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Blues Sign Two Defensemen, Release Protected List

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The St. Louis Blues announced yesterday that they have signed defenseman Alexander Khavanov, a 1999 8th round draft pick. Khavanov
is 28 years old, stands 6ft. 2in. tall and weighs 190 pounds. He played last season for a Dynamo Moscow team that won their first ever
Russian Elite League Championship. Khavanov recorded 5 goals and 12 assists, good for 17 points, in the regular season.

The Blues also signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Vladimir Chebaturkin. He has good size at 6-2, 226 pounds, and is 25 years
old. Chebaturkin played in the AHL last season for the Lowell Lock Monsters and racked up 1 goal and 8 assists while adding 113 penalty
minutes. He was voted the teams most valuable defensive player of the year. Vladimir also has played in the NHL for the New York Islanders.
He played in 17 games this past season and recorded 1 goal and 1 assist with 8 penalty minutes.

No doubt these two moves are an effort to shore up the depth in the organization as the Blues will lose a defenseman in the expansion draft.
The Blues decided to protect both goaltender Brent Johnson and defenseman Bryce Salvador. In another surprise defenseman Jeff Finley was
left unprotected. Some other interesting names that were left off of the protected list were Scott Pellerin, Tyson Nash, and Reed Low. Here is
a complete look at the both protected players and unprotected.

Protected:

Craig Conroy C Read more »

Sens News and Notes

by Nathan Estabrooks
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The expansion draft is approaching quickly and it is yet to be determined what the Senators will do. Yesterday a roster freeze fell into place and teams won’t be permitted to make any further moves until later in the week. Players with fewer than two years of
experience are exempt. If two goalies are protected the team can protect three defensemen, and seven forwards. Otherwise the more common formula is one goalie, five defensemen and nine forwards. What makes this draft very important, is that with both Columbus and Minnesota entering the league, all teams will lose two players instead of just one. The Senators have recently made two moves that effect this ratio. Rich Parent was
acquired from Tampa for a 7th round pick and today Patrick Traverse was sent to Anaheim for Joel Kwiatkowski. The Traverse move lends more heed to the possibility the Sens will protect two goalies. Johnstone loves Lalime and he will be protected. Hurme’s late season play in the IHL playoffs will buy himself a few more years to prove himself as well. Each expansion team is allowed to pick 6 goalies each; three is probably the practical limit.

Traverse is a big loss. The lanky rear guard cultivated a reputation for being very reliable both defensively and offensively. The hole left on the blueline is a big one and Kwiatkowski won’t be the answer. An 8th rounder in the ’96 draft, he was originally taken by Dallas. For the past two years Kwiatkowski had been playing for Cincinnati in the Read more »

Bruins 2000 Draft Preview: Eyes On A Prize

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There are few benefits to a losing season, but one of them happens to be a high draft position. Clearly, Boston’s strong teams hurt many of the Bruins’ drafts in the 1980s and early 1990s. Other than Glen Wesley (#3 in 1987), Joe Thornton, and the Hartford trifecta
of choices(Kyle McLaren 9/95, John Aitken 8/96, Sergei Samsonov 8/97) acquired for,ironically enough, Wesley, Boston has not had many opportunities to select a player in the top 10 of any given draft year. As a result, bombs such as Dave Pasin, Rob Cimetta,
Shayne Stevenson, Kevyn Adams and Evgeni Ryabchikov hurt Boston’s chances of developing an outstanding crop of younger players to augment its aging superstars. As for this season, don’t be fooled. Despite the Bruins’ no-show in the 1999-2000, they have some excellent prospects in the system and with the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft , they could land a superb player. This year promises to be intriguing because of the large amount of European influence predicted. What does this mean? Well, for starters the field could be wide open with some big surprises in the early going come draft day. Of course, with this season’s pool being labeled as weak by many in the scouting business, a top 10 selection is never a guarantee of landing an impact player, but the Bruins will gladly take their chances. Read more »

IHL News & Wolves Playoff Statistics

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

WOLVES TREFILOV WINS IHL PLAYOFF MVP.

Andrei Trefilov of the Chicago Wolves earned IHL MVP honors in the 2000
Turner Cup Playoffs and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile
Trophy. Trefilov and his teammates also won the Turner Cup defeating the
Grand Rapids Griffins four games to two.

Trefilov led all goaltenders in the post-season with a 1.35 GAA and a .950
save percentage in nine games. He was instrumental in his team’s playoff
success, finishing with a 7-1 record while allowing just ten goals on 191
shots. He also earned a shutout in Game Two of the Turner Cup Finals, when
he stopped all 32 Grand Rapids’ shots. He also had a shutout in the Western
Conference Finals when the Wolves blanked the Houston Aeros 2-0 in game
four.

In the Wolves’ earlier playoff wins over the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the
Houston Aeros, Trefilov battled against fellow netminders and the
International Hockey League’s regular season co-MVP’s Nikolai Khabibulin and
Frederic Chabot. Trefilov was undefeated in his three appearances in the
Finals, and allowed a total of just six goals.

Since it’s inception during the 1988-89 season, Trefilov is just the third
goaltender to be named the Playoffs MVP, sharing this honor with Pokey
Reddick (Fort Wayne, 1992-93) and Tommy Salo (Utah, 1995-96). The Read more »

Barry Tallackson Future Watch

by Erik Freeman
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It’s time yet again for another Future Watch. This time it’s Barry Tallackson, a Minnesota native, who spent last season with the Under 17 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tallackson is a finesse player with size at 6-3 176lb, who also doesn’t mind playing the physical game. “The program has been great for me, it’s great competition, and I’m excited about Coach Eaves taking over,” Tallackson said. He thinks that the new coaches will have a huge effect on the system they use as compared to Jackson and Mancini. “It will benefit us greatly, I think,” Tallackson explained. The schools he is interested in include Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado College, and Wisconsin.

Tallackson will spend one more year at the NTDP and then likely move on to the college level. What ever school lands Tallackson will get a physical forward with a scoring touch.

1998 NHL Draft Progress Report

by Paul MacDonald
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Statistics are updated through Sunday’s games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections


1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Tampa Bay NHL 80 25 42 67 -25 43


Season over.


2. Nashville Predators - David Legwand, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Nashville NHL 71 13 15 28 -6 30


United States WHC 6 1 1 2 -- 4


Season over.


3. San Jose Sharks - Brad Stuart, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 82 10 26 36 +3 32


Playoffs NHL 11 1 0 1 -10 6


Season over.


4. Vancouver Canucks - Bryan Allen, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Syracuse AHL 9 1 1 2 even 11 Read more »

Final 1997 NHL Draft Progress Report

by Paul MacDonald
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Statistics are updated through Saturday’s Games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections


1. Boston Bruins - Joe Thornton, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Boston NHL 81 23 37 60 -6 87


Season over.


2. San Jose Sharks - Patrick Marleau, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 81 17 23 40 -10 36


Playoffs NHL 4 0 1 1 -2 2


Season over.


3. New York Islanders - Olli Jokinen, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Islanders NHL 82 11 10 21 even 80


Finland WHC 9 1 3 4 -- 6


Season over.


4. New York Islanders - Roberto Luongo, G


TEAM LGE GP MIN GAA W L T EN SO GA SV SP
Lowell AHL 26 1517 2.93 10 12 4 1 1 74 733 .908

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Washington Capitals Entry Draft Preview

by Jeff Charlesworth
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George McPhee and the Washington Capitals enter the 2000 entry draft without the luxury of
multiple high selections like they did a year ago. It would be difficult to beat last year’s
effort anyway, as the Class of 1999 looks as though they will make a huge impact on the future in
DC. Not including the “Top 5″, in which the Caps chose five of the first 37 players, McPhee
uncovered a gem in the fifth round by the name of Roman Tvrdon – who had possibly the best
season of any Capitals prospect. He also found two promising defensemen in the later rounds:
David Johansson and Igor Shadilov. If he can continue his success of selecting quality players
in the later rounds, the Capitals should make this draft a success as well.

The Capitals will select 26th in the first round, and have ten selections in all. They traded
their third-rounder to Colorado in the Dale Hunter deal, and their fourth to Anaheim for Stephen
Peat. They also sent their seventh-round selection to Chicago in return for a late pick which
they used to select Shadilov a year ago. The Caps gain a compensatory fourth-round pick as the
“Future Considerations” from the Joe Juneau trade. They also receive Tampa Bay’s seventh-round
pick as part of the Jaroslav Svejkovsky deal, Calgary’s seventh-rounder in return for Tom
Chorske, and an eighth-round pick from New Jersey for Ken Sutton.

There are a few trends that McPhee seems to have shown in his three drafts so far. First of Read more »

Hockey’s Future Happenings!

by Eric Taylor
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It is that time of the month again to update all the HF Visitors on some of the exciting
things going on over here at Hockey’s Future and what we have planned for the upcoming months!

Hockey’s Future Editor Mock Draft Coming soon!!

We will once again hold our annual Editor Mock Draft here at HF. Last year it was a GREAT
success, and our results from our editors turned out great. This draft is open to ALL Visitors
and staff members, and it will be held on Thursday June 15th, at 9:00PM EST!

The Draft will be held in the HF Chat Room,
and other prizes will also be given out (i.e. 1 or 2 HF T-Shirts!) Be sure not to miss that as
it will be a fun event for all to chat and see who our Editors believe their respective teams will
select come draft day. We will only conduct through the 1st Round. Hope to see you all there!

HF 2000 Draft Primer

As you know Hockey’s Future strives itself in providing the absolute best draft coverage on the
net, and look for this year to be just as great! Look for us to release our 2000 Pre Draft page
around the 20th of this month, which will be PACKED with all our Draft Previews Profiles of
hundreds of the top prospects, and TONS more.

Then come draft day, we plan on pulling our famous 24 hour draft coverage! Prior to the draft, Read more »

Kings Update

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings and Justin Papineau appear to have gone their separate ways. While Justin Papineau is not the first highly skilled player to re-enter a draft after not being able to come to terms, he may be the most talented individual to leave such a untalented farm system. With Papineau’s departure, the Kings have virtually no playmakers in their system. Knowing this, why would the Kings do this?

The answers are actually a little more clear than they may seem. I, for one, had hoped that they would sign Papineau because of his offensive prowess. The Kings clearly don’t think enough of his game to make him an offer on a larger signing bonus. We all know the knocks about Papineau, but I think there is something the Kings saw when they made their last scouting trip to see him that made their decision final. One of those things may actually have happened here. Scott Barney underwent back surgery and by all accounts, should be ready to race by the start of training camp. The Kings have always thought more of Barney and the fact that they didn’t sign Papineau speaks volumes about their faith in Barney.
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