Coming from Munich
Christoph Schubert, a 19 year old defenseman, who was born in the bavarian capital München (Munich). He is a eligible draft prospect for the upcoming Draft and maybe a NHL-team picked him up. Is he talented enough? Yes, Schubert are always in the first line of every bantam, midget and junior team he played for. The coaches saw his big potential and gave him many ice-time. They know, that they could have a great defender talent on their roster.
His junior days
His first junior season where he appeared the full length of the season in a junior team was 1998-99. He played for the EV Landshut junior team; their pro team spent the season in the DEL and the best juniors maybe get a shot there. Marco Sturm for example was in the same situation, but Sturm make the team in the pre-season and there wasn’t so much foreign players in the pro team. The terrific number of 18 players haven’t a german passport, so the young prospects had no chance to play. Also, Landshut had eight defenders on their roster, to hard to get a shot to play in th DEL for Schubert.
But he played a solid season in their junior team, appearing in 28 games, scoring 10 goals and recording 35 points. A good number for a defender who didn’t play the everytime offense style. So, no chance in the first team, but a got developing in the junior team, he was one of the best players, possibly the best there.
Landshut’s DEL-team had big financial problems and can’t play longer in the DEL. They must sale their licence and a buyer was found early in the summer. The “Anschutz Sports Holding Limited” from Philip F. Anschutz, who’s also the alternate governor of the Los Angeles Kings, bought the licence and founded a new team in München, the Barons. It is their sixth team in europe after buying the London Knights, Servette Geneve, Sparta Praha and another the german team, the Eisbären Berlin.
The Mad Dogs was München’s last hockey team on the highest level, the DEL, in 1994-95. So, Landshut start the new season in the south division of the third league without big stars. Their new plans show a team with many young players, the most from their own junior team. One of them was Schubert, who has now the opportunity to shine.
Stepping into the pro’s
Exciting the coaches in the pre-season he starts the season in the third line and surprises some viewers with his play. You saw no transposition from the juniors to the pro’s in his game. Physical if it’s needed and technical if it’s wanted. Schubert only gets nervous in this some situations.
He isn’t the stay at home defenseman who shots the puck deep in the zone and stays in his own, he can go with it in the offense zone. That earns him some time at power play and penalty killing situations, too. Recording seven goals, a number of twelve points in his first pro season is not bad. His team suprised, too. Landshut finished second on the table and won their play-off-series. But, in fact of their bad financials they don’t want to play in the second league.
As a 17 year old he can also play in the junior league for Landshut and he did it more as well as anybody thinks. He recorded a scoring average of 1.25 per game last season – it grows up to a 2.27 this season. 25 Points in eleven games, including 14 goals – really good and the best qoute in the german junior league.
Also, he appeared at his first international tournament, the world junior championships in Kloten, suiss on April. He recorded four points in six games and was the top scoring defenseman in this team. The german’s finished on the seventh place and slovakian NHL-Star Marian Gaborik’s star starts to shine at this competition.
Back to the roots
Some young players from Landshut had the chance to play in the DEL: As the München Barons take their place in the DEL they agree with Landshut to take this team as their farmteam for some young players. And manager Max Fedra from München want Christoph Schubert for the 2000-01 season. He was the biggest talent in the third league based team and Fedra didn’t see any big problem that he can’t make the team. So, Schubert signed a two year two-way contract to play for last seasons DEL-champion München and possibly for Landshut, too.
Developing in the DEL
The pre-season starts and it goes the same way as in Landshut a year ago. Schubert played in the third line and fights for his spot. No fear to play against former NHL-regulars, if they go into his defense zone the get checked by him. And his checks are one of the best you’ve ever seen by a young defender. Hasn’t the cleverness from a Dennis Seidenberg to hold forwards at the cushion, but this should come with the years, it is currently a weakness. But that don’t stop that he develops very fast from a young prospect that dreams to play at the highest level to a full part of champ München. He took his spot with hard work and earn many credits from München’s fans for this. And not only the fans noticed him. Hans Zach, the coach of the german national team does it, too. Schubert becomes a member of the team with wins the qualification tournament for the olympic games 2002 in Salt Lake City. Zach gave him many ice-time, but also said “Schubert must overhear the praises, he must go his way. He isn’t a NHL-Star, now.” Barons’ assistant coach Doug Bradley agree with Zach, “He must go smarter, the athomespehre in the games affect him to much, now, he starts to be a little bit nervous.”
Rookie of the year
Schubert’s first DEL season was the best in his career. He scores six goals and coach Doug Simpson gave him ice-time in penalty killing situations sometimes. Also on power-play Schubert garnered some minutes, he has a good shot from the blueline which saves him a pp-goal for the Barons this season. 85 shots in the regualar season shows that he thinks he can not only score from the blueline. A highlight for Schubert was the game in the world championship play-off’s against finland in this month at the side of his defensepartner Seidenberg. He didn’t play in the first six games, Schubert was only on the recall-list. Hans Zach called him up after game four for the injured Mark MacKay.
Another highlight was in march of this year. Officials, coaches and journalists named Schubert the Rookie of the year in the DEL. Runners up was defender Christian Ehrhoff from Krefeld, who were ranked by the CSB on position 71 by european defensemen. Schubert wasn’t ranked, maybe the scouting buro overview him.
Another season in germany
Schubert will stay in germany for almost one year. “Going to north america, to the minor leagues came to early this year.” He would learn in germany another season. But at this time without his defense partner Chris Luongo. The former NY Islander’ helped him very much in his development, but he leaves München and will playing for the Ice Tigers from Nürnberg. While the young german is still under contract in München for the next season.
To see what kind of player Schubert is, is easy, if you look on his scoring numbers. A solid worker with good offensive skills and a very good defense potential. Especially his checking and his hard shot are good at this time. Viewers should compare him with the young Darius Kasparaitis (Pittsburgh Penguins) if they see his checks. Toni Porkka, who signed for the Cologne Sharks for the next season is also a player type like Schubert.
Finally, Christoph Schubert wouldn’t go in the early rounds in this years draft, but the last round is to bad for him. Possible that he were picked up by a NHL-team from position on and also possible that this team comes from the northeast of the united states. Potential: yes – CSB-ranked: no – so his chances to be drafted are realistic at 50:50.
Name: Christoph Schubert
Jersey: # 13
Defender, shoots left
Weight: 186 lbs.
Born: 2/5/1982 in Munich, Germany
EV Landshut Juniors
EV Landshut Juniors
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