View Archives:
  • News & Features

Ottawa Senators 2000 Draft Preview

by Nathan Estabrooks
on
Now that the protected list is finalized we can posit the Senator’s draft method. It’s plain and simple. Defense. The Sens once had more blueliners then they did positions; Lance Pitlick takes the money in Florida, Patrick Traverse is traded to Anaheim, Grant Ledyard retires this summer and Igor Kravchuk will be traded if not selected in the expansion draft. Now as a result of these moves Jason York is the only defenseman with more then three years of NHL experience. Players like Rachunek and Salo will play full seasons next year, thus the minor league prospects need to be restocked. The Sens have made a start in this direction with Julien Vauclair and Gavin McLeod. Unless 4 or 5 players are taken there will be a defense famine in a few years.
Read more »

Capitals Look Back – Scott Stevens

by Jeff Charlesworth
on
Watching Scott Stevens raise his second Stanley Cup in five years was extremely painful for long-time Capitals fans. They remember that ten years ago, the Caps let him walk to St. Louis in the first big name – and arguably the largest ever – NHL Free Agent signing. The decision to let Stevens go has been widely criticized, but the Capitals had their reasons at the time. With the power of hindsight, we can look back and try to determine if the Capitals made the right choice.

Scott was the Capitals first round pick in 1982, 5th overall. By that fall, he was already patrolling the blueline in DC and became a force to be reckoned with. In 1990, he was part of a solid Caps defence corps that also featured Rod Langway, Kevin Hatcher and Calle Johansson. Although he was only 26 years old, Scott was an 8-year NHL veteran and 2-time All-Star. The Blues offered to pay him what was considered an obscene amount at that time: $5.1 million over 4 years. In comparison, eight days earlier in Major League Baseball, Jose Canseco and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a 5 year contract worth $23.5 million.
Read more »

IHL Player Profile – Brendan Yarema

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

IHL PLAYER PROFILE


Brendan Yarema
Birthdate: July 16, 1976
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Height: 6'0
Weight: 195 lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

1993-94 Newmarket Royals OHL 55 11 4 15 69
1994-95 Sarnia Sting OHL 58 24 25 49 103
1995-96 Sarnia Sting OHL 48 36 32 68 93
1996-97 South-Carolina Stingrays ECHL 12 3 6 9 28
1996-97 St.-John's Maple Leafs AHL 9 1 4 5 8
1997-98 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 64 8 14 22 172
1998-99 Kansas-City Blades IHL 69 11 21 32 163
1999-00 Kansas-City Blades IHL 61 13 19 32 139

Just 23 years old, Yarema finished his third year as a pro when the Blades
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.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Yarema spent the 1997-98 season with
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.

Read more »

Dallas Stars 2000 Draft Preview

by pbadmin
on

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:

Read more »

A Look at Sharks Goaltending

by Mike Delfino
on

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

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

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 »

IHL Rookie Profile – Petr Schastlivy

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

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 »

Blues Parlay 30th Pick, Inherit Top Prospect

by pbadmin
on

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

by pbadmin
on

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.

Behind the Bench with Peter DeBoer

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
on

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?

Read more »