Sulzer won’t be available in Toronto

By Oliver Janz

It’s confirmed

Alexander Sulzer did not opt-in

It’s confirmed. According to his agent Stefan Metz, Alexander Sulzer did not opt-in for the NHL Entry Draft 2002. Germany lost his top prospect for the upcoming Draft on June 23 and 24 in Toronto, Ontario. The Central Scouting Bureau listed Sulzer on position 36 at the European Skaters Ranking. The Player and the agent discussed the opportunities and made the decision in order to earn an earlier spot in the Draft 2003.

The 18 year old defender played only 18 games and missed the U18 World Junior Championships. According to U18 coach Jim Setters, “Sulzer is a leader in his age category, we missed him pretty much at the U18 WJC.”

Several prospects will pass this years draft. Thomas Vanek, Mark Stuart, Danny Richmond for example.

Yannic Seidenberg opt-in

After Sulzer’s decision, forward Yannic Seidenberg is now Germany’s top prospect for the upcoming Entry Draft in Toronto. Seidenberg, 18 years old, was the topscorer of Germany’s U18 team, which relegated from the highest level. The CSB ranked him at position 68. The third CSB ranked German is Felix Petermann. The defender from third division team EV Füssen is the #90 of the European Skaters.

Draftee Movement

Ottawa Senators’ Stefan Schauer left second league team SC Riessersee for DEL champion Kölner Haie. Their second German pick from 2001, Christoph Schubert, signed a two year contract with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers. Washington Capitals draft choice Robert Müller left Mannheim and will play the next season for the Krefeld Pinguine. Müller’s backup place in Mannheim will be owned by Dimitri Pätzold in the next season. The Sharks draftee played for Köln last year.

Still under contract are …

Dennis Seidenberg (Philadelphia) in Mannheim till 2005, Marcel Goc (San Jose) in Mannheim till 2005 and Christian Ehrhoff (San Jose) in Krefeld till 2003.

Where could we watch Ehelechner?

Goalie Patrick Ehelechner agreed to terms with second league team EV Landshut and DEL member Hannover Scorpions, confirmed by his father. Ehelechner will be the backup of Nolan McDonald (former Vancouver Canucks Draft Pick) in Landshut and the number three for the Scorpions.

Hannover has Canadian goaltender Andrew Verner as the number one under contract and will most likely sign a German backup goalie in the next days. Candidates are Björn Leonhardt (last years’ #2), Mark Röhrig (from the own youth system) and Kai Fischer (Colorado Draft Pick). Ehelechner will act as the emergency back up to replace one of the two regular goalies if they get injured.

Besides, two teams from the CHL are interested in drafting him at the CHL Import Draft if he’s willing to come over to North America. After the news from his father, this movement shouldn’t happen.

However, it looks like 10-25 games for Landshut and 0-10 games for Hannover. Plus the U20 WJC in 2002. Enough to develop and impress the scouts.

Where are the other prospects for 2003 playing in 2002/2003?

Patrick Koslow will be the backup of Swedish goalie Magnus Eriksson in Augsburg (DEL). Koslow will also play for their farmteam, the Augsburger EV. Another Goalie, Martin Morczinietz, could be the number three of the Kölner Haie next season. He got invited for the first weeks of training in Köln.

Danny Albrecht left the juniors of ES Weißwasser to step into the pro level. He signed a one year contract with ERC Haßfurt of the third league. Kai Hospelt (Köln Jr.) and Markus Kink (Riessersee Jr.) are going to play for the Kölner Haie junior team – and they are also at the pro team roster.

Raphael Kapzan will most likely stay in Landshut for one more season. Alexander Sulzer (see top of the page) will play with Kaufbeuren in the second league. The future of Frank Hördler is open, his current team has massive financial problems. Axel Hackert will most likely stay in Heilbronn, he’s currently in negotiations with a DEL team from the south of Germany.

Goc, Goc, Goc and Goc?

One month before the playoffs of 2001/2002: Mannheim signed Marcel Goc till 2005. One weeks after the world championships: Mannheim signed his brother Sascha Goc (Tampa Bay Lightning) till 2004.

There are also rumuors that their father, Josef Goc, will coach a team of Mannheim’s youth system next season. He was the midget coach in Schwenningen last season. One of his players was his third son, Nicolai. The 15 year old defender should join his father and his older brothers and also went to Mannheim. Nicolai could play for their Under-18 team, which won the championship in 2002.

Josef, Sascha, Marcel and Nicolai reunited in Mannheim? It looks like.