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 are still sitting atop the AHL right now, with only a little over a month until the playoffs begin. Their record stands at 37-17-9 which totals 84 points and places them first overall. They are followed closely by Hartford (N.Y. Rangers) in their own division who are only 5 points back. The Pirates are still without Alexei Tezikov – who is in the NHL, and have five players assigned to Hampton Roads (ECHL): forwards Mike Omicioli and Mike Siklenka, and defensemen Gerad Adams, Steve Shirreffs and Dean Stork.

It is getting near playoff time in the CHL, and the Capitals will be well represented. In the OHL, it looks like a three-way battle for the last playoff spot with ten games to go. Charlie Stephens (Guelph) and Krys Barch (London) will be battling each other and Owen Sound to get to the post-season.

Most of the Caps junior players are in the WHL, and a lot of them are headed to the playoffs. Kris Beech and Rastislav Stana (Calgary), Todd Hornung (Swift Current), Roman Tvrdon (Spokane) and Nathan Forster (Seattle) have all clinched playoff spots. While Ross Lupaschuk (Red Deer) and Michal Sivek (Prince Albert) are as good as in. Tri-City (Jomar Cruz and Blake Evans) and Kelowna (David Johansson and Nolan Yonkman) are going to have to fight to make it, but hopefully they can pull it off.


Misc. Notes: The Capitals’ two WHL super rookies – Michal Sivek and Roman Tvrdon – have been passed in the rookie scoring race by Joey Bastien of Regina. Bastien has 63 points, 7 ahead of Tvrdon and 8 ahead of Sivek. Kris Beech is having an outsatnding season, and is currently eighth in WHL scoring as well as eighth in assists. Ross Lupaschuk is seventh among WHL defensemen in scoring, while Rastislav Stana is fourth in save percentage.

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

5. Mike Farrell: having a good year in tough conference.

4. Mike Peluso: went to AHL All-Star game last month.

3. Gerad Adams: solid rookie season for rugged defenseman.

2. Glen Metropolit: only a matter of time for patient sniper.

1. Barrie Moore: +12 leads Portland.

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

5. Igor Shadilov: impressed at WJC. QMJHL next year?

4. Erik Wendell: starting to come around after slow start.

3. Charlie Stephens: playoffs could be his chance to shine.

2. Trent Whitfield: he will get his NHL chance someday.

1. Curtis Cruickshank: should be Portland’s starter next year.

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

5. J.F. Fortin: struggling in rookie year.

4. Kyle Clark: was hoping for more from huge sophomore.

3. Nolan Yonkman: +/- keeps getting worse.

2. Trevor Halverson: this was going to be his year.

1. Jomar Cruz: Tri-City in danger of missing playoffs.


Stats as of 02/27/00
CENTRES GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kris Beech Calgary (WHL) 57 28 49 77 88 28
Blake Evans Tri-City (WHL) 60 24 39 63 88 -3
Todd Hornung Sw. Current (WHL) 14 2 2 4 26 2
Glen Metropolit Portland (AHL) 43 17 36 53 71 11
Washington (NHL) 16 3 4 7 2 0
Jeff Nelson Portland (AHL) 55 21 23 44 30 3
Mike Omicioli H. Roads (ECHL) 35 14 31 45 83 13
Portland (AHL) 5 1 3 4 4 -2
Maxim Orlov CSKA (Russia) 12 0 0 0 0 NA
Michal Sivek Pr. Albert (WHL) 43 22 32 54 53 3
Roman Tvrdon Spokane (WHL) 58 22 34 56 32 21
Trent Whitfield Portland (AHL) 59 14 27 41 32 3

LEFT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Krys Barch London (OHL) 50 22 25 47 76 -21
Brad Church H.Roads (ECHL) 11 4 3 7 31 0
Portland (AHL) 37 4 8 12 29 -3
Miika Elomo Portland (AHL) 41 14 9 23 44 -4
Washington (NHL) 2 0 1 1 2 1
Trevor Halverson Portland (AHL) HAS NOT PLAYED YET
Barrie Moore Portland (AHL) 60 16 25 41 36 12
Washington (NHL) 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Mulhern Portland (AHL) 53 13 14 27 47 2
Jason Shmyr Portland (AHL) 47 2 4 6 166 5
Jeff Toms Portland (AHL) 20 10 16 26 6 9
Washington (NHL) 17 1 2 3 4 0
Erik Wendell Minnesota (WCHA) 26 3 2 5 24 NA

RIGHT WINGERS GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Kevin Caulfield Bos. Coll.(HE) 32 4 10 14 72 NA
Kyle Clark Harvard (ECAC) 18 0 3 3 18 NA
Chris Corrinet Princeton (ECAC) 26 9 14 23 41 NA
Matthew Herr Portland (AHL) 57 15 14 29 37 10
Mike Peluso Portland (AHL) 51 17 22 39 55 3
Mike Siklenka H. Roads (ECHL) 43 3 2 5 42 -8
Portland (AHL) 9 0 0 0 14 -1
Charlie Stephens Guelph (OHL) 46 12 27 39 74 2

DEFENSEMEN GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Gerad Adams H. Roads (ECHL) 44 2 6 8 97 5
Portland (AHL) 8 0 0 0 10 -3
N. Baumgartner Portland (AHL) 53 4 13 17 44 -6
Washington (NHL) 4 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick Boileau Portland (AHL) 44 1 11 12 49 12
Mike Farrell Providence (HE) 32 3 5 8 55 1
Jakub Ficenec Portland (AHL) 44 8 6 14 24 12
Nathan Forster Seattle (WHL) 39 9 20 29 77 14
J.F. Fortin H. Roads (ECHL) 7 0 2 2 0 -1
Portland (AHL) 29 2 4 6 34 -4
David Johansson Kelowna (WHL) 56 3 23 26 36 -16
Ross Lupaschuk Red Deer (WHL) 57 20 28 48 128 17
Oleg Orehovsky Moscow Dynamo 32 2 5 7 32 NA
Henrik Petre Brynas (Sweden) 44 3 2 5 65 -9
Igor Shadilov Moscow Dynamo 23 0 2 2 6 NA
Steve Shirreffs Portland (AHL) 34 2 5 7 12 5
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) 43 4 5 9 16 3
Alexei Tezikov Portland (AHL) 41 5 6 11 64 17
Washington (NHL) 20 1 1 2 2 -2
Nolan Yonkman Kelowna (WHL) 60 5 6 11 131 -25
S. Zimakov Molot-Prikamie(Rus) 18 0 2 2 26 NA

GOALTENDERS GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
Martin Brochu Portland (AHL) 45 2.16 29-10-6 .926 3
Scott Buhler Quad City (UHL) 24 3.64 12-5-0 .875 0
S. Charpentier Portland (AHL) 5 2.33 2-1-2 .919 0
C. Cruickshank H. Roads (ECHL) 3 4.54 1-2-0 .842 0
Portland (AHL) 10 2.98 4-5-1 .904 0
Jomar Cruz Brandon/TC (WHL) 49 3.76 14-30-5 .882 1
Rastislav Stana MJ/Calg.(WHL) 25 2.97 14-10-0 .913 1

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

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