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10-19-2004, 03:15 PM
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Fukufuji

Where'd he end up? He's not on the Monarchs roster, nor the Royals roster. Was he sent back to Japan? If so, that can't be helpful to his development. Was he so bad that he couldn't even make the ECHL team?

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no I think he is with Bakersfield of the ECHL-not positive though

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Yes. He, along with Connor James, is with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
For those of us in the LA area, who don't want to drive to Bakersfield, the Condors come into town to play the Long Beach Ice Dogs on Saturday, Nov. 20th.

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That would be worth seeing. As much as I love hockey. It won't involve a drive to Bakersfield.

 
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Is Bakersfield your 2nd ECHL affiliate? When did Long Beach become Montreal's affiliate? Weren't they still with the Kings last season?

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Is Bakersfield your 2nd ECHL affiliate? When did Long Beach become Montreal's affiliate? Weren't they still with the Kings last season?
No, this year, and no again.

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Is Bakersfield your 2nd ECHL affiliate? When did Long Beach become Montreal's affiliate? Weren't they still with the Kings last season?
The closest I have read to Bakersfield becoming an affiliate is the words "The start if a working relationship" used.
It doesn't make a ton of sense to me. They should just take full control of Reading.

 
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He got the win in their second pre-season game, winning in a shoot-out blanking Fresno.

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looks like he was called up by Milwaukee? Most be a loan agreement...

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Is this guy any good?

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The closest I have read to Bakersfield becoming an affiliate is the words "The start if a working relationship" used.
It doesn't make a ton of sense to me. They should just take full control of Reading.
My theory is the following:

Colorado & LA both recognize the growing importance of the ECHL. However, neither team feels the need to have complete control over an ECHL team because there just aren't enough quality prospects in any organization to fill out an entire ECHL team.

Consequently, I suspect, Colorado and LA are jointly using the Royals to send their bubble AHL players who are still in the organizations plans. This enables their players to play alongside quality ECHL players (with upside) Quality teammates really do make you play better and, from a developmental standpoint, it makes sense to have your players play in a winning environment. If Colorado & LA can stock up Reading, they should be a successful team.

Given the trickle down effect from the lockout, it appears some players like Fukufuji & James were left out in the cold. (hence the Bakersfield connection) When the NHL starts up again, I have to think that LA should have no problem stocking up Manchester and half of Reading without having any extra players.

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Is this guy any good?
I havent seen him play but I have heard that he has skills but the Kings want him to play some north american hockey to see how he fares. Some think he needs to work on his strength.

Concerning Bakersfield: The impression I got via articles was that Bakersfield was looking for closer ties with the NHL. It didnt say anything about trying to get a working agreement with a specific team just players.


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Is this guy any good?
I only got a glimpse of him at training camp. He seemed quick and agile, but he was very small. He will never be a #1 in my opinion, but may have potential to be like Huet (decent backup).

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I only got a glimpse of him at training camp. He seemed quick and agile, but he was very small. He will never be a #1 in my opinion, but may have potential to be like Huet (decent backup).
He looked much better in the rookie tourney. I think he has the potential to be better than Huet. Remember Fukufuji is still very young (22) and Huet is in his late 20's(29).
Fukufuji needs to work on his conditioning more than anything.

Hopefully DFA jumps in on this thread, he is better at scouting goalies than I am.


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looks like he was called up by Milwaukee? Most be a loan agreement...
Where did you hear that?

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saw it on echl.com or whatever there main site is for today's transactions

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I only got a glimpse of him at training camp. He seemed quick and agile, but he was very small. He will never be a #1 in my opinion, but may have potential to be like Huet (decent backup).
6'1" is small?

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Rookie goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji is on recall to Manchester, N.H. as he traveled to Canada earlier this week to complete his immigration.

http://www.bakersfield.com/sports/co...-5078361c.html

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I guess the ECHL website is in error.

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6'1" is small?
Sorry, in small, I meant he doesnt cover a lot of the net (6'1, 160 lbs).

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Manchester Monarchs (AHL) - Assigned goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji to Bakersfield of the ECHL.

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I think the Kings are being very smart about this Fukufuji thing. A Japanese goalie is an unknown quantity. If you look around the NHL, there are guys like Huet (France) and Aebischer (Switzerland) who have become bonafide NHLers. Taking a chance on this guy is an excellent move. It makes me wonder if there are good goalies lurking in other countries that aren't traditionally hockey hotbeds.

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I think the Kings are being very smart about this Fukufuji thing. A Japanese goalie is an unknown quantity. If you look around the NHL, there are guys like Huet (France) and Aebischer (Switzerland) who have become bonafide NHLers. Taking a chance on this guy is an excellent move. It makes me wonder if there are good goalies lurking in other countries that aren't traditionally hockey hotbeds.
You mean like Mexico.

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I think the Kings are being very smart about this Fukufuji thing. A Japanese goalie is an unknown quantity. If you look around the NHL, there are guys like Huet (France) and Aebischer (Switzerland) who have become bonafide NHLers. Taking a chance on this guy is an excellent move. It makes me wonder if there are good goalies lurking in other countries that aren't traditionally hockey hotbeds.
The Kings pro scout coached him and was really pushing the Kings to draft him. He made his case with everyone from Andy to Murray to Al Murray to Dave Taylor

 
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4-1 win for Fukufuji for Bakersfield.

http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic....on=box&id=1271

first win in first start of season.

27 shots 26 saves.

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