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2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 2 of 2)

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Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.


DAN GROWDEN

Height/Weight: 6’0 180

Position: Defence

Birthdate: February 9, 1982
Peterborough, Ontario

Current stats: 6 points in 52 games in Windsor

  • 42 points in 51 games with Peterborough Bantams

    HF Comments: Dan Growden represents speed in the 2000 draft. This offensive minded defenceman was
    selected by Windsor 5th overall in 1998 and is yet to prove himself. He logs an incredible
    amount of playing time and slowly he is becoming more comfortable in the league. His defensive
    game is very poor and his inability to clear corners and in front of the net has left the Spits
    picking the puck out of the back of the net. He loves to jump into the rush and in some
    occasions is used up front on the penalty kill. A willing learner who is gradually learning
    the defensive game in the OHL. His major strength by far is his mobility and his ability to clear
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  • 2000 Draft Profiles from the OHL (PART 1 of 2)

    by pbadmin
    on

    Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
    than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
    represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
    along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
    looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.


    BRAD BOYES


    Height/Weight: 6’0 168

    Position: Center

    Birthdate: April 17, 1982
    Mississauga, Ontario

    Current stats: 54 points in 51 games in Erie

  • Member of Ontario U-17 team
  • Had 77 points in 44 games with Mississauga Bantams

    HF Comments: Erie Otter’s young sniper Brad Boyes is currently having a fantastic season with the
    Otters as a 16 year old, and has also earned himself a spot on Ontario’s Under 17 team. His
    excellent vision and ability to make a play out of anything has made him one of the most
    dangerous players in the OHL in the offensive zone. Sounds too good to be true? Boyes has some
    weaknesses simply because of his inexperience. His skating will need to improve in order for him
    to dominate on both ends of the ice. The native of Mississauga has already been mentioned as a
    ‘magician with the puck.’


    NIKITA ALEXEEV

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  • Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

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    POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
    Jose Theodore G 5-10 180 20 D-Mtl94 (2/44)

    GP W L T Avg Sv%
    98-99 Stats 16 9 6 1 2.22 .993 (AHL)
    98-99 Stats 13 3 10 0 3.35 .887 (NHL)

    #1 Strength- Winner’s attitude.
    #1 Weakness- Inconsistency.
    With the trade of Thibeault and the arrival of Hackett, Theodore was surprised and angered by his demotion to Fredericton. The main reason for his demotion was his inconsistent play. He has recently come to accept his demotion and is playing exceptionally well. He was just named the AHL’s player of the week and is proving himself too good for the AHL. Fredericton will go as far in the playoffs as Theodore (and his reputation as a good pressure goaltender) takes them.

    He continued his stellar play this last week by going 2-1, with a GAA of 2.00. he stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to St. John’s, did not play in a 5-4 loss in the rematch with St. John’s, stopped 33 shots in a 5-2 win over St. John, and stopped 21 shots in a 2-1 win over St. John’s.(Week ending 2/28/99)

    Projection at NHL level- Star.
    Current Stock Status- On the rise.

    POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
    Mathieu Garon G 6-1 175 21 D-Mtl96(2/44)

    GP W L T AVG Sav%
    98-99 Stats 34 10 21 1 3.21 .897 (AHL)

    #1 Strength- Lateral Movement.
    #1 Weakness- Goes down too early. Read more »

    Flyers Swept by Blackhawks

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    The Thunder Bay Flyers dropped both games in a crucial weekend homestand against the Waterloo Blackhawks. Two wins would have more or less guaranteed a playoff spot. Now the Flyers need to upset either the USA Under 18 or the Omaha Lancers in the final two series of the year. Despite the largest crowd of the at 2,704 the Flyers played uninspirted Saturday afternoon and dropped the game by a score of 2-1. The Flyers came out flat every period and only played about 20 minutes of the game. Thunder Bay Midget King Affiliate Tyler Bruno scored the Flyers only goal. Corey Macheran made 28 saves in the Flyers net. Sunday afternoon was almost identical to Saturday with the Flyers coming up with a poor effort. The Flyers once again lost by a score of 2-1 despite a great game from Corey Macheran. Defenceman Mike Tilson scored the lone Thunder Bay marker. Waterloo swept the season series with four victories. Thunder Bay was without All-star defenceman Arron MacKenzie who broke a knuckle early in Saturday’s game.

    The AJHL 2000 Draft Center

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    Players eligible for the 2000 Draft currently in the AJHL:


    PLAYER TEAM D.O.B. HT. WT. POS. S GP G A PTS PIM
    MATTHEW HUNTER Bonnyville 08-Feb-82 5'10" 160 F L 48 12 14 26 25

    Just now coming into form. Was a large reason why Bonnyville surged to
    make the playoffs in the last month of the season. Had several multiple
    goal and multiple point games over the final few weeks of the year. Not
    property of any WHL club and may have to go the Dany Heatly/Krys Kolanos
    route. That is, continue on in the AJHL and hope you get noticed by the
    scouts. (Heatly and Kolanos are rated 103 and 105 respectively in the
    ’99 draft).


    ALTON JACKSON Bonnyville 05-Aug-82 6' 1" 192 D R 40 5 14 19 64

    Property of Medicine Hat Tigers. Ninth round selection in the Bantam
    Draft, but may turn out to be a steal. He put up a fair number of points
    this year with the Pontiacs given his age and limited ice time. If he
    can grow another couple inches I see him making an impact in the future.
    Could be a late round steal in the 2000 Draft.


    ADRIAN FOSTER Calgary C 15-Jan-82 6' 1" 200 C L 18 15 17 32 18

    Property of the Saskatoon Blades. Did not play often for the Canucks but
    put up huge numbers when he did. He’ll need to have a big season next Read more »

    Where Are They Now? Red Wings Draft Update

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    Wondering if the two time Stanley Cup Champions are going to be able to continue their success into the new century? Here is a look at the last four drafts and what those players are doing today. For a full profile on each player, go to the Red Wings team page.

    1995

    1st Round ( 26th overall ): Maxim Kuznetsov, D , 6-5 215 Adirondack ( AHL ) : Detroit’s 7th rated prospect.

    Comments: After having a strong season as a rookie in 97/98 for Adirondack, Maxim had a poor training camp this year with the Red Wings and has the organization wondering if he has the skills to be an NHL blueliner. Though he moves well for a big man and has a solid shot from the point, he does not play like the giant that he is. Kuznetsov has a hard time making an effective pass out of the defensive zone to allow the forwards to transverse the neural zone with speed. His size will get him several chances to finally make it to the NHL, but the fact that he has been a healthy scratch several times in the AHL might tell the story after all is said and done. One thing for certain, Kuznetsov will spend at least one more entire year in the AHL before being given any opportunity to play in the NHL.

    Stats:
    GP G A P PIM +/-
    37 0 3 3 24 n/a

    2nd Round ( 52nd overall ): Philippe Audet, LW, 6-2 190, Adirondack (AHL ): Detroit’s 6th overall prospect.
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    Good Things Sometimes Come in Small Packages

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    Buffalo, NY (GS) — If you are a fan of the Buffalo Sabres, then you have learned that bigger isn’t always better. Players like Mike Peca, Brian Holzinger, Curtis Brown, Dixon Ward and Derek Plante hardly have the desired NHL size, yet they still have been very successful here at times. Brown is one of the true underrated players in the entire NHL, while Peca, despite being only 5-foot-10, is one of the most feared checkers. For several years, NHL teams became obsessed with size when it came to drafting players, often selecting big raw projects, rather than selecting pure talent, and the Buffalo Sabres were no different (note the selections of Brad May, Joel Savage and David Cooper). Recently, the Sabres have stepped away from the draft “big” philosophy, looking more towards talent. In several cases they appear to have taken players with potential big time upsides, and in other cases they may have been gambles.
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    Hnat Domenichelli

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    Name: Hnat Domenichelli
    Position: Center
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 190
    Birthdate: February 17, 1976
    Acquired: Traded to Calgary from Hartford with Glen Featherstone and two picks (1997 draft: Kokorev, 1998 draft: Paul Manning) for Steve Chaisson and a 1997 pick (Francis Lessard.)

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    Islanders Update

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    Steve Valiquette’s stellar play in January earned him honors as ECHL Rookie of the month, as well as Goaltender of the month. Steve was stellar posting a 1.78 GAA during a month when his team experienced a rash of injuries and call-ups, making his performance is even more impressive. However, Steve is not the only hot Islanders prospect. Both Ray Giroux and Warren Luhning are having excellent season’s and were about to be recalled before they were injured early in 1999. Hopefully they will be able to regain their top form upon their returns.

    Many of the Islanders top prospects have stepped their games up as of late. Mike Rupp has been coming on after Zehr was traded opening up a spot on Erie’s top line. Mike has posted 4 goals and 9 points in his last 10 games to go along with 18 penalty minutes. These numbers show falshes of Mike’s potential as a power forward. Sean Haggerty recently broke out of his post All-Star slump with 5 goals and 9 pts in his last 10 games as well. Bubba Berensweig also ended his drought with 7 points in his last 7 games. Vladimir Orszagh is enjoying a recent hot streak with 6 goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. And after not recording a goal in his first 30 games Evgeny Koroloev sparked the Lowell team with his first two professional goals in a recent game.

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    Montreal Canadiens Top junior Prospects Update

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    Montreal has drafted Centers as their top two picks in each of the last two drafts. But goaltending still remains their deepest position, with Garon and Theodore projected to be number one goalies at the NHL level. Currently the Habs have only adequate prospects on defense. A defenseman with the ability to quarterback the power play has remained ever elusive. Only two of the Habs current defensemen were drafted by the team.

    POS HT WT AGE DRAFTED
    Mike Ribeiro C 5-10 167 20 D-Mtl98 (2/45)

    GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
    98-99 Stats 60 59 90 149 +55 125 19 7
    (QMJHL)

    #1 Strength- Vision and creativity.
    #1 Weakness- Size.
    Playing with Rouyn-Noranda, the QMJHL’s top offensive team, Ribeiro has been on fire this season. He is currently averaging almost 2.5 points per game and is leading the CHL in scoring. His +55 is a product of his great offensive skills, while his 7 short handed goals testify to his intelligence and ability to create offense in almost any situation. His penalty minutes have more than doubled his total from last year, which indicate he is drawing much more attention from his opponents, but is not backing down.

    Ribeiro’s output of 6 points in 3 games is slightly below his season average. He had 2 points in a 6-5 win over Acadie-Bathurst, 2 goals and 2 assists in a 7-4 win over Rimouski and was shut out in a 4-0 loss to Shawinigan. (Week ending 2/21/99)
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