The NHL draft is the livelihood of a lot of NHL teams. Teams like
Calgary, Buffalo and other small market teams have to draft well or even
better then the rest since they cannot compete for high priced NHL
The Edmonton Oilers will be at the draft table for the 23rd time in
there brief NHL history. Edmonton has had both success and failure at
the draft table over the past 23 years. From 1979-1981, they drafted
players that were integral parts of their dynasty. No NHL team has ever
drafted players like Lowe (1979), Messier (1979), Anderson (1980), Kurri
(1980), Coffey (1980), Moog (1980), Fuhr (1981), Smith (1981) in three
Last year, the Oilers turned over a new “leaf” in there franchise. Gone
are long time coach and GM Glen Sather and Barry Fraser who was there
chief scout since the Oilers inception into the NHL in 1979. Fraser and
his staff uncovered a lot of jewels in the draft in the early years but
from 1984-1992, no first rounder the Oilers drafted played more then 15
games for the Oilers.
The Oilers have one of the worst drafting records in the NHL. In the
1980’s, they had some excuses as they were continually winning and ended
up with low draft picks but in the 1990’s, they missed the playoffs for
a few years but again they continually came up with bad drafts. In
1993, they drafted Arnott and Nick Stajduhar in the first round. 1994
saw the Oilers draft Jason Bonsignore (4th overall) and Ryan Smyth (6th
overall) . 1995 & 1996 (the last years the Oilers would miss th Read more »
Bryan Allen probably made the biggest jump of any Canuck prospect this season, he had a very good season in Kansas City, and figures into the mix for next season with the big club.
Stats for 2000-01 for Allen
Kansas City (IHL) 75 GP 5G 20A 25PTS 99 PIM
Vancouver (NHL) 6GP 0G 0A 0P 0 PIM
Overall this season B+
Future Potential B+
He should be a better than average defender for the Canucks in the future.
Artem Chubarov was a high draft pick by the Canucks back in 1998. He will be a big part of the Canucks’ future, being a good two-way player for them. He has shown a lot of promise thus far, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy for long enough to keep his good thing going.
Stats for 2001 for Chubarov
Kansas City (IHL) 10GP 7G 4A 11PTS 12 PIM
Vancouver (NHL) 1GP 0G 0A 0PTS 0 PIM
Overall this season Incomplete
Future Potential A-
If he can stay healthy, I can see him hitting 60-70 points someday.
Possibly one of the biggest steals of the 1999 draft, Rene Vydareny had a great season for Rimouski of the QMJHL in 1999-00, but a contractual problem with his club team back in Slovakia caused him to miss more than half of this season, and as a result, he looked rusty and out of place with the Blades in his audition.
Stats for 2001 for Vydareny
Kansas City (IHL) 39GP 0G 1A 1PTS 25 PIM
Overall this season C
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When you look at Ales Hemsky, you won’t see a big body as for example Martin Podlesak, his
Czech mate for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. But you will face a gifted scorer, who even if hasn’t
a huge frame, has many other hockey talents which made him one of the top 2001 draft prospects.
The tale of Ales Hemsky has something in common with the lifeline of fellow Czech young
players Martin Havlat and Vaclav Nedorost. Just like Martin Havlat, Ales Hemsky is a son
of a hockey coach. Just like Vaclav Nedorost, Ales has a brother, one year older than him,
who plays hockey. It’s Petr Hemsky, the lesser known brother of Ales who took the QMJHL
by storm this year. Petr Hemsky is now competing in the OHL, he was traded from a top team,
the Belleville Bulls, soon after his arrival and faced problems with lack of ice time for
the whole season. It was the first year when those two brothers played in different leagues.
Ales and Petr grew up in the Czech city of Pardubice under the watchful eye of their father
Petr, who brought his sons to his beloved sport very soon. At the young age of four Ales
already stood at his skates and tried to be better than the older Petr. Their father was the
main force why the guys started playing at 5 and they’ve both spent a lot of time on the ice.
Even if they attended practices, they still have spent some time with their father, who
gave them tips and taught them a lot of hockey basics. By that time it became obvious that
those guys are something special and the younger Ales was a huge talent in every way. Thanks
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Kim Johnsson a Rangers defender from Sweden has anchored his teams defense and has produced solid numbers, recording (6gp-2g-4a-6p) and is a soid +9
Erstwhile Wing Radek Dvorak has been a force at the Worlds posting (6gp-4g-3a-7p) and a +7 for the undefeated Czechs. Dvorak looks very much at home with the Czech`s open free to roam style. Jan Hlavac was felled by injury at the close of the season thus thwarting his bid to play for the Czechs.
An old friend is playing in the tourney, Milan Hnilinka of the Thrashers minds the nets for the undefeated Czechs. In 6 games Milan has posted a 1.59 goals against and a .944 save percentage.
Rangers prospect Martin Richter has appeared in all 6 games for the Czechs and has not registered a point. The intl. experience is a wonderful dose.
Rangers prospect Andreas Johansson has recorded (6gp-1g-1a-2p) for the Swedes and his playing center.
One time Rangers defender Peter Andersson is also playing for Sweden and has not recorded a point.
Finally one time Ranger Simon Wheeldon, yes the same…the Canadian born forward has been suiting up for years for Austria, led his team in scoring with 3 points in 6 games.
Stay tuned for more….!
Reports say that six IHL teams will move into the AHL for the 2001-2001 season. While I for one will miss the IHL, the new AHL will give teams a great league to develop young players. At the head of this move is the Los Angeles Kings Organization.
Since the demise of the Phoenix RoadRunners, the Kings have gradually steered their prospects away from the IHL and towards the AHL. The AHL had traditionally been a proving ground for young NHL hopefuls while the IHL was built for has-beens and never-will-be’s with a few prospects sprinkled in. I personally lived in an IHL town and was able to see alot of NHL players in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Teams like St. Louis were able to build solid IHL franchises and have players who were used to playing an NHL-style game just a bus ride away. The Kings were able to do this with an agreement with the Long Beach Ice Dogs, formerly of the IHL. When the Ice Dogs moved out, the Kings focused solely on the AHL for player development.
The Kings seemed to see this coming. An agreement with Springfield preceeded an agreement with Lowell. Now the Kings will own and operate their own AHL team, just in time for the development of this “super” minor league. The Kings may miss the chance to move older players into an IHL-type league (like Boucher this season and Modry last), but to have their perverbial ducks in a row like this just in time for this potential new AHL is another feather in the cap of the Kings.
Look for the Kings to let Matthieu Schneider go the way of free agency. He Read more »
It all started with Ryan Healy being sent home for “philosophical
differences” with head coach Paul Theriault and finished with a 5 game
losing skid. In between it was like riding a roller coaster.
There were some high expectations for the Soo Greyhounds coming in to
the 2000-01 season. The goaltending and defence were expected to be
solid while the offence, although a question mark, was seen as something
that was not going to be a huge problem.
In hindsight the goaltending was solid, the defence was suspect at best
and the offence… well let’s just say the offence didn’t come to play.
To start the season the Greyhounds did have some offensive spark in
guys like Preston Mizzi, Ryan Held and Cory Pecker. The Greyhounds also
featured some potential in Jeff Richards, who showed up to camp in great
shape, CHL Import Pick Martin Bonda as well as defenceman Trevor Daley
and rookie Brett Trudell. There was a lot of potential but,
unfotunately, not all of it was realized.
The defence was suspect but did come up with some great efforts against
some of the OHL’s top teams. The defensive corps was somewhat young with
three 19-year-olds, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old.
The Greyhounds goaltending was solid during some games and off during
others. Ray Emery was solid during the stretch run but the team lost
some key games at the end of the year which knocked them out of playoff
The turmoil all began during training camp in September. During one of
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In a battle of the North American Hockey League’s top two teams for league supremacy the Texas Tornado won the Robertson Cup in 4 games over the Soo Kiwedin Cansino Indians.
In a story that’s somewhat overdue here at Hockey’s Future, here’s a recap of the NAHL’s league final.
The Tornado breezed through the first two rounds of the NAHL playoffs sweeping the Springfield Jr. Blues in the first round and the defending champion Danville Wings in the second round.
The Indians on the other had had a much tougher time getting to the finals. In the first round the Indians lost Game 1 in overtime against the Lansing Capital Centre Pride only to come back and win Games 3 & 4 to advance. In the second round the Indians, again, lost the first game, this time in double overtime to the Cleveland Barons, only to come back and win the series, winning Game 3 in double overtime.
A Hollywood scriptwriter couldn’t have set this series up any better as the Tornado and Indians were the top two teams in the league standings as well as in terms of power play and penalty killing.
The first game of the series was the most exciting. In the early stages of the game the Indians couldn’t gain any sustained pressure on the Tornado goal. Indians goaltender Cam Ellsworthwas outstanding not only in Game 1 but the entire series. The Indians opened the scoring in the second period on a goal by Pat Caslin. The goal broke Tornado goaltender Brandon Crawford-West’s shutout streak of over 2 games. In the third period it seemed as though Read more »
Battle for Turner Cup down to Four Teams
The IHL’s Eastern and Western Conference Finals are now well underway. There could, potentially be a rematch of the Chicago-Grand Rapids final that we witnessed last season as both teams are still alive and well. Let’s take a look at the match-ups and quickly summarize how each team advanced.
In the East, Grand Rapids swept Cleveland aside in four straight games. The Griffins, the IHL’s top team this season continue to ice a lineup that consists of a nice blend of youth and veteran talent. Chris Neil and Petr Schastlivy consist of the former while David Oliver, John Gruden, Todd White and Kip Miller have all spent a decent length of time in the NHL.
The Orlando Solar Bears carried their momentum from a solid second half of the season to roll over the Cyclones in five games. They are a very offensive-minded group that relies on league-MVP Norm Maracle to provide a solid final line of defence. Top players are Curtis Murphy, Todd Richards, J.P. Vigier, Hugo Boisvert, Brian Pothier and Jarrod Skalde.
The Solar Bears won the first game of this series 4-3 in triple overtime. The Griffins then rebounded with a 4-2 win in game two. And, Orlando bounced back for a 5-3 win in game three. The series now switches back to Grand Rapids for the next two games as arena booking conflicts called for a 1-2-2-1-1 format rather than the usual 2-2-1-1-1. Expect Mike Fountain to redeem himself in game four after a poor showing in game three and look for the Griffins to take this series.
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