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  • Herb Garbutt
    Hey guys, Haven t had much time for the scouting report but here are some additions from the Hockey News. Herb ANAHEIM Francois Beauchamin Beauchamin plays
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 5, 2006
      Hey guys,
      Haven't had much time for the scouting report but here are some
      additions from the Hockey News.

      Francois Beauchamin
      Beauchamin plays thhe point on Anaheim’s first power play unit and is a
      top penalty killer. Beauchamin heeded coach Randy Carlyle’s advice to
      improve his conditioning—THN Feb. 28

      Marc Savard
      One of the game’s most gifted offensive stars—THN Feb. 28
      Garnet Exelby
      Mellanby expressed surprise when a Toronto Sun survey of players did not
      list the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder as one of the
      league’s biggest hitters. Opposing players have to be aware when Exelby
      is on the ice. While he gets almost no time on the power play, he is a
      valuable penalty killer. —THN Feb. 28
      Niclas Havelid
      Mobile and rarely out of position, Havelid has made the smoothest
      transition to the new rules—THN Nov. 22

      Brad Boyes
      “I feel the confidence to make plays, I hold on to the puck a little
      longer than I would have earlier in the season.” (Boyes)
      —THN Feb. 28
      “He’s scored somme of the more dynamic goals in the league this year but
      he also does the subtle things and simple things that help our team win:
      winning a faceoff, blocking a shot, finishing a check, staying on the
      defensive side of the puck.” (coach Mike Sullivan) —THN Feb. 28

      Jason Pominville
      “He was like a dog on a bone there. He’s relentless.” (coach Lindy Ruff)
      —THN Feb. 28
      “Too many plays aren’t happening, too many plays he has to make that he
      doesn’t. There have been sloppy and careless
      turnovers.” (coach Lindy Ruff) —THN Nov. 22

      Matthew Lombardi
      Lombardi’s strength is his speed, especially in leading the rush but
      he’s still learning to use it consistently. It’s unlikely he’ll be a
      true first-line centre but Calgary believes Lombardi’s skill with the
      puck will help him develop into a solid second-line guy. —THN Feb. 28
      Andrew Ference
      Struggled defensively early—THN Nov. 22
      Dion Phaneuf
      Makes mistakes but is on pace for a 50-point season—THN Nov. 22
      Rhett Warrener
      Physical presence has already provided highlight reel hits—THN Nov. 22

      Anton Babchuk
      Big, he’s 6-foot-5 and 212 pounds, with a cannon shot from the point,
      the knock on Babchuk in Chicago was his consistency. His first 10 games
      with Carolina were excellent—THN Feb. 28
      Mike Commodore
      Has struggled, taking more obstruction penalties—THN Nov. 22
      Oleg Tverdovsky
      Has helped out on the power play as expected but he has also been
      erratic defensively—THN Nov. 22

      Rene Bourque
      Trent Yawney thinks Bourque is at his best in physical contests. “He
      battled and went to the front of the net. He’s got a heck of a shot and
      he’s got to use it.” —THN Feb. 28
      Brent Seabrook
      Has been the Hawks’ most consistent rearguard at both ends of the
      ice—THN Nov. 22

      Brett Clark
      Has been looking good at both ends—THN Nov. 22
      Petr Budaj
      Budaj is quick and holds his ground in traffic. Occassionally he gets
      caught moving around too much in the crease but he
      doesn’t get rattled by a bad goal—THN Feb. 28

      Bryan Berard
      Skates well enough and handles the puck well enough—THN Nov. 22
      Adam Foote
      Skates well enough and handles the puck well enough—THN Nov. 22
      Ron Hainsey
      Has emerged as a reliable, smooth skating defenceman with a capable hand
      on the power play—THN Feb. 28

      Jussi Jokinen
      The pure skil of Jokinen, who can not only shoot the puck but is also a
      nifty playmaker. “He’s smart, he’s talented, he doesn’t seem fazed by
      pressure.” —THN Feb. 28
      Brendan Morrow
      One of the NHL’s best two-way performers. —THN Feb. 28
      Janne Niinimaa
      Was a mess adjusting to the new rules but his play steadied—THN Nov. 22

      Tomas Holmstrom
      Grinder can now occupy his usual spot in front of the opposition’s net
      and not get slashed, cross checked or beaten up like he has for most of
      his career. Instead of garbage goals and deflections, Holmstrom has
      become a sniper, scoring with a wicked shot that few knew he
      possessed—THN Nov. 22
      Chris Chelios
      Struggled with the new rules, taking more penalties than usual—THN Nov.
      Jiri Fischer
      Doesn’t resemble the mistake-prone player who was scratched from the
      final playoff game—THN Nov. 22
      Brett Lebda
      Impressed the team with his speed and puck moving ability. Teammate
      Mathieu Schneider was impressed with Lebda’s poise. “That type of
      calmness with the puck for a first-year defenceman, you rarely see that
      nowadays. He sees the ice really well and makes a lot of great
      decisions.” —THN Feb. 28

      Matt Greene
      Has impressed Edmonton management with his toughness and maturity.
      Turning in solid minutes, the 6-foot-3, 223-pounder’s stock is going up
      fast. “Those type of hits energize a bench. And then he made no bones of
      the fact he was ready to back it up. I like his toughness.” (coach Craig
      MacTavish). —THN Feb. 28
      Steve Staios
      Has always been smart and mobile—THN Nov. 22

      Jay Bouwmeester
      Has been gradually adapting to the stricter obstruction enforcement,
      rushing the puck up the ice and jumping into plays—THN Nov. 22
      Lukas Krajicek
      Good skater with offensive skills—THN Nov. 22
      Krajicek realied he needed to get bigger to compete against NHL forwards
      and added about 15 pounds of muscle. An above average skater and
      excellent passer, his defensive game needs polish but his offensive
      upside is formidable. —THN Feb. 28
      Joel Kwiatkowski
      Good skater with offensive skils—THN Nov. 22
      Mike Van Ryn
      Good skater with offensive skills—THN Nov. 22

      Mike Cammalleri
      Has been the only consistent power play contributor. Got back into his
      coach’s good graces by following Murray’s admonition to “play bigger”
      than his 5-foot-9 frame—THN Feb. 28
      Aaron Miller
      Veteran grinder has struggled a bit under the new rules—THN Nov. 22
      Mattias Norstrom
      Veteran grinder has struggled a bit under the new rules—THN Nov. 22
      Lubomir Visnovsky
      Big, accurate shot has been a huge factor on the power play—THN Nov. 22

      Pierre Marc Bouchard
      Getting more shots to the net, as well as making silky passes from the
      perimeter. The playmaker has become one of the team’s most productive
      forwards. Bouchard is a finesse player learning to use his talents in a
      physical game—THN Feb. 28
      Alex Henry
      Plesant surprise as a reliable No. 5 defender. His nimble footwork and
      physical presence make him an asset—THN Nov. 22

      Tomas Plekanec
      Plekanec isn’t overly big of physical but he possesses great speed and
      balance and is an excellent stickhandler with good
      vision. He has displayed a great passing touch. He also has smarts and
      hockey sense—THN Feb. 28
      “I’ve always been a great believer in speed and that’s what I like about
      Zednik.” (assistant GM Andre Savard) —THN Nov. 22
      Craig Rivet
      “Craig’s always matched up against the other team’s top line and does an
      outstanding job.” (coach Claude Julien) —THN Nov. 22

      Dan Hamhuis
      With no attention grabbing physical attributes, but a good sense of
      positioning, there often is little that make an immediate
      impression. He is one of the team’s most proficient checkers and he is
      especially adept at the hip check. His ability to move the puck has been
      a perfect fit in the NHL. He has earned enough trust to be used in every
      situation—THN Feb. 28
      Marek Zidlicky
      With his ability to move the puck, his speed and his skill, Zidlicky was
      tabbed by many as a player who would thrive under the new rules.
      However, he has been inconsistent defensively and not nearly as
      productive offensively—THN Nov. 22

      David Hale
      He clears the front of his net efficiently and without any fuss—THN Feb.
      Vladimir Malakhov
      Was a minus-8 and tentative—THN Nov. 22

      Mattias Weinhandl
      Has the skill set to produce big offensive numbers but the Isles
      coaching staff said they haven’t seen enough consistency or defensive
      work ethic to merit giving Weinhandl more than a fourth line look—THN
      Feb. 28
      Brad Lukowich
      Was hit or miss, as advertised—THN Nov. 22
      Alexei Zhitnik
      His play was spotty—THN Nov. 22

      Ryan Hollweg
      Style of play can be compared to that of a heat-seeking missile. The
      fourth line is a traditional north-south unit that gets the puck in deep
      and goes to work with the body. “A junk yard dog” (coach Tom Renney)
      —THN Feb. 28
      Darius Kasparitis
      Competes every shift, every night.
      Maxim Kondratiev
      Has been erratic—THN Nov. 22
      Marek Malik
      Has been the team’s steadiest defenceman—THN Nov. 22
      Tom Poti
      Has struggled mightily—THN Nov. 22
      Fedor Tyutin
      Has been erratic—THN Nov. 22

      Mike Fisher
      Too often painted as a defensive specialist, 18 goals suggests he plays
      a complete game. —THN Feb. 28
      Antoine Vermette
      A smart, young player who can get the job done and has great speed. When
      he’s on the ice, he’s effective—THN Feb. 28

      R.J. Umberger
      Hitchcock has been using the 23-year-old in almost every situation. He
      can play physical and chip in the odd goal—THN Feb. 28
      Eric Desjardins
      Was playing with confidence not seen in years—THN Nov. 22
      Derian Hatcher
      Seems to have adjusted to the NHL’s new open ice—THN Nov. 22
      Mike Rathje
      Seems to have adjusted to the NHL’s new open ice—THN Nov. 22
      Chris Therien
      Seems to have adjusted to the NHL’s new open ice—THN Nov. 22

      Fredrik Sjostrom
      Flashes where he shows the awesome speed, quick release and heavy shot
      that had him tabbed as a pure goal scorer but the jury is still out on
      his offensive prowess. Hockey sense is still a shortcoming. There are
      too many nights when Sjostrom is
      chasing the puck instead of anticipating and even his great speed won’t
      allow him to catch up with the game. On those nights when he gets in on
      the forecheck, cycles the puck and makes things happen, he is a
      noticeable upgrade to the lineup—THN
      Feb. 28
      Paul Mara
      Has been more aggressive offensively--THN Nov. 22

      Colby Armstrong
      Labelled a bigger version of Darcy Tucker. The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder has
      shown he can do a little bit of everything, not the least of which is
      infuriate opponents. He is not afraid to take a beating in front of the
      net. —THN Feb. 28
      Ryan Whitney
      Gave a big boost to the blueline with his precision passing—THN Nov. 22

      SAN JOSE
      Steve Bernier
      Bernier has displayed his multitude of skills, especially in the
      offensive zone, especially effective cycling the puck down low.
      “Big, strong and tough for defencemen to handle.” (Sharks GM Doug
      Wilson). The knock on Bernier coming out of junior was his skating but
      that has not been evident. He has a nose for the net and doesn’t mind
      going into traffic to make things happen—THN Feb. 28
      Scott Hannan
      One of the NHL’s toughest defenders for skilled forwards to play
      against. —THN Feb. 28

      ST. LOUIS
      Dennis Wideman
      Has stepped into the role of offensive defenceman. With his big shot he
      has become a regular on the power play. Isn’t afraid to drive the net.
      “He passes the puck like an NHLer, he sees the ice like an NHLer. He has
      a tremendous shot” (coach Mike Kitchen) —THN Feb. 28

      Ryan Craig
      “He’s a guy who can kill penalties, is very sound positionally with and
      without the puck. He does the job on the wall, does the job in front of
      the net.” (coach John Tortorella). Craig has good hockey sense but his
      skating was a concern—THN Feb. 28
      Paul Ranger
      The offence-minded Ranger has looked good because “he’s trying to make
      difference. He’s not tentative” (coach John

      Kyle Wellwood
      A very good offensive player and has a wide array of impressive moves.
      Has adapted to the NHL nicely and continues to
      round into a responsible player—THN Feb. 28
      Alexander Khavanov
      Has been erratic—THN Nov. 22

      Ryan Kesler
      He picked up his physical play. He’s a third line checker and penalty
      killer. Kesler isn’t a gifted passer but he’s a great skater and has the
      potential to be a Kris Draper type grinder—THN Feb. 28
      Bryan Allen
      Rapidly improving—THN Nov. 22

      Brian Willsie
      If he’s on the first line, his job is to get the puck to Alex Ovechkin
      and either wait for a rebound or a return pass. If he’s on the third
      line, he pesters opposing forwards. —THN Feb. 28
      Brian Muir
      Proved to be a good addition handling the puck on the power play—THN
      Nov. 22
    • D. Atkinson
      Thanks, Herb. Great work as always!!!!! Dave Herb Garbutt wrote: Hey guys, Haven t had much time for the scouting report but here are some additions from the
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 7, 2006
        Thanks, Herb. Great work as always!!!!!


        Herb Garbutt wrote:

        Hey guys,
        Haven't had much time for the scouting report but here are some
        additions from the Hockey News.


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