?

by Pete Choquette
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A
powered heavier-than-air aircraft that has fixed wings from which it derives
most of its lift? No, that would be an aeroplane.

The Finnish born late-modernist architect whose famous works included the TWA Terminal
at Kennedy Airport and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri? No, that would
be Eero Saarinen.

If you answered the Lightning’s 7th round draft pick from the 1997 draft and
one of the most unknown and underappreciated prospects in Tampa Bay’s system,
you are correct. Currently, Somervuori ranks amongst the league leaders in the
Finnish SM-Liga in the key statistical categories of goals, points, and
plus/minus. Playing on a team with former Lightning center Vladimir Vujtek and
current Lightning prospect Erikki Rajamaki, in 36 games, he has compiled 16
goals and 31 points with a +20 rating this season. His numbers are good for
12th in the SM-Liga in points, 6th in goals, and 6th in plus/minus, yet few
Lightning fans have heard of the native of Järvenpää, Finland.
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Syracuse Crunch Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Both Matt Davidson and David Ling have been returned to Syracuse after a brief stint with the Blue Jackets. Davidson played in 6 games with Columbus, registering one goal. Ling, who was called up on his 27th birthday, was held pointless.

In other re-assignment news, defenseman Dan Watson has been re-assigned to Dayton of the ECHL. Watson appeared in 28 games with the Crunch this season, saw limited ice time. He registered one assist and four penalty minutes in his time with Columbus.

Hurricanes Pick-Up Quarterback for PP

by Dustin Nielson
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Well the Hurricanes had been missing one thing all year…. a quarterback for their powerplay. Numerous players had been given a shot at the job but the Canes just didn’t have a pure offensive defensemen, now they do.

With the trade deadline looming in the WHL the Hurricanes didn’t waste anytime and completed another deal with the Vancouver Giants. Yet again the Canes were looking to add more offense, in the last deal with the Giants the Hurricanes acquired Jeremy Jackson who was the Giants leading scorer at the time. David Selthun, 19, is headed to the Hurricanes along with 15 year-old Brandon Sadlowski. Going to the Giants are veteran Warren McCutcheon and tough youngster Triston Grant. Grant and McCutcheon will add grit and size to the Giants.

Selthun is just what the doctor ordered for the Canes. He is downright offensive and will see his share of P.P. time in Lethbridge. Selthun was leading the Giants in scoring at the time of the trade with 35 points in 38 games. He was acquired last fall by Vancouver in the expansion draft from the Kelowna Rockets which is where he played his first 3 WHL seasons. The 15-year-old Sadlowski currently plays for the Fort Saskatchewan AAA Rangers where he is the captain.

Hurricanes coach Bryan Maxwell says that to snag a guy like Selthun they had to give up quality in McCutcheon and Grant.

The Hurricanes biggest need at trade deadline time was a veteran offensive d-man but even though they got one don’t be surprised if another move is made. Maxwell said that every team is going to be trying to improv Read more»

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