Archive for December, 2008

Reul’s Hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

“I am the only one that hasn’t seen the hit,” said Ed Harding after the game on Tuesday night.

Well coach, here’s the Denis Reul’s hit on Angelo Esposito.

Is it a penalty? Yes no question and everyone that I spoke with agree. What I don’t agree with the five minute major and the game misconduct he received.

Esposito knew Denis Reul was coming.  He appeared he wanted to turn at the last second but didn’t.  He knew if he went face first into the glass, a penalty would be called.  It’s like Manu Ginobili of the San Antoinio Spurs who flops to draw a foul.  The least he could of done was go in shoulder first to protect himself better.

Now to Pierre McGuire who has the biggest red and white shades in the world (I don’t know how he can see the game with those things on).  He mentioned that Reul was going to pay when Montreal plays Lewiston.  Pierre, have you seen this video clip of Frederick Roy on Vincent Bourgeois of the Montreal Juniors?

If the Juniors can’t stand up to a teammate on the same ice, I highly doubt they will go after Reul for a hit at the World Junior Championships.  I could be wrong because Esposito is the golden boy of the team.  Bourgeois only has a goal and ten assists while Esposito has 15 goals for a total of 27 points.  Lewiston plays at Montreal on January 10th.  The two teams face off at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on January 24th.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Lewiston makes some moves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The Maineiacs made a coupe of deals today.  They released 20-year-old Lucas LaBelle. LaBelle had four goals, seven assists, and 29 penalty minutes in 37 games this season.  Last season, he had 10 goals, 7 assists, and 109 penalty minutes in 54 games.

“Lucas is a player with an excellent work ethic.” said Harding in the team’s press release. “The MAINEiacs are trying to move in a direction that builds more on the youth movement that we started at this summer’s entry draft. We wish Lucas all the best in his future endeavors.”

Yesterday, LaBelle said his good bye on the fan forum:

well i’ve never done this before, but since you fans have been so good to me while i was here, i’ll return the favor… well i’ve been let go as of today… i being luc labelle… appreently the team (ed) says i lost my edge and it was an organizational decision.. well i’m on weivers or he said he was going to try and move me… lewiston has made a trade for another 17 year old forward and they’re bringing up tomy dary for the rest of the year… soo all i can say is thanks for the times in lewy, i’ve had a blast.

lucas labelle

The 17-year-old foward that Lewiston has traded for is Nick Huard of the Victoriaville Tigres.   He has been on Lewiston radar since this summer.  Huard is from Ontario and had intentions of signing with the Maineiacs but Victoriville claimed him on waivers.  He has a goal and an assist in20 games this season.  Victoriaville received defenseman Pierre-Luc Pelletier, a fourth round pick of Lewiston in the 2007 Midget Draft.

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Gelinas to the Top Prospects Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The CHL announced the rosters for the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game today.  The Lewiston Maineiacs are represented again this year as defenseman Eric Gelinas will be heading to Oshawa, Ontario on January 13th.

The 17-year-old defenseman has 6 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season.

Other QMJHL players invited include Olivier Roy (Cape Breton), David Gilbert (Quebec), Dmitry Kulikov (Drummondville), Simon Despres (Saint John), Charles-Olivier Roussel (Shawinigan), Philippe Paradis (Shawinigan), and Jordan Caron (Rimouski).

The way that Gelinas is playing, he’s a second round pick.  I think a good showing at the Top Prospects and possible selection to the Under-18 in early April will put in the late 1st round or in the early second round come June.

In alumni news, Alexandre Picard was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets today.

Reul Heading to Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

Germany has released its roster for the 2009 World Junior Championships.  Denis Reul is one of the eight defenseman on the roster.  This season he has three goals and nine assists.

There are few other players on the Germany’s roster that plays in the QMJHL.  Toni Ritter of the Montreal Juniors, Timo Peilmeier of Shawinigan, and Gerrit Fauser who plays for the Gatineau Olympiques.

Germany will open the tournament on Boxing Day (December 26th) against the United States at 3:30pm.  You can see game on the NHL Network.  Germany will face Canada on December 29th at 7:30pm.  That game will also be on the NHL Network.

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Q & A with Jonathan Bernier

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 12, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

I got a chance to speak with Jonathan Bernier after the Portland Pirates-Manchester Monarchs game on Tuesday in Orono.  The Portland Pirates defeated the Monarchs 4-3 in shootout.  Bernier was the back-up goaltender for the game.

Nathan Fournier: How’s your season going so far this season?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s good.  We are splitting games between Quickie (Jonathan Quick) and I. We got to keep working.

Nathan Fournier: What has Los Angeles wanted you to work on?

Jonathan Bernier: Just work on my game.  They wanted me to be consistent every game and work hard in practice.

Nathan Fournier: Has Los Angeles giving you a timetable when they might call you up?

Jonathan Bernier: No, like I said before I just need to keep working hard and good things will happen.

Nathan Fournier: How has living from a host family to becoming a professional?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s pretty nice.  It’s nice doing your own thing.  But at the same time it was fun living with a host family.

Nathan Fournier: Fewer restrictions on you now as compared living with a host family?

Jonathan Bernier: (Laughs) Yes.

Nathan Fournier: What’s the difference in lifestyle between Lewiston and Manchester?

Jonathan Bernier: It’s a bigger city (Manchester).  It’s hard compare the hockey because it’s professional.  The city is pretty nice.  It’s hard to compare because I lived in Maine for four years and I liked it.

In other alumni news, according to Elitprospects.com, Vladislav Balaz  has left  KH Sanok (Polish League) to return to Slovakia for personal reasons.  In five games he had a goal and an assist.

Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Live Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

9:50am: I am at Maineiacs practice right now.  Talk about some news.  Peter Delmas appears to injured himself.

9:53am: Delmas got up on his own power.  He was bent over while skating to center ice to join his teammates for stretches.  Coach Harding is talking about the history of hockey in Portland I think? He then went back to the drawing board.  Delmas is back in net.

10:01am:  The team is working powerplay  offense.  It’s just the five men on the powerplay.   They have 30 seconds to score.

10:04am:  They now have defenseman on the ice and they are keep score.  The home team is winning 2-1.  I can’t tell who’s who.

10:11am:  Now they are working on penalty kill.

10:13am: Going back what I said the other day abot Eric Gelinas being the next Kevin Marshall on this team, he’s Kevin Marshall as they doing a mock of the Quebec’s powerplay.

10:25am:  Everyone is working on something different right now.    Some are working on passing drills, others are working in the offensive zone, and are working on shooting drills.

10:36am: Serval players have gone int the locker room.  There are ten players on the ice.  All the guys on the ice are working on shootout moves.

10:45am:  I think Danick Paquette just went Owen Nolan on Jonathan Connelly.  Paquette did miss though.

10:48am: I don’t know who but a playeris firing pucks into the open cage.  He has at least 20 pucks.

10:55am: Well practice is over.  We are eight hours away from the game at the Cumberland County Civic Cener.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Coincidence?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

Maxime Gratchev has been the hottest player on the Lewiston MAINEiacs.  How about another player that has been hot for the team?  Eric Gelinas has had a decent stretch lately.  He has three goals and three assists in the last six games.  That’s outstanding for a 17-year old defenseman.  Ed Harding has forget he’s only 17.

“One thing we are working with Eric, he has still be safe with the puck.  As you see him jump in on the play, he has a strong stride.  I think in the last five or six games, he’s trying to lug the puck more.  He’s playing a lot of minutes for a 17-year-old.  We don’t realize that’s he’s 17.   We think he’s older,” said Harding.

His recent play coincides with him being ranked the seventh best player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the upcoming NHL Draft.  When I spoke with him at the beginning of the season he wasn’t paying attention to the draft.

“I am not thinking about it during the season.  I want to focus on my season and not the scouts.”  His agent is keeping him informed on what NHL executives are thinking. “My agent has told me there’s a chance that I will be drafted,” said Gelinas.

For some reason I think he has because he has turned it on.  He already has 19 points which matches his season totals last year.  He’s growing right in front of our eyes.  He’s making me quickly forget Kevin Marshall because I believe he will as good as Marshall next season when Marshall was an 18 year old.

Out of the defenseman that will be available from the QMJHL for next year’s draft, you have to put Gelinas in the top four.  Leading the way is Dmitry Kulikov of Drummondville.  The Russian is tearing up the QMJHL with 4 goals and 22 assists.  Simon Depres of the Saint John Sea Dogs is another defenseman.  He’s a different breed as he’s a defensive defenseman.  Charles-Olivier Roussel, of Shawinigan is been benefiting from Shawinigan’s offense.  He has 8 goals and 16 assists.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)