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Behind the Bench with Peter DeBoer

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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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?

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Ottawa Protected List Analysis

by Nathan Estabrooks
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The Senators released their expansion draft protection list this past week. The two goalies Lalime and Hurme were protected and therefore, three defensemen and seven forwards where also hidden. Notables that will be available for the Wild and the Blue Jackets to select include Igor Kravchuk, Joe Juneau and Rob Zamuner.

Joe Juneau was brought in as a rent a player when Alexei Yashin went missing this fall. Juneau potted some rubber but forgot about back checking. Although not a grave disappointment Juneau for the most part floated around the Corel Centre ice with his pairs figure skating partner Rob Zamuner. For his part Zamuner’s game has fallen apart since the Nagano Olympics. This is true when referring to talent and physical aspects. More of a concern then the drop in production and play are the injuries that have been a big problem for the affable Zamuner. Johnstone has implicitly admitted mistakes by these moves. Zamuner was the return postage from Tampa after Rick Dudley fled. Juneau was a player Johnstone was very high on and the indication is that he still is; or so he seems by saying the team would use the option on the contract to retain Juneau next year.
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Hot List in Flames

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The Calgary Flames have answered a few questions in regards to which of their second-ranked prospect group will be getting a good shot to make the team with the release of their expansion draft protected list on Tuesday. However they may have raised more questions at the same time.

As little as five days ago the general assumption was that the Flames would protect two goaltenders, Fred Brathwaite and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The surprise trade of Giguere to Anaheim was the first in new GM Craig Button’s administration and has many people scratching their heads. Very few people are outraged at the move but it has left many wondering what the team is up to. Giguere, ranked Calgary’s top prospect for much of the last two years, has neither been a disappointment nor good enough to change the “goalie of the future” designation to the “goalie of the present”. Despite that, the situation seemed perfect this year, Freddie was the number one and Giguere would be the season-long understudy. Button said that he made the trade because he did not want to lose a good fourth defenseman and eighth forward.
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IHL Rookie Profile – Vlad Serov

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Player: Vlad Serov
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Hometown: Kiev , Ukraine
Weight: 5' 10"
Height: 175 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Right Wing

YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM

1996-97 Yaroslav Russia 20 10 9 19 4
1996-97 Ukraine JR INT 7 6 2 8 2
1997-98 Novgorad Russia 40 28 14 42 8
1998-99 Ft. McMurray AJHL 36 25 17 42 20
1999-00 Flint Generals UHL 17 15 11 26 23
1999-00 Manitoba Moose IHL 51 11 9 20 16

Vlad signed as a free agent with the Manitoba Moose on September 30, 1999.
Vlad is a very exciting hockey to watch. An excellent skater who uses his
speed to create things in the neutral zone. Vlad has dynamic talent. Sees
all the ice well and uses it to his advantage to create plays. Excellent
puck handler and is good on the one on one. Has a lot of shifty moves which
keeps the opposition guessing on what he will do with the puck. Uses
teammates well to create happenings. Has a lot of natural talent. A very
smart player who comes to play every night and gives 100% every shift. Late
in the 99-00 season Vlad was sent to the Flint Generals of the UHL where he
collected 15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points in 17 games, but later was Read more »

Phoenix Coyotes 2000 Draft Preview

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When Wayne Gretzky joined the Phoenix Coyote franchise it was supposed to serve as notice for the entire NHL that the Coyotes organization was to be taken seriously; that they were serious about making a run at becoming one of the NHL elite. If the Coyotes are indeed serious about making a run at the Cup, the changes are slated to start at the NHL entry draft.

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Blues Sign Two Defensemen, Release Protected List

by pbadmin
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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:

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Expansion protected list

by pbadmin
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There was very few surprises when Edmonton released the expansion protected and unprotected list today. With having to protect only Tommy Salo it allowed the team to retain the core players from this season. Nine forwards and five defensemen along with the lone goaltender will survive but one or two players may be protected by deals made this week by management.

PROTECTED LIST

Forwards

1: RW Mike Grier

2: RW Bill Guerin

3: RW Georges Laraque

4: C Todd Marchant

5: LW Ethan Moreau

6: LW Rem Murray

7: LW Ryan Smyth

8: C Chad Kilger

9: C Doug Weight

Defensemen

1: Roman Hamrlik

2: Janni Niinimaa

3: Jason Smith

4: Sean Brown

5: Igor Ulanov

Goaltender

1: Tommy Salo

Note: LW Dan Cleary and D Tom Poti are ineligible since both are only second year pros.

Notable unprotected players:

1: LW Boyd Deveraux – Unfortunately Boyd is considering retirement due to the concussion he sustained at the end of the Read more »

Button named GM

by pbadmin
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The choice of Craig Button as the new general manager was one of the most well thought out decisions made by the Flames organization in a long time. His strong player personnel abilities are what Calgary needs because of their inability to spend copious amounts of money in the free agent market. Words have been chosen carefully by this man when he speaks to the public. He refuses to use words such as small market and financial restraint while saying that his team will be competitive through attention to detail and a positive attitude toward their future endeavors.
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Wild welcome Fernandez, Lukowich and Sutton.

by Brandon Vizenor
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On Monday the Wild started to get a little more active in hockey by making a couple of trades.

Trade #1:

Andy Sutton, a third round selection in 2001, and a seventh round pick in this year’s draft from the San Jose Sharks for an eighth round selection in 2001 and
future considerations. Andy Sutton is a 1998 Graduate of Michigan Tech University. He was also named WCHA Co-Defenceman of the Year in 1997-98 and All-WCHA Second Team. The last two years Sutton split time between San Jose and and the Kentucky Thoroughblades
of the AHL. We will have to see in October if Sutton stays in the big show.

Andy Sutton's Career Stats:

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM

94-95 Michigan Tech WCHA 19 2 1 3 42
95-96 Michigan Tech WCHA 33 2 2 4 58
96-97 Michigan Tech WCHA 32 2 7 9 73
97-98 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 16 24 40 97
Kentucky AHL 7 0 0 0 33
98-99 Kentucky AHL 21 5 10 15 53
San Jose NHL 31 0 3 3 65
99-00 Kentucky AHL 3 0 1 1 0
San Jose NHL 40 1 1 2 80
NHL TOTALS 71 1 4 5 145

Trade number two:

The Wild acquired goalie Manny Fernandez and defenseman
Brad Lukowich from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a
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IHL Rookie Profile – “Bubba” Berenzweig

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Andrew "Bubba" Berenzweig
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 8/8/77
Birth Place: Arlington Heights, IL

Season GP G A Pim +/- PTS Teams

1999-00 79 4 23 27 - 49 Milwaukee Admirals
1999-00 2 0 0 0 0 0 Nashville Predators
1998-99 42 7 24 38 0 31 University of Michigan
1997-98 45 8 11 32 0 19 University of Michigan
1996-97 38 7 12 49 0 19 University of Michigan
1995-96 42 4 8 4 0 12 University of Michigan

Bubba was drafted by the New York Islanders as their fifth selection (109th
overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Bubba was captain of the 1996 NCAA
champion Michigan Wolverines and was named to the 1998 CCHA All-Star Second
Team and to the 1998 NCAA championship All-Tournament Team. Bubba is a solid
stay at home type of defenceman, but is known to join the rush occasionally.
He rarely gets caught out of position and is a good skater and a puckhandler.
Has a good hard shot with a quick release. Clears the net well
and sees the ice well when starting a breakout from his own end. Bubba is a
proven winner and with time in Milwaukee to polish his skills he should
see time on the Predators blueline.
Andrew was named IHL’s US-Born Rookie of the Year (McKenzie Trophy) for
1999-2000 season.
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