Tallahassee Tiger Sharks Season Preview

By pbadmin

President/GM: Larry Kish

Coach: Terry Christensen

Southern Conference/Southeast Division

Last Season: 27-34-9

Leading Scorer: Brett Punchard 26-38- 64

Key Players: Matt Oates, Alexi Krovopuskov, Jeff McLean, Kimbi Daniels and Wes Swinson

Outlook: Injuries hurt the Tiger Sharks last year. Along with failed trades, an assistant coach leaving the team and the General Manager leaving before the season was over. Larry Kish brought his affiliations with the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers with him. Terry Christensen is back behind the Tiger Sharks bench, after coaching the Miami Matadors last season. If Kish is able to secure quality players from the Habs and Oilers, the Tiger Sharks should make the playoffs.

Up Front: The only player in camp with a contract is Matt Oates (24-74-81 with Columbus 10th in the ECHL), if Jeff McLean shows up (24-26-50 with South Carolina and Tallahassee), Alexi Krovopuskov (6-9-15), Kimbi Daniels (11-28-39 with New Orleans), play together and stay injury free, the numbers they put-up could be staggering.

Defense: With only three non rookies in camp the Tiger Sharks are going to need to rely heavily on Wes Swinson (4-29-33, with Miami and Tallahassee) and Alexandre LaPorte (3-15-18 with Augusta and Tallahassee) to lead the defensive corps, providing they make the team. If Swinson stays healthy, he can direct the power play while LaPorte plays his stay at home defensive game.

In Goal: Big question mark here. With three goalies in camp, the prize goalie is Evan Lindsay (34-16-5 2.84 GAA with Prince-Albert of the WHL). He is a highly touted prospect in the Oilers organization. His training camp with the Oilers and the Quebec Citadelles was not what they expected of him. Hopefully, he will work out the kinks and perform to his ability in Tallahassee.

Matt Oates
Left Wing
Born 12-20-1972 — Evanston, IL
Height – 6.03
Weight – 208
Shoots – L
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1991-92 U. of Miami-Ohio NCAA 40 8 13 21 42
1992-93 U. of Miami-Ohio NCAA 38 11 14 25 82
1993-94 U. of Miami-Ohio NCAA 33 14 12 26 60
1994-95 Columbus Chill ECHL 11 4 5 9 11
1994-95 Indianapolis Ice IHL 59 3 6 9 18
1995-96 Columbus Chill ECHL 46 12 28 40 63
1996-97 Columbus Chill ECHL 70 22 43 65 59
1997-98 Columbus Chill ECHL 60 18 34 52 68
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 8 0 3 3 2
1997-98 Kansas-City Blades IHL 1 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Columbus Chill ECHL 70 24 57 81 81

Jeff McLean
Center Born 10-06-1969 — Vancouver, BC Height 5.11 — Weight 200 — Shoots L
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1987-88 U. of North Dakota NCAA 37 0 3 3 14
1989-90 U. of North Dakota NCAA 45 10 16 26 42
1990-91 U. of North Dakota NCAA 42 19 26 45 22
1991-92 U. of North Dakota NCAA 39 27 43 70 40
1992-93 Kansas-City Blades IHL 60 21 23 44 45
1993-94 Kansas-City Blades IHL 69 27 30 57 44
1993-94 San-Jose Sharks NHL 6 1 0 1 0
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 41 16 18 34 22
1995-96 Kansas-City Blades IHL 71 17 27 44 34
1996-97 Kansas-City Blades IHL 39 8 15 23 14
1996-97 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 9 1 3 4 2
1996-97 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 6 1 1 2 2
1997-98 Kassel Huskies DEL 12 3 5 8 12
1998-99 South-Carolina Stingrays ECHL 28 8 11 19 17
1998-99 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 21 16 15 31 12
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NHL Totals 6 1 0 1 0

Alexei Krovopuskov
Forward
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1998-99 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 23 6 9 15 73

Kimbi Daniels
Center
Born 01-19-1972 — Brandon, MAN
Height – 5.11
Weight – 185
Shoots – R
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1988-89 Swift-Current Broncos WHL 68 30 31 61 48
1989-90 Swift-Current Broncos WHL 69 43 51 94 84
1990-91 Swift-Current Broncos WHL 69 54 64 118 68
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1991-92 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 19 7 14 21 133
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 1 1 2 4
1992-93 Tri-City Americans WHL 9 9 12 21 12
1993-94 Detroit Falcons CoHL 23 11 28 39 42
1993-94 Salt-Lake Golden Eagles IHL 25 6 9 15 8
1994-95 Minnesota Moose IHL 10 1 4 5 2
1995-96 Baltimore Bandits AHL 7 2 1 3 2
1995-96 Jacksonville Lizard Kings ECHL 26 12 22 34 129
1995-96 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 18 16 14 30 6
1996-97 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 32 12 24 36 116
1996-97 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 17 5 24 29 10
1996-97 Rochester Americans AHL 6 1 3 4 2
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 0 0 0 0
1997-98 San-Antonio Dragons IHL 13 2 12 14 20
1997-98 Quebec Rafales IHL 28 7 9 16 69
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 32 2 5 7 30
1998-99 New-Orleans Brass ECHL 29 11 28 39 61
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NHL Totals 27 1 2 3 4

Wes Swinson
Defense
Born 05-26-1975 — Peterborough, ONT
Height – 6.01
Weight – 183
Shoots – L
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1992-93 Kitchener Rangers OHL 61 0 16 16 105
1993-94 Kitchener Rangers OHL 64 26 46 72 111
1994-95 Kitchener Rangers OHL 42 12 38 50 71
1994-95 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 20 7 20 27 16
1995-96 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 47 15 36 51 115
1996-97 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 17 3 9 12 28
1996-97 Carolina Monarchs AHL 10 0 0 0 10
1997-98 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 18 1 2 3 21
1997-98 New-Haven Beast AHL 22 0 2 2 26
1998-99 Miami Matadors ECHL 17 1 11 12 37
1998-99 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL 26 3 18 21 67