1. Milan Kraft, C
Has done nothing to remove himself from the top spot in the Pens prospect list. Very solid player, makes very few mistakes. Reminds a lot of people of a young Ron Francis with a better scoring touch, although he’s not the playmaker that Francis is.
2. Sebastian Caron, G
Sebastian has been hot and cold for the Pens in his rookie season. Named AHL Goaltender of the month for November, but has had some bad performances in Oct and Dec. A .886 SvPct isn’t great, but for a rookie, it’s not bad and he’s learning on the job.
3. Konstantin Koltsov, LW
When he plays for his Russian squad, he’s played well. A bit inconsistant, which causes him to be benched (or scratched) at times. Played well for a very bad Belarus team in the World Junior Championships.
4. Josef Melichar, D
Played well enough in camp to eearn a spot with the NHL club, but after the first few games, was in and out of the lineup. Sent back to Wilkes-Barre after the Pens acquired a few “veteran” defenseman and Kasparaitis and Laukkanen came back from injuries. He’s still quite young and has plenty of time to get himself back into the lineup. Will defintely be a part of the Pens future on defense, along with Ference and Rozsival.
5. Andrew Ference, D
They all said he was too small. Fortunately for the Pens, they forgot to tell Andy. It unfortunate that they can’t find a spot for him on the NHL squad, because he deserves it. Solid offensively, solid defensively. Strong power play pointman. 1 of 4 WBS Read more»
The 2001 World Junior Championships, which took place in Moscow, Russia, have wrapped up, with the Czech Republic repeating as gold medallists as they defeated Finland 2-1 in the gold medal game. While the Sabres had some representation in this tournament, the performances of those prospects was largely forgettable.
had the most productive tourney of the 3 Buffalo prospects taking part in the WJC, but most of his production came in one game against a lesser opponent (Belarus). Ziggy was on a line with Raffi Torres in the Belarus game, a game in which Mike tallied a goal and two assists. Mike’s performance so overwhelmed the Canadian coaches that they decided to make Zigomanis the 13th forward for the remainder of the tournament. Mike scored just one goal the rest of the way, leaving him with 4 points in 7 games.
There were some Canadian fans that complained about Mike’s lack of playing time, as he seemed to make things happen when he was in the game, so it is somewhat of a mystery as to why he didn’t play more. I’m sure it was disappointing for Zigomanis, as he missed a chance at playing for Canada last year due to an injury.
and his Russian teammates had high hopes as the host team, but their tournament ended in disappointment as they could only muster a 7th place finish. Denisov was paired with Alexandre Selouianov throughout the tournament, a partnership that did not go nearly as well as his combination with Karil Safranov in last year’s WJC. The Russian def Read more»
In the eighth round of the 1999 draft, Anaheim selected Petr Tenkrat from the Czech Republic. Selected 230th overall, the Ducks weren’t expecting him to pay dividends anytime soon. But on Wednesday night in only his tenth game in the NHL, he scored the overtime game-winning goal to give the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The Ducks looked destined to lose, trailing 2-0 with only seven minutes left, but Selanne and Titov set the stage for the young rookie. Adding an assist on Titov’s goal, Tenkrat now has four goals and four assists for a total of 8 pts. This places Petr 29th amongst NHL rookies in points, with only 4 players above him playing less than 30 games. He is 19th in goals amongst rookies and only Tomi Kallio of Atlanta at 28 games has played less than 30. He is 9th in shot percentage amongst rookies, shooting more than anyone else above him on the list. Petr has points in six of his last eight games.
With the depth, or lack of depth, the Ducks have at right wing, Tenkrat might have just found a new home in Anaheim, and might have to miss the AHL All Star Game on January 15th. The Ducks will play Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins that night.
Petr Tenkrat in 24 games played for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks had 9-8=17 points with 24 penalty minutes.
In 1999-2000 Petr played 53 games with HPK and Ilves-Tampere in Finland, scoring 35-14=49 points. His 35 goals ranked him third overall in the league, 15 more than anyone else on his team.
Went scoreless on 0 sho Read more»
The most attractive part of the WJC was scheduled on Friday, January, 5th, 2001 to the
Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. The final battle of the WJC, one of the two teams will always
remain in the history of hockey as the winner, remembered by the fans, the other won’t be
well known after some time. Of course each of the teams wanted to be the “unforgetable” and
celebrate the victory, what can be better? On one side the Czechs, a team led by
strong personalities and future NHLers, on top with the super first line consisting of
defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Libor Ustrnul and forwards Pavel Brendl – Vaclav Nedorost –
Zdenek Blatny. Those five guys combined for nearly 60 per cent of the goals scored by the
The Finnish side presented top WJC sniper Jani Rita, one of top 1982 born
defensemen in the world, Tero Maatta, and all three top 2001 Finnish prospects, Tuomo Ruutu,
Saku Koivu’s younger brother Mikko Koivu, and left winger Tuomas Pihlman. Pihlman and Ruutu
played on the first line along with the sniper Rita, Mikko Koivu was the center of the line
with wingers Ville Hamalainen and Tony Salmelainen. And one had the teams the same. Great
goaltenders. Well-known New Jersey Devils prospect Ari Ahonen in the net for Finland and
undrafted HC Sparta Praha goalie Tomas Duba playing for the Czech Republic. So this were the
top Under-20 teams of the 2000-2001 season, now competing for gold.
Both of the teams have built their strategy on defense. The Finnish players forechecked hard,
but after they felt, that they can’t win the puck, th Read more»
Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Decision time: It seems to me as though the Toronto Maple Leafs have reached a point in time when significant determinations must be made … even an optimistic person can clearly see that the club trails the Devils in terms of championship potential – especially if Jersey can somehow acquire Rob Blake (see below) … the Leafs are essentially equal to division rivals Ottawa and Buffalo – no worse but certainly not significantly better either … to make matters even more complicated, previously dormant teams such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington have recently sprung to life and now trail the overall conference leaders by a very narrow margin … the situation could be much different if Toronto had performed up to expectations against several of the league’s doormats during the Christmas period … on a more positive note, the team is currently on a pace to match last season’s point total although very few players are enjoying what could be considered “career” seasons … in spite of this, all signs point to a notable player move (or moves) designed to vault the team up into the NHL’s highest echelon … Leafs’ ownership is more than willing to spend the dollars needed to improve their chances of a Cup challenge this spring and this is an option not readily available to rivals such as the Sabres and Senators … the dilemma, of co Read more»