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Kings Organizational Roster

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LOS ANGELES KINGS ORGANIZATIONAL ROSTER

Owners: Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr.
Governor: Bob Sanderman
President/Alternate Governor: Tim Leiweke
General Manager: Dave Taylor
Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore
Director of Player Personnel: Bill O’Flaherty
Director of Professional Scouting: Ace Bailey
Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray
Professional Scout: Rob Laird
Amateur Scouts: Serge Aubry, Greg Dreschel and John Stanton
European Scouts: Vaclav Nedomansky and Ari Vuori
Trainer: Peter Demers
Equipment Manager: Peter Millar
Assistant Equipment Manager: Rick Garcia
TV Commentators: Bob Miller and Jim Fox
Radio Commentators: Nick Nickson and Cammi Granato
Affiliates: Lowell [AHL] Long Beach [IHL] Mississippi [ECHL]
Head Coach:
Assistant Coaches:
Captain: Rob Blake
Alternates: Doug Bodger Garry Galley and Luc Robitaille
Training Camp Opens: Sept 4, 1999
Arena: Staples Center
Capacity: 18,500
Flagship Station: KRLA-AM 1110
Radio Network: KBET-AM 1220 [Santa Clarita], KGEO-AM 1230 [Bakersfield],
KHJJ-AM
1380 [Palmdale/Lancaster], KSHP-AM 1400 [Las Vegas], KAMP-AM 1430 [El
Centro],
KMET-AM 1490 [Banning], KMSL-AM 1510 [Ontario] and KTRO-AM 1520 [Ventura].
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Dallas Stars Update

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The following article includes an updated top 15 list,
an evaluation of the
system’s strengths and weaknesses, and my grades for
each player
position.

Updated Top 15

1. Brenden Morrow-LW Had a great year with Potland. The
classic
Dallas type forward, and has good skill and speed to go along with his
great
leadership qualities. With this combination of talents Brenden is the
most
intriguing Dallas prospect, and is the eventual coveted 2nd line
left-winger
of the future. I love this guy!!!!

2. Richard Jackman-D Richard is very talented, and had a good
year
with the K-Wings. Still needs to mature a little more, but he’s on his
way to
the NHL soon, maybe even during the upcoming season.

3. Marty Turco-G Is the second most talented
prospect
behind only Jackman, but Marty has the intangibles of a winner to go
with
that. Will probably receive more seasoning in the minors next year, and
could
be the heir apparent in Dallas when Belfour is replaced. Was just named
as
the IHL Rookie of the Year, great job Marty!

4. Brad Lukowich-D Has probably played his way into
a
permanent position with the big club. Shows excellent poise and decision
making in his own zone, and displays a solid array of skills. He is not
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One Big Step Forward

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When you look at the list of prospects in the Philadelphia Flyers system, it is hard to miss the long list of potential future NHL defensemen. That old axiom “there is strength in numbers” may very well describe the situation as far as youngsters climbing the depth charts in Philadelphia is concerned. As detailed in an earlier edition of Hockey’s Future, the Flyers have a big stable of defensemen that would turn any NHL general manager green with envy. So with all of these young blueliners about to make the jump up to the bigs, why is the only name that anybody in the hockey world talks about when they speak of the Flyers’ prospects is that of a forward?

Two words.

Simon Gagne.

Not only is that the name of the hottest prospect to be drafted by the Flyers since Russ Farwell made a reach and tabbed a quiet kid named Peter Forsberg as his top choice in 1991, but it is also basically the complete list of NHL-caliber forward prospects in the Flyers’ coffers. There are a few names like Wesenberg and Fedoruk that may have what it takes to crack the NHL roster but this update on the Flyers forward prospects was so close to being entitled “The Simon Gagne Report” because Gagne is buffered from the other forwards on the prospect chart by a herd of defensemen.
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Rochester Mustangs Name Craig Norwich Head Coach

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(Rochester, MN) – The Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League have announced the hiring of Mr. Craig Norwich as the new Head Coach and General Manager.

Norwich is a former Minnesota High School hockey star from Edina, MN, who brings with him extensive knowledge of the sport and several years of coaching experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin before playing professionally. His first professional game was with the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). From there he graduated on to the Winnipeg Jets, the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Rockies and then the Springfield Indians (AHL). After spending five years playing pros in the United States, he went over to Europe and played eight years in the European Professional Hockey League.

Norwich was also a member of several World Ice Hockey Championship teams – 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He is the recipient of several individual hockey awards: two time All-American in the WCHA, 1976-77 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 1978-79 WHA Top Scoring Defenseman and WHA All-Star, was a member of the NHL’s Top Ten in Plus/Minus in 1980 and a member of the 1983 World Ice Hockey All-World Team. He acquired his Elite Level Coaching Certification in 1998 with the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.
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USHL: Team by Team Recruits

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Mike Chin-RC Des Moines 6’3 200 9-24-80 NOTRE DAME
Noah Clarke-LC Des Moines 5’9 165 6-11-79 COLORADO
Garrett Stafford-RD Des Moines 5’11 170 1-28-80 U.NEW HAMPSHIRE
Erik Jensen-RW Des Moines 6’2 185 9-4-79 WISCONSIN
Peter Fregoe-RW Des Moines 5’10 180 7-17-78 PROVIDENCE
Jim Jackson-LD Des Moines 5’11 175 4-22-80 NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Nick Field-RC Des Moines 5’10 170 11-6-79 FERRIS ST.
Kevin Caudill-LW Des Moines 6’3 170 4-17-79 FERRIS ST.
Matt Shasby-D Des Moines 6’2 180 7-2-80 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Patrick Sharp-RW Thunder Bay 6′ 165 12-27-81 VERMONT(2000-01)
Bryson Busniuk-LW Thunder Bay 6’2 170 11-12-79 VERMONT
Aaron MacKenzie-LD Thunder Bay 6′ 180 3-7-81 DENVER
Cory McEachran-G Thunder Bay 6’2 195 10-13-78 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Jesse Unklesbay-LC Fargo/S.City 5’10 170 11-24-78 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Drew Otten-RW Lincoln 5’11 180 6-27-78 UNDECIDED
Matt Shasby-LD Lin-DM 6’2 175 7-2-80 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE
Brendon Hodge-RW Lincoln 6’3 200 8-29-78 U-MASS AMHERST
Chris Liechtfield-LC Lincoln 5’10 180 1-28-80 FERRIS ST.
Ed Cassin-RD Lincoln 5’11 187 3-22-78 NEBRASKA-OMA

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Sharks rookies in 1999-00

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For the last few years, the Sharks have consistently been ranked in the NHL’s top 10 in regards to team prospects. Given this, it is not at all surprising that for the last couple years, the Sharks have had several rookies playing for the team. In 97-98, it was the trio of Andrei Zyuzin, Marco Sturm, and Patrick Marleau. This year, it was Alexander Korolyuk and Andy Sutton who were the main rookie forces. Neither were ever touted nearly as much as the other three, but they were effective none the less. (Scott Hannan and Shawn Heins both played in 5 games, but saw only limited time and will still be considered rookies next year). Then the question is set to ask what new, young faces can you expect to see next year?

The answer at this point isn’t quite so clear given how early it is regarding free agent signings. Also, given the Sharks logjam at defense, someone will eventually be left in the cold. Conceivably, as many as six rookies who could possibly play for the Sharks next year. The two most obvious names are defensemen Brad Stuart and Scott Hannan. In addition to those two, there is defenseman Shawn Heins, right wing Matt Bradley, center Mark Smith, and goaltender John Nabokov. Barring serious injury problems, no more than two of these men will open the year with the Sharks. The only way it would be three is if John Nabokov is presented with one of the situations mentioned below.

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Like Father, Like Son

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Born: August 31, 1975
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Position: Goaltender
Number: 47
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 210 lbs

By now, John Grahame is tired of being reminded of the fact that he is linked to one of the greatest players in Boston Bruins history, the incomparable Raymond Bourque. John’s father, Ron, played 40 games in goal for Boston before getting traded to the Los Angeles Kings for their 1979 first round draft choice. Bruin GM Harry Sinden selected Bourque who, 20 years later, is still playing all-star hockey in the National Hockey League. Ron Grahame played a few forgettable seasons with the Kings and Quebec Nordiques before retiring in 1981.

John hopes that he and his father can become the answer to a future trivia question: who is the only father-son combination to play goal for the Boston Bruins? Based on John’s performance with Boston’s top affiliate Providence of the American Hockey League over two seasons, his NHL debut seems imminent. In two years at the minor pro level, Grahame has established himself as a dependable stopper, capable of making important saves when called upon. At the age of 23, his future looks promising despite the Bruins’ 30 years of draft futility at the goaltender position.
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Jason Blake Profile and IHL Playoff Recap

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Game 2- Detroit 7, Orlando 1

John Emmons scored 16 seconds into the game to get the Vipers off to a quick
lead. Yves Serault scored two goals, including the game winner. Orlando’s
only talley came off the stick of Barry Dreger in the second period. Detroit
now has a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 3 takes place Wednesday in Orlando.

Game 2- Chicago 5, Houston 4 (OT)

The Wolves came back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to take the
game to overtime thanks to Niklas Andersson and JP Dumont. The Wolves’
Steve Maltais got the winner 6:02 into the OT period. Pat Jablonski got the
win in net with 24 saves, while Manny Fernandez picked up 31 in the loosing
effort. The series is now tied up 1-1, with the next game on Wednesday
night.

PLAYER PROFILE

Jason Blake

Orlando

5’10″

180 lbs.

9/2/73 Moorhead, MN.


98-99 Totals
GP G A Pts PIM
5 3 5 8 6

1998-99: Had a +5 rating…netted his first professional goal on 4/11 @ Fort
Wayne…recorded two assists in his first professional game on 4/8 vs. Grand
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Montreal Canadiens Prospect Focus: Michael Ryder

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POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
Michael Ryder C 6-0 180 19 D-Mtl98 (8/216)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 69 44 43 87 +4 65 15 4
98-99 Playoff 23 20 16 36 +6 39 7 4
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
#1 Weakness- Size.
With a strong regular season and an impressive playoff performance, Michael Ryder has developed into the biggest surprise of the Canadiens’ 1998 draft choices. Chosen in the 8th round, 216th overall, Ryder has great skating ability with quick acceleration. Although he can beat opposing defensemen on the outside, his greatest asset is his instinctive scoring ability.

Born in St.John’s Newfoundland, Ryder is a 6’0″, 180 Lbs. Center with the Hull Olympiques. Drafted by Hull in the 1997 QMJHL midget draft, Ryder went on to finish 5th among the QMJHL’s rookie scorers in 1997-98.

Ryder was not seen as one of the Habs’ top prospects until his performance in this year’s playoffs. His 98-99 regular season totals were strong but not impressive. He scored 11 more goals than the Habs’ 2nd pick in the 1997 entry draft, Gregor Baumgartner, and equaled the Habs’ 1st pick in the 1998 entry draft, Eric Chouinard, in PPG’s with 15. Ironically, the only negative from the regular season was his a weak plus/minus of +4.
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This Defense Can’t Rest

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As the big club took the gas pipe yet again this spring in the first round of the NHL playoffs, fans of the Philadelphia Flyers are yearning for at least a little good news about their favorite NHL team. One of the few bright spots that actually does take a little of the sting out of another disappointing May, is the nice depth that has accumulated on the bullion throughout the Flyers system. And NHL quality defensemen are at a premium in today’s watered down NHL.

At the top of this promising list is Wilmington, Delaware native Mark Eaton. Eaton is a slick skating offensive defenseman who played one year of college hockey under former Flyer Dave Poulin at Notre Dame. The Flyers signed Eaton last summer and he has been turning heads ever since. Eaton compiled 36 points in his first pro season with the AHL Phantoms, including 6 power play goals. He is the heir apparent to Eric Desjardins job as the top offensive defenseman in the system.

Some of the brass in the system wanted GM Bobby Clarke to bring up Eaton towards the end of the season. But since the Danuis Zubrus debacle, Clarke seems to be leaning towards the taking the slow road with his blue-chip prospects from here on out. Time spent learning the pro game in the minors is never a bad idea especially when you are talking about a defenseman with the natural offensive skills that Eaton possesses.
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