On The Rise
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|Some might question why we chose to put Blair Betts amongst the players on the
rise. He missed six games with injury in the past month and registered just two goals, but that would be overlooking the effort and defensive
skills that the hard nosed forward brings to the Pack.
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|It's official now, Callahan will be part
of the US team who will look to defend their gold medal this January. The 2004 4th round draft pick was one of just 12 players named to team
USA and continues to impress observers with his hard work ethic and willingness to drive to the net
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|Like Callahan, Dawes will represent his
country this winter in the World Junior Championships and will hope to repeat last year's impressive performance. The 5'8" left winger
continues to rack up the goals and was among the three stars of the game several times in the month of November.
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|After a so-so start, the 2004 2nd round pick has finally
found his stride, becoming the offensive leader for the Moncton Wildcats. A frequent selection amongst the three stars of the game in the
past month. Perhaps more promising is reports that he is starting to use his size to his advantage.
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|Aside from a lost weekend against the Mavericks, Ohio State has been one of the
stronger teams in the CCHA. Guenin once again has been a big part of that as the leading defender on the blueline. With plenty of edge
to his game (include a one game suspension), "Nasty" is once again showing his potential pro credentials.
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|Helminen's stint in the ECHL didn't last long. The
former team mate of Jed Ortmeyer and Al Montoya quickly rose to prominence on Charlotte and was considered by some observers to be one of their
best players. His promotion to Hartford occurred soon after and he made a strong debut in his first AHL start.
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|Reports out of Finland continue to
praise Immonen's play this season. Despite centering the second line for JYP, Immonen is ranked third in scoring in the league, just one
point behind the two leaders.
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|For whatever reason, the Espoo Blues defender found his
scoring touch in November, putting up numbers that are comparable to last year's solid performances. Still considered a long shot to make the
transition to North America, Laatikainen nevertheless has been a consistent contributor for his home town Blues.
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|Labarbera let in just 16 goals in his 9
games in November and yet managed just a 4-4-1 record, a result of an anemic Wolf Pack offense that provided little in the way of support.
Despite the tough going, last year's AHL MVP continues to be the anchor in the Hartford net.
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|Few would have predicted that Lampman
would be amongst the top goal scorers on the Pack, 19 games into the season. But that is just where the young defenseman sits. Playing
in all situations as the nominal number one pairing (with Nycholat), Lampman has assumed more responsibility since Tyutin and Kondratiev left for
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|The departure of the two Russian defensemen has opened up the door for Liffiton
to make an impression at the AHL level. A defensive minded blue liner who does not shy away from using his body, has slotted in nicely to the
Pack line-up and has been a solid player in his own zone, moving the puck well.
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|The beat goes on for Lundqvist.
The young netminder continues to impress, including praise for his performance in the Karjala cup for Sweden.
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|Few of the Rangers draft picks have
turned the heads as much as 2004 9th round pick Jakub Petruzalek. The rookie continues to not only score but to impress those who've seen him
play in person. There are still questions as to whether his age (19 years old) and line mate (Kaspar) have helped contribute to his strong
start in North America, but it's hard to argue with what he's done so far.
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|Clearly the leader on the blueline for Michigan State, the
Spartans struggled with Potter out of the line-up. Now that he's back, bringing his edge with him, Rick Comley's team may finally find a way
to begin winning again.
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|Roche and BU both got off to a slow start, but the left winger and the team in
general has been coming on in recent weeks. Paired with captain Mike McConnell and rugged winger Ryan Weston, Roche has picked up his level
of play and also gets time on the first team power play with MacArthur and Bourque, two of the team's offensive leaders.
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|Ryan continues to impress as a freshman for the Maine Black
Bears. A late addition to the roster, Ryan has continued to keep pace offensively and remains one of the Rangers more promising prospects
from this year's draft. Continues to be one to watch
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|Along with his team mate David Liffiton, Taylor is of course taking advantage
of the return of Kondratiev and Tyutin to Russia. Still the rugged defenseman has drawn praise from his coach before suffering a broken
orbital bone in practice off of a wayward shot by the very same Ryan McGill.
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|In some ways Valiquette has been more impressive than
Labarbera this season and has made coach McGill's task just that more challenging. Still Valiquette remains the backup in Hartford and will
need to continue his strong play if he hopes to wrest the starting job from AHL MVP Jason Labarbera
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|Despite splitting time between forward and defense, not to mention some of that
time at forward in a fourth line role, the former Kootenay Ice defender has found a way to generate offense. After a slow start, Weller has
battled back into prominence earning ice time and power play time (he leads the Pack with 3 power play goals).
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continues to draw interest after his hot start, but his offense has cooled down somewhat in November, with just one goal in eleven games. No
doubt we'll see more of the young Czech as the season progresses
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|The steady blueliner continues to some extent to fly under
the blueline. On the defense first Everett Silvertips, Baranka's contributions can easily be overlooked.
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|The Tigers are once again ranked among the nation's best teams, but Crabb is
still looking to find his scoring touch. Playing on the second line for Colorado College, Crabb also gets plenty of power play time and will
need to up his offensive output.
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|An injury cut short Cullen's playing time this past month,
but the rugged forward continues to play his game. The question has always been his durability, here's hoping this fan favorite can battle
back once again.
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|Last year's leading scorer for the Winterhawks continues to lag behind in terms
of offensive production. A severe finger injury sustained by a slash caused him to miss a handful of games, but the rugged forward is now
back and playing again. Appears to have realized that staying out of the penalty box helps his game this past month.
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|There are promising signs coming out of Charlotte with
respect to Lee Falardeau. The right winger managed a hat trick in November and has started to show signs of both offense and physical play,
something that had been lacking last year with Michigan State of the NCAA. There's still plenty of work to do for the rangy forward, but an
injury or two could see him make his AHL debut.
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|Flynn continues to get consistent playing time which is an improvement over
last year, but the grinding forward still has done little to change our minds on his ultimate role as a pro.
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|Once again there's little to go on with respect to Furrer, in
terms of playing in the Swiss National Liga, Furrer has yet to miss a game and has contributed the odd point or penalty minute.
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|Gillies continues to play his role of enforcer for the Pack, a role that is
largely his alone with Martin Grenier out with injury. Could still perhaps avoid a few penalties here and there, but for the most part takes
someone with him to the box.
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|Green continues to be a secondary offensive contributor for
Nurnberg of the German league.
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|The odd goal, and assist has kept Helfenstein in the "holding steady"
category, but a scoring slump in the latter part of November may signal the end to his best start of his career.
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|He's not expected to be an offensive leader and largely
brings energy to the Wolf Pack line-up and yet we still were hoping for more than a solitary goal and a -4 rating for the month of November.
The one plus for Hollweg is that he has forced his way into the line-up after being on the bubble coming out of camp. Still when you watch
Pack games, Hollweg is always one of the most noticeable players on the ice.
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|The fairytale beginning to the
Mavericks' season is over, but Holt continues to battle for the surprising Mavs, including winning the CCHA defensive player of the week after
shutting out Ohio State 4-0 and coming back the following night to hold the game to a 4-4 tie. In all Holt stopped 65 of 69 shots
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|We're still waiting for Jonasen to explode offensively, but
in playing all positions and leading the Tri-city Americans there is more than just offense to his game.
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|It was disappointing to see Kondratiev leave the Wolf Pack, particularly after
seeing how raw his talent was. In returning to Russia, Kondratiev will no doubt face better competition, but will perhaps miss out on some of
the skill development and familiarization with North America that will benefit his career in the long term.
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|A knee injury forced Korpikoski to miss some games, but the
break for the Karjala cup allowed him to come back with TPS late in the month. The 2004 1st round pick continues to play in the SM Liiga and
that is a positive.
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|Lawson has earned himself the spot of 13th forward with the Pack and has been
inserted into the line-up whenever there's an injury or a player is rested. The former University of Maine winger has perhaps not carried his
training camp form into the season, but he remains a level ahead of where he was last year
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|His one game appearance in the AHL probably showed that he
wasn't quite ready for the step up, but he continues to play his aggressive and fan pleasing game in Charlotte.
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|The veteran defenseman has become a reliable defender for the Pack, but
continues to struggle offensively.
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|There's been a steady improvement in Marek's numbers in
November after an injury interrupted first month to the season. The departure of several high profile players from the Czech Extraliga to
Russia will no doubt also help his cause.
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|Montoya was no doubt one of the first names to be selected again for the US
national team after last year's gold medal performance. But the Rangers first overall pick in this year's draft has not been on top of his
game in terms of stopping the puck. The Michigan netminder has been at times brilliant and at others inconsistent. It's fair to say
that not all the blame is on him, but he needs to step his level of intensity up.
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seem a little unfair to put Moore in the "Holding Steady" section, but while he has continued to add assists the former Harvard star has
struggled to find the back of the net, registering a solitary goal in November. Moore's intensity has also dropped from his early season high
where he centered the most productive line with Balej and Wiseman
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game hasn't slowed down, his offensive production hasn't. Moore continues to be a leader on the Maine roster at both ends of the ice.
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|Nycholat is beginning to show once again some of the passion
that he displayed last year. It's not a coincidence that his offensive numbers have responded in positive terms either. He still has a
ways to go before he reaches the level that saw him make his NHL debut last year, but he continues to improve.
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|The numbers for Olver look impressive, but it's fair to say that last year's
offensive leader for Northern Michigan has not been at the top of his form. 4 of his 6 points came in a weekend match-up with lowly Michigan
Tech. Observers have said the effort is there, but his finishing hasn't been.
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|After vaulting into the forefront with a
red-hot offensive start to the season, Paiement is settling back into his role as a veteran defenseman for the Maineiacs. The 19 year old
blueliner's production has slowed from it's breakneck pace but he continues to be given plenty of ice time.
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|The goals haven't been coming, but Prucha has spent his time working hard
defensively as more highly thought of team mates have gotten the lion's share of the offensive opportunities. Prucha did also represent the
Czech Republic at the Karjala Cup, largely due to his performances in the World Championships earlier this year.
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|Another of the CHL rookies who had a
strong start and has slowed down in recent weeks. Psurny has remained relatively anonymous on a Medicine Hat team that started the season as
the hottest team in the WHL and there's no doubt that the team success benefited the young Czech.
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|The veteran laden Checkers have made it to the top of the ECHL and Rawlyk has
definitely been a beneficiary and a contributor to that success. The lanky blueliner continues however to draw mixed reviews in terms of
where his potential lies.
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|Harvard has been a moderate surprise this season so far,
including knocking off the #1 ranked Boston College program in the month of November. Their offensive leader on the blueline, Dylan Reese has
certainly contributed to that success and may be on the verge of breaking out in his sophomore season.
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Richter appears to be benefiting from the addition of NHL quality players to the Czech extraliga. The one time
Wolf Pack defender has contributed some timely offense in the last month and has also managed a +8 while performing
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|Stals spent much of November on the sidelines after being
called up by the Wolf Pack. The Latvian native impressed early in his season with the Checkers and drew a call-up, but did not eventuate in a
start for Hartford. Now back with the Checkers, Stals will be looking to catch up once again.
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|Tyutin clearly looked a level above the other players in the AHL and no doubt
that played a large part in the decision of Rangers management to allow the young Russian to return to his home country to play with St
Petersburg. Unlike Kondratiev, Tyutin has already established himself in North America and will be simply looking for a higher level of
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|Ulmer appears to have finally found some offensive touch
after a slow start to the season. One of the handful of players to have played in all 19 games so far for the Pack, Ulmer appears to be
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|It's fair to say it hasn't been the start to the season that Walsh and Notre
Dame had hoped for. After scoring 12 goals last season, the Junior left winger has yet to find the back of the net though it hasn't been
through lack of trying.
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|There's no doubt that Wiseman is getting the chances to
score, he is second on the team in shots on goal and always seems to be getting breakaways. The problem with Wiseman remains his
finishing. Just one goal in the thirteen games in the last month and just four with quarter of the season in the books.
On The Decline
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|It's fair to say that Jozef Balej is in a slump. After a hot start with
line mates Wiseman and Moore, Balej has struggled to do much offensively, including missing on a penalty shot opportunity mid-way through the
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|The Raiders and Byers continued to struggle in the month of
November, and the play that got Byers selected in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft has for much of the time been absent from his game.
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|After falling out with Portland over his limited ice time and not finding any
takers in a trade, Dornic has returned to his native Slovakia, where he will eventually suit up for Slovan Bratislava of the Extraliga.
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|A defensive minded forward on one of the worst teams in the
WCHA is not going to be an easy road for a freshman. The free skating Foote has found little opportunity to contribute to team success on a
team that has been lacking success as a whole.
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|Expected to be one of the offensive leaders on the Pack this year, the former
8th round draft pick potted four goals in the month of November, but was an inconsistent contributor for the most part.
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|Once again, not much to report on Gorokhov other than his
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|It appeared briefly in October that Hirschovits might be finding his offensive
touch, but a lost month in November has put the 2002 6th round pick back in the "disappointing" column.
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|Kinch continues to struggle offensively in what should have
been relatively easy competition for the former Calgary Hitmen blueliner.
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|The rugged winger returned from suspension and has had some moderate success,
but Kozak continues to find ways to end up in the penalty box. The month ended with the announcement that Kozak had once again been traded,
the third time in his WHL career.
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|Not much news on Pisa other than the lack of offensive
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|There are plenty of expectations on Pöck after last year's NHL debut and a
season with UMass that saw him nominated for the Hobey Baker award. But after missing the start of the season due to injury, the Austrian
native has been slow to demonstrate his offensive ability.
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bad news for Blackburn who continues to make his way back from nerve damage in his shoulder. The next
evaluation will be done on Blackburn around Christmas this year, meaning he won't return this calendar year and may
have the season in jeopardy once again.
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|Missed all but one game of the month due to injury, is
expected to return in December
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|After suffering an ankle injury and the resulting surgery, it appears that
Jessiman will not be back before the end of the season.
Injured in training camp
had a string of injuries since turning pro in 2002, his bad luck continued this week with a broken thumb that will
keep him out 4-6 weeks and is likely to cause him to miss 4-6 AHL regular season games
Injured in 2003
out of action with concussion like symptoms