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IHL PLAYER PROFILE
finished the 1999-2000. He established career-highs with Kansas City in
1998-99 and in 1999-2000 totaling 32 points in both seasons. He finished
second to Dody Wood in penalty minutes with 163 in 98-99.
the American League’s Kentucky Thoroughblades where he registered 22 points
(8 goals, 14 assists) to go with 172 penalty minutes in 64 games. The year
before that, the six-foot, 195-pound center/left wing assisted in the South
Carolina Stingrays run to the East Coast League’s Kelly Cup title.
-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.
-Goal scoring forwards with size and speed
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
-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
-Will select a goaltender here if they pass on one in the earlier rounds.
-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:
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.
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
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.
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 »
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.
Tomas Kurka has great speed and scoring potential, which puts him at the top of the list. Having seen the Blues draft Read more »
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 finished as the Top rookie scorer in the 1999-2000 IHL playoffs where
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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