Washington Capitals Prospect Report

By Jeff Charlesworth
Hello and welcome to my latest Capitals Prospect Update. I will give you all the latest news and
up-to-date statistics on all of the players on the top 50 list.

The Portland Pirates struggled a bit this week and stand at 39-19-9 (88 points). Hartford
(N.Y.R.) has caught them in their own division, and they now sit tied for first overall in the
AHL – with Hartford holding a game in hand. The Pirates are without Glen Metropolit and Alexei
Tezikov who are currently playing in the NHL. The Pirates also have five players assigned to
Hampton Roads (ECHL): forwards Mike Omicioli and Mike Siklenka, defensemen Gerad Adams and Dean
Stork, and goaltender Curtis Cruickshank.

The CHL regular seasons are almost over, and most of the playoff spots have been clinched
already. In the OHL, Guelph (Charlie Stephens) and London (Krys Barch) are fighting for the last
spot and it would take a miracle for London to get in. Guelph has a seven point lead with five
games to play.
It looks like all of the Capitals’ WHL prospects will be in post-season play this year. Calgary
(Kris Beech & Rastislav Stana), Swift Current (Todd Hornung), Spokane (Roman Tvrdon), Seattle
(Nathan Forster), Tri-City (Jomar Cruz & Blake Evans) and Kelowna (David Johansson & Nolan
Yonkman) have all clinched playoff spots. Red Deer (Ross Lupaschuk) and Prince Albert (Michal
Sivek) are in good shape right now, being nine and six points respectively ahead of ninth-place
Lethbridge with six games to go.

Misc. Notes: With the Capitals suffering through injuries lately, a few prospects have received a
tryout in the NHL. Nolan Baumgartner, Glen Metropolit, Alexei Tezikov and Jeff Toms have all
spent some time in Washington during March. With Sebastien Charpentier returning from injury, he
has reclaimed his job as backup to Martin Brochu. To make room for him, Curtis Cruickshank was
demoted to Hampton Roads. There are several injuries to report through the minor league system:
Michal Sivek (leg), J.F. Fortin (concussion), Trevor Halverson (concussion), Krys Barch and Dean
Stork have all missed time this week.

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

5. Nathan Forster: back from injury and playing great.

4. Brad Church: has played solid since return to Portland.

3. Jakub Ficenec: +16 leads Portland defensemen.

2. Ross Lupaschuk: continues to be outstanding.

1. Roman Tvrdon: back scoring points after mid-season slump.

Ones To Watch - the players you’ll be hearing about very soon.

5. Steve Shirreffs: very good rookie season.

4. Kevin Caulfield: putting up some great numbers.

3. Mike Siklenka: struggled early, but is really turning up his play.

2. Nolan Baumgartner: got another tryout in the NHL and played well.

1. Jeff Nelson: leading Portland in goals; could help some NHL teams.

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

5. Krys Barch: not playing when London needs him most.

4. Sergei Zimakov: has not done anything to impress the Capitals.

3. David Johansson: isn’t picking up his game for the playoff run.

2. Miika Elomo: hasn’t done much since hot start.

1. Maxim Orlov: no points at all this season.


Stats as of 03/12/00

CENTRES GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kris Beech Calgary (WHL) 61 28 51 79 92 29
Blake Evans Tri-City (WHL) 66 25 40 65 100 -10
Todd Hornung Sw. Current (WHL) 17 2 1 3 26 1
Glen Metropolit Portland (AHL) 48 18 42 60 73 19
Washington (NHL) 17 3 5 8 2 0
Jeff Nelson Portland (AHL) 60 21 24 45 30 1
Mike Omicioli H. Roads (ECHL) 40 15 36 51 89 10
Portland (AHL) 5 1 3 4 4 -2
Maxim Orlov CSKA (Russia) 12 0 0 0 0 NA
Michal Sivek Pr. Albert (WHL) 48 23 36 59 57 -1
Roman Tvrdon Spokane (WHL) 64 25 37 62 34 22
Trent Whitfield Portland (AHL) 64 15 27 42 40 1

LEFT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Krys Barch London (OHL) 51 22 25 47 76 -21
Brad Church H.Roads (ECHL) 11 4 3 7 31 0
Portland (AHL) 42 6 9 15 37 -1
Miika Elomo Portland (AHL) 46 16 9 25 46 -5
Washington (NHL) 2 0 1 1 2 1
Trevor Halverson Portland (AHL) HAS NOT PLAYED YET
Barrie Moore Portland (AHL) 65 16 27 43 42 12
Washington (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Mulhern Portland (AHL) 58 14 15 29 49 3
Jason Shmyr Portland (AHL) 49 3 4 7 168 7
Jeff Toms Portland (AHL) 22 11 18 29 10 11
Washington (NHL) 20 1 2 3 4 -1
Erik Wendell Minnesota (WCHA) 30 4 2 6 26 NA
RIGHT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kevin Caulfield Bos. Coll.(HE) 36 4 14 18 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) 62 15 14 29 39 11
Mike Peluso Portland (AHL) 56 19 23 42 79 5
Mike Siklenka H. Roads (ECHL) 48 5 3 8 48 -2
Portland (AHL) 9 0 0 0 14 -1
Charlie Stephens Guelph (OHL) 51 13 33 46 83 3
DEFENSEMEN GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Gerad Adams H. Roads (ECHL) 48 2 8 10 136 7
Portland (AHL) 8 0 0 0 10 -3
N. Baumgartner Portland (AHL) 56 4 14 18 46 -5
Washington (NHL) 8 0 1 1 2 -1
Patrick Boileau Portland (AHL) 48 2 11 13 51 11
Mike Farrell Providence (HE) 36 3 6 9 71 1
Jakub Ficenec Portland (AHL) 49 9 6 15 30 16
Nathan Forster Seattle (WHL) 45 9 25 34 87 18
J.F. Fortin H. Roads (ECHL) 7 0 2 2 0 -1
Portland (AHL) 29 2 4 6 34 -4
David Johansson Kelowna (WHL) 62 3 24 27 36 -12
Ross Lupaschuk Red Deer (WHL) 62 20 31 51 144 17
Oleg Orehovsky Moscow Dynamo 32 2 5 7 32 NA
Henrik Petre Brynas (Sweden) 47 3 3 6 73 -9
Igor Shadilov Moscow Dynamo 23 0 2 2 6 NA
Steve Shirreffs Portland (AHL) 38 2 5 7 12 4
H. Roads (ECHL) 11 3 1 4 8 4
Dean Stork H. Roads (ECHL) 42 3 13 16 55 2
Portland (AHL) 3 0 0 0 2 -2
Scott Swanson Houston (IHL) 47 4 5 9 20 -1
Alexei Tezikov Portland (AHL) 42 5 6 11 64 16
Washington (NHL) 23 1 1 2 2 -2
Nolan Yonkman Kelowna (WHL) 66 5 7 12 141 -27
S. Zimakov Molot-Prikamie(Rus) 18 0 2 2 26 NA

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Martin Brochu Portland (AHL) 49 2.11 31-12-6 .928 4
Scott Buhler Quad City (UHL) 23 3.81 12-7-0 .873 0
S. Charpentier Portland (AHL) 6 2.44 3-1-2 .922 0
C. Cruickshank H. Roads (ECHL) 5 3.67 2-3-0 .865 0
Portland (AHL) 10 2.98 4-5-1 .904 0
Jomar Cruz Brandon/TC (WHL) 53 3.73 14-33-5 .883 1
Rastislav Stana MJ/Calg.(WHL) 27 3.04 15-10-1 .911 1

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