There are few benefits to a losing season, but one of them happens to be a high draft position. Clearly, Boston’s strong teams hurt many of the Bruins’ drafts in the 1980s and early 1990s. Other than Glen Wesley (#3 in 1987), Joe Thornton, and the Hartford trifecta
of choices(Kyle McLaren 9/95, John Aitken 8/96, Sergei Samsonov 8/97) acquired for,ironically enough, Wesley, Boston has not had many opportunities to select a player in the top 10 of any given draft year. As a result, bombs such as Dave Pasin, Rob Cimetta,
Shayne Stevenson, Kevyn Adams and Evgeni Ryabchikov hurt Boston’s chances of developing an outstanding crop of younger players to augment its aging superstars. As for this season, don’t be fooled. Despite the Bruins’ no-show in the 1999-2000, they have some excellent prospects in the system and with the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft , they could land a superb player. This year promises to be intriguing because of the large amount of European influence predicted. What does this mean? Well, for starters the field could be wide open with some big surprises in the early going come draft day. Of course, with this season’s pool being labeled as weak by many in the scouting business, a top 10 selection is never a guarantee of landing an impact player, but the Bruins will gladly take their chances. Read more »
It is that time of the month again to update all the HF Visitors on some of the exciting
things going on over here at Hockey’s Future and what we have planned for the upcoming months!
Hockey’s Future Editor Mock Draft Coming soon!!
We will once again hold our annual Editor Mock Draft here at HF. Last year it was a GREAT
success, and our results from our editors turned out great. This draft is open to ALL Visitors
and staff members, and it will be held on Thursday June 15th, at 9:00PM EST!
The Draft will be held in the HF Chat Room,
and other prizes will also be given out (i.e. 1 or 2 HF T-Shirts!) Be sure not to miss that as
it will be a fun event for all to chat and see who our Editors believe their respective teams will
select come draft day. We will only conduct through the 1st Round. Hope to see you all there!
HF 2000 Draft Primer
As you know Hockey’s Future strives itself in providing the absolute best draft coverage on the
net, and look for this year to be just as great! Look for us to release our 2000 Pre Draft page
around the 20th of this month, which will be PACKED with all our Draft Previews Profiles of
hundreds of the top prospects, and TONS more.
Then come draft day, we plan on pulling our famous 24 hour draft coverage! Prior to the draft, Read more »
George McPhee and the Washington Capitals enter the 2000 entry draft without the luxury of
multiple high selections like they did a year ago. It would be difficult to beat last year’s
effort anyway, as the Class of 1999 looks as though they will make a huge impact on the future in
DC. Not including the “Top 5″, in which the Caps chose five of the first 37 players, McPhee
uncovered a gem in the fifth round by the name of Roman Tvrdon – who had possibly the best
season of any Capitals prospect. He also found two promising defensemen in the later rounds:
David Johansson and Igor Shadilov. If he can continue his success of selecting quality players
in the later rounds, the Capitals should make this draft a success as well.
The Capitals will select 26th in the first round, and have ten selections in all. They traded
their third-rounder to Colorado in the Dale Hunter deal, and their fourth to Anaheim for Stephen
Peat. They also sent their seventh-round selection to Chicago in return for a late pick which
they used to select Shadilov a year ago. The Caps gain a compensatory fourth-round pick as the
“Future Considerations” from the Joe Juneau trade. They also receive Tampa Bay’s seventh-round
pick as part of the Jaroslav Svejkovsky deal, Calgary’s seventh-rounder in return for Tom
Chorske, and an eighth-round pick from New Jersey for Ken Sutton.
There are a few trends that McPhee seems to have shown in his three drafts so far. First of Read more »
The Kings and Justin Papineau appear to have gone their separate ways. While Justin Papineau is not the first highly skilled player to re-enter a draft after not being able to come to terms, he may be the most talented individual to leave such a untalented farm system. With Papineau’s departure, the Kings have virtually no playmakers in their system. Knowing this, why would the Kings do this?
The answers are actually a little more clear than they may seem. I, for one, had hoped that they would sign Papineau because of his offensive prowess. The Kings clearly don’t think enough of his game to make him an offer on a larger signing bonus. We all know the knocks about Papineau, but I think there is something the Kings saw when they made their last scouting trip to see him that made their decision final. One of those things may actually have happened here. Scott Barney underwent back surgery and by all accounts, should be ready to race by the start of training camp. The Kings have always thought more of Barney and the fact that they didn’t sign Papineau speaks volumes about their faith in Barney.
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On Tuesday the Sharks announced that Darryl Sutter had signed a contract
extension to return for at least two more years as head coach of the San
Jose Sharks. Ever since Sutter took over the coaching position from Al
Sims, the Sharks have been building a “Darryl Sutter team.” They have made
some major trades and free agent signings in order to bring in Darryl
Sutter type players. During Sutter’s reign, the Sharks have dealt many
players who simply would not have fit in Sutter’s system. Over the past few
years, Sharks fans have seen the likes of Viktor Kozlov, Andrei Zyuzin,
Andrei Nazarov, Ville Peltonen, Vlastimil Kroupa, etc.. leave town.
Meanwhile, the Sharks have brought in players like Mike Ricci, Gary Suter,
Niklas Sundstrom, Stephane Matteau, Bryan Marchment, Dave Lowry, etc.. who
all fit nicely into Sutter’s system. Coupled with the young guns in the
Sharks’ system (Friesen, Stuart, Sturm, Marleau, Korolyuk, and the list
goes on), the Sharks have built a solid team with a great blend of
veterans and young stars. It showed last season when the Sharks were able
to get past the first round for the first time in the Sutter era.
So what does Sutter’s return mean? It means that the Sharks will be able
to continue to build on their SOLID foundation. Had Sutter left, it would
have left a huge hole for the Sharks to fill. The Sharks organization believed in
Sutter’s system, and they have committed to winning that way. Had Sutter Read more »
Unlike the Stars’ parent club, the prospects stayed relatively healthy all
season, and this has resulted in some encouraging progress for the most part.
In turn, this article will attempt to overview many of these positives, and
some of the sparse negatives that occurred this season.
After about two years in minor-pro hockey Richard still has yet to put all
the pieces in place. This is not to say that he is a bust, but rather
suggests that he needs to find a role and stick to it. In other words, is he
an offensive defenseman, or is he a surly two-way d-man? The Stars’ would
like him to be a combination of the two, but his play this year suggests that
this is still to be determined. While he has the great stride and shot, his
future with this team will depend on him making better reads in the defensive
This multi-dimensional forward really came on this season for Prince George
of the WHL. Not only did he increase his overall offensive production, but he
also chipped in 7 game winning goals, and stepped up in the playoffs. Also,
he racked up 183 PIM’s, while also scoring 5 short-handed goals during the
regular season. Looks to be a Grant Marshall or Daren McCarty type player
with speed, and should challenge for a job very soon.
Erskine, a much maligned player, had what might be called a break through Read more »
CHICAGO WOLVES CAPTURE 1999-2000 IHL TURNER CUP.
The Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of the
Turner Cup Finals Monday night and were crowned the 2000 Turner Cup
Champions. It was Chicago’s second title in three years.
After a scoreless first, the Wolves started the scoring on an unassisted
goal by Derek Plante at 6:54 of the second stanza. He followed up with his
second of the game and his fifth of the playoffs just 26 seconds later when
he took a feed from Dan Plante and Glen Featherstone giving the Wolves a 2-0
Grand Rapids narrowed the lead to one as Petr Schastlivy scored at the 13:30
mark of the second with assists from John Gruden and Slava Butsayev, but the
Griffins would never come closer as netminder Andrei Trefilov held strong
for Chicago through the final 26 minutes.
Trefilov’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named the Turner Cup
Playoff MVP and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile Trophy.
He finished the post-season with a 7-1 record and a 1.20 GAA. It was only
the third time in Turner Cup history that a goaltender was named Most
Chris Marinucci added an insurance goal for the Wolves midway through the
third period even though the Wolves took only two shots on Griffins’
netminder Jani Hurme in the final 20 minutes. Read more »
Welcome to another installment of Future Watch. This time we are featuring the nasty 6-4 190lb defenseman out of Thayer Academy, Ryan Whitney. Whitney has accepted an offer to attend the National Development Program in Ann Arbor and he will be a strong addition to the team. He is excited about playing for new coach Mike Eaves and at a higher level of competition to get him ready for Boston University, which is where he will be attending college. Whitney will be playing at the Select 17 festival in St. Cloud for the Massachusetts squad and is hoping to attend the US National Junior Camp.
Whitney is the #1 rated defenseman for his age in the country. He is already one of the top 20 prospects for the 2001 entry draft but would have to opt in for that and he probably won’t do that because he would lose his college eligibility. Whitney plays a style similar to that of NHL star Chris Pronger. Expect big things in the future from this big, talented, star defenseman who plays the game with a mean streak.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere was traded today to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for a second round pick, the 42nd pick overall, in this years draft. The reasoning behind the move is that the Flames could only protect 5 forwards and 3 defense man if 2 goaltenders where protected which under the circumstances was unacceptable. Losses at the forward and defense position would most likely cause too much damage in the long run. The players they could of lost play a vital role on the team as checking forwards and number four defensemen which initially does not look like a lot but becomes irreplaceable when trying to make a playoff run.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are now officially part of the National Hockey League. They have a very agressive General Manager/President in Doug MacLean. They have several very talented scouts who have already led the Jackets to sign several young players (Reich, Schill, Nielson, Moran). And now, pre-expansion draft, the Jackets have a number one goalie. Marc Denis is the newest member of the Blue Jackets. He was traded from Colorado to Columbus for a second round draft pick.
“We never would have considered making this trade, but we had Marc Denis rated as the premier young goaltender in the National Hockey League,” said MacLean. “We think he will be an outstanding goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets for many years to come.”
Who am I to argue? Denis posted 9 wins last season, including 3 shutouts. He appeared in 23 games and posted a sparkling 2.54 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Denis, if not traded, would have been one of (if not the) top pick in the expansion draft. He is only 22 years young, and showed signs of brilliance last season.
“I’m excited about the opportunity. It is indeed a challenge, but I’ve never been a person who shies away from challenges,” said Denis. “The trade is a little bit of a shock, but that doesn’t mean it is a negative. I think this is a positive for me. I’m looking forward to visiting Columbus this summer and playing there next season.”
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