Novoseltsev skips fast track // Herald.com
Speedy rookie hasn't produced offensive spark Cats expected
DAVID J. NEAL
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ivan Novoseltsev's NHL debut seemed almost perfect.
With star right wing Pavel Bure injured, Novoseltsev, similarly fast, reckless
and single-minded near the goal, scored twice in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto
Nobody expected it to still be, 39 games and 15 months later, the highlight
of his NHL career.
Going into Wednesday night's game at Anaheim, Novoseltsev had two goals
and three assists -- just five points in 26 games. His last goal was Nov.
On a good team, which is what the Panthers (7-19-7-5) were expected
to be this season, Novoseltsev's poor output could be easily dismissed
as a bearable liability. On a bad team, which the Panthers have been, it's
It's especially conspicuous with fellow rookie Denis Shvidki being
sent down to Louisville Nov. 28 after scoring three goals in six games.
``It's really disappointing that I can't score this year,'' Novoseltsev
said. ``But I'm still working hard every shift, every game. If I go like
that, the goals are going to come.''
Panthers coach Duane Sutter, a Florida scout until a week ago, saw
Novoseltsev in Louisville -- home of the NHL team's American Hockey League
``A lot of it has to do with his ice time,'' Sutter said. ``The situations
he has been put in on the ice. He has always had good stats in junior,
and they were decent last year [in Louisville]. But he was playing more
on the power play and more in important situations.''
``Anytime you get a right wing playing behind a key guy like Pavel,
you're not going to get quite the quality of ice time you wish for.''
For his part, Novoseltsev said the lack of ice time doesn't bother
``It's OK for me,'' he said. ``I want to play here. I don't want to
play in Louisville. It doesn't matter if I play in Louisville and score
goals. It doesn't mean I can come back here and score.''
It wasn't just that Novoseltsev hadn't shown the breathtaking goal-scoring
skill that got him labeled as a potentially special NHL player coming out
of junior. After all, he's still a 21-year-old rookie. But he hasn't even
shown flashes of it.
Too often, his speed works against him. The little, instinctive moves
he makes to open areas around the net aren't quite what they were even
``Down in the minors, he got in a little bit of trouble because it
almost appeared he didn't want to play a team-oriented game,'' Sutter said.
``He'd try to beat guys one-on-one in the entries. If you're doing that,
slowing down. You're not using your speed. We'd like to see him get it
behind the defense, take the puck to the net when he has half a step.''
That would undoubtedly draw a few holding penalties, and eventually
make some of the meeker goaltenders skittish. Novoseltsev is a sturdy 6-1,
183 pounds, and has a drag racer's disdain for brakes. It's almost not
a Panthers-Hurricanes game until Novoseltsev runs over Carolina goalie
Arturs Irbe at least once.
Novoseltsev opened Wednesday night's game centered by Viktor Kozlov,
returning after missing nine games with a shoulder injury. Serge Payer
was on the opposite wing.
``It's more of a scrambly game in the [AHL], so it's hard to judge
the skill guys,'' Sutter said. ``They need to be with better guys, and
that may be part of Ivan's history, too. Playing with a guy like [Kozlov],
maybe that'll help short-term.''
One of the knocks against former Panthers coach Terry Murray was his
tendency to act as if he believed only half of what he clearly saw. When
asked earlier this season if any pair of forwards under the first line
seemed to be working well together, he responded ``Marcus Nilson and Ivan
That was true. It was also true that Murray had broken up Nilson and
Novoseltsev in one of his line scrambles several games before.
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"Звёзды с Востока"
31 марта. «Койоты» не едут в Чехию?
- Советский Спорт
7 марта, воскресенье
- Редкий гол Новосельцева. . . травма Житника.
15 января, четверг
- Хабибулин вернулся в ворота “молний”, Новосельцев дебютировал в составе
30 декабря. Новосельцев обменён из “Флориды” в “Финикс”.
1 декабря. Time is tight for Novoseltsev - South
3 октября. Новосельцев, Буре, Ирбе и другие остались
13 августа. “Пэнтерс” официально продлили контракт
16 августа. "Пэнтерс" продлили договор с Иваном Новосельцевым.