2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 1 of 2)

By pbadmin

Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.

BRAD BOYES


Height/Weight: 6’0 168

Position: Center

Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Mississauga, Ontario

Current stats: 54 points in 51 games in Erie

  • Member of Ontario U-17 team
  • Had 77 points in 44 games with Mississauga Bantams

    HF Comments: Erie Otter’s young sniper Brad Boyes is currently having a fantastic season with the
    Otters as a 16 year old, and has also earned himself a spot on Ontario’s Under 17 team. His
    excellent vision and ability to make a play out of anything has made him one of the most
    dangerous players in the OHL in the offensive zone. Sounds too good to be true? Boyes has some
    weaknesses simply because of his inexperience. His skating will need to improve in order for him
    to dominate on both ends of the ice. The native of Mississauga has already been mentioned as a
    ‘magician with the puck.’

    NIKITA ALEXEEV


    Height/Weight: 6’5 194

    Position: Right Wing/Center

    Birthdate: December 27, 1981
    Murmansk, Russia

    Current stats: 31 points in 54 games in Erie.

  • Selected 5th overall in 98 CHL import draft
  • Had 25 points in 108 games with Soviet Wings

    HF Comments: Boyes teammate in Erie, Nikita Alexeev is also projected to be a high pick in the 2000
    draft. Alexeev has played reasonably well, gaining somewhat of a reputation as a power forward
    which is very rare for a european. He will have to step up his play for the draft as he still has
    many areas in his game that he needs to elevate. His skating is very good and his best strength
    is his size (6’5, 194). The biggest weakness with Alexeev is his stickhandling. He has not been
    dominant on any side of the ice this year, scoring most of his goals from around the net via
    rebounds. Alexeev has what most scouts drool over, size and skating ability. His other aspects of
    the game will have to improve in order for Alexeev to be a high pick in a very talented class of
    draftees.

    LOU DICKENSON


    Height/Weight: 6’2 170

    Position: Center

    Birthdate: August 15, 1982
    Orleans, Ontario

    Current stats: 38 points in 52 games in Mississauga. (-46, ouch)

  • 2nd overall pick in 1998 OHL Bantam Draft
  • Scored first goal in IceDogs history

    HF Comments: The Mississauga Ice Dogs have had a rough season. Sporting the worst record by far in the
    CHL and allowing an astounding 360 goals in 57 games spells out disaster. Mississauga have had
    very few brightspots on their first campaign, one of them being their 1st round draft pick, Lou
    Dickenson. Lou possesses great speed and an incredible vision on the ice. The 6’2 170 pound
    native of Orleans has the ability to put up some big numbers in the league, having the
    experience of playing on a poor team and shouldering much of the offensive burden. His
    playmaking ability is one of the best in the draft and his puck-handling skills are excellent.
    He tends to shy away from any physical play, something he may have to develop. Dickenson has
    potential written all over him, he will surely be a very high pick in the 2000 draft.

    DARRYL BOOTLAND


    Height/Weight: 6’1 187

    Postion: Right Wing

    Birthdate: November 2, 1981
    Schomberg, Ontario

    Current stats: 39 points in 56 games with St.Mikes and Barrie

  • Mid-season acquisition from Barrie in HUGE deal.
  • 48 points in 44 games in Jr.B Orangeville (177 PIM)

    HF Comments: Darryl Bootland gives the 2000 Draft a very rugged, physical player with an excellent
    scoring touch. His leadership qualities are second to none and he can really fire up his team
    when they need it most. His physical play makes him very strong in the corners and difficult to
    knock off the puck while he is most dangerous around the opposition’s net. Bootland has the
    ability to make an impact in the NHL. He is a quality digger with quite a knack for the back
    of the net which will make him a popular candidate come draft time in 2000.

    CHRIS EADE


    Height/Weight: 6’2 191

    Position: Defence

    Birthdate: April 20, 1982
    Buckshot Lake, Ontario

    Current stats: 6 points in 38 games with the Cents.

  • 23 points in 45 games with Oshawa Jr.A
  • Originally selected for Ontario U-17.

    HF Comments: Possibly one of the weaker areas of the 2000 draft will be on the blue-line, but a few
    of the players in the draft would be willing to make the above statement false. One of those
    players is North Bay Centennials’ rookie Chris Eade. Eade is a big, solid defenceman that can
    easily be recognized as a guy that you would not play against due to his physical play and
    tremendous strength. His aggressiveness in front of the net makes any team’s power play a
    nightmare and his domination in the corners also strikes fears into the opposition. His skating
    is very good and his puck-handling skills are excellent. He has potential in the offensive
    aspect of the game as well. He owns a very powerful shot and his vision to pinch and jump into
    the play is exceptional. His leadership qualities are starting to show as well.Eade will
    definitly be one of the top defenceman chosen in the 2000 draft.

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