If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for a Capitals youth movement for years. Caps management constantly bring in veterans instead of promoting some of the deserving youngsters in the minor leagues. Since you’re reading this on a site called Hockey’s Future, I can pretty much assume you feel the same way.
It will probably be a few years before we see our current group of prospects in the NHL. The veterans would leave gradually, with one or two young replacements per season. So let’s fast forward to 2005 to see what the lineup could look like, if we went with a group of players that would even be considered young five years from now.
The first thing to do is eliminate any player who will be 30 years of age or older on Opening Day 2000. The biggest names from that group of players are: Adam Oates, Peter Bondra, Calle Johansson and Vezina Trophy winner Olaf Kolzig. They would all be at least 35 years old by 2005, and would not fit in with the youth movement. Next, we have to determine what other players won’t be around five years from now. For various reasons, I decided to exclude Glen Metropolit, Andrei Nikolishin, Chris Simon and Ken Klee. They would all be over 30 by then, and I figured that they would be traded or leave via Free Agency before 2005.
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Patrick Thoresen who recently returned from camp in North America scored the lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Finnish Tappara. Thoresen has landed himself in his father`s stal at Storhamar for the season and is considered one of Norway`s brightest prospects. Lars Peder Nagel also played for Norway as they have put together perhaps one of their best National Teams in Years. The Norwegian team arrived right off the bus and were headed to the ice as the game time was changed and this did not suit the team well.
Defense: Petter Skolla Marius Fredriksen
Ola Johannessen Svein Magnus Melgaard
Andrè Høibyhagen Anders Helgesen
Erik Haugom Petter Barth Hansen
Forwards: Lasse Fredriksen Lars Peder Nagel
Morten Strangstad Lars Sandvold Moe
Knut Henrik Spets
Christian Thygesen Patrick Thoresen
Bjarte Bjønnes Karl Johan Sundt
Goalie: Mats Johansen
In the other game, Norway rallied from a 4-1 deficit on goals by Lasse Fredriksen (2) and Christian Thygesen to finish with 4-4 tie.
Tore Vkingstad who tallied (9G 4-5-9 10PIM)for the National Team of Norway has willingly accepted an offer from St.Louis to attend camp. Vikingstad has impressed the Blues scouts with his uncanny knack to find open ice and the net. Vikingstad a 6th round selection will leave Norway at the end of August and test himself with the Blues in dry-land workouts and on ice training.
Vikingstad`s ultimate goal is to make the parent roster of St.Louis and if he is assiged to their minor league affiliate he plans on returning to Sweden until his time is right to try a run at the NHL again.
In Norwegian Daily VG a translated version of what Vikingstad had went:
TV: I could have taken the contract offer now and been assured a place in the minor league, but I would like to have a shot at the NHL and if not return to play in Sweden. I would like to see how I can play in the exhibitions.-Told to Stavanger`s Aftenblad via VG.
If I am not on the team after I will return and play for Leksand in the Swedish Elite Series leaving Fårjestad.
Also Aker IHK of Oslo will participate in Gjøvik Mountain Hall, the site of some of the 1994 Olympic Ice Hockey Tourney. The roster has been set:
Rune K is only playing on Saturday. He is not staying,
PLAYER POS. 1999-00 CLUB HT WT AE
Kent Nyholt (Goalie) AIHK 6.01 230 27
Evan Andriopoulos (Coach-Def.) AIHK-Inj. 6.02 225 31 Read more »
Glen Sather pulled off a masterful move this past weekend by sending injured toughguy Darren Langdon and short term Ranger Rob Dimaio to Carolina for Sandy McCarthy and a conditional 4th round selection in 2001. On paper the move seems just by subtracting Langdon 6-0 205 and Dimaio 5 something and 1 something for McCarthy a 6-3 225 winger…but there is more to this move, a lot more. That “more” being the opening of a roster spot. McCarthy brings an element of toughness that the Rangers have lacked in recent years and an element of “pure mean” size that they have lacked since Barry Beck, Nick Fotiu and Ed Hospodar patroled the ice in the early 80`s. A conditional 4th rounder is some icing on the cake…but with protection for the masses, an open roster spot means new hope for the Ranger baby blue.
With talks surrounding the signing of Claude Lemeiux which will again cloud things we must enjoy the moments of hope that maybe, just maybe a Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark or Chris Kenady will be able to play in New York next year… and maybe extra ice for Eric Lacroix, maybe can return to his 20 goal level of some years back.
Top Pre Season Candidates for Promotion:
Pavel Brendl: Brings loads of offensive ability…but also questions on his work ethic that he has worked this summer in dry land workouts to lose…
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There are many factors that should be considered when constructing a fantasy team- talent, toughness, leadership among others. A team may have a lot of skill, but will fail if you don’t have a good chemistry.
A fantasy team should consist of a variety of players capable of performing the best at different tasks. Goal scorers will be needed to fill the nets, enforcers to stand up for their star players and checkers to stop the opposition’s top stars from scoring.
Now you know what makes up a great fantasy team, it is time to present the players I feel best fit this elite team.
Peter Forsberg - Arguably the best all around player the league has to offer. Forsberg plays with grit and determination everynight, going into the corners doing the dirty work. He is a franchise player and one to build a team around. His soft hands are known best for his playmaking ability and highlight plays. Put his toughness and strength factor in his resume and you have a player feared by all. Forsberg’s consistency can be counted on night in and out. Along with his great offensive skills and emphasis on ‘D’, he is a can’t miss player.
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After losing Vladimir Malakhov to free agency and Brad Bombardir to the expansion Wild, the New Jersey Devils have two openings on defense. They should have no problems filling those slots.
Veteran Ken Sutton certainly will be given a shot to stay with the big club for the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. Sutton, once voted the best defenseman in the American Hockey League, has been up and down between New Jersey and Albany over the past couple of seasons and would appear to be a seventh defenseman or insurance policy rather than a top six guy.
Willie Mitchell, the former Clarkson standout, can also be expected to make a run at a job in New Jersey. In his first full professional season Mitchell played solidly at Albany and also impressed the Devils in a two game stint in the NHL.
In July the Devils added to their defensive depth by signing Swedish rearguard Josef Boumedienne along with North Dakota defenseman Mike Commodore. Both will be watched closely by the Devils’ hierarchy at training camp in September.
Boumedienne, 6’1, 200 lbs., played for Tappara in the Finnish League over the past two seasons. New Jersey was so high on him that Boumedienne needed to be protected in June’s expansion draft after scoring 8 goals and 24 assists in 50 games last season.
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Mark McGwire didn’t hit a home run during his first at-bat in the Major Leagues. Michael Jordan didn’t lead the league in scoring in his first couple of seasons and even God needed seven days to create our surroundings. Summing all of that up, you can imagine how the Blue Jackets will not win the Stanley Cup next season. However, five years from now could be a different story.
The Jackets selected a solid team to put on the ice next fall. Veterans like Geoff Sanderson, Steve Heinze, Robert Kron, and Kevyn Adams will attempt to guide the rest of the young BJ’s out of the cellar of the NHL. And I think that the Columbus team will do better than the Minnesota Wild this inagural season. They have very solid goaltending (Tugnutt, Denis), some bangers on defense (Pushor, Quint, Odelein) and plenty of unproven youngesters to go around. I still believe they will finish in last place in the Central Division of the Western Conference, though.
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Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .
Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.
Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.
Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.
Stats on Ryan Brindley:
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63 Read more »
I am sitting in Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Michigan
brother James and a group of 12 to 15 year old boys trying to develop
hockey skills with the hope of some day skating here as a part of the
Wings NHL Prospect Camp. However, while some of these boys do represent
hockey’s future it definitely is the very distant future.
As for what is at hand in the near future you may want to check out on
NHL Prospect Camps. This year Centre I.C.E. and the Detroit Red Wings
teams including: Detroit, Chicago, St.Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, and
Columbus. As a fan it is a great place to come and watch these
giving all they have as they try to earn a contract with an NHL team.
Last year’s competition was tense, the first game between Detroit and
featured a bench clearing brawl. The week was full of good hockey
future stars like Jiri Fischer and Brian Finley.
I can’t predict another bench clearing brawl, but, I am sure this year’s
will once again be a full week of good old fashioned hockey as these
fight to win one of the few open positions on the roster.
This year’s camp will tenativly be held September 2-5. Admission to
practices is free and game admission is $5.
This year’s schedule is as follows.
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