Carolina Hurricanes Final Prospect Report

By Parker Neale

It seems as though many people in the hockey world have underestimated the drafted ability of the Carolina Hurricanes and the prospect depth in their pipeline. As these NHL playoffs have demonstrated, many youngsters have assumed key roles on the team and, seemingly graduated into seasoned veterans in a short span of time. Other players have recently graduated, such as Niclas Wallin, Craig Adams and Josef Vasicek, who have all provided major contributions during the playoffs thus far.

Therefore, the organization is doing a good job of either drafting or developing their talent, or both. Players aren’t being rushed through the system and when they do step in, they produce. And, despite the doubts of some, the right players are in place. This becomes clear when examining the results of the Hurricanes and their affiliates during the 2001-02 season.

In the ECHL, the Florida Everblades finished the regular season ten games over 0.500 and won a one-game showdown versus the South Carolina Stingrays before bowing out in the maximum five games to the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Greenville Grrrowl.

In the AHL, the Lowell Lock Monsters suffered a disappointing early exit from the playoffs at the hands of the St. John’s Maple Leafs. However, Lowell was one of the strongest, most consistent teams throughout the regular season.

From an individual player standpoint, the regular season statistics for all key Hurricane prospects are listed below.


Forwards


Brad DeFauw – Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)
(24 years old, 6-3, 210 pounds)
(63 GP, 17 G, 21 A, 38 P, 29 PIM)

Mike Zigomanis – Lowell
(21 years old, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(79 GP, 18 G, 30 A, 48 P, 24 PIM)

Tomas Kurka – Lowell
(20 years old, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(71 GP, 13 G, 15 A, 28 P, 24 PIM)


Brett Lysak – Lowell and Florida Everblades (ECHL)
(21 years old, 6-0, 190 pounds)
(Lowell: 53 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 P, 26 PIM)
(Florida: 16 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 14 PIM)

Jaroslav Svoboda – Lowell and Carolina
(22 years old, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(Lowell: 66 GP, 12 G, 16 A, 28 P, 58 PIM)
(Carolina: 10 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 P, 2 PIM)

Jeff Heerema – Lowell
(22 years old, 6-1, 180 pounds)
(76 GP, 33 G, 37 A, 70 P, 90 PIM)

Ryan Bayda – University of North Dakota (NCAA) and Lowell
(21 years old, 5-11, 185 pounds)
(North Dakota: 37 GP, 19 G, 28 A, 47 P, 52 PIM)
(Lowell: 3 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 0 PIM)

David Evans – Clarkson University (NCAA)
(22 years old, 6-2, 200 pounds)
(36 GP, 11 G, 12 A, 23 P, 16 PIM)

Craig MacDonald – Lowell and Carolina
(25 years old, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(Lowell: 64 GP, 19 G, 22 A, 41 P, 61 PIM)
(Carolina: 12 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 0 PIM)

Ian MacNeil – Lowell
(25 years old, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(79 GP, 14 G, 20 A, 34 P, 128 PIM)

Brent McDonald – Florida and Lowell
(22 years old, 5-11, 185 pounds)
(Florida: 69 GP, 12 G, 20 A, 32 P, 92 PIM)
(Lowell: 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM)

Ryan Murphy – Florida
(23 years old, 6-1, 185 pounds)
(66 GP, 13 G, 18 A, 31 P, 38 PIM)

Don Smith – Florida
(23 years old, 6-2, 205 pounds)
(71 GP, 18 G, 15 A, 33 P, 35 PIM)

Damian Surma – Plymouth Whalers (OHL) and Lowell
(21 years old, 5-10, 200 pounds)
(Plymouth: 55 GP, 28 G, 27 A, 55 P, 68 PIM)
(Lowell: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM)

Jesse Boulerice – Philadelphia (AHL + NHL) and Lowell
(23 years old, 6-2, 205 pounds)
(Philadelphia, AHL: 41 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 P, 204 PIM)
(Philadelphia, NHL: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 5 PIM)
(Lowell: 15 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 80 PIM)

Defencemen

Igor Knyazev – AK Bars Kazan and Spartak Moscow (Russian Hockey League)
(19 years old, 6-1, 205 pounds)
(AK Bars: 16 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 4 PIM)
(Spartak: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 8 PIM)

Nikos Tselios – Lowell
(23 years old, 6-4, 190 pounds)
(70 GP, 3 G, 16 A, 19 P, 64 PIM)

Tomas Malec – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
(20 years old, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(51 GP, 14 G, 32 A, 46 P, 164 PIM)
*Also played 4 playoff games with Lowell, recorded 0 points in the process

Brad Fast – Michigan State University (NCAA)
(22 years old, 6-0, 190 pounds)
(41 GP, 10 G, 16 A, 26 P, 26 PIM)

Shaun Fisher – Florida
(22 years old, 5-11, 170 pounds)
(66 GP, 4 G, 21 A, 25 P, 35 PIM)

Jared Newman – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
(20 years old, 6-2, 205 pounds)
(60 GP, 2 G, 14 A, 16 P, 106 PIM)

Peter Reynolds – Lowell and Florida
(21 years old, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(Lowell: 45 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 38 PIM)
(Florida: 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 10 PIM)


Greg Kuznik – Lowell
(23 years old, 6-0, 185 pounds)
(58 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 11 P, 40 PIM)

Goaltenders

Rob Zepp – Florida
(20 years old, 6-1, 200 pounds)
(13 GP, 6 W, 5 L, 2 T, 3.33 GAA, 0.902 SV%)

Jean-Marc Pelletier – Lowell
(24 years old, 6-3, 200 pounds)
(40 GP, 21 W, 12 L, 4 T, 2.63 GAA, 0.920 SV%)

Daniel Boisclair – Cape Breton and Victoriaville (QMJHL)
(19 years old, 6-2, 180 pounds)
(Cape Breton: 25 GP, 9 W, 10 L, 2 T, 3.81 GAA, 0.881 SV%)
(Victoriaville: 15 GP, 5 W, 5 L, 3 T, 3.23 GAA, 0.898 SV%)

Look for Brad Defauw, Tomas Kurka, Jeff Heerema, Craig MacDonald, Igor Knyazev and Nikos Tselios to get a real chance to prove themselves at the 2002-03 Hurricanes training camp.