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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

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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
defensive awareness. He doesn’t initiate physical play, but will not shy Read more »

Blues Parlay 30th Pick, Inherit Top Prospect

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That would be a nice headline for Blues fans to read on Sunday morning in St. Louis. So what if the “Note” doesn’t
have a high pick in the first round, does it really matter? The Blues have notoriously had bad luck when it comes to
their first selection, whether it is in first round or not. In the past thirteen years there have been forgettable names
such as Stephane Roy, Maxim Bets, Steve Staios, Craig Johnson, defenseman Jason Marshall with the 9th pick in
’89, and Keith Osborne. Not exactly a great track record. However, history has shown that the Blues have a knack
for finding that elusive needle in the haystack when it comes to late round picks. Rookie playoff sensation Jochen
Hecht was taken 49th overall in ’95. Michael Grier, now in Edmonton, was the 219th pick in 1993. Bret Hedican was
chosen 198th in ’88, and Guy Hebert was taken with the 159th pick in ’87. And let’s not forget top prospect Ladislav
Nagy was chosen 177th in the 1997 Draft. So Ted Hampson, Director of Amateur Scouting, has pulled a few rabbits
out of his hat. If only Hampson could pull off some of his magic in the first round, now that would be a trick.

Let’s first take a look at the top 10 players that may be available when the Blues are ready to select. Left winger
Tomas Kurka has great speed and scoring potential, which puts him at the top of the list. Having seen the Blues draft Read more »

Keith Ballard Future Watch

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This time Keith Ballard is the featured prospect. Ballard is a silky smooth defenseman out of Baudette, Minnesota. Ballard had an impressive year leading all defenseman on the Under 18 team in scoring with 33 points in USHL action. He had a 12-21-33 line with 119 penalty minutes.

IHL Rookie Profile – Petr Schastlivy

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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Petr Schastlivy
Born: 4/18/79 in Vikhorevka, Russia
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Ottawa's 5th choice, 101st overall, in 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Acquired: Assigned by Ottawa Senators, 9/27/99

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1997-98 Yaroslavl * Russia * 47 15 9 24 34
1997-98 Yaroslavl Russia 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 40 6 1 7 28
1999-00 Grand-Rapids Griffins IHL 46 16 12 28 10
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 2 5 7 2
*-Denotes 2nd Division in Russian Hockey League

Petr finished as the Top rookie scorer in the 1999-2000 IHL playoffs where
he recorded 15 points on 8 goals and 7 assists in 17 games. Finished 5th in
Rookie scoring during the regular season with 28 points on 16 goals and 12
assists in 46 games. During the 1999 World Junior Championships Petr helped
the Russian team to a gold medal.
Petr can play both left and right wing. Petr is a very tenacious player on
the ice. Petr likes to create plays in the neutral zone. Utilizes his speed
to create the plays. Petr is the type of player who knows where his
teammates are at all times. Reads the ice, and plays both ends of the ice
very well. Excellent forechecker/backchecker. Comes to play each and every Read more »

Behind the Bench with Peter DeBoer

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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When it comes to Peter DeBoer you might excuse some of the other coaches in the OHL for being a bit jealous. A babe in the woods by most counts at 31 years old, the coach of the Plymouth Whalers has, in his four years at the helm, finished first in his division twice, played for the OHL championship, won the OHL’s Coach of the Year twice, and just recently copped the CHL Coach of the Year honours. All that and a team brimming with NHL prospects to boot. Last week Coach DeBoer and Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to sit down and talk about his time in Plymouth and what might come next.

Hockey’s Future: You’ve just finished up what can be termed both a very successful season (finishing first overall) and a disappointing one (losing to Barrie in the playoffs). What are your thoughts on the year just passed?

Peter DeBoer: It was a special season. We were predicted to be in a fight just for a playoff position and ended up a game away from a championship.

HF: What kind of feeling did you have going into the Barrie series, putting your comparably inexperienced club up against a veteran club with as many offensive weapons as they had this year?

PD: We knew it would be a test. We were going to have to rely on our team play and discipline to overcome our obvious talent and experience deficiencies.

HF: What were some of the things you set out to do against the Colts and how did your strategies pan out?

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Ottawa Protected List Analysis

by Nathan Estabrooks
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The Senators released their expansion draft protection list this past week. The two goalies Lalime and Hurme were protected and therefore, three defensemen and seven forwards where also hidden. Notables that will be available for the Wild and the Blue Jackets to select include Igor Kravchuk, Joe Juneau and Rob Zamuner.

Joe Juneau was brought in as a rent a player when Alexei Yashin went missing this fall. Juneau potted some rubber but forgot about back checking. Although not a grave disappointment Juneau for the most part floated around the Corel Centre ice with his pairs figure skating partner Rob Zamuner. For his part Zamuner’s game has fallen apart since the Nagano Olympics. This is true when referring to talent and physical aspects. More of a concern then the drop in production and play are the injuries that have been a big problem for the affable Zamuner. Johnstone has implicitly admitted mistakes by these moves. Zamuner was the return postage from Tampa after Rick Dudley fled. Juneau was a player Johnstone was very high on and the indication is that he still is; or so he seems by saying the team would use the option on the contract to retain Juneau next year.
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IHL Rookie Profile – Dmitri Leonov

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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Dmitri Leonov # 14
Position: Center
Born: Feb. 5, 1975; Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height: 5-11
Weight: 190
Shoots: left

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1993-94 Spokane Chiefs WHL 55 8 6 14 31
1994-95 Spokane Chiefs WHL 43 9 17 26 62
1995-96 Spokane Chiefs WHL 72 38 57 95 112
1996-97 Baton-Rouge Kingfish ECHL 55 14 24 38 66
1996-97 Worcester IceCats AHL 9 0 1 1 6
1997-98 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 63 21 43 64 152
1998-99 Idaho Steelheads WCHL 42 7 21 28 89
1998-99 Long-Beach Ice Dogs IHL 34 6 4 10 59
1999-00 Long-Beach Ice Dogs IHL 82 17 21 38 165

Dmitri started his junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey
League in 1993-94. Although there was some difficulties in adjusting to the
smaller ice surface and the physical play of the North American game, Dmitri
managed to score 8 goals and assist on 6 others for 14 points in 55 games.
In the 94-95 season despite missing 29 games with a broken ankle, Dmitri had
9 goals, 17 assists for 26 points in 43 games, and 6 goals, 5 assists for 11
points in 11 playoff games.

The 1995-96 season saw Dmitri lead the Spokane Chiefs in scoring with 38 Read more »

Travis Weber Future Watch

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I’m back again with another installment of Future Watch, featuring the top prospects in the USA. Today Travis Weber is the featured prospect. Weber is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota who spent last season playing for the Under 17 and 18 teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Weber is a hybrid goalie, who basically does anything to stop the puck which is the goaltenders job. He also likes to play the puck and control the play as much as possible. Having started out the year for the Under 17 team, Weber was playing solid between the pipes and was moved up to the Under 18 squad. Weber also made the trip to Switzerland for the Under 18 World Championships and he played extremely well in 2 and a half games and had the best goals against average in the tournament as well as finishing second in save percentage. With the coaching change in Ann Arbor, he feels as most of the players do, they liked the old coaches but will be happy to start out with a clean slate. The top colleges on his list include Minnesota, Harvard, North Dakota, and Notre Dame. He will be making an unofficial visit to the Minnesota Campus soon. Over the summer Weber plans on working out on his strength training program and probably won’t play too much hockey.