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For Seamus Kotyk, who backstopped the Ottawa 67’s to the Memorial Cup Championship in 1999, working hard may not always payoff. The Wayne Gretzky award winner as the most valuable player of the 2001 OHL Playoffs has yet to agree to terms with the Boston Bruins on a contract for next season. The 5th choice, 147th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1999 has 24 hours left to agree on a contract, or be fed to the Wolves on the free agent market. Because of his 1980 birth year, Kotyk does not qualify to re-enter the NHL draft this June.
“I would love to pull the Black & Gold jersey over my head,” said Kotyk in an exclusive interview with hockeysfuture.com. “If things work out for me, I’ll be the 4th goalie on the depth chart. That’s where I’d like to be right now. It would be great to get some experience in the AHL next year and perhaps get an opportunity to play a few games with the big club. The goalies in Providence were all given a chance to play last year and that’s something that I’m still thinking about. Andrew Raycroft stepped right into the NHL from Kingston of the OHL and I thought he did a great job. It’s really good to know that the opportunities are there.”
For those who remember, it was just over a year ago that Kotyk was facing the possibility of never playing hockey again. After struggling with mysterious respiratory problems during training camp, Kotyk was eventually diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia and had surgery to correct the problem.
That first surgery was just the start of the merry go round year he had.
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He was born on 31st October 1982 so he is eligible for the 2001 draft. Most 82’s were drafted last year. So his age may be seen as a disadvantage. However this extra year has brought an infinite number of benefits for this player who usually wears number 14 on his jersey. Tomas is now more mature, more confident and has developed to be an extremely valuable player no matter his age.
In the under-20 Junior World Championship the Czech Republic once again surprised the whole world and gave no other team the chance to grab victory. The young Czech players brought gold medals from the Russian capital Moscow. The youngest of the Czech players was indeed this very guy of whom I speak: Tomas Plekanec. It was only 3 months after he had celebrated his 18th birthday. He played in the 3rd line there and performed quite well in the 6 games where he gained 2 points for 1 goal and 1 assist. This can be considered as his most valued success until present. That was the actual break- through in his career and mainly because Tomas had become more known to Czech fans and oversees experts. This season Tomas was the player of HC Vagnerplast Kladno the Read more »
SUNRISE, FL –Florida Panthers President and General Manager Bill Torrey announced today that the club has acquired two draft picks from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for G Alexander Auld who played for North Bay of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season.
The Panthers will receive the 2001 compensatory pick Vancouver was awarded for Mark Messier signing with the New York Rangers last year and also a third round selection in the 2002 Entry Draft. The position of the compensatory pick will be determined by the National Hockey League (NHL) prior to this year’s draft. It is likely to be a second round selection. Following the determination of the position of the compensatory pick, the Panthers have the option to keep that pick or exchange it for a second round 2002 Draft Pick.
Auld, the Panthers’ second choice (40th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, played in 40 games last season with North Bay registering a 22-11-5 record and a 2.54 goals against average.
The Panthers will host the 2001 NHL Entry Draft at the National Car Rental (Sunrise, FL) June 23-24.
Press Release courtesy of the Florida Panthers
The Canucks haven’t always been a very good team at the Draft table. They have opted a few times to go for the “safe” choice, rather than picking someone who seems to be more of a gamble, but turned out to be a better player. Hindsight is 20/20, but there have been a few blunders at the draft in the past ten or so years, which are particularly bad.
With their first selection, the Canucks chose Petr Nedved.
Players chosen after Nedved: Keith Tkachuk Martin Brodeur Jaromir Jagr Darryl Sydor Keith Primeau Derian Hatcher Mike Ricci
Analysis: Going into the draft, the Seattle Thunderbirds forward seemed to have everything going for him, and he was taken, which in hindsight, seems erronious, when you see the calibre of players taken after him. He shattered junior scoring records with Seattle, and the big Czech forward was going to be a star in the NHL.
What went wrong: Nedved seemed like a huge gamble, being that he only played one season of major junior hockey. Nedved had two miserable seasons with the Canucks in ’90-91 and ’91-92 before finally breaking out in ’92-93, wrapping up seventy-one points. All was looking up, until a holdout sparked the end of his days in Vancouver. He could have been one of the best Canucks ever, but his attitude prevented that from happening. He only lasted 19 games in St. Louis, before becoming a Pittsburgh Penguin, where he Read more »
the Baby Pens) fell two victories shy of the league championship and the
Calder Cup trophy this Spring. However, along the way several Pittsburgh
Penguin prospects demonstrated enormous potential and will no doubt
challenge NHL veterans for starting jobs at training camp for the
appropriate), I will list the Penguins current crop of candidates and on
what roster they can be expected to appear next season.
and have either demonstrated success in the pros or have attributes that
fill the parent team’s current weaknesses.
C Milan Kraft 6'3" 200lbs. Showed brilliant scoring touch in AHL. AHL 40gp 21g 23a 44p NHL 42gp 7g 7a 14p AHL 14gp 12g 7a 19p NHL 8gp 0g 0a 0p C Toby Peterson 5'10" 193lbs. Very effective when called up to the big club. AHL 73gp 26g 41a 67p NHL 12gp 2g 6a 8p AHL 21gp 7g 6a 13p NHL 0gp L Greg Crozier 6'0" 185lbs. Has power forward potential. AHL 77gp 24g 36a 60p NHL 1gp 0g 0a 0p AHL 21gp 6g 5a 11p NHL 0gp R Billy Tibbetts 6'2" 215lbs. Gritty and not bad around the net. AHL 38gp 14g 24a 38p 185pim NHL 29gp 1g 2a 3p 131pim AHL 12gp 4g 6a 10p 55pim NHL 0gp G Rich Parent 6'3" 215lbs. Was huge factor in AHL championship. AHL 35gp 17w 12l Read more »
On the evening that the Saint John Flames clinch the Calder Cup, with a 1-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barrie Scranton Penguins, it only makes sense to look toward the future of the Calgary Flames and where they are headed. Will the club see an influx of talent from the farm next season, and will the success in the AHL translate into success in the NHL? Will the team find that their prospects are ready to make some of the veterans expendable to the point of allowing a deal to improve the top lines? What does the future hold?
With the St. John Flames winning the AHL Championship banner it might be easy to fall into the trap of thinking minor league success translates into major league success. It was pointed out by numerous people during these play-offs, that St. John did not possess the best talent of any team in the run for the Calder Cup. They didn’t have any superstars in the making, or any grizzled veterans to carry the team to victory. What they did have was a solid team approach to playing the game, an amazing chemistry in the dressing room, and an endless supply of heart that willed the team on through out the play-offs. All of this from a team that had an average age of 22. The amazing thing was that the team was lead in the playoffs by four young players, Sergei Varlamov (22), Daniel Tkaczuk (21), Steve Begin (21) and Derrick Walser (23). The only veteran to crack the top five scorers was Marty Murray (26). These young players came to play and proved their meddle through out the play-offs. That must bode well for the Flames in the long run, right?
After two seasons with the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers, the Tampa Bay Lightning has entered into an affiliation with the Springfield Falcon’s of the American Hockey League.
Tampa Bay will share the affiliation with Phoenix Coyotes. Each team will be allowed to send ten players to Springfield.
Phoenix General Manager Cliff Fletcher served as Senior Advisor to Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley last season. The two have maintained a good relationship, which played a part in the affiliation.
“Having Wayne Gretzky and Cliff Fletcher in Phoenix and [President & General Manager] Bruce Landon in Springfield makes us very comfortable with this shared affiliation agreement,” Dudley said in a Press Release issued by the Lightning. “For an arrangement like this to work successfully for everyone involved, it is essential to maintain strong relationships with both your NHL and your AHL partner. It is clear that the relationship we maintain with those in management in Phoenix and Springfield will make this arrangement work successfully for everyone involved.”
Many of Tampa’s prospects suffered on a hapless Detroit Viper team over the past two seasons. The Vipers only posted 45 wins during the time affiliated with Tampa Bay. With the shared affiliation, Tampa prospects will be able to play at a higher level while in the minor leagues. Player’s who should be playing at the ECHL level, will be able to do so, rather than being used to fill an affiliate roster, as we saw frequently in Detroit.
The agreement with Springfield wi Read more »
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