Monday, April 28, 2003

World Championships Update Two major Wings prospects, Igor Grigorenko (who'll probably come up next year) of Russia and Jiri Hudler (the "steal" in the 2001 draft) of the Czech Republic have been playing well for their teams. Hudler had a goal and an assist in a game against Slovenia and played with Radim Vrbata and Jan Hlavac. He has apparently been called the most impressive player by the media in Finland. He is supposedly being paid $300,000 by AK Bars Kazan to play for them and that is one of the biggest reasons he left the Czech Republic. Grigorenko has been playing on a line with Datsyuk and Kovalchuck (that sounds a bit unfair to me.... like Bure/Fedorov/Mogilny) and had a goal in the Switzerland/Russia game. Pavel had a goal and two assists in that game. I saw in a report on that game that those three were the by far the best players on the ice. A quote from Pavel about Grigorenko: "He is a very good young player. It was fun playing out there; our line was very good." Zetterberg is playing with Forsberg for team Sweden but has no points. Maltby, Dandenault and Draper have been playing as well. I got most of this from an e-mail someone in Finland sent to an e-mail list I belong to and the rest from the IHWC website. For some more stats go here and scroll down. Get World Championship news here.


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