USHL Update – Waterloo Black Hawks

by Jason Shaner
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The Waterloo Black Hawks, members of the United States Hockey League
have reached the Thanksgiving Break. So far the Hawks are 10-7 and are
in 2nd place in the Eastern Division with 20 points. The Hawks are 6th
in the league overall. So far this season has had its roller coaster
rides with Waterloo playing masterfully at times and at others times
their inability to stay focused for 60 minutes has hurt them. There has
been plenty of competition in net and the offense as advertised has been
producing. The area of concern is still the defense where the Hawks
have had some breakdowns that have ended up costing them goals and
sometimes games.

On the offensive side the three Black Hawks who are in their 3rd year
have produced as expected. Luke Fulghum (Denver University) has
displayed the ability to take control of a game when he wants to. So
far Luke has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points. Brian Canady (North
Dakota) has also produced. Brian has been like a field General for the
team. Brian has 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points. Canady has thrown
his body all over the ice doing anything he can to help the team out.
John Grubb has also been playing well in his 3rd and final year. John
is a grinder for the Black Hawks and does more than just score. Grubb
has 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points. The other returning Hawks
veterans have played well including Craig Falite who earned offensive
player of the week honors recently in the league.

A couple of rookies have been pleasant surprises so far. Ryan Connelly
(No Read more»

Rangers Make Some Changes

by Brandon LeBourveau
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With injuries to Vladamir Malakhov and Eric Lacroix, the Rangers continued to make some more changes with their lineup. They have sent defenseman Tomas Kloucek back down to Hartford. This was a move that was made so Kloucek could get some ice time in Hartford instead of sitting in the press box as a 7th defenseman. It appears now that Bert Robertsson will be the press box occupier and will be the 7th defenseman.

Jason Doig, the gritty defender who started the season with the Rangers and then was sent back down to Hartford because he was making too many mental errors on the ice, is likely done for the season as he had surgery on Friday to repair a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee. This shortens the Rangers defensive depth, and some newspapers are saying the Rangers are shopping around for some defensive help, as Doig is now done for the year and possibly Malakhov as well.

Now for the top story, Manny Malhotra has been recalled by the Rangers and will play tonight against the Ottawa Senators! Yipeee! I’ve been waiting for this kid to get called up all season long. He was the second best forward in camp (Behind the almighty Michael York) and deserved to be on this team more than most of the other players. Malhotra has been learning to play Left Wing in Hartford, but he was told by head coach Ron Low that he will play center tonight. Speculation has it that Malhotra will center a line with Adam Graves, who has been slumping badly, and Michal Grosek as his wingers. That should be a very entertaining line. All Read more»

Simon Gamache Nets a QMJHL Player of the Week Hat Trick

by pbadmin
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Simon Gamache was named the QMJHL offensive Player of the Week for the Week of November 20th. , Gamache recorded three goals and six assists in three games, to lead the Val d’or Foreurs to a 3-0 record. Gamache is just 25 points shy of 300 in his QMJHL Career. Scouts and coaches say that Gamache is showing great strides, especially in his Defensive play. He leads the Foreurs with a +21 Rating after 28 Games. Simon was the Thrashers 9th round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. The Thrashers are hoping that Gamache can follow Brad Richards, who led the QMJHL in scoring last season, and has been successful as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in this, his rookie year.

Prospect news and notes

by Randy Nicholson
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Antropov set to make 2000/01 debut: Nik Antropov has been cleared to play for approximately 10 days now but no formal date has yet been set for his return … unfortunately for Nik, the club has reeled of 3 straight impressive wins and Coach Quinn seems hesitant to disrupt the growing team chemistry at this juncture …

One defender short: Rookie blueliner Petr Svoboda is currently out of the Leafs’ line-up with a severe ankle bruise suffered against the Canadiens on November 18th … his injury leaves the team with only 6 healthy defenders at the NHL level … with the St. John’s Maple Leafs currently travelling in the Toronto vicinity, it might be a good chance to take a longer look at Nathan Dempsey who has perhaps been the best player in the entire AHL so far this year (see additional St. John’s coverage below) …

Tellqvist update: Following the National Team’s disastrous performance against Finland at the Karjala Cup, Tellqvist again struggled once back in the SEL – this time against AIK … despite outshooting the other Stockholm-based side by a wide margin, Djurgarden dropped a 4-3 decision … worse still for Mikael, rival goaltender Tim Thomas returned from injury for this match and was the far superior player on the night … things returned to normal later in the week, with Tellqvist back to standing on his head in twin 4-1 ins for Djurgarden over Bjorkloven and Brynas … at this stage in the season, Mikael still owns solid leads in every meaningful SEL goaltending category including a sparklin Read more»

Rangers Weekly Prospect Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 11/19 to 11/24

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    19  24  17  41   16   22

This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +4


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    13  11   9   20   18  17  Even

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


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    25  10  19  29   30   13

This Week: 4 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 13 PIM, +2


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    25  18  15  33   12   -4

This Week: 4 GP, 5 G, 2 A, 7 P, 0 PIM, +2


Player            Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   24   6   12  18  60  -2

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


Player            Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben  Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   17   0   6   6  20  -6

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


Player            Team      League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     10   1   3   4   6   -1

This Week: No Games Played


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE    10   1   3   4   10   Read more»

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