Rangers Quick Notes…

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Finally the flagship Rangers appear to be heading in the right direction
with new blood inserted into the line-up in Radek Dvorak and back to back
wins over the East leading Maple Leafs, the Rangers fall to lowly Carolina
before a sparse crowd of 12,000.

With so much attention being paid to how much the Rangers spending spree has
actually netted, many bright performers have been overlooked. I have added a
little fun by using a “stats pack” projection based on how I think these
players will do per season over the next 8 years or so. I welcome your
opinions and stats pack guesstimate.

Kim Johnsson-Defense

Johnsson has been up and down of late but still remains a talented offensive
danger. After a super start he has cooled but with his great skating stride
and offensive flare, Johnsson may just yet develop into a perennial all-star.

GRADE: B+

FUTURE NHL STATS PACK PROJECTIONS: 76gp 11g 36a 47tp 63pim

Mike York-Center
York has continued to play well, no matter who his linemates are, this mite
shows the soft hands and great work ethic to stay in the NHL for a long
time. A bit feistier than Neal Broten, but with the same hands and work
ethic. York has cemented his position as number 2 center.

GRADE: A-

FUTURE NHL STATS PACK PROJECTIONS: 74gp 22g 39a 61tp 54pim

Jan Hlavac-Wing
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Post WJC Report

by pbadmin
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As always there have been many recent development among Islanders’ prospects. The Islanders had seven players representing four countries at the recent World Junior Championship. Mathieu Biron led the way as an assistant captain on the Bronze medal Canadian team. Biron logged almost 30 minutes a game, seeing time in all situations. Mathieu’s all around play was stellar and he was honored as a member of the All-Tournament Team. Fellow Canadian Chris Nielsen was also played a key role. He was extremely versatile, was excellent defensively and scored huge goals including the game tying goal in the bronze medal game that forced a shoot-out. Nielsen was among Canada’s leaders in plus minus at plus 4.

The Isles had three players on the Slovakian team, Juraj Kolnik, Kristian Kudroc, and Branislav Mezei. Kolnik has a quiet tournament until erupting in the final game with two goals and three points to finish second in team scoring. Kolnik and Kudroc led the Slovak squad with plus 4 ratings. Kudroc was a dominant physical force while playing solid in both ends. Mezei scored a rare goal for the Slovaks and was their top defenseman.

Rounding out the Islanders representatives were Swede Bjorn Melin and American Brett Henning. Melin started off strong with three points in his first two games then did not register another point. Henning performed well in a checking role for the US squad, but failed to get on the scoring sheet.
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Kentucky’s Secret Weapon: Robert Jindrich

by Rich Herles
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“He’s our secret weapon. He’s played outstanding. Robert always gives a second effort.
If he does get beat, you know he’s going to the net and he finds a way to get a glove or stick or something on the puck and I think that he is underrated. He’s a big part of why we are where we are today”, Head Coach Roy Sommer

Kentucky’s 23 year old defenseman played his hockey in his hometown, Plzen, in the Czech League and for Beroun, Czech in Division 1. In 1996 Robert played for the Czech World Junior team at the World Jr. Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. Robert recalls, “It was a big challenge. This was the first big tournament for me, and the whole team, to represent our nation and show off our skills to impress the scouts. We won our group and then 8 or 9 players got the flu, including me. We lost the semi finals. It was bad luck.”

Jim Wiley, Director of Hockey Operations for Kentucky, said, “I think that Robert has had some opportunity to mature since his draft year of ’95. The Sharks’ have done a very, very good job in waiting until they felt it was the right time to get him over here. He’s played on top-notch teams in Czechoslovakia, which has given him a lot of years of good hockey experience.”

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Sabres Report: WJC Y2K

by Ken McKenna
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In a tourney that answered the question "What would happen if a hockey tournament was held in Skelleftea, Sweden and no one showed up?", the Buffalo Sabres had ample representation amongst several teams taking part in the 2000 World Junior Championships. In total, five Buffalo Sabre prospects- LW Barrett Heisten and D Doug Janik (USA), RW Jaroslav Kristek (Czech Republic), D Matt Kinch (Canada) and LW Milan Bartovic (Slovakia)- took part in this year’s WJC. Unlike last year’s stellar showing by Sabre rookie Maxim Afinogenov, there were no spectacular performances put forth by these prospects, although a couple of the players played solidly enough to merit some mention.
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Cincinnati’s Torrey DiRoberto

by Rich Herles
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This week we take a look at Cincinnati’s speedy rookie center, Torrey DiRoberto.

He has spent the last four years playing junior hockey for Seattle in the WHL. Last year Torrey was fourth on the Seattle team in scoring with 25 goals and 42 assists for 67 points to go with 100 penalty minutes. DiRoberto was drafted Buffalo’s 6th choice (128th overall) in the 1998 Entry Draft. On July 1,1999, he was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

In Torrey’s first season in the AHL he is already making an impact with the Mighty Ducks. So far this year he is leading the rookies on his team in scoring with 9 goals and 9 assists for a total of 18 points.

When asked to assess Torrey so far this year, head coach, Moe Mantha said, “Torrey’s got some great speed. At this level he can drive a lot of defenseman crazy just because of the speed that he has. It’s a matter for us to teach him how to use it to his advantage. But overall, he’s starting to understand about playing his position a lot better, starting to compete better on the one on ones.”

“It’s a tough adjustment for a kid to come in here and learn to become a pro hockey player. He’s doing it. He’s like a sponge and he wants to learn. So, he’s going to have a bright future ahead of him. The fact that he wants to learn and work hard at his game.”

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