By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova
Czech and Finnish teams, consisting of players who weren’t selected to play for the UnderThe Under-19 teams were established in the near history, they are only in their third season. Even if some people seem to underestimate those squads and name them “minors for the Under-20 team”, there appear players who can make an impact
-20 team play a three-game series in the Czech Republic. Have a look at the recap of
the Saturday’s game, there could be some hidden gems on those teams.
quite soon and they are only a step away from being promoted to the Under-20 team. This year the Under-19 teams
consist of players born 1983 where almost everyone was overlooked at the NHL Entry Draft or are late-born 1983’s and so not eligible for the 2001 draft. The top 1983 born prospects moved from the Under-18 team to the Under-20 team and it’s up to those who didn’t make that jump to make a name for themselves.
On the Czech side, two players were claimed by NHL teams this past June. Slavia Praha center/left winger Zbynek Novak, an alternate captain for the Under-19 team, is a Washington Capitals draft choice and HC Bili Tygri Liberec defenseman Jan Holub was picked by the New York Islanders. Then there are players like captain Lukas Chmelir or Jan Rehor who were expected to hear their names selected at the draft, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. Read more»
Andrei Markov -D (Drafted-98(6/162))Due to a combination of his strong play, and injuries to Stephane Quintal and Patrick Traverse Markov was called up to Montréal on November 6th. He’s continued his strong play since the call, and has contributed during each of the 4 games he’s played. Overall, the Russian defenseman has played 12 AHL games. He has 10 points (4-6-10), and was a league leading +14 with 7 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next week. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. Despite missing 3 games Hainsey still leads the team with 25 shots on goal.
Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))Riberio continues to split his time between Montréal and Québec. The latest trip had him returning to Québec on November 6th. He’s managed 4 points through 2 games since his return. All 4 points came during a 5-4 loss to Manitoba. Overall, the shifty center has played 6 AHL games. He has 6 points (2-4-6), and is +4 with 14 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))Ryder was shutout through 1 game since our last update. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of Québec’s 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 9 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 2 minute Read more»
Lobb out for Season
During the third period of Sunday night’s game versus his former team, the London Knights, Aaron Lobb was checked by the Knights’ Sean Dixon. Dixon’s hip connected with Lobb’s knee and resulted in a season ending injury. Although Dixon received a kneeing major and a game misconduct, the hit was deemed legal and no action will be taken.
Surgery will be scheduled soon to repair Lobb’s damaged anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. The Lightning will be picking a surgeon, while the Guelph Storm aid his recovery by focusing on a regimen to increase his upper body strength and help him add bulk to his 6’4 frame.
Eklund earns honors
Brown Goaltender Brian Eklund was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week on November 7th. In Brown’s season opener on November 3rd, Eklund stopped 27 of 29 shots to give Brown a 4-2 victory over Harvard.
This marks the third time in his career Eklund has earned the honor and the second time in a row. Eklund received the honor in the final week of the previous season after he stopped 48 of 51 shots.
In three games with Brown this season, Eklund has a 2.68 goals against average.
Lightning shuffle the deck
On November 9th, the Lightning acquired defensemen Josef Boumedienne and Sascha Goc and left wing Anton But from the New Jersey Devils in
exchange for defenseman Andrei Zyuzin.
Next, they reassigned defenseman Mathieu Biron and right wing Nikita Alexeev to Springfield (AHL) and recalled Boumedienne, Goc and left wing Read more»
Well lets take a look first at the offense, when the
Kings had their playoff run last spring they had 3
lines that were putting up offense, Jozef Stumpel was
centering Ziggy Palffy and Adam Deadmarsh, Bryan
Smolinski was on a “stopper unit” 2nd line with Nelson
Emerson and Glen Murray, and rookie Eric Belanger was
centering Luc Robitaille and Ian Laperriere to form an
all French-Canadian 3rd line. Right now three of those
guys (Robitaille, Stumpel and Murray) are no longer
with the club and Emerson is out indefinitely with a
head injury. Once Jason Allison gets his legs back and
gets used to this team the Kings will boast one of the
deadliest 1st lines in the NHL with Allison between
Palffy and Deadmarsh, the problem lies in the 2nd and
3rd lines. Bryan Smolinski and Steve Heinze are
quality 2nd line forwards, the problem is they have
yet to find a consistent linemate since Murray was
dealt. Jaroslav Bednar an overage Czech who lead the
Finnish League in goals has been a bust with only 1
assist in 10 games, journeyman Randy Robitaille can
fill in when called upon but cannot be expected to be
a regular scoring line contributor. The Kings need to
address this problem shortly, they are clearly a 2nd
line LW short of 2 full scoring lines, which you need
to have to win in the NHL.
On the blueline the Kings have been strong for the
most part, keeping the shot totals down and playing a
sound positional game. Aaron Miller returned last
night vs. Detroit and his strong defensive play will
help even more. Offensively its been the Mathieu
Schnei Read more»
Patrick DesRochers is off to a shaky start this year. His statistics look so poor mostly due to an 8-4 loss he suffered a couple of weeks ago when he allowed all eight goals on 30 shots. He played decent in both games this weekend, losing in Worcester (4-2 with 30 saves) and winning against Manchester (5-4 with 28 saves).
He’s done a better job in controlling rebounds this season. Being a butterfly style goalie, he’s down on the ice a lot, so the majority of goals he allow are top shelf. He does not play the puck very well and needs to stay in the net more often until he improves on that. DesRochers certainly doesn’t look like a former first-round pick and has a long way to go if he plans on making it to the NHL.
Kirill Safronov is still very sound defensively, leading the team with a plus-minus rating of +9. The second-year professional leads all defensemen on the team in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists). Safronov has seen a lot of time on the power play this season. Safronov has been called up with the Coyotes but hasn’t played in any games yet.
Dan Focht defensive play has improved greatly over the last couple of seasons, but he’s still slow and doesn’t contribute anything to the offense (he’s scored only four goals in over 200 professional games). He’s a big guy at 6’6″ and 240 pounds, however he doesn’t fight very well. Focht has a tendency to take a lot of unnecessary minor penalties. It doesn’t appear as if he’ll ever be a consistent player at the NHL level.
David Cullen is a small, offensive-min Read more»