The Sens rookie camp wrapped up last night. For the second year in a row the Ottawa rookies won a mini tournament between the Lightning, Canadiens, and Panthers youngsters. Martin Havlat had a hat trick
including the game winner to down Tampa. Once again the tournament was a great success. The Panthers who host the tournament in Hull, Quebec hope to add more teams for next year’s tournament.
During the tournament Martin Havlat silenced his critics, including this one, concerning his physical play. While not carrying sharpened elbows Havlat didn’t totally shy away from the rough stuff. Frankly Havlat looked like a first line NHLer by the time the end of the camp rolled around. A late round pick from last year’s draft Alexandre Giroux, was very impressive potting numerous goals and controlling the flow of the game down low. Antoine Vermette, another Q league forward was brilliant showing plenty offensive improvisation.
Ottawa’s goaltending was very good during the tournament. Mathieu Chouinard looked confident and determined in between the pipes, in an allusion to his play of a few years back. While being solid, Lajeunesse the other goaltender was out played by the older of the two.
Another note is that Swiss defenseman Julien Vauclair, a beautiful skater, finally looks ready for North American hockey.
At least ten of the players from the rookie camp can expect to be invited to the main camp….. definites include
The moment Caps fans have been waiting for came on Friday, when training camp began for real. This is expected to be another banner season for Washington, as nothing less than a repeat of the Division Championship will do. Although the fight for spots in the lineup will be tough, the most difficult job belongs to Head Coach Ron Wilson. It is his task to pare down the roster to 23 players for opening day.
There are 27 players in camp who took part in an NHL game last seaon. Also in the hunt are several young players looking to establish themselves. 1999 first round selection Kris Beech is being projected as a future star and will be given every chance to make the team. 2000 draftee Bjorn Nord also hopes to be around in October – as he is in an all-or-nothing situation. If he does not stick with the Caps, he will return home to Sweden.
There are two players in camp on a tryout basis – Forward Greg Davis and Goaltender Tim Barlow. Davis is a big centre who will be entering his sophomore year at McGill University in Canada. He is a very talented offensive player, and scored 42 points in 38 games last season. Barlow is a former teammate of Rastislav Stana in Moose Jaw (WHL). He inherited the starting job with the Warriors after Stana was dealt to Calgary.
HULL, QUEBEC – Florida Panthers Vice President and General Manager Bryan
Murray announced several roster moves following the 2000 NHL Prospects
Tournament today at Robert Guertin Arena. Five players will be returned
to their junior teams for the 2000-01 season – goaltenders Davis Parley
and Jean-Francois Laniel, forwards Mathew Sommerfeld and Travis Eagles
and defenseman Brad Woods. In addition, defenseman Daniel Passero and
forwards Aaron Goldade, Ian Jacobs and Benoit Morin will report to the
Louisville Panthers’ training camp to compete for spots with Florida’s
top affiliate. Jacobs is under contract with the Panthers, while
Passero, Goldade and Morin will try out for Louisville’s squad.
Several rookies will be held over to the Panthers’ main camp. Among
those held over for a second look are: goaltender Alexander Auld,
defensemen Michel Periard, Chris Eade, Rod Sarich and Kyle Rossiter, and
forwards Serge Payer, Eric Beaudoin, Ryan Jardine, Mike Green, Josh
Olson, Sean O’Connor, Mike Cirillo, Morgan McCormick and Eric Godard.
Right wing Denis Shvidki, who was unable to participate in the rookie
tournament due to injury, will also report to Florida’s main camp. The
prospects will be joined by the following Panthers veterans:
Goaltenders: Ryan Bach, Sean Gauthier, Trevor Kidd, Roberto Luongo,
Defensemen: Chris Allen, Dan Boyle, Brad Ference, Bret Hedican, John
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HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers closed out the four-team 2000 NHL
prospects tournament today, falling 4-3 in a close, well-played game
against the Montreal Canadiens’ prospects at Robert Guertin Arena. The
Panthers led 2-1 entering the third period, but couldn’t protect the
advantage. The Canadiens out-scored the Panthers 3-1 in the final frame
and held off a furious comeback attempt to capture third place in the
tournament. Florida finished in fourth place, with a 1-3 record,
dropping a pair of one-goal contests. The tournament concluded with a
late game between Tampa Bay and Ottawa for the tournament championship.
The Panthers’ main training camp will begin Friday, as veterans report
to Hull. Physicals and off- and on-ice testing for the Panthers’
veterans will take place on Saturday.
FIRST PERIOD: The Canadiens went 0-for-4 on the power play in the first
period, but scored a shorthanded goal on Florida’s first attempt with
the man advantage. Ben Guite scooped up an errant puck at the Montreal
blue line and skated in on Panthers goalie Alexander Auld on a
breakaway. Guite beat Auld for his second goal of the tourney. Auld
stopped 14 of 15 shots in a busy first period, while Montreal goalie
Evan Lindsay stopped all 16 Florida shots. The Panthers were 0-for-1 on
the power play.
SECOND PERIOD: Auld (1999 draft pick, 40th overall) continued his fine
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Yes, I wrote it.
Contend for the Stanley Cup this season 2000-01.
And yes, if that means without Zdeno Chara, so be it.
That is a very bold statement, but the fact is the Islanders for the first time in years have a strong young nucleus of players who are no longer
just happy to be in the Nhl, with several players entering their prime years and an ownership that added the talented veterans that were desperately
needed here for years, in addition this team now has the depth players in its minor league system, as well as an outstanding group of prospects that
have the ability to win one of the few spots on this years team and make a significant contribution.
Many of the players who are returning from
last years 24 win, 300 man games lost to injury season learned that they can beat any team in the Nhl last year because many of those wins came
against the best teams. The Islanders biggest problems was depth and inexperience and players were brought in to address both needs.
Along with a new ownership that will make the changes to improve this season.
Some Very Tough Questions:
1. It took eighty five points to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season and ninety the year before that, how do the Islanders make up that kind of ground in one year?