Rangers Update

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With the NHL season in Full Throttle the once dead Rangers are starting to head in the right direction. With Mike York adding two assists to his already impressive season the Rangers believe they have found their no.2 center. Swedish defenseman Kim Johnsson continues to play like a veteran with his smooth skating style and soft passes. Around the local media, Johnsson has been noted as New York`s Best Defenseman. Erstwhile Rangers first year goalie Milan Hnilicka did not fare well in his first game against Pittsburgh, getting beat through the “five hole”, Hnilicka stopped 4 of 6 shots but looked nervous between the pipes in MSG as the Rangers fell 5-2. With Mike Richter`s return against Atlanta in a 4-1 win, Hnilicka was returned to Hartford of the AHL.

HARTFORD AHL:
Newly acquired Alexander Daigle garnered player of the week honors Daigle had two goals and three assists in two games for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He leads his team in scoring and ranks second in the AHL with 10 points with (3 goals and 7 assists) in five games.
The former top pick in the NHL draft has played for Ottawa, Edmonton, Philadelphia and Tampa before being acquired by the Rangers just two weeks ago. This may be Daigle`s last shot at reviving a once promising AHL career.
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Portland Winterhawks Home Opening Week

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Three teams rolled into Portland, Oregon to start off the Winter Hawk’s season and all three left feeling pretty good about themselves.
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Montreal Canadiens’ Junior Prospects Weekly Update

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Here is another installment of the Canadiens’ junior prospects update.

Stand Outs -Michael Ryder had a superb week with 7 points in 2 games, including a 6 point night.
-Jerome Marois had a strong week with 4 points in 3 games.
-Marc-Andre Thinel had a ver good week with 8 points in 3 games.

Awards -Michael Ryder was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the month for September.

POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
Eric Chouinard (c) 6’4″/192 Lbs. 18 D-Mtl98(1/16)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Quebec 10 11 6 17 +3 16 2 0
#1 Strength- Scoring ability
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size
Chouinard played 1 game this past week. He scored 1 goal in a 2-2 tie with Sherbrooke. He was also +1 for the week.

NHL Projection – Second line center
Current Stock Status- Stagnant

POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
Francois Beauchemin (D) 6’0″/190 Lbs. 19 D-Mtl98(3/75)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Acadie-Bathurst 14 4 7 11 +7 39 0 0
#1 Strength- Intelligence
#1 Weakness- Injuries
Beauchemin played 1 game this past week. He scored the Titans’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Sherbrooke. He was also -1 for the week.

NHL Projection -Fourth defenseman
Current Stock Status- On the rise.
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Hurricane Tracking Chart

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While storm watchers are tracking Hurricane Irene’s march to Florida, you can use this chart to track where the Carolina Hurricanes prospects ended up for this season.

NHL:
Carolina: Byron Ritchie, David Tanabe, Eric Fichaud, Tommy Westlund

IHL:
Cincinnati: Craig MacDonald, Craig Adams, Nikos Tselios, Randy Petruk, Ian MacNeil, Shane Willis, Greg Kuznik

ECHL:
Florida: Hugh Hamilton Jacksonville: Mark McMahon, Sergei Fedetov New Orleans: Mike Morrone

OHL:
Guelph: Chris Madden
Sarnia: Jeff Heerema
Plymouth: Kevin Holridge, Damian Surma
Sault Ste. Marie: Josef Vasicek

WHL:
Kootenay: Jaroslav Svoboda Regina: Brett Lysak Prince George: Brent McDonald

WCHL:
Anchorage: Yauheni Kurylin

Swedish Elite:
MoDo: Niklas Nordgren

SM-Liiga:
Lukko: Antti Jokela

ECAC:
Clarkson: Erik Cole, Don Smith, David Evans

CCHA:
Michigan State: Brad Fast
Bowling Green: Ryan Murphy
Michigan: Andrew Merrick, Mark Kosick

WCHA:
North Dakota: Brad Defauw

Sedin-Sedin-Weinhandl, a great success.

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HV 71 (Home) vs. MoDo (Away)

Before the season many “experts” said that MoDos defense was an uncertain card, before the game against HV 71 MoDo had only let 10 goals past in 7 games! The Sedins line is not only the best offensive line but defensive as well, much because that they almost spend all the time in offensive zone. After 7 games the line has still not let any goals against with even strength.

The first period against HV 71 was quite even; the Sedins line created one big scoring chance but Daniel did not manage to beat Kari Takko in the net. In the second period MoDo played better and 4 minutes into the period Henrik fed Mattias Weihandl with an opening pass.

Weihandl deked Takko but he hit the post. But Weinhandl got his revenge after a disordered situation in front of the net. He picked up the lose puck and fed Henrik with a pass, Henrik with an open net made no mistake. HV tied the game before the period was over.

The third period was, just as the previous two, an open history. Great skating, intensity and goal tending. With 2.24 left of the game, Samuel Pahlsson won a face-off in offensive zone, he was captured by HV 71′s defense and knocked to the ice. But with great strength he manages, lying down, to lift the puck past Kari Takko. MoDo won 3-1 after an EN-goal.

HV 71-MoDo 3-1 (0-0,1-1,0-2)

First Period:

No scoring

Second period:

0-1 (07.27) Henrik Sedin (Mattias Weinhandl)
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