Monday, September 12, 2005

Camp Opens with a Glut in Goal

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CasonBlog's Darkhorse '05 Hurricane- Niklas Nordgren

Which of the following 'Canes was featured on the cover of the 2003 Training Camp guide?

  • Kevin Weekes
  • Radim Vrbata
  • Ron Francis
  • Arturs Irbe
  • Wally Tatomir

Answer is at the bottom of this post...

Camp begins tomorrow and the 'Canes have invited 39 players to participate. JR has invited five goalies to camp. Sounds to me like it's showcase time to set the stage for a possible trade. Nastiuk and Peters played extremely well in last week's Ottawa Senators Rookie tourney. The 'Canes are the only club in Hockey's Future organizational rankings to feature three goalies in the top prospects list.

So who needs young talent in goal? According to Hockey's Future's organizational rankings, the following clubs have a significant weakness in goal: Nashville, LA Anaheim, Minnesota, Florida, Phoenix, NYI, Toronto, and Tampa. I don't think we are talking about immediate impact here, just an investment in the system's playmaking forward pool. The future on defense is getting stronger now with Jack Johnson in the system. If Richmond, Commodore, Hutchinson and Vjota have good camps, the need is probably less pressing on defense. Anaheim has a trifecta of very talented forwards in the system in Gretzlaf, Perry and '05 pick Ryan. The Kings also have a wealth of good young forwards in Brown, '05 pick Kopitar, and Tambellini.

My what a difference a lost season can make. There will be quite a few new faces in Hurricanes camp this year. The only old face I really miss is Danny Markov. Here's a look back at the 2003 camp roster (players who have moved on are in red):

Adams, Craig
Markov, Danny
Adams, Kevin
Murray, Marty
Bayda, Ryan
O'Neill, Jeff
Boughner, Bob

Richmond, Danny
Brendl, Pavel
Rourke, Allan
DesRochers, Patrick
St. Jacques, Bruno
Francis, Ron
Staal, Eric
Hedican, Bret
Trojovsky, Matej
Kurka, Tomas
Zepp, Rob
Boulerice, Jesse
Svoboda, Jaroslav
Brind'Amour, Rod
Tetarenko, Joey
Cole, Erik
Vasicek, Josef
Daniels, Jeff
Vrbata, Radim
DeFauw, Brad
Wallin, Niclas
Fast, Brad
Ward, Aaron
Heerema, Jeff
Ward, Cam
Hill, Sean
Weekes, Kevin
Malec, Tomas
Wesley, Glen
Surma, Damian
Zigomanis, Michael

Answer: Radim Vrbata graced the cover in 2003

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