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1999 NHL Entry Draft : 2 Years Later

by Jonathan Litterine
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Below is the 1999 NHL Entry Draft 1st Round. It gives a overview of the selections two seasons later and what to expect from these prospects in the near future.

1. Atlanta Thrashers – Patrik Stefan (C)
It is way too early to say the Thrashers blew there first ever draft selection. Yet the production of the concussion prone Stefan is not where the Thrashers want it to be. He needs to have a much stronger season. In 2001-2002 he will be entering his 3rd NHL season.

2. Vancouver Canucks – Daniel Sedin (LW)
After spending 99-00 at home in Sweden playing for MoDo of the Swedish Elite League Daniel and brother Henrik made the trek to Vancouver. Tallied 20 goals and 34 points in 75 games. Also had 3 points in 3 playoff matches. Will be expected to put up bigger numbers this year for Vancouver.

3. Vancouver Canucks – Henrik Sedin (C)
Henrik took the same trip as brother Daniel and had a very similar season to his twin brother. Henrik had 29 points in his first NHL season and skated in all 82 games. He also added 4 points in 4 playoff games. Same thing goes here , Vancouver needs him to step up this season.

4. New York Rangers – Pavel Brendl (RW) Read more »

Oilers strike riches in NCAA

by John Christie
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Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Todd Marchant, Shawn Horcoff. What do these players have in common. They all played and graduated in NCAA schools. In the 1990’s more and more NHL teams drafted players from the NCAA. Today’s NHL is getting more and more international and with the league being diluted, players from every league are being drafted and this includes the NCAA.

While many NHL teams draft players from the CHL or Finland, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Sweden, more NHL teams are also drafting and scouting the NCAA for talent.
Barry Fraser, who was the chief scout of the Edmonton Oilers from 1979 until 2000 was the person who decided the Oilers should go in this direction. Even though he had his up’s and down’s in scouting, one of his great legacies for the Oilers was the drafting and use of NCAA players.
The NCAA is of great benefit for NHL teams. Some of the advantages of players playing for NCAA schools are
Development. A player will play almost 3-4 years for there school and there development will come faster as they spend more time in school and play against older players rather then junior players in the CHL
NCAA players are not rushed as NHL clubs respect the player’s decision to stay in school and finish school
NCAA players are drafted as 19 year olds as NHL clubs get a better handle on players
NHL clubs are not in any hurry to sign NCAA players since they finish out there school career
Many Canadians and Americans are using the NCAA route in order to play hockey and secure an education. Scholarships Read more »

Sharks Swimming in Goaltenders

by Mike Delfino
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In 1999, if you were to ask me which position were the San Jose Sharks
weakest at I would have easily answered goaltending. With Miikka
Kiprusoff still in Europe and Evgeni Nabokov a serious question mark, it
was a concern.

Now fast-forwarding to 2001, one can make an easy case that the Sharks
are most comfortable between the pipes. With Nabokov winning the Calder
Trophy as the league’s best rookie in 2001 and Kiprusoff who is
considered one of the best young goalies in the game, the Sharks have
two young goaltenders considered at the top of their position among
young players. In addition, they have Vesa Toskala who will be the next
starting goaltender next season in Cleveland, the Sharks’ new AHL
affiliate, and Nolan Schaefer who is quickly turning heads at Providence
College.

When a team drafts a player in the ninth round they hope that he will
make it to their AHL team. If he can make any kind of impact in the
AHL, that pick is considered a success. Rarely does a ninth round pick
make a serious impact in the NHL, in fact, most fans would be hard
pressed to name ten players currently making an impact in the NHL chosen
so late. However, Shark fans can easily name two, center Mark Smith
chosen in 1997, and Nabokov chosen with the 194th pick in 1994.

For a long time Nabokov was considered to be a typical ninth round
selection-a player who would struggle for a while and once he did make
it to Kentucky of the AHL, in all likelihood only make it as a backup.
He struggled immensely in his first season with Kentucky Read more »

Looking Forward to the Future

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The New York Rangers have some very good forward prospects in their organization. Although the overall depth at forward is not spectacular, it is solid to say the least. Most of the good young forwards in the Rangers’ organization are already playing in the NHL, in players such as Radek Dvorak, Jan Hlavac, Mike York and Manny Malhotra, but there are still the crown jewels in Jamie Lundmark and Pavel Brendl waiting in the wings, and other players with NHL potential.

Whether or not any rookies at forward make the Rangers this season remains to be seen. Everyone who participates in training camp will be given an equal opportunity to make the team. If a certain player steps up and shows that he is ready for the NHL and can contribute to the team, Glen Sather and the New York Rangers staff will not hold that player back. Jamie Lundmark and Pavel Brendl are heading into their 3rd training camp, and hopefully for the Rangers the saying “Three’s a charm” comes true.

Well, with that, I will now take a look at the forward prospects for the New York Rangers. (Note: Excluded from this article are Jay Dardis, Petter Henning, Brandon Dietrich and Alexei Bulatov, simply because I have not seen enough of them to give a fair assessment.)

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2000 Draft review; Report Cards.

by Jake Dole
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A total of 8 Russian players were picked in the 1st round of the 2000 draft. After several below-average draft years for Russia, the country had an abundance of rare talent to exhibit. In a draft year that deemed to be unpredictable, trying to foresee the draft positions of the higher touted Russians come June seemed like flipping a coin.
Despite an unquestionably rich flock of players, there was no consensus #1, nor a clear view of the true potential of the players available. The Russian prospects characterized talent, hope, potential, ability but also a great deal of unpredictability. For a whole bundle of the hockey season, the players’ stocks seemed to either rise or fall considerably. The year exemplified certain highly touted names grossly underachieve, while others with lower expectations unexpectedly entered the draft scene.
Alexei Smirnov’s apparent battle with Marian Gaborik for the clear-cut leader of the parade lasted for about half a year. While Gaborik surged, Smirnov’s questionable attitude, lackluster dedication to the sport and inconsistency came up as the draft day loomed. Smirnov wound up going 12th overall, while Gaborik dropped as well to the 3rd position of the podium. Two unexpected names led the way for Russia at the 2000 NHL draft: Going 8th to the Tampa Bay Lightning was Nikita Alexeev, while going 10th to the Chicago Blackhawks was Mikhail Yakubov. These were a couple of names that gradually rose in value during the year and ended up going high for particular reasons that will be discussed later on.
Right now, a Read more »

Stepp invited to Canadian National Junior Team camp

by Jeff Arnim
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The Canadian Hockey Association announced the addition of center Joel Stepp to the Canadian National Junior Team Camp on Friday. The 18-year-old Torquay, Saskatchewan native played for the Memorial Cup Champion Red Deer Rebels of the WHL last season, his second full year in the league. A third round pick of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Stepp posted 24 goals and 37 points primarily as a defensive forward last season with the Rebels.

He joins teammates Colby Armstrong, Shane Bendera, Doug Lynch, and Jeff Woywitka in the current camp, which runs through August 10th at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1998-99  Estevan        Ban. AA  60  65  70  135  120
1998-99  Red Deer       WHL       2   0   0    0    0
1999-00  Red Deer       WHL      65  11  13   24   59
1999-00* Red Deer       WHL       4   1   0    1    8
2000-01  Red Deer       WHL      70  24  13   37   89
2000-01* Red Deer       WHL      22   6   3    9   24

* = playoffs

‘Canes 2001 Prospect Wrap-up

by Kirk Pedersen
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Rutherford has made a good effort to try and solidify the future of this franchise for years to come. There is still work that must be done. Among other things, they need to bolster their defense, which they have tried to do, and drafting Russian backliner Igor Knyazev has been a giant step in the right direction. They also needed to try and get a decent back-up goaltender, to smooth over that position. They are still in need of a bit of work on the wings, in adding size, and Chris Dingman could possibly be the answer there, but he has been a big disappointment as a pro. The scoring touch he showed as a junior hasn’t been there, although he won’t be expected to score in a ‘Canes uniform, he can be more than a goon.

1. Zepp, Rob
Rob Zepp was in his final season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, which is also owned by ‘Canes owner Peter Karmanos, was a final cut from Canada’s National Junior Team. He put in his best season yet in Plymouth, and with the help of other ‘Cane prospects, including the likes of Damian Surma, Jared Newman and Tomas Kurka, took the Whalers to the OHL finals, only to lose to the Ottawa ’67’s, and a goal by their Captain, Joe Talbot. He failed to come to terms with his original drafting team, the Atlanta Thrashers, so he re-entered, and was selected almost exactly where the Thrashers took him in ’99, but eleven picks lower, at #110. He looks like a very good bet to be a big part of the ‘Canes future.

2000-01 Plymouth OHL 55GP 34W 18L 3T 2.26GAA .916SV%

2. DeFauw, Brad Read more »

On the german way to Salt Lake City

by Oliver Janz
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The world championship and the NHL Entry Draft in this year let us say: Germany is back.
Next time to shine: the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in February 2002. The rosters must be named till December, 22nd. The big nations currently named some players, Germany named nobody. And there will be much time go by till german national team coach Hans Zach name the first player. An interesting thing he said regarding the Olympic Games: All players with chances to be named will be watched, including the germans in the north american minor leagues. Read more »

Success of Devils scouting and development

by Andrew Clark
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The teams that meet in the Stanley Cup Finals this past June have something in common, besides from being excellent hockey teams with great players. Both the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche have made some excellent draft picks, developed the prospects’ talents and abilities in the minor leagues, and have fostered and advanced their careers in the NHL. Arguably, the Devils have one of the best General Managers in professional sports today on a wide variety of levels in Lou Lamoriello. Without him, the architect of the system, the Devils would not have been so successful. Along with the assistance of Dave Conte, head of scouting and Claude Carrier, assistant director of scouting, the Devils have established an exceptional network of scouting throughout Europe, Russia, and North America including the collegiate ranks. They know what they are looking for in potential players, draft them and develop them in the juniors or in the AHL. It is very obvious that the success of the franchise depends upon it, however, what might not be too obvious is that the secret of the Devils success lies within the second round of every entry draft.

First, when a team like the New Jersey Devils experience so much success and accomplish so much, you are not going to be drafting high in the first round every year. Two Stanley Cup Championships, another Finals appearance, an Eastern Conference Finals birth, and several Atlantic Division Crowns, all of this since the early ‘90’s, is going to place you no higher than number 20 or 25 for your first selection. Since 1990, Read more »

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers: First Look

by Joe Muccia
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Recently, the Islanders announced some of the front office and
staff of their brand new AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport SoundTigers.
Gordie Clark was named the General Manager and Steve Stirling was hired
shortly after as the first head coach of the new franchise. David
Baseggio was hired as an assistant coach, with the expressed purpose of
working with the Isles young defensive prospects. Former Islanders
owner Roy Boe owns the SoundTigers. It is kind of weird how that worked
out; Boe left the Worcester Ice Cats organization (the St. Louis Blues
primary affiliate) to return to an Islanders organization that he
brought into the NHL.

I would like to look at the possible roster for the SoundTigers,
broken down by position. For the most part the list is done in no
particular order. Some of the players listed may stay in their native
countries or at college so this list could very well change before the
puck drops on the SoundTigers first game.

Center

Along with defense and goaltending, this is one of the deepest
positions for the SoundTigers. Due to depth on the Islanders, some
possible NHLers will probably appear on the Tigers roster.

1. Justin Mapletoft – the Isles 5th pick in 1999 had a monster season
for the WHL Red Deer Rebels. He posted 43 goals and 120 points in 70
games. Under the tutelage of former Islanders great, Brent Sutter, the
5’11”, 207lb. center took his game to new heights. Originally thought
of as a defensive prospect, his offensive explosion was an unexpected
surprise. E Read more »

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