SLOVAK DIVISION I LEAGUE – REVIEW 2000-01
Regular season of Slovak Division I League is over. The two best teams –Zilina and Nitra have been promoted and will play in Extraliga in the next season. This league was played without playoffs.
Stats of selected players:
Name, team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Rene Pucher, Presov 38 31 39 70 +49 40
Richard Safarik, Zilina 39 11 38 49 +38 12
Miroslav Kristin, Zilina 39 29 11 40 +38 26
Ondrej Kavulic, Prievidza 32 7 17 24 +5 30
Rene Jarolin, Sp.N.Ves 27 13 9 22 +13 10
Peter Holecko, Sp.N.Ves 38 10 12 22 +9 22
Name, team GP Min. GAA SV%
Stanislav Kozuch, Zilina 30 1666 1,47 0,926
Matus Kostur, Nitra/Prievidza 32 1837 2,06 0,913
Ramon Sopko, Sp.N.Ves 33 1821 2,27 0,902
Quick review of top players and most interesting juniors on the league:
Rene Pucher (C, Presov, 1970) was a leading scorer in goals, assists as well as in the +/-. Former national team player is able to play in any top European Elite league. He collected 70 points in 38 games.
Stanislav Kozuch (G, Zilina, 71) was a leading goalie. His stats are very impressive however he played behind the best defense.
Matus Kostur (G, Nitra/Prievidza, 28.03.80, 6’0” 182 lb) was picked by New Jersey in last year. Matus was the best goalie of the league. Although I expected him to see on Extraliga, Zvolen’s coach sent him on the farm team then he was loaned to Nitra. He recorded amazing 0,932 saving percentage Read more»
The Phoenix Coyotes have a big decision to make before June 1st, 2001. Should they sign Moose Jaw Warriors’ Center Scott Kelman or let him reenter the 2001 Entry Draft? That is the question.
The Coyotes drafted the 6’2 188 pound Winnipeg native in the 1st Round (15th Overall) of the 1999 Entry Draft with the pick they received along with Travis Green when they dealt defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky back to Anaheim. Phoenix saw a chance to take a character player in Kelman who has a lot of heart, is a physical presence and gives it his best effort every game. The only knock on Kelman was his offensive abilities. Scouts were not convinced that he would be able to be a scorer in the NHL. And they were right.
Nearly two years later, many hockey people feel Kelman has not improved at all since being drafted, despite scoring a career high 20 goals this season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Kelman was dealt to the Warriors in the beginning of the season in the deal that saw star New York Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark head the other way to Seattle. The Coyotes have to decide whether Kelman is worth 1st round money and be confident that he could become that 2nd line center they saw in him when they drafted him. If they decide to not sign him, Scott will reenter the 2001 Entry Draft and it’s anyone’s guess where he will end up. If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say Kelman wouldn’t be taken higher than the 3rd round. The Coyotes would also receive a 2nd round pick in compensation for letting Kelman go. The pick would likely be in the late 30’s to the earl Read more»
The eyes of almost all NHL scouts now focus on the Finnish cities Lahti, Heinola and the
capital Helsinky. The Under-18 WJC, a hilight for the players preparing for the NHL Entry
Draft, takes place in Finland between April, 12th, 2001 and April, 22nd, 2001. The Czech team,
however he is very succesfull at the Under-20 WJC, is still overcoming a six year drought
for a medal. Only twice since the break of Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Czechs were able to
bring home a medal. This was in 1993 and 1994 when they finished with a back-to-back bronze medal.
That year, 1994, the Czech boasted the likes of current NHLers like Tomas Vokoun in goal, Petr
Buzek and Pavel Trnka on defense and Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Vaclav Varada, Radek Dvorak,
Jan Hlavac, Josef Marha and Jan Hrdina on forward. Last year the Under-18 WJC was a sixth place disaster
and only three of the 13 players eligible were selected in the draft. Coming back from the
previous year’s team are Jiri Novotny and Petr Puncochar.
This year it’s a whole new squad, which has a big change.
For the first time in history the
head coach Jiri Kalous was permitted to select also players playing in the CHL this season.
That is mainly to the big success of the CHL players with the Under-20 team, where they
contributed heavily to the golden success. In this historic moment Jiri Kalous selected three
players, Lukas Krajicek of the Peterborough Petes and Jan Platil of the Barrie Colts on defense
and Frantisek Bakrlik, also from the Colts, on forward. They should boost the team’s ov Read more»