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IHL Rookie Profile – Nikos Tselios

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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Player: Nikos Tselios
Birthdate: January 20, 1979
Hometown: Oak Park, Illinois
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 187 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Defence

YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM

1995-96 Chicago Midgets 27 5 8 13 40
1996-97 Belleville OHL 64 9 37 46 61
1997-98 Belleville OHL 20 2 10 12 16
Plymouth OHL 41 8 20 28 27
1998-99 Plymouth OHL 60 21 39 60 60
1999-00 Cincinnati IHL 80 3 19 22 75

Nikos was selected in the first round (22 overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Nikos was assigned to the Cincinnati
Cyclones by the Hurricanes on September 12, 1999. Last season Nikos led the team in points by a defenceman and placed 8th in leading scoring
by a defenceman in the OHL with 60 points on 21 goals and 39 assists. Had 12 points in 11 playoff games last year for Plymouth. Nikos cousin is
Detroit defenceman Chris Chelios. Nikos is an exciting defenceman to watch and he has a smooth stride and a powerful point shot. Moves the puck
quickly and efficiently. On the ice Nikos communicates well with his teammates and sees the entire ice well especially in traffic.

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Rangers Analysis, Expansion and Other…

by Evan Andriopoulos
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The expansion draft, free agency, and the entry draft are all fast approaching and for a team looking to rebuild and re-evaluate under new management the Rangers time is now.

First and foremost should be the hiring of a coach. Glen Sather is expected to announce the hiring of Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL Champions) coach John Paddock to take over the duties of NY bench boss. Paddock is a well respected team coach who uses a philosophy which balances respect, toughness, and motivation to win over his players. Other candidates include the banished Ted Nolan and Rangers assistant John Tortorella. Tortorella may assume the duties of Paddock in Hartford. However, Sather believes he is a capable drafter of talent without a coach, none the less the time is now.

With the upcoming draft the Rangers have several options available even without a first rounder, which went to Tampa for the rights to Pavel Brendl. Disgruntled Stephane Quintal may be included in a package for a 1st rounder, or in fact for anything at all. Another option would be to sit on the 2nd pick and look for a 2nd round gem. This player may turn out to be one of the few players the Rangers have been analyzing such as Brett Nowak who is a projected 2nd Rounder after a non existent World Juniors Tourney, but he would help fill the void up front. Thatcher Bell is another player who should be available but at 175 pounds may not be big enough for the Rangers needs. Of course disgruntled Randy Copley, 1998 draftee of New York, re-enters and may be a return product.

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Carolina Hurricanes 2000 Entry Draft Preview

by Bill Moesta
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On June 24 and 25, the NHL will gather in Calgary for the 2000 Entry Draft. Armed with three picks in the first sixty, Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford and Sheldon Ferguson, Director of Amateur Scouting, will take a dip into the amateur pool to restock the Canes farm system.

The Hurricanes will be picking 14, 44 and 58, in the first two rounds. the first two picks are theirs, while the 58 pick is from Philadelphia, in the Primeau/Brind’Amour-Pelletier trade.

The Canes have hung onto their drafted players the last few years. They learned their lesson the hard way. In 1995, the then Hartford Whalers, traded future Hart and Norris Trophy winner Chris Pronger to the St. Louis Blues. The blossoming of Pronger after leaving the franchise, showed the team to give their young players a chance to develop. In the last two seasons, Carolina has traded just two drafted players. Both of them were defensemen and both were traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. In 1998, the Canes shipped NHL’er Adam Burt and in 1999, the sent QMJHL’er Francis Lessard.
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Ottawa Senators 2000 Draft Preview

by Nathan Estabrooks
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Now that the protected list is finalized we can posit the Senator’s draft method. It’s plain and simple. Defense. The Sens once had more blueliners then they did positions; Lance Pitlick takes the money in Florida, Patrick Traverse is traded to Anaheim, Grant Ledyard retires this summer and Igor Kravchuk will be traded if not selected in the expansion draft. Now as a result of these moves Jason York is the only defenseman with more then three years of NHL experience. Players like Rachunek and Salo will play full seasons next year, thus the minor league prospects need to be restocked. The Sens have made a start in this direction with Julien Vauclair and Gavin McLeod. Unless 4 or 5 players are taken there will be a defense famine in a few years.
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Capitals Look Back – Scott Stevens

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Watching Scott Stevens raise his second Stanley Cup in five years was extremely painful for long-time Capitals fans. They remember that ten years ago, the Caps let him walk to St. Louis in the first big name – and arguably the largest ever – NHL Free Agent signing. The decision to let Stevens go has been widely criticized, but the Capitals had their reasons at the time. With the power of hindsight, we can look back and try to determine if the Capitals made the right choice.

Scott was the Capitals first round pick in 1982, 5th overall. By that fall, he was already patrolling the blueline in DC and became a force to be reckoned with. In 1990, he was part of a solid Caps defence corps that also featured Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher and Calle Johansson. Although he was only 26 years old, Scott was an 8-year NHL veteran and 2-time All-Star. The Blues offered to pay him what was considered an obscene amount at that time: $5.1 million over 4 years. In comparison, eight days earlier in Major League Baseball, Jose Canseco and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a 5 year contract worth $23.5 million.
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IHL Player Profile – Brendan Yarema

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IHL PLAYER PROFILE


Brendan Yarema
Birthdate: July 16, 1976
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195 lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

1993-94 Newmarket Royals OHL 55 11 4 15 69
1994-95 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 24 25 49 103
1995-96 Sarnia Sting OHL 48 36 32 68 93
1996-97 South-Carolina Stingrays ECHL 12 3 6 9 28
1996-97 St.-John's Maple Leafs AHL 9 1 4 5 8
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 64 8 14 22 172
1998-99 Kansas-City Blades IHL 69 11 21 32 163
1999-00 Kansas-City Blades IHL 61 13 19 32 139

Just 23 years old, Yarema finished his third year as a pro when the Blades
finished the 1999-2000. He established career-highs with Kansas City in
1998-99 and in 1999-2000 totaling 32 points in both seasons. He finished
second to Dody Wood in penalty minutes with 163 in 98-99.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Yarema spent the 1997-98 season with
the American League’s Kentucky Thoroughblades where he registered 22 points
(8 goals, 14 assists) to go with 172 penalty minutes in 64 games. The year
before that, the six-foot, 195-pound center/left wing assisted in the South
Carolina Stingrays run to the East Coast League’s Kelly Cup title.

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Dallas Stars 2000 Draft Preview

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Drafting Trends:

-Like to select two-way forwards, hulking defenseman, players from the WHL, and recently forwards with plus skating ability.

-Since the Stars have been in Dallas they have not selected a goaltender in the first two rounds, and almost never select Slovakian, Czech, or QMJHL players.

System Needs:

-Goal scoring forwards with size and speed

-Offensive defensemen

-Goaltending depth

Picks held: (as of 6/16/00)

#25, #55, #62 (from Min.), #85, #115, #145, #175, #205, #245, #275

What to expect in this year’s draft:

First four picks
-At least two versatile forwards, with each having plus speed.

-Maybe one goaltender, and at least one defenseman.

-Look for one or more “reaches” by the Stars, as a weak draft and vastly varying opinions could make for some interesting picks.

Late Round Picks

-Look for at least one player 20 or older to be selected.

-Look for a majority of Europeans to be selected here, as they are a
better value late.

-Will select a goaltender here if they pass on one in the earlier rounds.

Potential Trades

-They have traded out of the first round the last two years, and they might again, but anticipate them making a selection this year.

-Could conceivably put together a package of picks and/or players to obtain a veteran goal-scorer on draft day.

Possible picks at #25:

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A Look at Sharks Goaltending

by Mike Delfino
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One can not undervalue the importance of goaltending come playoff time. Nearly every team to win the Stanley Cup in the last 10 years has all had great goaltending.

Looking past Steve Shields, the Sharks have 3 young goalies who stand to play a prominent role in the future for the Sharks, however, they all remain very much of question marks. All share a very similar motto (as can most goaltending prospects for that matter). All may turn into solid NHL goalies, and all may turn into nothing more than career minor leaguers.

This year saw the first Sharks drafted goaltender step foot on the ice for the San Jose Sharks–Evgeni (aka John, aka Yevgeni) Nabokov. All other goalies to play for the Sharks were either acquired via trade, free agency or other means. Nabokov was drafted in the 9th round, with the 219th overall pick in 1994.

In limited action in San Jose, Nabokov did exactly what was asked of him. In his first start he shutout Colorado in a 0-0 tie. In 11 appearances, he was 2-2-1, a save percentage of .910, with a 2.17 GAA. In only one game did he looked out of place. At the very least, Nabokov may have proved this year that he is a reliable backup. Read more »

IHL Rookie Profile – Dan Snyder

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Dan Snyder
Born: Febuary 23, 1978
Birthplace: Elmira, Ontario
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Position: Centre

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

1995-96 Owen-Sound Platers OHL 63 8 17 25 78
1996-97 Owen-Sound Platers OHL 57 17 29 46 96
1997-98 Owen-Sound Platers OHL 46 23 33 56 74
1998-99 Owen-Sound Platers OHL 64 27 67 94 110
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 71 12 13 25 123

Signed by the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Atlanta Thrashers as a free
agent in July of 1999. Optioned to Orlando on September 15, 1999.
Led the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 94 points
(27 goals, 67 assists) last season. Was tied for 12th in the league in
scoring. Accumulated 110 penalty minutes (PIM).One of only three OHL players
in the top 25 scoring leaders with over 100 PIM’s. Earned his team’s Most
Valuable Player award.

Speedy whirlwind with good puck skills, Snyder is a smart player with good
acceleration in his stride. He is considered an unselfish player with a good
scoring touch around the net.
Dan is known to have excellent vision on the ice and is an excellent
playmaker. He is known to be a good faceoff man and already has good
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