Albany “First Period” Report

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By Mike Buskus

“First period” report

This started out as a “first quarter” (20 games out of 80) report but,
for a
variety of reasons, got delayed in writing and editing. This writer
could,
somewhat arbitrarily, have limited the writeup to the first 20 games,
but
ignoring the next five that have been played did not seem to make
sense, so
instead of four “quarterly” recaps, there will be only three,
coinciding
with approximately equal “thirds” of the season. So, it is now a
“first
period” report, or a recap after “one third” of the “game”. Since the
Albany River Rats have played 25 out of their 80 regular season
contests,
this is a grade report to date.

Goaltending

Not since the Albany River Rats won the Calder Cup in their second year
of
existence (1994-1995) (Mike Dunham; Corey Schwab) has the minor league
affiliate of the New Jersey Devils been so blessed with goaltending
talent.
The River Rats actually have three prospects who probably have a future
in
the NHL. The trio of Ari Ahonen, J.F. Damphousse and Scott Clemmensen
has
wowed the fans, and impressed the scouts.

Damphousse currently is in New Jersey, as backup to Martin Brodeur.
The
most experienced of the three netminders, Damphousse worked five games
for
the River Rats (1-1-1; 3.62 GAA; .883 save percentage), plus one start
(Tampa Bay) and one relief effort (Washington) with the Devils.

Damphousse got a real “trial by fire” last year (2000-2001) with the
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Game Misconduct: Flames Sitting Ducks for Campbell’s Justice

by Tony Bryson
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Dear Mr. Campbell;

In regards to the latest news coming from the NHL offices, surrounding the Saturday game between Anaheim and Calgary, allow me to offer the following comments.

Congratulations for the job you have done in making the NHL offices look even more ridiculous than they have in the past. I didn’t think that anyone could do a job worse than Brian Burke, but you definitely surpassed his level of incompetence. Your approach to dispensing “justice” has taken on a life of its own and has spurned much debate in regards to your approach for cleaning up the game. As opposed to formulating a consistent methodology in dealing with offenders, you have allowed many an ugly precedent to slide, instead choosing to deal with the perpetrators on a case-by-case basis and allow your own personal feelings and relationships to cloud your judgment. The perfect example was this past weekend’s clash between Anaheim and Calgary, where you suspended three men from the Flames organization and only one from the Ducks.

The game in question was very rough from the outset, and the officiating was some of the worst that has been seen in a good long time. The frustrations were high on both sides of the ice and something was bound to happen. Zero control of the game was displayed by either referee (Greg Kimmerly and Brad Meier), which exacerbated an already dangerous situation. Had either of these officials been competent in their duties the end result never would have transpired. Unfortunately neither official showed they had the ability to handle a game at the NH Read more»

NCAA Stats for 2002 Draft Eligible Players

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Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 NCAA Rankings

1. Boston University Terriers - Ryan Whitney, D 14 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Rob Globke, W 15 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 PTS

3. Michigan State Spartans - Jim Slater, C 17 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 PTS

4. Michigan Wolverines - Eric Nystrom, W 17 GP, 7 G, 6 A, 13 PTS

5. Yale Bulldogs - Christopher Higgins, C 11 GP, 6 G, 5 A, 11 PTS

6. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Keith Ballard, D 17 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 PTS

7. Michigan Wolverines - Jason Ryznar, W 17 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 9 PTS

8. Boston University Terriers - Brian McConnell, C 14 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 PTS

9. North Dakota Fighting Sioux - Matt Jones, D 15 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS

10. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Barry Tallackson, W 17 GP, 6 G, 2 A, 8 PTS

11. Michigan State Spartans - Lee Falardeau, W 16 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS

12. Merrimack Warriors - M Read more»

CHL News and Notes

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FOUR TEAMS LEFT TO BID FOR 2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ON DEC. 18

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League have withdrawn
their bid to host the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Five Ontario Hockey League teams were scheduled to make formal bids to host
the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, with the bid presentations taking place
Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Toronto. The Greyhounds were scheduled to be one of
those teams, but the club announced on Wednesday that it had decided to
forgo the opportunity to bid, citing difficulties with their facility in
accommodating a Memorial Cup at this time as the primary reason.

The OHL determined before this season that the top four teams in each of its
two conferences (and ties, if any) at the 30-game mark of the regular season
would have the opportunity to play host to the championship tournament of
the Canadian Hockey League from May 18-26, 2002. All OHL teams hit the
30-game mark this past weekend and nine teams were eligible to make bids.

The league announced on Tuesday afternoon that five teams would make formal
bid presentations at Toronto’s Airport Marriott Hotel. The other four teams
that will still make bids on Dec. 18 are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters,
the Guelph Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.

The Memorial Cup Selection Committee that will hear the formal presentations
is comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer, commissioner’s office
for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, Director of the National Hockey
League’s Central Scouting Bureau and Bryan Read more»

Canadian Junior Camp Update

by Bill Thompson
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The Beatrice Ice Gardens was about half full of fans, scouts and media on Wednesday night to observe the second red and white game for the Canadian World Junior Team. With the first five cuts expected to come early Thursday morning this game was very important for those players on the bubble. This is especially true for the d-men since there are only 2 spots open on the blueline and 8 guys trying out. Here is a rundown of some of the players who impressed and also 5 players I believe will be going home Thursday.

IMPRESSIVE:

Mike Cammalleri (LW) – The little dynamo from Michigan was probably the best player on the ice. He is skating very well and passing the puck beautifully. He also scored a very nice goal with a pinpoint accurate shot in the top corner.

Brian Sutherby (LW) – It is obvious that this guy had been playing with the big boys in the NHL for a while this year. He was a physical presence as well as showing good speed down the wing. Sutherby is a sure bet to win one of the available forward spots.

Scottie Upshall (LW) – Played very well, has good speed and works hard on every shift. He will also make the team in my opinion and will be a valuable asset. Looked much better than Nash. At this point I would say Upshall is ahead of Nash for the 2002 draft.

Matthew Lombardi (C) – It is obvious that Lombardi wants a spot on the team badly. He is working very hard and has great speed. He seemed to adapt to there being no red line very well, getting in behind the defense to spring himself Read more»

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