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Hockey’s Future 2002 Draft Center Launched!

by HF Staff

Hockey’s Future is excited to announce the launch of our 2002 Draft Center, a project that has been in the making for the last 7 months. The look and feel of this year’s edition has taken a slightly different look, and we hope that the new additions make it much more enjoyable for all. Some of the new features are as follows:

Articles pertaining to the draft are now displayed in the middle of the draft center, and we reposted all of the interviews with this year’s top prospects. Some of them were done in the beginning of the season, but in case you missed them, they are there for your enjoyment. We also plan to use this article function to relay draft news, post mock drafts from readers and our staff, and articles from other various topics.

At the top-right of the Draft Center, useful links can be found to be used as a quick reference and info center. Complete stats compiled by Paul MacDonald for the North American CSB ranked players will be updated on a regular basis, and European stats will be posted soon as well. The link to the “prospects and mock draft board” is also conveniently located here as well, as well as the link to the long awaited re-launching of HF’s Chat Room. Also located in this section as well is the “NHL Entry Draft FAQ’s”, a one-stop place to answer all those questions that are common knowledge, but easily forgotten. If you haven’t read through them yet, you will find that is full of good information for the novice or the guru.

In addition, Hockey’s Future has the players ranked by position and l Read more »

Hab prospects’ year-end review (part 1)

by pbadmin

Mike Komisarek -D (Drafted-01(1/7))

Michigan’s Komisarek entered this past season with a question mark attached to his offensive ability. No one questioned the 6’4″, 230-lbs defenseman’s strength, size or commitment. The overlying concern remained whether or not he could contribute offensively, despite the fact that his freshman numbers were comparable to those put up by fellow Hab draft pick Ron Hainsey in his freshman season.

Komisarek was aware of the need to step up his offense. Although he didn’t burn up the league, he still rose to the challenge on his way to registering 30 points (11-19-30) through 40 games. He was one of only two sophomores to be named a CCHA All-Conference first team all-star, and finished the season with the second-best point total among CCHA defenseman during intra-conference play.

Another testament to the Islip Terrace native’s strong intra-conference play was his plus/minus, as he finished with the top rating among CCHA defenseman during league games. Overall, his plus-23 rating was good enough for a third-place tie among his teammates.

The move to offense wasn’t made at the sacrifice of Komisarek’s defensive play. In fact, he was named the CCHA’s top defensive defenseman as he helped lead Michigan to the regular season championship. He was also named the league’s top defensive player for the week ending November 25th.

Komisarek participated in the World Junior Championship with team USA over the Christmas holidays. The US finished 5th in the tournament with a 4-1-2 record, as the 20-year-old Read more »

Hartsburg and Emery Named All-Stars

by Brad Coccimiglio

The Ontario Hockey League has announced the 2001-02 season ending All-star teams and 2 members of the Soo Greyhounds have been named to the 1st team. Greyhound goaltender Ray Emery and team coach Craig Hartsburg were recognized by General Managers in the OHL for their outstanding seasons.

Hartsburg, back in the OHL after coaching stint in the NHL, is in his 1st season as coach and General Manager of the Greyhounds and helped the team to a 33-point improvement over their 2000-01 total. Hartsburg, who coached the Guelph Storm in his other OHL stint, won the OHL’s Coach of the Year award while with the Storm and is once again in the running for
the award and is considered to be a front-runner. Hartsburg turned a team that wasn’t expected to contend into one that was in contention for the OHL title until the last week of the regular season.

Ray Emery had an extremely strong season and is in the running for the Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Player. Emery was on of the busiest goaltenders in the Ontario Hockey League appearing in a league high 59 games and nearly 3500 minutes of action. Emery also found himself in the top 5 in 3 major goaltending categories. Emery ranked 1st in wins with 33; 4th in Goals Against Average (2.73) and 4th in Save Percentage (.914).

Emery’s strong play this year earned him a 3-year contract with the Ottawa Senators who selected the Cayuga, Ontario native in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Bruins 2002 Draft Preview: 1st Edition

by Shane Walsh

The 2002 NHL Entry Draft appears to be the weakest since 1996. There are some players like Jay Bouwmeester, Rick Nash and Kari Lehtonen who will have decent futures in the NHL, but mostly the 2002 draft class is a complete crapshoot; more so this year than in seasons past. It will be interesting to see which players don’t sign and re-enter the draft that could be good potential investments down the road. The Boston Bruins have one possible re-entry; 6’5” Forward Chris Berti of the Erie Otters (OHL). The Bruins will announce their first selection somewhere between 25-30 depending on the outcome of the regular season and the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins traded away their 3rd round pick to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Winger Marty McInnis. At the trade deadline, Mike O’Connell traded away the Bruins 6th round pick to the Florida Panthers for Defenseman Jeff Norton. The Bruins may also lose a late round pick to the Dallas Stars as part of the future considerations for acquiring the services of Benoit Hogue earlier in the season. The Bruins do pickup the Phoenix Coyotes 5th round pick as part of the Andrei Nazarov trade and any other compensation picks that have yet to be awarded.

The prime question that needs to be answered is what do the Bruins really need most?

The answer is Centers!

Boston will likely choose the best player available on the board when they make their first selection. It’s anyone’s guess as to who that player could be at this point. With drafts such as these, som Read more »

OHL Announces Coaches Poll Results

by Brad Coccimiglio

Toronto–On Tuesday the Ontario Hockey League announced the results of their annual coaches poll.

The poll allows coaches to recognize players within their conference in a number of different categories. The top three players in each category
are recognized by the league.

Coaches, who only voted for players in their own conference, were not eligible to vote for players on their own team. Players received 5 points for a 1st place vote, 3 points for a 2nd place vote and 1 point for a 3rd place vote.

A number of players in each conference were recognized in multiple categories. In the Western Conference, Erie centre Brad Boyes was tops in 4 categories. Boyes was recognized as the Smartest player, Best Playmaker, Best Stickhandler as well as Best on Face-offs. His teammate in Erie, Cory Pecker was recognized as Most Dangerous in Goal Area as well
as Best Shot. Other Multiple winners in the West include Soo Greyhound defenceman Trevor Daley who was named Best Skater for the 3rd year in a row and Fastest Skater for the 2nd straight year as well as Dennis
Wideman who was recognized as the Most Improved Player and having the Hardest Shot. Read more »

2001-02 OHL All-Star Teams Announced

by Brad Coccimiglio

Toronto–On Thursday the Ontario Hockey League announced the 2001-02 All-Star teams as were selected by the General Managers around the OHL.

The Erie Otters were well represented as 4 Otter members were selected. Brad Boyes and Cory Pecker were both named to the 1st team, defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was named to the 2nd team and head coach
Dave MacQueen was named to the 3rd team.

Also selected to the 1st team alongside Boyes (last year’s Most Outstanding Player) and Pecker, who scored 53 goals in 56 games this season were Belleville forward Nathan Robinson, who led the OHL in scoring with 110 points. The 1st team defence pairing includes Erik Reitz of Barrie and Mark Popovic of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. Soo Greyhounds goaltender Ray Emery and coach Craig Hartsburg round out the 1st team.

The silver medal winning Canadian National Junior Team was well represented as 6 members were selected as Boyes, Popovic, Colaiacovo join, fellow World Junior teammates Steve Ott of Windsor, Rick Nash of London and Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls.

General Managers around the OHL voted on the teams and were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Players received 5 points for a 1st place vote, 3 for a 2nd and 1 for a 3rd.

Here’s how the teams shape up:

1st Team

RW–Cory Pecker (ER)
C–Brad Boyes (ER)
LW–Nathan Robinson (BELV)
D–Erik Reitz (BAR)
D–Mark Popovic (TOR)
G–Ray Emery (SSM)
Coach–Craig Hartsburg (SSM) Read more »

Capitals Prospect Report: WHL Playoffs 2001-02

by Seth Keggins

Capitals Prospect Report: WHL Playoffs

Capitals prospects Brian Sutherby and Nathan Paetsch, along the rest of the Moose Jaw Warriors continue to shine in the WHL playoffs. Having snuck through the first round last week, they are currently matched up with Red Deer in the semi-finals. Last evening, Moose Jaw lost in overtime 1-2, which allows the series to now be tied at two apiece. Brian Sutherby (C) continues to prove why he is one of the top prospects for the Capitals organization having scored 6 goals over the 10 games he has played in the WHL 2002 playoffs. Sutherby also picked up an assist, adding to his current playoff assist total (5 assists). Brian is also a team leading +8 and has accumulated 27 PIM. Other Caps prospect, and fellow teammate Nathan Paetsch (D) has been a steady blue liner during the series. Though no highly impressive statistics jump out at you for Nathan, he does maintain a +1 (after going –1 last night 4/10). Paetsch currently has 3 assists for the squad.

Another team still in the hunt for the WHL Championship is Spokane. Jeff Lucky (RW) just returning from the I.R. with a foot injury has played 3 straight games for Spokane. However on a sweet-but sour note, Jeff scored 1 of 2 goals for Spokane in a 2-8 drubbing to Kelowna last night. The series is also now tied at two games apiece. Lucky also has 4 PIM.
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Wild Week In Review

by Chris Kitching

Minnesota received a scare April 1 in Edmonton when Darby Hendrickson was
hit in the eye by a puck that defelected off his stick, ending his season.

Hendrickson left the game in the second period and was evaluated by two eye
specialists in Edmonton before boarding a flight back to Minneapolis.

The forward has little vision in his left eye, but doctors say he isn’t
expected to have any permanent loss of sight.

“Right now, I can’t really see anything, but I do see floating objects in my
eye,” said Hendrickson. “It’s unfortunate that I won’t be able to play again
this season, but I’m fortunate considering what could have happened.”

No structural damage was found and Hendrickson has been ordered to remain in
bed for two weeks to help control the bleeding in the eye.

The 29-year-old Minnesota native attempted to block a pass by Oilers forward
Marty Reasoner when it deflected up the shaft of his own stick and struck
his left eye.

“I dropped like a ton of bricks. I’m cut above my eye, too,” Hendrickson
told the Pioneer Press. “When you get hit right in the eyeball, you know
it’s serious.”

As Hendrickson returned to Minnesota to recover, his teammates completed the
two remaining games of their Canadian road trip, thankful their teammate is
expected to make a full recovery.

Wild add Nebraska-Omaha prospect to the fold

The Minnesota Wild signed University of Nebraska-Omaha product Jeff Hoggan
to a contract on April 4, and have assigned him directly to the Houston

Hoggan, a native of Read more »

Under The Rock

by Steve Gandour


By Steve Gandour

What makes a feature film a classic? It takes several things; good characters, a convincing story line, tests of inner strength and perseverence, that special something that draws the crowd into the world of the story, and leaves them with a feeling of contentment. However, it also requires a little something left unfinished to make you want for more. For Peter Metcalf and the Maine Black Bears, this season belongs with the classics.

The season started in September, with the tragic passing of Maine Black Bears head coach Shawn Walsh. “It was tragic,” Peter recalls. “Coach Walsh had his imprint all over our team this year… and his death was so hard to accept. The effects were enormous and felt throughout the school and especially throughout our team.”

A tragedy like that could be demoralizing enough to give a team reason to falter. The loss of your coach… who had designed the plays, trained and lead the team for years easily could have made for a hard transition to the new coach and former assistant. But as Captain, Peter new what the team was made of… and knew what they could do.

“It was really difficult at first to focus. But we wanted to honour the Coach’s memory. It brought us so close and helped to motivate us all year through. It is the amazing part of Coach Walsh. In a season where he died before it could start, he left his hand print on this organization, and though he was not with us physically, that hand was there guiding us throughout the year. We never could have acc Read more »