Key to player reports
Player Name, Position
Chance of making the NHL: Scale between 1-10. 10 being a “sure thing”, 5 being “has to be lucky”, 1 being “no chance”.
Impact once in the NHL: Season Stats: Player stats from the NHL, AHL, CHL, US College hockey, etc.
Projected Role: Where he will fit on his NHL team (basically “if things go well”).
Projected Stats: The types of numbers you can expect from him once he is established (best case scenario…the “peak” of his output, over an 82 game period).
Comparable Player: NHLer his style of play/potential resembles.
Brent Sopel D
Chance of making the NHL: 7/10
Impact once in the NHL: B-
Season Stats: AHL: 53 10 21 31 59…NHL: 5 1 0 1 -1 4
Projected Role: 3rd-4th Two-Way Defenseman
Projected Stats: 10g 25a 30pts
Comparable Player: Eric Wienrich
Notes: Although being an offensively gifted defenseman for most of his career, Brent needs elevate his game by becoming more defensive oriented. His offense is not enough to keep him in the NHL. He has a solid shot, along with good skating, and a good first pass out of the zone. Is capable of having a solid NHL career.
Robb Gordon LW
Chance of making the NHL: 6/10
Impact once in the NHL: C+
Season Stats: AHL: 68 16 22 38 98…NHL: 4 0 0 0 2
Projected Role: 3rd line winger
Projected Stats: 15g 15a 30pts
Comparable Player: Pat Falloon Read more»
Two season’s ago the Kamloops Blazer’s dealt for an eighteen year old tough guy named Mike Brown and Blazer fans were abhorred at the price, offensive spark plug Shawn McNeil. Fans were upset and wondering how the Blazer brass could deal a potential league scoring leader for a thug? After all, the kid couldn’t get along with Red Deer management and had demanded a trade, word was he had limited skills and little work ethic. Kamloops fans and some media would then take their shots at Mike upon his arrival, making comments like “he’s lazy”, “can’t skate”, “takes stupid penalties”, “looks like he doesn’t care” and “boy did Kamloops get taken on the deal”! Two years later, he’s as popular a player as Kamloops has on their roster, Mike Brown has won over most. Mike has continued to improve his skating and is second to none in picking his spots to send a message to opponents who attempt taking liberties with his teammates!
During the 1996 NHL Draft, the Vancouver Canucks were pleasantly surprised to find Regina Pat centre Josh Holden still available when they drafted in the 12th spot. Ranked fourth by the Central Scouting Bureau, Holden saw his stock plummet because of his size. The Canucks, however, were willing to take a chance on Holden because of his offensive potential.
During his first training camp two years ago, Holden showed some of the immaturity for which he was known in junior circles. He arrived at camp in less than peak physical condition and did not perform to the best of his abilities. His play for Regina during the first part of the season was not great. After he was relieved of some of his leadership responsibilities by Regina management, Holden’s play picked up.
Holden spent the summer of 1997 working out in Los Angeles with a personal trainer. The hard work paid off. Holden had a solid training camp and impressive pre-season. Alas, with the free agent signing of Mark Messier, there was no room for him, so he was returned to Regina again. This training camp is different. A centre position is his to lose.
News from Whistler
Ask the players and they will tell you that there is a different
feeling around the Canuck camp this year. Sure, the same old issues are
rearing their ugly heads but this will be one exciting hockey team once
those issues resolve themselves.
Pat Quinn and Pavel
Bure speak it is difficult to sift through the bullshit. These
guys enjoy messing with the media and the media, in turn, enjoys making up
stories when none are offered. The fact is Bure has looked incredible in
camp. He will start the season in Vancouver and Quinn will decide whether
the team will be better off with him or with what they can get for him.
Despite what you may hear, Bure will be happy in Vancouver if Quinn can
work out a reasonable arrangement for payment of the $1.8 million he is
owed from the lockout.
We have not heard much lately about Alexander
Mogilny but word is he is in Malibu and the parties are still
about $1 million apart. Worse case scenario for the Canucks would be a
lengthy holdout. Watch for Quinn to attempt to get him playing before the
season starts. More on this later.
Bret Hedican is not enjoying his Read more»