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Timofei Shishkanov: Potential Super Star Without a Guide

by Eugene Belashchenko

Nashville Predators 2nd pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (33rd Overall).

Talent Analysis:

Timofei Shishkanov’s 6’1 and 203lb frame is definitely more then sufficient for the rigors of the NHL. He is a very talented player. Timofei is an excellent skater, able to blow by his opponents with great moves and fast speed. He also possesses a solid shot, though he rarely uses it and does not really have a trademark shot that he is known for. Timofei Shishkanov is also a very good puck handler, able to work it in both zones of the ice.  

According to a Finnish observer from the U18 2001 World Junior Championships, Timofei had a comprable skill set to that of Kovalchuk, but “the difference between Kovalchuk and Shishkanov is the hunger, Kovalchuk wants all the time desperately [to] score goals, but Shishkanov sometimes floats around.” The observer added further that Kovalchuk shot the puck a lot more then Shishkanov, while Shishkanov seemed “meaner, more unpredictable and stronger then Kovalchuk”. The main area where Shishkanov loses to players of Kovlachuk’s class is in his hockey sense. He still has not developed that knack for making split second decisions on the ice that players of Kovalchuk’s caliber possess.  

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Weighted Issue

by pbadmin
Now that Doug Weight has been traded to St. Louis the aftermath will be lessened due to Kevin Lowe’s timing. In the best interest of the team he made the deal now to allow the new members of the club to blend into the existing fold with as little turmoil as possible.Knowing that Doug Weight’s value would diminish the longer he was kept with the team it was felt that severing the ties and receiving a reasonable return and focus on the team, as a whole would serve a greater purpose.

The deal as follows has Doug Weight and Michel Riesen going to St. Louis and Jochen Hecht, Marty Reasoner and Jan Horacek returning to Edmonton. Now on the surface it may seem that the Oilers did not receive full value for Doug Weight but appearances can be deceiving. The difficulties that arose for Kevin Lowe were the facts that Doug Weight was to be an unrestricted free agent next summer and he would not be able to afford him and he requested to be traded to a contender only. Having only a few options since Weight would not have signed with a rebuilding team this was the best that could be done by Kevin Lowe. It was felt through out the organization that trading Weight now would give the time for the team to come together as a group with the new players and establish leadership roles to replace their captain.

Both forwards from St. Louis have the type of skills that the Oilers management was looking for and each could adapt to the system quickly with a full training camp. After two seasons’ with the Blues Hecht has displayed a tremendous amount of talent and it appears to Read more »

Pen’s Prospects Hit Market!

by Richard A. Plisco
The weekend’s busy free agent round-up effected the Penguins quickly. Garth Snow was snatched up by the Islanders and Bob Boughner was obtained by the Flames.

The Pens have let Rene Corbet and Steve McKenna also field other offers. The complete list of Pen’s personnel to currently be unrestricted are as follows :

Josef Beranek
Kip Miller
Marc Bergevin
Bobby Dollas
Rich Parent

The following prospects are also availabe :

Dennis Bonvie
Greg Crozier
Jason McDonald
Boris Protsenko (see archive articles)
Trent Cull
Chris Kelleher
Craig Hiller

All eyes are on the Pens now, as Craig Patrick has stated that after the major name free agents were signed, the Jagr trade could finally materialize.

Sakic, Blake, Roy, Hasek, Turgeon, Weight, Robitaile, Audette, and others have contracts. The Rangers have been frantically stockpiling prospects in mini trades throughout the league and have not secured a marquee name as of yet, leading many to speculate the Jagr is still the main target.

Canucks Prospects Final Analysis

by Kirk Pedersen

Well, as you know, the Free-Agent frenzy has begun. Teams go to the marketplace looking for the next quick fix. Players who have great seasons are rewarded with big, fat contracts, by their own team, or by a suitor who is willing to pony up the dough.

Players who are largely considered to be average contributors to their respective teams, such as a Martin Lapointe, recieve a free-agent windfall. I hardly think one above-average season (scoring-wise) denotes that someone has a huge contract waiting for them in that off-season, but I’m just taking up dead air. My philosophy has become that of: If someone is dumb enough to pay that much, then the player should take it.

Oh well, enough with my free-agency rant. I must be just frustrated because Burke has yet to do anything. I’ve learned to set my sights low with Burke, because when I do that, he always ends up surprising me, and most of the time, it’s a good surprise.

Just getting back to Scott’s point about Steve Heinze, I think that Steve would be a wonderful addition to the Canucks, and he’d qualify as our biggest signee since Andrew Cassels, which was undoubtedly an excellent move by Burke and his cronies, but it seems unlikely, as the big American dollar signs will most likely lure Heinze ’57’ to the States, but, all’s fair in love and war.

Enough with my chatter, on to the important stuff, the prospects!

Let’s start right at the top, shall we?

1. Allen, Bryan Read more »

Canadiens Draft Review

by Charles Pace

Here are the Montreal Canadiens’ eight draft picks in the 2001 year entry draft. This is the first draft under Andre Savard.

#7 – Mike Komisarek, 6’4″ 225 lbs.

There seems to be two Mike Komisareks out there, at least offensively. On the top pairing at Michigan with San Jose Sharks draft pick Jeff Jillson, he had 11 points in 26 games against conference rivals, not too bad for a freshman, it was against non-conference rivals that he tended to struggle scoring only 5 points. He has a commitment to finish school, it shows he isn’t just in it for the bucks, but for the game too. He is as good physically, and defensively as all the reports say, and he skates like the wind. The concern is his offence, he needs more presence in the offensive zone, but he has three years to work on his offence, and since the rest of his game is already NHL ready, he will make the team eventually.

#25 – Aleksandr Perezhogin, 5’11” 185 lbs.

Not many people have seen Perezhogin play since he wasn’t at the WJC, and like most people am basing my opinion on him solely on what scouts have had to say. He is an excellent skater, and has good vision and puck handling. But there seems to be a consensus that he needs to capitalize more on his offensive chances and show that he is capable of playing a more NHL-like physical game, since he is only 5-11, 185 lbs this could be a concern. He had a solid if not spectacular season with Avangard Omsk’s 3rd division team in 1999-00 with 23 points in 22 games, but his real attention grabber for scouts was at WJU18’s this ye Read more »

Leafs Draft Review

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Round 1 (17)-Carlo Colaiacovo-D-Erie-OHL

While your columnist would have preferred to see the Toronto club grab a
sniper in the first round all of the forward prospects that would have
warranted the 17th pick overall went off the board one by one shortly
before Pat Quinn and Mike Penny went up to the podium. The Erie
blueliner is a solid value here and should develop into a top 4
rearguard in the mold of Bryan McCabe in a few years. That he shoots
right-handed is another bonus on a blueline that only has three of those
on the pro roster compared to eight lefties. Grade: A

Round 2 (39)-Karel Pilar-D-Litvinov-Czech Rep.

An overaged player at 23, Pilar played with recent Leaf acquisition
Robert Reichel last year in Litvinov. Another righty, he has good size (
6’3″, 210 pounds) but needs to learn how to use it a bit more. His
transition skills are not in question. The pick has the feel of panic
mode in it to some extent. Two other players the Buds had their eyes on
Mark Popovic and Kyle Wanwig went 35 and 36 respectively. Finnish power
forward Tuomas Pihlman was taken at 48 by the New Jersey Devils and
might prove to be the better value. Still, if Pilar can help the Leafs
fill the hole on the blueline created by the departure of Danny Markov,
the selection is salvageable. Grade: D

Round 3 (65)-Brendan Bell-D-Ottawa-OHL

A very solid pick here. Bell was the best talent on the board at this
point and many had him going in the second round. Again, like Pi Read more »

Jaroslav Sklenar taken in import draft

by Stephen J. Holodinsky


As has been the trend recently, when it came the Ottawa 67’s turn to take a player in the CHL Import Draft they opted for another selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in left winger Jaroslav Sklenar from the Brno Jrs of the Czech Republic. Sklenar, when chosen in the 6th round this year, inspired a chorus of ‘who?’ among most draftniks and for good reason. It is next to impossible to find information on any player not in the Czech Extraleague unless, of course, you speak Czech. Your columnist, however, has had the good fortune to correspond with Robert Neuhauser also of Hockey’s Future who has seen the young Czech winger in action on numerous occasions. His scouting report points to speed and the ability to use it coming off the wing to either gain himself or a teammate a scoring chance, by going hard to the net as his big plus. He is accomplished with the puck on his stick and coaches in the Czech ranks have noticed this as he has shot through the system in the last couple years always being the first call-up when injuries or slumps cause problems for the team above his present one. The downside, which is somewhat expected among young players, is his lack of attention to defense, his intensity which can vary from game to game, and his weight. If he were to stop developing as a player today, he might end up being something akin to Petr Klima. However, under Brian Kilrea, many of these shortcomings can be expected to be corrected. And with that in mind look for Jaroslav Sklenar to remind some folks of Geoff Sanderson or Gle Read more »

Oilers acquire Jan Horacek in Doug Weight deal

by Dean Belanger
In what was considered somewhat of a surprise move, the Edmonton Oilers traded their all-star centerman yesterday to the St Louis Blues. While no one is shocked Weight was traded, many thought the Oilers would had received more for their best asset. The deal shakes down like this; gone with Weight is RW prospect Michel Reisen for LW Jochen Hecht, C Marty Reasoner, and D prospect Jan Horacek. Of course, anytime you trade the best player in a deal, it is very hard to come out on top, but there are many factors to consider when you analyze this trade. First off, this is a money-motivated deal, which automatically puts GM Kevin Lowe behind the eight ball. Another important factor is that Weight was a restricted free agent with arbitration rights and one year away from being an unrestricted free agent. All of these factors helped to reduce Weight’s trade value. Rather than debate whether Lowe received enough compensation for Weight, or possible other players he may have been able to trade for, I’m going to focus on what they received, and how the lineup has been affected.

While many people will focus on Hecht as the key to the deal, the Oilers actually feel that Horacek could be the key player in this trade. According to the Oilers scouts, Horacek is ready to challenge for a spot on the blue line this season. His game is simple…very little offense, but he can hit. He will add another physical dimension to the Oilers blue line, and is very adept to clearing the front of his own net. They believe that this 22-year-old can be a 5th or 6th D man for the Read more »

Possible Canucks next year

by Scott McFarlane

The Vancouver Canucks are in need of a top 6 forward. Preferably a player that plays right wing. Players out there that are UFA could be the answer. Or maybe Brian Burke will want to do something trade wise. Everyone knows how he likes to wheel and deal. I don’t think he should trade anyone on the team. The Canucks have a good nucleus that should not be traded away, I know Brian Burke knows this. They should keep the young nucleus of the team together. Let the core of young players grow into a powerhouse in the Western Conference for many years to come.

A route that the Canucks might go in the off season is to go out and get a free agent that can add veteran leadership and can score. This player must have a fair amount of NHL experience. This would be helpful for the young Canucks players to learn how to win in the regular season and the playoffs.

The only 2 players that have the natural position of right wing on the Canucks are Vadim Sharifjanov and Trent Klatt. Obviously Sharifjanov is not ready for the NHL and Trent Klatt has proven that he can play in the NHL. The Canucks might be looking for a player of Klatt’s caliber. A player that gives 110% every game, can hit, and can put the puck in the net.

Players mentioned that are interested in coming to Vancouver are Mike Keane of the Dallas Stars, Donald Audette of the Buffalo Sabres, and Steve Heinze also of the Buffalo Sabres. All of these players are UFA. So the Canucks would not have to give up anything to get them.

I have heard Mike Keane’s name mentioned in the paper lately. I don

2001 Draft Review & Grades

by Gerry Watson

Anaheim A-

Last year was slim pickings for the Ducks; this year, they hit the
jackpot. If he finds a fifth gear to go with his Bure-like hands,
small-but-deadly winger Stan Tchistov (5-9, 165) could team up with Paul
Kariya to form the top scoring tandem in the league. If he doesn’t,
he’s still a can’t-miss electrifying talent. Defenseman Mark Popovic
(35th overall) is as reliable as they come, and could soon find himself
paired with Vitaly Vishnevski on the top unit. Joel Stepp, with speed
and grit, was a good third round pick.

Atlanta B+

Looking at Patrik Stefan after two years, it’s understandable why the
Thrashers were nervous about having the #1 pick again this year. But
they played it safe, refrained from making a hasty trade, and took the
best 18-year old hockey player in the world. Ilya Kovalchuk is head and
shoulders above Stefan, clearly the top talent this year. He should
make the roster this fall, and he could be an 80-point player by age
21. Little to shout about in the later rounds, though. Defenseman
Brian Sipotz was a nice pick at #100, he’s huge (6-7, 230), sturdy, and
could be a solid defensive defenseman down the road.

Boston B
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