After losing Vladimir Malakhov to free agency and Brad Bombardir to the expansion Wild, the New Jersey Devils have two openings on defense. They should have no problems filling those slots.
Veteran Ken Sutton certainly will be given a shot to stay with the big club for the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Sutton, once voted the best defenseman in the American Hockey League, has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany over the past couple of seasons and would appear to be a seventh defenseman or insurance policy rather than a top six guy.
Willie Mitchell, the former Clarkson standout, can also be expected to make a run at a job in New Jersey. In his first full professional season Mitchell played solidly at Albany and also impressed the Devils in a two game stint in the NHL.
In July the Devils added to their defensive depth by signing Swedish rearguard Josef Boumedienne along with North Dakota defenseman Mike Commodore. Both will be watched closely by the Devils’ hierarchy at training camp in September.
Boumedienne, 6’1, 200 lbs., played for Tappara in the Finnish League over the past two seasons. New Jersey was so high on him that Boumedienne needed to be protected in June’s expansion draft after scoring 8 goals and 24 assists in 50 games last season.
There are many factors that should be considered when constructing a fantasy team- talent, toughness, leadership among others. A team may have a lot of skill, but will fail if you don’t have a good chemistry.
A fantasy team should consist of a variety of players capable of performing the best at different tasks. Goal scorers will be needed to fill the nets, enforcers to stand up for their star players and checkers to stop the opposition’s top stars from scoring.
Now you know what makes up a great fantasy team, it is time to present the players I feel best fit this elite team.
Peter Forsberg - Arguably the best all around player the league has to offer. Forsberg plays with grit and determination everynight, going into the corners doing the dirty work. He is a franchise player and one to build a team around. His soft hands are known best for his playmaking ability and highlight plays. Put his toughness and strength factor in his resume and you have a player feared by all. Forsberg’s consistency can be counted on night in and out. Along with his great offensive skills and emphasis on ‘D’, he is a can’t miss player.
Another in a series of weekly articles designed to summarize activities in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Penny for your thoughts: The Maple Leafs plugged a gaping front office hole this week when the signing of former Vancouver Canucks executive Mike Penny was confirmed… Penny brings more than 20 years of NHL player personnel experience to the party, all of it within the Canucks’ organization… among the gems unearthed during Penny’s tenure in Vancouver were Mattias Ohlund, Pavel Bure, Petr Nedved and Trevor Linden… in Toronto, Mike will be responsible for overseeing all amateur and professional scouting activities… Penny is a seasoned hockey man who perfectly fills Toronto’s need for a proven talent “birddog” created when both Nick Beverley and Joe Yannetti left to join Mike Smith in the Windy City last month…
I am sitting in Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Michigan
brother James and a group of 12 to 15 year old boys trying to develop
hockey skills with the hope of some day skating here as a part of the
Wings NHL Prospect Camp. However, while some of these boys do represent
hockey’s future it definitely is the very distant future.
As for what is at hand in the near future you may want to check out on
NHL Prospect Camps. This year Centre I.C.E. and the Detroit Red Wings
teams including: Detroit, Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, and
Columbus. As a fan it is a great place to come and watch these
giving all they have as they try to earn a contract with an NHL team.
Last year’s competition was tense, the first game between Detroit and
featured a bench clearing brawl. The week was full of good hockey
future stars like Jiri Fischer and Brian Finley.
I can’t predict another bench clearing brawl, but, I am sure this year’s
will once again be a full week of good old fashioned hockey as these
fight to win one of the few open positions on the roster.
This year’s camp will tenativly be held September 2-5. Admission to
practices is free and game admission is $5.
This year’s schedule is as follows.
Saturday, Sept. 2 Read more»
Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .
Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.
Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.
Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.
Stats on Ryan Brindley:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63 Read more»