The Under-20 team
The Under-20 teams of Czech Republic, Russia and Finland headed to Sweden in the second week of November to participate in a tournament held in Uddevalla, Sweden. This 4-nations tournament was scheduled as the last chance to meet the opponents from the top Euro countries before the WJC in Russia, beginning Dec., 26th. Every country built a strong squad, where most of the players are projected to play in Russia, especially the players from the Sweden and Finland rosters. But for example the Czechs are going to invite up to 8 players, playing in the CHL this year. The last season’s team invited 5 – and it won the championship. The team in Sweden was good, too, even if it missed injured Michal Sivek of HC Sparta Praha (Washington Capitals draft pick) and Vaclav Nedorost of HC Ceske Budejovice, drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. The players of the Under-20 team don’t see a lot of ice time in their respective Elite league teams (mostly on powerplay and penalty killing units) and they split time between the Extraleague and the Junior league. Two NHL draftees competed in Sweden, Ivan Rachunek, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Ladislav Vlcek, draft choice of the Dallas Stars. 4 serious NHL prospects showed their skills for Sweden, 2001 eligibles Tomas Plekanec of HC Vagnerplast Kladno and Petr Puncochar of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary along with 2002 top talents Jiri Hudler of HC Slovnaft Vsetin and Marian Havel of SK Jihlava.
The Czech guys started out the tournament playing very well. Goalie Tomas Duba of HC Sparta Praha Jr. had a Read more»
EUROPE, Preliminary ranking country-by-country, November 2000
NAME LEAGUE TEAM BIRTHDATE HT WT POS SH
1 Jiri Novotny CZE Budejovice 12 Aug 83 6.2 187 C R
2 Martin Kasik CZE Sparta jr 28 Jan 83 6.2 176 W R
3 Petr Puncochar CZE Karlovy Vary 08 Jun 83 6.1 200 D R
4 Tomas Micka CZE Slavia jr 07 Jun 83 6.2 176 W L
5 Zbynek Novak CZE Slavia jr 23 Jul 83 6.3 198 W L
6 Tomas Plihal CZE Liberec sr 28 Mar 83 6.1 176 W L
7 Lukas Dobry CZE Zlin jr 15 Apr 83 6.2 172 W R
8 Tomas Plekanec CZE Kladno jr 31 Oct 82 5.9 172 W L
9 Petr Domin CZE Karlovy V. jr 02 Jan 83 6.2 196 C L
10 Ondrej Malinsky CZE Sparta jr 07 Apr 83 6.2 183 D L
11 Radek Simecek CZE Zlin jr 04 Apr 83 6.0 176 D L
12 Martin Soucek CZE Trebic sr 08 May 83 5.11 176 D R
13 Jan Rehor CZE Budejovice jr 30 Apr 83 6.0 178 W R
14 Lukas Chmelir CZE Karlovy V. jr 15 Apr 83 5.11 190 D L
15 Jan Dresler CZE Vitkovice jr 12 Mar 83 6.0 185 D L
16 Petr Haluza CZE Zlin jr 23 Jul 83 6.0 202 C R
17 Ondrej Tatarcik CZE Vitkovice jr 05 Sep 83 6.3 194 W L
18 Marek Tlamka CZE Trinec jr 20 Jun Read more»
The first quarter season of Blue Jacket hockey has seen some surprises. Robert Kron finally has scored after an 0-23 game slump. Geoff Sanderson is finally rediscovering his Hartford Whaler scoring touch. Lyle Odelein has been a steadying force and is everything that management expected as the team’s first captain.
Alex Selivanov, Phil Esposito’s streaky-scoring son-in-law, agreed to a contract with Columbus. He has yet to register a point in two games, but will not hit his stride until after the All-Star break.
David Vyborny has played spirited hockey thus far. He has cooled off since the opening ten games, but he 5-5-10 in 24 games and is a +2; only he and Kevyn Adams are +2.
Espen Knutsen, all 5-11 172lbs of him, works well in the corners and creates solid scoring chances for his line mates like Sanderson. This play is something that Anahiem never motivated Knutsen to do.
Petteri Nummelin has played well on the Power Play eventhough he rarely shoots the puck, only 39 shots in 24 games. He lacks a true sniper to set up, although Selivanov could be that man. At even strength he often is pushed around, that is what Fran Kucera is for, but makes good outlet passes and possess good speed.
Marc Denis, current backup goaltender, is a mirror image of the Blue Jackets: streaks of brillance followed by allowing soft goals. Positionally, he is very sound but his glove hand often is a little slow in trapping the puck. Twice against Dallas he allowed goals that hit off the bottom of his glove hand.
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When Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark was returned to the WHL earlier this fall after failing to make the parent squad on Broadway, the highly touted center refused to return to his former Moose Jaw Warriors, instead demanding to be traded to a more competitive team. While rumors had him moving to the Calgary Hitmen to center fellow Ranger prospect Pavel Brendl, or to the Kootenay Ice to play with friend and former teammate Mike Comrie, his ultimate destination turned out to be the Seattle Thunderbirds, former stomping grounds of Peter Nedved, Chris Osgood, and Turner Stevenson. After 15 games with the T-Birds it seems pertinent to ask whether this is really the type of team Lundmark was asking to be traded to, and to assess his emerging role in his new environs.
One has to approach the first issue with a hint of skepticism. The T-Birds are a respected team with a collection of good players, but have been known to the region as traditional under-achievers. Witness last year’s local pre-season hype of a team destined to make a run at the league championship, but that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Prince George. Note also, at the time of the trade, Moose Jaw’s slightly better record (6-3-1-1) than that of the T-Birds (5-4-1-1). Furthermore, the Seattle squad that Lundmark was traded to was quite different from last year’s team, and is still adjusting to changes that have occurred since Lundmark’s acquisition one month ago. In particular, the T-Birds have been known for their offensive potential, a reputation that was garnered last s Read more»
Myrvold is expected to see action againt Tampa Bay tonight as the team will dress seven defenseman.
Some Background on Anders Myrvold:
The Islanders signed Myrvold in August and was part of a few early preseason games. He was sent to Springfield of the AHL, which is a Phoenix Coyote affiliate.
PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GW GT
ANDERS MYRVOLD SPR 19 2 3 5 23 1 1 0 0
Myrvold played last season with AIK, posting one goal, four points and 87 penalty minutes in 49 games. Originally the Quebec Nordiques’ sixth choice in the 1993 draft, Myrvold made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995-96. The next season, he was dealt along with Landon Wilson to the Boston for the Bruins’ first round pick in the 1998 Draft.
Known for his aggressive playing style, Myrvold played one season of major junior in 1994-95 with the Laval Titan of the Quebec League after coming over from Europe. In 64 games, he posted 14 goals, 64 points and 173 penalty minutes. In his three full seasons in the AHL between 1995-1998, the defenseman posted penalty minute totals of 125,107 and 91.
In other team news:
D Branislav Mezei was returned to Lowell (AHL)