Washington Capitals Prospect Report

By Jeff Charlesworth

Hello and welcome to the latest Capitals Prospect Update. In addition to all the news and notes, I will give you up-to-date stats on all of the players on the top 50 list.


The Portland Pirates (AHL) have finished their regular season with a record of 46-23-10 placing them second in the New England Division behind Hartford (N.Y.R.). Portland starts the playoffs on Wednesday against Worcester (St.Louis). Goaltender Martin Brochu completed his amazing season by being named team MVP, the AHL’s top goaltender and AHL league MVP. The Pirates will have to start the post-season without leading scorer Glen Metropolit, who will make a run for the Stanley Cup with the Capitals.


The Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) have started their playoffs with a first round series against Huntington. They are up 2-1 in the best of five series, with game 4 going tonight. The Admirals have five players on loan from Portland: Forward Mike Omicioli, Defensemen Gerad Adams, Mike Siklenka and Dean Stork, as well as Goaltender Curtis Cruickshank.


The NCAA held their “Frozen Four” final tournament last week and Boston College (Kevin Caulfield) lost the finals to North Dakota 4-2. The IHL Houston Aeros (Scott Swanson) finish the regular season next week, and should make the Western Conference Wild Card series. In the OHL, Guelph (Charlie Stephens) lost their first round series to Plymouth 4-2, while London (Krys Barch) missed the post-season.


Overseas, Moscow Dynamo (Oleg Orehovsky & Igor Shadilov) won the Russian SuperLeague championship, beating AkBars 4-1 in the finals. Molot-Prikamie (Sergei Zimakov) and CSKA (Maxim Orlov) barely missed the playoffs, finishing 9th and 10th respectively. Brynas (Henrik Petre) lost the Swedish Elite League semifinals to MoDo 3-2.


In the WHL playoffs, Calgary (Kris Beech & Rastislav Stana), Swift Current (Todd Hornung), Seattle (Nathan Forster) and Spokane (Roman Tvrdon) all advanced to the second round with Spokane getting a bye to the third round. Meanwhile, Red Deer (Ross Lupaschuk), Tri-City (Jomar Cruz & Blake Evans), Kelowna (David Johansson & Nolan Yonkamn) and Prince Albert (Michal Sivek) lost their first round series. All the seccond round series with have a Capitals prospect in it.


Misc. Notes: Mike Siklenka has moved back to defense after a year-and-a-half expiriment as a winger. Michael Farrell, who the Capitals signed a couple of weeks ago, debuted in Portland as a forward after playing his entire college career as a defenseman.
Martin Brochu and Jeff Toms have been suffering through injuries lately, but will be ready for the playoffs.


A++ players: players performing above and beyond the call of duty.

5. Kevin Caulfield: Boston College made it to the NCAA finals.

4. Oleg Orehovsky: Moscow Dynamo wins the championship.

3. Igor Shadilov: Moscow Dynamo wins the championship.

2. Rastislav Stana: Led Calgary to first round sweep.

1. Martin Brochu: AHL MVP. What more do you need to know?


Ones to Watch: players you’ll be hearing about very soon.

5. Brad Church: Raising his play during crunch time.

4. Barrie Moore: Durable scorer will play a big part in the playoffs.

3. Trent Whitfield: Playoff-type player ready to shine.

2. Mike Peluso: Portland’s top goal scorer leads them into the playoffs.

1. Glen Metropolit: Should stick with the Capitals through the post-season.


Disappointments: players who aren’t living up to expectations.

5. Scott Swanson: Struggling during the stretch drive.

4. Sergei Zimakov: Molot-Prikamie misses playoffs.

3. Maxim Orlov: No points, no post-season, no hope.

2. Krys Barch: London goes from OHL finals to missing the playoffs

1. Jomar Cruz: First chance as a number one goalie ends too soon.

Stats as of 04/09/00


CENTRES GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kris Beech Calgary (WHL)66 32 54 86 99 25
Blake Evans Tri-City (WHL)72 27 43 70 110 -13
Todd Hornung Sw. Current (WHL)22 3 2 5 28 2
Glen Metropolit Portland (AHL)48 18 42 60 73 19
Washington (NHL)30 6 13 19 4 5
Jeff Nelson Portland (AHL)73 24 30 54 38 -4
Mike Omicioli H. Roads (ECHL)47 19 41 60 100 13
Portland (AHL) 6 1 3 4 4 -2
Maxim Orlov CSKA (Russia)12 0 0 0 0 NA
Michal Sivek Pr. Albert (WHL)53 23 37 60 65 -6
Roman Tvrdon Spokane (WHL)69 26 44 70 40 18
Trent Whitfield Portland (AHL)79 18 35 53 52 4

LEFT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Krys Barch London (OHL)56 23 26 49 78 -25
Brad Church H. Roads (ECHL)11 4 3 7 31 0
Portland (AHL)56 9 17 26 52 2
Miika Elomo Portland (AHL)59 21 14 35 48 -9
Washington (NHL) 2 0 1 1 2 1
Trevor Halverson Portland (AHL) HAS NOT PLAYED YET
Barrie Moore Portland (AHL)80 18 33 51 48 14
Washington (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Mulhern Portland (AHL)73 20 16 36 59 2
Jason Shmyr Portland (AHL)52 3 4 7 163 7
Jeff Toms Portland (AHL)33 16 21 37 16 15
Washington (NHL)20 1 2 3 4 -1
Erik Wendell Minnesota (WCHA)32 4 2 6 26 NA

RIGHT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kevin Caulfield Bos. Coll.(HE)40 5 14 19 86 NA
Kyle Clark Harvard (ECAC)22 0 3 3 30 NA
Chris Corrinet Princeton (ECAC)30 10 14 24 41 NA
Matthew Herr Portland (AHL)77 22 21 43 51 12
Mike Peluso Portland (AHL)71 25 29 54 86 11
Charlie Stephens Guelph (OHL)56 16 34 50 87 3

DEFENSEMEN GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Gerad Adams H. Roads (ECHL)58 3 11 14 165 16
Portland (AHL) 8 0 0 0 10 -3
N. Baumgartner Portland (AHL)71 5 18 23 54 -3
Washington (NHL) 8 0 1 1 2 1
Patrick Boileau Portland (AHL)64 2 15 17 61 17
Mike Farrell Providence (HE)36 3 6 9 71 1
Portland (AHL) 7 2 0 2 0 3
Jakub Ficenec Portland (AHL)58 11 9 20 32 20
Nathan Forster Seattle (WHL)51 9 28 37 102 21
J.F. Fortin H. Roads (ECHL) 7 0 2 2 0 -1
Portland (AHL)44 3 5 8 44 1
David Johansson Kelowna (WHL)62 3 24 27 36 -12
Ross Lupaschuk Red Deer (WHL)68 21 35 56 158 17
Oleg Orehovsky Dynamo (Russia)32 2 5 7 32 NA
Henrik Petre Brynas (Sweden)47 3 3 6 73 -9
Igor Shadilov Dynamo (Russia)23 0 2 2 6 NA
Steve Shirreffs H.Roads (ECHL)14 3 3 6 8 2
Portland (AHL)44 3 5 8 14 4
Mike Siklenka H. Roads (ECHL)58 7 4 11 62 -2
Portland (AHL) 8 0 0 0 12 -1
Dean Stork H. Roads (ECHL)52 5 13 18 69 6
Portland (AHL) 3 0 0 0 2 -2
Scott Swanson Houston (IHL)62 5 6 11 28 -5
Alexei Tezikov Portland (AHL)53 6 9 15 65 12
Washington (NHL)23 1 1 2 2 -2
Nolan Yonkman Kelowna (WHL)71 5 7 12 153 -30
S. Zimakov Molot-Prikamie(Rus)18 0 2 2 26 NA

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Martin Brochu Portland (AHL)54 2.19 32-15-6 .925 4
Scott Buhler Quad City (UHL)23 3.81 12-7-0 .873 0
S. Charpentier Portland (AHL)18 2.77 10-4-3 .914 0
C. Cruickshank H. Roads (ECHL) 7 3.52 4-3-0 .884 0
Portland (AHL)10 2.99 4-5-1 .904 0
Jomar Cruz Brandon/TC (WHL)56 3.83 15-35-5 .881 1
Rastislav Stana MJ/Calg. (WHL)30 3.00 17-11-1 .908 1


Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in two weeks.