Capitals 1999 draft review

By pbadmin

The 1999 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone and the Washington Capitals did a very good job resupplying their prospects ranks. The Capitals had 5 of the top 37 picks in the draft, and all five of those were added to the new ranking.

I decided to include several players who finished the season with Washington, because none are guaranteed a roster spot next season. Those players are: Alexei Tezikov, Nolan Baumgartner, Matt Herr, Beniot Gratton and Patrick Bolieau.

Team Strength Team Weaknesses
- Strong goaltending depth – Little raw skill
- Lots of solid two-way defensemen – Little pure scoring depth
- Plenty of size and toughness – Lack of a pure #1
defensemen or goalie – Good speed

Prospect News:

June 21, 1999
Washington has acquired the rights to center Jeff Nelson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for future considerations. The club also announced it has signed Nelson to a two-year NHL contract. Nelson spent last season with Nashville and Milwaukee (IHL)

June 1, 1999
Washington was unable to work out a contract with 1997 draft pick Nick Boynton, he re-enter the 1999 draft and Boston picked him at #21 overall.

Jean-Luc Thieren (G) was not offered a contract, he also re-enters the draft, but goes unselected.

May 27, 1999
Curtis Cruickshank (G) is signed to a three year contract. Washington picks up the option year on Trevor Halverson’s (LW) contract.

May 19,1999
Washington announces that Glen Hanlon has been named Head Coach of the Caps’ top minor league affiliate, the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

May 6, 1999
Jean-Francios Fortin (D) was signed a three year contract. Jason Shymyr was signed to a two year contract with Washington. He played last year in Manatoba (IHL).

March 26, 1999
Washington signs undrafted free agent Jeff Helpern, center from Princeton University.

March 25, 1999
Washington signs undrafted free agent Dean Stork, defensemen from University of Massachusetts-Amherst .

Washington Capital Top 25 Prospects:

Name – Position Size Age (DOB) 98-99 team
1. Kris Beach – C 6-2 178 18 (2/5/81) Calgary (WHL)
2. Alexei Tezikov – D 6-1 197 21 (3/2/78) Roch. (AHL) / Cin. (IHL)
3. Nolan Baumgartner – D 6-1 200 23 (3/23/76) Portland (AHL)
4. Michal Sivek – C 6-3 209 18 (1/28/81) Trenic (Czech Rep.)
5. Matt Herr – LW 6-1 180 23 (5/26/99) Portland (AHL)
6. Charlie Stephens – RW 6-3 229 18 (4/5/81) Guelph (OHL)
7. Mike Siklenka – D 6-4 215 19 (12/18/79) Seattle (WHL)
8. Curtis Cruickshank – G 6-2 209 20 (3/21/79) Kingston / Sarina (OHL)
9. Scott Swanson – D 6-2 190 23 (n/a) Colorado College (WCHA)
10. J-F Fortin – D 6-2 190 20 (3/15/79) Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
11. Ross Lupaschuk – D 6-1 211 18 (1/21/81) Prince Albert (WHL)
12. Beniot Gratton – C 5-10 163 22 (12/28/79) Portland (AHL)
13. Ratislav Stana – G 6-1 161 19 (n/a) Moose Jaw (WHL)
14. Patrick Bolieau – D 6-0 190 23 (2/25/76) Indianapolis (IHL)
15. Krys Barch – LW 6-1 195 19 (3/20/80) London (OHL)
16. Nolan Yonkman – D 6-5 218 18 (4/1/81) Kelowna (WHL)
17. Blake Evans – C 6-1 205 18 (7/2/80) Tri-City (WHL)
18. Hendrik Petre – D 6-0 190 19 (9/4/79) Djurgarden (Sweden)
19. Jomar Cruz – G 6-1 194 19 (4/5/80) Brandon (WHL)
20. Chris Corrinet – RW 6-3 200 19 (3/20/80) Princton (ECAC)
21. Trevor Halverson – LW 6-1 195 28 (4/7/71) Portland (AHL)
22. Alex Volchov – RW 6-1 194 21 (9/25/77) Cincinnati (IHL)
23. Barrie Moore – LW 5-11 175 24 (5/22/75) Portland (AHL)
24. Todd Hornung – C 6-0 200 19 (4/3/80) Portland / Lethbridge (WHL)
25. Trent Whitfield – C 5-11 180 21 (6/17/77) Hampton Roads (ECHL)