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Islanders rookie year end report

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Another season is in the books for the Islanders, and despite having the worst record in team history since their expansion year there is hope for the Islanders. The Islanders have alot of young talented players (also adding Lindgren, Isbister, and Krog to the lineup) as well as a top five pick in the upcoming draft. Several Islander prospects had good rookie seasons and have graduated from the ranks of prospects.

During the last few months of the season Zdeno Chara emerged as one of the team’s best players. He was logging well over 20 minutes a game, saw time on special teams, and was a dominant physical force. Zdeno has made tremendous progress this year and has established that he will be a top 4 defenseman for many years.

Fellow rookie rearguard Eric Brewer also had a solid first season. He experienced some growing pains, typical of young defenseman, but was able to learn from and make up for his mistakes. His high talent level is very apparent in his play and he has shown great character and work ethic. Eric should continue to blossom in the next few seasons the same way in which Kenny Jonsson did. Brewer seems destined to be one of the top defenseman in the league.

Mike Watt also completed a solid rookie season. He played every postion and was placd in many different roles throuhgout the year. He has good size, is a shifty passer and has a surprisingly quick shot. Watt too, should continue to progress and become a reliable forward for the Islanders.

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Marc Lamothe Profile and the IHL Notebook

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PART 1 PROFILE OF MARC LAMOTHE
Player: Marc Lamothe
Birthdate: Febuary 27, 1974
Hometown: Orleans, Ontario
Born in New Liskeard, Ontario
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210 lbs
Catches: Left
Position: Goalie

SEASON TEAM LGE GP W L T SO AVG SV%
1994-95 Fredricton AHL 9 2 5 0 0 4.48 .873
1994-95 Wheeling ECHL 13 9 2 1 0 3.10 .892
1995-96 Fredricton AHL 23 5 9 3 1 3.76 .894
1996-97 Indianapolis IHL 38 20 14 4 1 2.64 .918
1997-98 Indianapolis IHL 31 18 10 2 3 2.44 .920
1998-99 Indianapolis IHL 32 9 16 9 1 3.78 .881

Marc was Montreals 6th choice (92nd overall) in the 1992 NHL entry draft. Marc is entering his 5th season as a professional and was signed by the Chicago Black Hawks as a free agent on August 1996. He is entering his 3rd season with the Indianapolis Ice. Spent most of the 1997-98 season with a groin injury. Likes to challenge the shooters. Lets the shooters see very little net. Very quick glove hand, and reflexes. Very few rebounds given, quick to get back in position when down. Handles puck well. Though he has a few groin injuries that caused him to miss a few games. Has not let the injuries hamper his style of play, always comes out and gives 100% everynite. With the way Marc plays it won’t be long before he is in a Chicago uniform. Read more »

Swedish Report

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THOUGHTS ON SWEDISH FINALS

After having contributed nothing to Hockey’s Future during the last two months because of a huge amount of work thrown my direction, I now have a couple of hours free to write a column.

The finals in the Swedish Elitserien ended earlier tonight after an exciting best-of-five series where the fifth and deciding game crowned the champions – and it was the underdog team Brynäs that won 4-2 in the end after stellar play by big New York Rangers goalie prospect Johan Holmqvist. Holmqvist proved at the age of 20 that he could handle the pressure extremely well, and that he is capable of coming up with the key save at the key-moment. Hype is now running high on Holmqvist, but I think it’s deserved. Not that it’s saying that much, but Holmqvist will surely become a better goaltender than Tommy Salo. He is in my opinion the best Swedish NHL-prospect currently drafted by an NHL-club.

Through the series it became quite clear that MoDo had superior talent on their team, but Brynäs beat them with a big heart and an excellent goaltender. Brynäs are worthy champions.
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Xavier Delisle profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Xavier Delisle
Birthdate: May 24, 1977
Hometown: Sillery, Quebec
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 184 lbs
Position: Centre

SEASON TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM
1993-94 Granby QMJHL 46 11 22 33 25
1994-95 Granby QMJHL 72 18 36 54 48
1995-96 Granby QMJHL 67 45 75 120 45
1996-97 Granby QMJHL 59 36 56 92 20
1997-98 Adirondack AHL 76 10 19 29 47
1998-99 Cleveland IHL 73 13 28 41 32

Xavier was Tampa Bay’s 6th round choice (157th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Xavier played for the Adirondack Red Wings in his rookie season and had 10 goals 19 assists for 29 points in 76 games. In Xavier junior career he played for Granby of the QMJHL and helped Granby to the memorial cup championship in 1996, and had 13 goals 27 assists for 40 points in 20 games and was named the QMJHL’s Second Team All-Star and the Memorial Cups All-Star Team in 1996. Xaviers best season in junior hockey came in the 1995-96 season when he scored 45 goals added 75 assists for 120 points.
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Swiss Hockey Prospect Report

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I am the newest addition to the staff here at Hockey’s Future. I hope you enjoy my stories as they will all be related to Swiss ice hockey.

I will bring you player profiles of all the players in the Swiss leagues. I’m also keeping my eye on the German DEL, as there are a lot of ex-NHLers.

In my first article you will find 4 player profiles.

Laurent Müller, C, ZSC Lions
CBS-Rank: not ranked
Born: 28th May 1978; 6’2”, 194lbs.
14G-17A-31P in 30 games; 20 PM; Plus-44, Minus-19, Total Plus-25;

Finally this season Laurent has let his talent shine. After a few disappointing seasons in Bern (only 12 points in three seasons), he is now playing in Zurich. He has now found the self-confidence he needs to be successful, and he is considered one of the best scorers on his team. In the last two weeks he scored two over-time goals, both in the last minute.

He wins a lot of face-offs and is not afraid to hit. Sometimes he is too involved in the play to skate back into his own zone, which the opponents use to create some goal scoring opportunities on occasion. Another note is that he is the team leader in the plus/minus stat on his team. Laurent is playing on Zurich’s better penalty killing unit, which indicates that his defensive skills aren’t that bad.

He works good in the offensive crease, and allows his teammates to get easy scoring opportunities. He can pass the puck in all ways, and is very creative (no look passes, long passes, etc…)
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AJHL Cantel AT&T Cup (April 8th)

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Calgary Canucks 4 at St. Albert Saints 3
The Calgary Canucks have emerged as the first-ever victors of the AJHLs brand-new Cantel AT&T Cup.
Despite three straight hard-fought three-goal losses by St. Albert, the Canucks proved to be too strong for the defending AJHL Champions. The Calgary Canucks are now AJHL champs and will go on to play either Kimberly or Vernon in the Doyle Cup (BC-Alberta showdown to decide who advances to the Royal Bank Cup, to be played in Yorkton, Saskatchewan this year).

The Canucks struck early in this game as they so often have as a near-sellout crowd of 910 at Akinsdale Arena in St. Albert were barely filing into their seats Dany Heatley struck 1:27 in. He scored again later in the period with 1:17 left and the Saints were down 2-0 and reeling after one period.

But the Saints did not quit. Rob Ziemmer scored a powerplay goal to bring his club to within one with 16:52 left. Dany Heatley got his hat-trick several minutes later, however, and made the score 3-1 Calgary as fired a close in shot past Saints goaltender and future Wisconsin teammate Scott Kabotoff while on the powerplay. With seven minutes to go in the period, however, Darren Peebles converted a pass from Ziemmer on a two-on-one to bring his club back to within one and that was how they would go to intermission.
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Sabres’ Defensive Prospects Sarich and Grand-Pierre: Buffalo’s Dynamic Duo

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Some people may dispute that the Buffalo Sabres have the best defensive prospects in the game, but I think that they would have to concede that the young defensive players Sarich and Grand-Pierre that Buffalo has in the minors are among the best out there.

When you look at a list of their defensive prospects, the premier names that come up are Cory Sarich, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Dimitri Kalinin. Some other names on the list are Henrik Tallinder, Brian Campbell and Luc Theoret. Even with the loss of Alexei Tezikov in a trade with the Capitals for Joe Juneau, the Sabres’ future defensive core looks strong. Sarich and Grand-Pierre have both seen limited time with the Sabres and have played well. They may have been kept in the lineup but Coach Lindy Ruff chose to opt for veteran smarts and leadership over the tough, solid play displayed by the young D-men. It’s hard to talk about Grand-Pierre and Sarich in the same context because, although they are both great talents and they are the Sabres top two defensive prospects, their styles of play are very different.
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Tyler Moss profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Tyler Moss
Birthdate: June 29, 1975
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 184 lbs
Position: Goalie

Tyler was acquired from the Calgary Flames. Tyler had a brief stint in St. Johns for the St. Johns Flames of the AHL where he played in 9 games and had a record of 2-5-1 with a 3.16 GAA and a .897 save %. Tyler also played 11 games up in Calgary with a 3-7-0 record and a 2.51 GAA. Last year Tyler won the Hap Holmes Memorial trophy for the lowest GAA in the AHL. He had the lowest GAA in the playoffs with a 2.91 GAA and help the Saint John Flames advance to the Calder Cup Final. Tyler was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Read more »

Stars Longshot Prospects

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Below is a listing of what I feel are the Stars longshot prospects in the coming years. Most should be recognizable names, and yet a couple maybe totally new to you, but each has a few skills that make them interesting. (Please email me with any thoughts, questions, or comments.) The next article will include some brief comments on the Stars “other” prospects, potential ’99 draft picks, and random thoughts on the team’s state.

John Erskine-D 6-4 200lbs.

Ranked higher on the Star’s depth chart by many, but I feel that John’s future in the NHL is not with the Dallas organization. First reason being that the Stars play an attacking style that calls for pinching by the D-men, and thus requires a good bit of mobility to maintain proper positioning. This style is not conducive to John, as he is a relatively poor skater that thrives in a more “controlled” stay-at-home posture. Secondly, the Stars have a good collection of defensemen in the minors, all of which are more talented than he. On the other hand, he does have a huge body, an ability to really fight, and the work ethic to improve his game. While I could be wrong about his future, as Craig Ludwig is still hanging around, my feeling is that he is trade bait, and no more than a support player for another team.
LONDON ( OHL ) GP-57 G-8 A-12 PTS-20 PIM-208 +/- 21

Marty Flichel-RW 5-11 175lbs.
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Isles Sign Krog

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The Islanders have just added highly sought Jason Krog, winner of this years Hobey Baker award, to thier rich list of talented prospects. The Islanders beat out six other teams and signed Krog to a two year contract woth $2 million plus bonuses. Krog, 23, is expected to play in the NHL next season.

Jason had a stellar career at New Hampshire capped off by an historic senior season. Krog led the nation in scoring and became the first player since Paul Kariya to score 50 points in Hockey East play. Krog is a two-time All American, Hockey East Player of the Year, and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team as he he led his wildcats to the nation finals.

The 5’11″ 191 lbs Krog finshed his career as UNH’s all time assist leader and second in scoring with 94 goals, 144 assists and 238 points in 151 games. He is the only player to be in the top 3 in Hockey East scoring for three consecutive years. Jason is a strong swift skater with an accurate shot. He has tremendous vision and is an excellent passer.