* You are viewing the archive for January, 2011

Petr The Great Named #9 in THN Future Watch Goalie Edition

Peter Mrazek may be the best Red Wings prospect you’ve never heard of.

The 6-foot, 162-pound goalie is having another strong season for the Ottawa 67′s of the Ontario hockey league. Mrazek is currently second in the league in save percentage with a .920 and his 2.89 goals against isn’t too shabby either.

The Red Wings drafted Mrazek with 141st pick in the 2010 draft citing his competitiveness as a key reason for the selection. In is first year as a starter in the OHL, the Czech born netminder is putting himself on the map as a prospect. The Hockey … Continue Reading

NHL Breakaway Challenge Does Not Showcase Skills

The NHL Breakaway Challenge featured in the All-Star Skills competition on Saturday night is the NHL’s failed attempt to compete with the MLB (home run competition) and the NBA (dunk competition). The problem with the NHL’s version is that many of the moves attempted would never be attempted in a real game situation. The NHL should leave the showboating to the other sports and focus on the game of hockey.
The athletes that play in the NHL are some of the most skilled in the world. The real product is fast and hard hitting and while a competition like the … Continue Reading

NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft

The NHL held it’s first ever All-Star Fantasy draft last night on Versus. While it was entertaining to see some of the players squirm (Jonathan Tarves) as they waited for their name to be called, at times the broadcast was difficult to watch. TSN’s James Duthie did his best to manufacture intrigue and animosity where there was none.

The NHL produced the show to seem as though it was the NHL entry draft complete with players in suits and jackets.

In the end Team Staal ended up with a team full of favors and teammates such as Cam Ward and Jeff Skinner, … Continue Reading

Hernia Surgery is Just the Latest Setback For Ferraro

Landon Ferraro has had a tough couple of years since being drafted by the Red Wings 32nd overall in 2009. The 6-foot, 171-pound forward was recently diagnosed wit a hernia which will require surgery. The 19-year-old Center will now be out four to six weeks after he was just starting to show his offensive ability for Everett of the WHL.

Ferraro, who is the son of former NHLer Ray Ferraro, was traded from Red Deer in the off season after a very public disagreement with the Rebels head coach Jesse Wallin.

The young forward signed a contract with the Red Wings … Continue Reading

Jarnkrok, Almqvist Among the Brightest Junior Aged Players in the SEL

Adam Almqvist (Pictured) andĀ Calle Jarnkrok are among the five best junior players currently playing in the Swedish Elite League according to the Swedish websiteĀ Hockeyligan.se. Almqvist, who is an undersized puck moving defenseman, was rated the fifth best prospect and Calle Jarnkrok was rated as the top prospect.

Jarnkrok is a shifty offensive forward who is also undersized, but has the talent and ability the Red Wings covet. Both products are the result of Detroit’s super Swedish scout, Hakan Andersson, and could prove to be valuable assets if they focus on improving strength.

With Almqvist’s high ranking, it’s even more … Continue Reading