Swiss prospects update

By Thomas Kadner

Swizzerland Prospect Update:

Martin Höhener, D

(Born 1980-03-26)

Drafted 2000, Round 9 (284th overall) by
the Nashville Predators

has been traded from the Kloten Flyers to Servette Geneva before the 2003-04 season.
He represented
at both the 2002 Olympics and the 2002 World Championships. Although Höhener is a solid, offensive oriented defender with
international experience, it is not very likely that he will make it to the NHL
right now.

Beat Foster,

(Born 1983-02-02)

Drafted 2001, Round 3 (78th overall) by the
Phoenix Coyotes

Beat Foster is a very interesting young player.
Foster’s physical presence on the ice has become very important for the HC Davos of the Swiss National League. It is very hard to say
if Foster will make his way to North America, but if he does he will probably
need one or two years at the AHL level.

Severin Blindenbacher,

(Born 1983-03-15)

2001, Round 9 (273rd
overall) by the
Phoenix Coyotes

Blindenbacher is another notable Swiss prospect
who plays with the Klothen Flyers.

is one of the most positive developing players in the Swiss league within the
last few years. He was a member of the Swiss Silver Medal Team at the 2003 U20 World
Championships. He has played for the Swiss National Team since 2003. Blindenabcher has turned into a very skilled all around
defender and might have a realistic chance to get an invitation for the 2004
Coyotes Training Camp.

, G

(Born 1984-04-21)

Drafted 2002, Round 2 (34th overall) by the
Dallas Stars

Stephan has proven his talent in Swiss National League
with the Kloten Flyers. He has played a solid season
with 24 wins and 15 losses with an GAA of 2.63 with Kloten. His butterfly-style has become more professional
and he has joined the Swiss National Team after representing his country twice
at U20 World Championships (together with his Kloten teammates Emanuel Peter, Severin Blindenbacher and Patrik Baertschi). Stephan started with a .913 % Save Pct. (22
games) into the 2003-04 season.

Stephan attended the Stars development camp in July
and had another visit to the Stars staff in November. Stephan will most
probably be invited to join the 2004 training camp and will likely be assigned
to the AHL Utah Grizzlies for his first encounter with North American hockey.
Although Jason Bacashihua is another great goalie
prospects for the Stars, Stephan should get his chance to join the NHL within
the next two to three years.

Patrik Bärtschi,

(Born 1984-08-20)

Drafted 2002, Round 7 (202nd overall) by
the Pittsburgh Penguins

is another young player of
who has had remarkable development within the last season. Bärtschi
led the 2003 World Junior Championships in scoring with 10 points (6 goals and
4 assists) in six games, and played on the Swiss National Team in the World
Championships as well. The young center has scored 37
points (21 goals, 16 assists), for Kloten earlier
that season. He has tallied 10 goals and
12 assists in the first 22 games of the Swiss 2003-04 championships.

, C

(Born 1984-06-09)

Drafted 2002, Round 5 (142nd overall) by
the Calgary Flames

A member of the Swiss Silver Medal Team at the 2003
WJC, Peter is a very physical power forward, who will have to improve his
offensive skills to get one step closer to the NHL. He takes very good faceoffs and will have to develop into a playmaker within
the next season.

Daniel Manzato, G

(Born 1984-01-17),

Drafted 2002, Round 6 (160th overall) by the
Carolina Hurricanes

Plays his third season with the Victoriaville
Tigers (GP: 22 / 4.03
GAA). Manzato is still quiet far away from the NHL.
Ward and DesRochers will probably have a better
chance to protect the net of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Swiss Prospects
chosen in 2003 Entry Draft

, D

(Born 1984-11-02)

Drafted 2003, 2nd Round (39th
overall) by the Calgary Flames

recently made his first impact with North American hockey with the Cape Breton
Screaming Eagles. (QMJHL). He is a member of the Swiss
Junior National Team.

, D


Drafted 2003, Round 4 (100th overall) by the Ottawa Senators

Phippu” is
another member of the Kloten Flyers (Swiss National
League) 2003-04 Team. (GP: 17 /2G 2A/ +3)

, C

(Born 1985-01-31)

Drafted 2003, Round 4 (108th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers

Tallied 4 goals and 8
assists in the 2003 WJC 18 Championships.

Plays for the HC Servette Geneva in
the 2003-04 season.
(6G 4A in 27 games)

, D

(Born 1985-06-16)

Drafted 2003, Round 6 (179 overall) by the New York Rangers

Furrer plays for the HC Bern (Swiss National League). After having surgery he
will be out for several months.

Loic Burkhalter,

(Born 1980-02-11)

Drafted 2003, Round 10 (290th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes

Member of Swiss National League Team HC Ambri for the 2003-04 season. (11
G 10 A in 21 games)