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08-17-2004, 05:25 PM
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RANGERS Q&A - Dwight Helminen

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Q: Hey Dwight - I've read a lot about your defensive and penalty killing proficiencies. I have heard comparisons to John Madden and Todd Marchant. What role do you think you will play for the Rangers in the future? Also what player do you most compare your style of play too? – Nick C.

DH: The player that I model myself after would probably be Todd Marchant. We have similar styles of play. He’s a good skater and I also see myself as a checking center that can contribute offensively. I also see myself as a penalty killer who skates and works hard every day. At the end of the night, I know I’ve had a good game if the opponent’s top players have been kept off the scoreboard.


if this kid turns out as good as marchant its another good move by sather.

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Q: Hey Dwight - I've read a lot about your defensive and penalty killing proficiencies. I have heard comparisons to John Madden and Todd Marchant. What role do you think you will play for the Rangers in the future? Also what player do you most compare your style of play too? – Nick C.

DH: The player that I model myself after would probably be Todd Marchant. We have similar styles of play. He’s a good skater and I also see myself as a checking center that can contribute offensively. I also see myself as a penalty killer who skates and works hard every day. At the end of the night, I know I’ve had a good game if the opponent’s top players have been kept off the scoreboard.


if this kid turns out as good as marchant its another good move by sather.
for some reason i think we have a keeper with this one, great get by sather. imo he will be a excellent checking center who i think could get a very fair amount of 2nd line ice time, at 6'0" 200 lbs if he could add another 10lbs or so maybe a couple lbs less , nyr definitly got the steal. i look foward to seeing this kid playing for NYR.

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for some reason i think we have a keeper with this one, great get by sather. imo he will be a excellent checking center who i think could get a very fair amount of 2nd line ice time, at 6'0" 200 lbs if he could add another 10lbs or so maybe a couple lbs less , nyr definitly got the steal. i look foward to seeing this kid playing for NYR.
Hate to say it, but Helminen is definitely not 6'0, unless they were measuring him on skates. What he lacks in size, though, he more then makes up in other areas.

Stay tuned, gentlemen, because Hockey's Future had a chance to catch up with the Hancock, Michigan native as well.

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"Stay tuned, gentlemen, because Hockey's Future had a chance to catch up with the Hancock, Michigan native as well"

Whoho! I dont think you understand, around here we usually dont get any updates from the site. Nobody wants to volunteer (understandably) so this is awesome, when will it be published?

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"Stay tuned, gentlemen, because Hockey's Future had a chance to catch up with the Hancock, Michigan native as well"

Whoho! I dont think you understand, around here we usually dont get any updates from the site. Nobody wants to volunteer (understandably) so this is awesome, when will it be published?
It's not up to me, in regards to the publish date.

I do know, though, that it isn't far away.

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here is the HF interview

Q&A with Dwight Helminen

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With the lockout looming I don't think there was much to gain at all in helminen leaving school. He should have stuck around in Michigan for one more year. He might be a John Madden type player in the future but I don't think he's there yet. Even John Madden played all 4 years at Michigan and then took a few years in Europe to polish his game before jumping to the Devils. I think Helminen will take at least a couple years in the AHL before making the Rangers.

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It's not up to me, in regards to the publish date.

I do know, though, that it isn't far away.
great interview, thanks

will there be more to follow from calgary?


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With the lockout looming I don't think there was much to gain at all in helminen leaving school. He should have stuck around in Michigan for one more year.
he could have stuck around UM for another year... but he wouldn't have been able to play hockey, as Dwight apparently was teetering on the knife-edge of grade-eligibility and came down on the wrong side.

Still, I think a defensively-capable center like Helminen could find a place on the Rangers sooner than expected. He's not big and he never will be but he has great wheels and good chemistry with Ortmeyer.

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I am a big Helminen fan and Marchant is the guy I always compare him to. The deal to get Helminen often gets lost in all the deadline deals the Rangers pulled off but it could be one of the most fruitful.

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