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Capitals 2000-01 Roster Comments

by Rick Davis
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Thank you to the people who corrected the information that I had on Danius Zubrus’s contract.

Craig Billington

2000-01 regular season numbers – 12 games, 660 minutes, 2.45 GAA, 3 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties, .915 save %
Contract Status – signed through 2002-2003 season
Comments – Although Craig doesn’t get a lot of playing time with the Capitals, he plays very well when he is in. All signs point to him being happy as Kolzig’s backup and the Capitals being happy with him. One of the benefits of having Billington as a backup is that as a veteran, he can and does help Kolzig with positioning and confidence. I would be extremely surprised if he does not return.

James Black

2000-01 regular season numbers – 42 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points, -3, 4 PIM
Contract Status – Capitals have option on 2001-2002 season
Comments – James came into last season still trying to recover from a broken leg sustained the year before, and it seemed that missing camp hurt his conditioning which in turn hurt his position with the team. Primarily a role-player and penalty-killer, James was a healthy scratch for all six Capitals playoff games. It has been reported in the Washington Post that the Capitals are leaning towards not exercising the option on James’s contract, thus making him an Unrestricted Free Agent after July 1.

Peter Bondra Read more »

Deadline to Sign ’99 Picks Fast Approaching

by Chris Boucher
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The Montreal Canadiens have until June 1st to sign their 1999 Draft picks who have played Major Junior hockey. Six players fall into this category. They are Alexander Buturlin, Matt Carkner, Dusty Jamieson, Marc-André Thinel, Sean Dixon, and Jerome Marois. If last year is any indication, the prospective signings will only be announced at the eleventh hour. In fact, last year’s signings of Francois Beauchemin and Michael Ryder were only announced on June 2nd.

Alexander Buturlin -RW (Drafted-99(2/39))

The Sarnia Sting’s Alexander Buturlin began the season quietly, but broke out with 5 points in his ninth game. His was incredibly consistent, going no more than 2 games without a point at any time during the season. He averaged 1.14 PPG, but his greatest accomplishment was his plus/minus. He finished +14, on a team where the next highest total was +4. Seventeen of Sarnia’s players finished the season in the minus, while only 4 (including Buturlin) finished with a plus/minus above zero.
The 6’0″, 187 lbs. Buturlin played 58 games. He had 65 points (28-37-65), and was a team-leading +14, with 27 minutes in penalties. Seven of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 1 was scored short-handed. He had point scoring streaks of 4 games on three different occasions, along with one streak of 5 games between November 12th, and November 22nd.
Alexander had a relatively strong World Junior Tournament. He scored 4 goals and added 1 assist in 7 games, including 2 goals in the game against Canada. He finished with a +1 rating, but did not handle the p Read more »

Memorial Cup Couch Potato

by Jeff Bromley
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With the annual passing of the Victoria
Day long-weekend signifying not only
the start of camping season in these
parts but the culmination of the year’s
Major-Junior hockey in the Memorial
Cup in Regina. Four teams, round-robin
and playoff format with the hardware of
the Memorial Cup clearly in sight.

All the trades Regina Pats G.M. Brent
Parker made to sacrifice the near future
of the Pats in the name of
competitiveness with the champions of
the WHL, OHL and QMJHL as host of
the Memorial Cup and it appears that he
may of forgot one key aspect – goal-
tending. Not to put too fine of point on
it but Pats goaltender Donald
Choukalous has had better outings.
Regina looked like it could play with any
one of the Cup teams save for one
aspect – goal-tending. If the Pats are to
have any hope at all even to make it to
Friday’s Tie-Breaker game stopping the
puck has to be essential. Otherwise the
Pats will have be content with their
‘Host’ moniker and bow out quickly.
Near the conclusion
of the first game of the Memorial Cup
involving the Pats and the OHL
champion Ottawa 67’s, a 5-2 win by the
67’s, Ottawa captain Joe Talbot scored
an empty net goal to seal the victory.
Shortly there after Pat Captain Barret
Jackman leveled him. Of course, a melee
ensued involving almost everyone on the
ice with the TV cameras rolling. Not
exactly a ringing endorsement for the
CHL on national TV. Nevertheless this
is hockey and sometimes this stuff
happens. Jackman pulled a bonehead
move, misconducts were handed out and
Jackman probably Read more »

U.S. Born Phenom Ready For the OHL

by Scott Hamburger
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On May 5th, the Mississauga Ice Dogs made 16 year old Patrick O’Sullivan
the first overall pick in this years OHL priority draft. Making him only the
second USA born player to be selected 1st overall. “This O’Sullivan kid is
gonna be something, we watched him play one night in his junior A league and
he was the most dominant player on the ice scoring 2 goals and 2 assists, we
decided right then that he was the best player available in the 1985 draft.”
said Ice Dogs GM Don Cherry. While only 16, he’s shown that he has the
talent and the heart to make the jump into the Ontario Hockey League, and his
competitive attitude should make the transition easy on him.

Playing with guys a lot older than him will be nothing new to Patrick.
This past season O’Sullivan was the youngest on his U.S.A. Development Team
(Under-17). In league and international play O’Sullivan lead his team,
scoring 33 goals with 51 assists in just 63 games this season. Which was
good enough to earn him spots on both the NAHL All Star Game and the All
rookie team. “He’s got a great hockey sense and always knows where everyone
is on the ice.” says team mate Greg Goodnough. Although he shows a lot of
maturity and confidence on the ice, he won’t let his early success get to his
head.
“I had an alright year, I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. I
would have liked to make the playoffs in the NAHL but winning the gold at
Christmas was the best moment of my life.” said O’Sullivan. “Pat has great
hands, and can stick handle and ma Read more »

Stars Prospects Notebook (5/21/2001)

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 5/21/2001

OHL Notes

The CHL Memorial Cup playoffs is now taking place but the OHL championship has not come and gone without some play (and thus

analysis) of a few Dallas Stars prospects in the Onatario Hockey League. Naturally, many scouting eyes were upon highly

touted rookie Jason Spezza and his somewhat disappointing playoff performance for the Windsor Spitfires. Spezza’s rather

quiet playoffs, in which he was outplayed and kept fairly in check by opposing forward Stephen Weiss (4 goals, 5 assists, 9

points in 9 games), has caused some scouts to rank him lower in the draft. The Red Line report, for instance, proposed that

he may be moved as far as 4th or 5th in the draft this year because of his playoffs.

I mention Spezza because (naturally) Spezza’s performance calls to mind that of teammate (oft linemate) Steve Ott’s

own performance. 18-year old Ott (3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points in 9 games) lead his team in playoff scoring this postseason

and proved to be an antagonostic presence throughout much of the Spitfire’s admittedly short run (27 PIM). Still, things

could have been better for the Windsor Spitfires. Windsor’s top line was not able to muster much against Plymouth’s during

the Spitfire’s quick exit in the 2nd round. A sign of their offensive stars (and Ott himself) being overrated? Or merely a

natural result of having too many offensive eggs in one basket in a highly defensive-oriented postseason?
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Six Teams from the IHL to join the AHL

by Andrew Bourgeois
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After this years Turner Cup 6 teams from the IHL are expected to join the AHL to make 1 triple A minor hockey league.

According to sources close to the situation, the International Hockey League will cease operations after its playoffs, and six IHL teams will be absorbed by the American Hockey League.

Six IHL teams, are expected to officially become members of the AHL following a meeting of the AHL’s board of governors.
The new AHL would grow to also include the Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals, Manitoba Moose, Chicago Wolves, Utah Grizzlies and Houston Aeros.

All six teams would pay $2.5 million apiece to enter the AHL, with $1 million from each team earmarked for the IHL to help the league close business after 56 years of operation.

The IHL has been experiencing financial problems. The league, which had 19 teams in 1996-97, was down to 11 clubs this season and on life-support.

The Cleveland Lumberjacks nearly folded in midseason, but were bailed out and run by the league. The Lumberjacks, however, lost their NHL affiliate last week when the Minnesota Wild chose not to exercise its option for 2001-02.
Efforts by the IHL to find a Cleveland buyer for the Lumberjacks have been fruitless.

Cleveland is not the only floundering IHL franchise, either. The Detroit Vipers, Orlando Solar Bears and Cincinnati Cyclones have been plagued by financial problems and dismal attendance and, along with the Lumberjacks and Kansas City Blades, were not expected to be part of the IHL next season.

With the addition Read more »

Rangers Update: Tracking the Past

by Brandon LeBourveau
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How successful have the New York Rangers been at the draft table? Below is an analysis of the past five drafts for the Rangers.

1996 Draft:

22nd Overall – Jeff Brown
48th Overall – Daniel Goneau
76th Overall – Dmitri Subbotin
131st Overall – Colin Pepperall
158th Overall – Ola Sandberg
185th Overall – Jeff Dessner
211th Overall – Ryan McKie
237th Overall – Ronnie Sundin Read more »

Draft Situation Gets Worse for Coyotes

by Brandon LeBourveau
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When the Phoenix Coyotes made the trade that sent Keith Tkachuk to the St. Louis Blues for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, prospect Jeff Taffe and the Blues 2001 1st Round pick, they knew their could be a catch.

The St. Louis Blues were punished by the NHL a few years ago for talking to Scott Stevens about a contract before he actually became a free agent. At the time, he was property of the Devils, and New Jersey filed a suit against the NHL that the Blues should be penalized, and they were. The NHL awarded the Devils the right to take one of the Blues 1st round picks in the next couple of drafts, and also the right to swap 1st round picks in another draft. Well, the Devils exercised their option to take the Blues 1st round pick this year, which the Blues originally dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes. So in this weird scenario, it turns out the Devils will actually get the Blues 1st round pick this season and the Coyotes will get the Blues 1st round pick next year, in the 2002 Entry Draft. But wait, there’s more.

The Devils still own the right to swap picks with the Blues. So even if the Blues finish in the bottom of the standings, the Coyotes won’t get that high pick because the Devils will surely swap picks, leaving the Coyotes with a late 1st round pick which is what the Devils’ pick would likely be. So no matter what, the Coyotes will likely end up with a late 1st round pick next season from the St. Louis Blues.

As for this years draft, I will be posting a draft preview sometime in mid-June in which I will analyze where the Coyotes select and what players wo Read more »

Swedish Star prepares to take America by Storm

by pbadmin
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Kristian Huselius could not have had a much greater season than this past one. He was chosen MVP by the players in the SEL and received the “Golden Helmet”. 111 players had voted Huselius as the #1 player in the league out of 255 players total. Everyone had the opportunity to vote on three players, #1, #2 and the #3 in the league. Here’s how the voting ended:

1. Kristian Huselius, Frölunda
2. Mikael Renberg, Luleå – Returning NHL’er who was very dominating
3. Mikael Tellqvist, Djurgården – Toronto prospect was the best goalie in the league.
4. Tim Thomas, AIK – American goalie who was virtually unstoppable. Read more »

Kings Draft Possibles, Part 1

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings enter the 2001 draft knowing that this may be among the most important drafts in their history.

After making an impressive run and starting to get their system in order, the Kings will have five picks in the first three rounds of the draft. The learning curve is over- the Kings cannot afford to miss with thier top picks. With the slower development of some of their previous picks, look for the Kings to take some solidly built players who can handle both sides of the ice.

The needs would be skilled forward, a defenseman- ideally one with offensive skill, and another goalie for the system. Here are some of the potential players that will be available when the Kings make their first selection.


Chuck Kobasew-
RW- Boston College- This is my pick. Their is some concern whether he will be there when the Kings pick, but he is a solid forward. He is built well- 6’1, 195 pounds, and he is part of a championship team as a freshman. He went the month of January with a point in every game. The Kings got a good look at what skilled college players can do- Chris Drury for one. This is the guy I would like to see become a King.


Ales Hemsky-
LW- Hull- Very skilled forward with a solid offensive game. Fairly well built, although a little light at 6’1, 180 pounds. Finished the regular season with 36 goals and 64 assists. Will likely be available, but a smallish wing seems to go against what the Kings are looking for.


Colby Armstrong-
RW- Red Deer- Big right winger with alot of potential. His name keeps com Read more »

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