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Canucks 1999 Draft Preview

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The Canucks are drafting 3rd overall. Brian Burke and his scouting staff have an opportunity to salvage a lot with one draft pick.

The guy picked by the Canucks will be expected to be either a 1st line star winger or a 1st line star center, as soon as possible. A tough task, no doubt, but the 5 top guys definitely have the ability to overcome it.

Needs:
The needs are many, the chances to fill those needs are few.

-goaltending
-offensive defenseman
-a top 2 center w
-offensive forwards
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A Preview of the Rangers 1999 Entry Draft: Is it Neil Smith’s Last?

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The 1999 NHL Entry Draft is projected as one of the deepest drafts in years. And for Neil Smith, it represents the most important draft in his tenure as general manager of the New York Rangers.

That’s because it could be his last.

With the Rangers having missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the pressure is on Smith to end that streak next season. And next season starts on June 26 at the Fleet Center in Boston. The Rangers will be picking 11th overall in this year’s draft, and it is up to Smith, Director of Scouting Martin Madden, and the rest of the Ranger scouting staff to select a cornerstone player for an organization that has very few of them.

Needs: The Rangers pool of young players and prospects is one of the shallowest in the NHL, so they have many holes to fill. But their most glaring need is at the wing position, specifically, wingers of the high-scoring variety. The Rangers haven’t had a pure sniper since the days of Mike Gartner. And their best prospect on the wings, Stefan Cherneski, is still recovering from a shattered kneecap. New York needs a scorer in their system, and they need it badly.

Another position of need is defense. The Rangers have a few nice prospects in Burke Henry, Kim Johnsson, and Mike Mottau, but they don’t have a franchise-type defenseman in the system. Brian Leetch is not going to be around forever.
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Lack of Bite in Coyotes

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Another season has passed, and another first round loss for the Phoenix Coyotes. Most people point out that Jeremy Roenick wasn’t 100% after the vicious elbow he received from Derian Hatcher of the Dallas Stars. But the fact of the matter is they were beaten by a St. Louis team that was hungrier and worked harder than they did. If Phoenix would like to be considered among the elite of the Western Conference they need to develop a killer instinct and inject new blood in their lineup, especially at forward.

Unfortunately, their cupboard is very dry when it comes to forward prospects and the number of them who can make an impact in the NHL. Among the young players that were involved in the playoffs, only Shane Doan seemed to make significant contributions. Both Juha Ylonen and Daniel Briere were invisible on the ice, as they were for most of the season. Because of their promise, Bobby Smith decided to give Cliff Ronning for virtually nothing. Once it was obvious that the two youngsters couldn’t handle the number two center position, he panicked and gave up Brad Isbister, a young power, for free agent Robert Riechel. Riechel now plans to return to the Czech Republic to take an assistant coach/player job for the national team.
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Draft Preview

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As usual the Islanders have shown that the only luck they have is bad luck. Thanks to a victory on the last day of the season and now Chicago winning the draft lottery the Islanders have dropped from the 3rd overall pick down to the 5th. This drop will almost certainly rule out the selection one of the 4 premier prospects (Brendl, Stefan and the Sedins). Had the Isles stayed at the 4 slot they would have happily chosen whichever of these players was still available, most likey Henrik Sedin. However, now there is yet another window of oppurtunity for Mike Milbury to make a mistake. It is well known that Milbury has a penchant for making trades, especially involving first round picks. The Isles are currently involved in new arena negotiations, the outcome of which will drastically impact next year. If a new deal cannot be reached by early June, Milbury will be forced to cut payroll yet again. The dumping of veterans such as Pilon, Linden, and Smolinksi will vastly alter the Isles roster. Any deals will certainly yield some young, inexpensive players/prospects, like those for Isbister and Lindgren.
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Canucks Prospect Analysis (Pt. 1)

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Key to player reports
Player Name, Position
Chance of making the NHL: Scale between 1-10. 10 being a “sure thing”, 5 being “has to be lucky”, 1 being “no chance”.
Impact once in the NHL: Season Stats: Player stats from the NHL, AHL, CHL, US College hockey, etc.
Projected Role: Where he will fit on his NHL team (basically “if things go well”).
Projected Stats: The types of numbers you can expect from him once he is established (best case scenario…the “peak” of his output, over an 82 game period).
Comparable Player: NHLer his style of play/potential resembles.
Notes: Details.

Brent Sopel D
Chance of making the NHL: 7/10
Impact once in the NHL: B-
Season Stats: AHL: 53 10 21 31 59…NHL: 5 1 0 1 -1 4
Projected Role: 3rd-4th Two-Way Defenseman
Projected Stats: 10g 25a 30pts
Comparable Player: Eric Wienrich
Notes: Although being an offensively gifted defenseman for most of his career, Brent needs elevate his game by becoming more defensive oriented. His offense is not enough to keep him in the NHL. He has a solid shot, along with good skating, and a good first pass out of the zone. Is capable of having a solid NHL career.
Robb Gordon LW
Chance of making the NHL: 6/10
Impact once in the NHL: C+
Season Stats: AHL: 68 16 22 38 98…NHL: 4 0 0 0 2
Projected Role: 3rd line winger
Projected Stats: 15g 15a 30pts
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Red Wings 2000 and Beyond

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With the Red Wings early exit in the playoffs this spring, it leaves one to wonder what is next for the team of the 90′s. The future does not look that much brighter than Detroit’s hockey plans for the remainder of the summer. The team is likely to have several new faces at the start of training camp in the fall. Name tags may even be required for a team that has not seen a great deal of change for several years save for some deadline deals.

This spring the Wings traded much of their future to ensure success this playoff season. After trading a top forward prospect ( Petr Sykora ) and a 3rd round pick for the return of Doug Brown last fall, the Wings parted with what little future they had left in March. Anders Eriksson and TWO first round picks ( 1999 and 2001 ) were sent to Chicago for Chris Chelios. A 2nd and 3rd rounder were sent to the Rangers for Ulf Sameulsson, while a 2nd rounder and prospect goaltender Kevin Hodson were moved to Tampa Bay for Wendel Clark. That leaves the Wings with no pick sooner than the 4th round in the 1999 draft and no 1st rounder in 2001. As a result of the 1997 Brendan Shanahan deal that sent their 1997 pick to Carolina , the Wings will have two 1st rounds pick in a span of five years. Not the things that champions are made from.
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Hamilton Bulldogs Report

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Bulldogs Final Player Reports:
Player Stats are GP:G:A:PTS:PIM
Goalie Stats are GP:GAA:W:L:T
Bolibruck, Kevin #22 Age: 22 Defense
63-1-6-7-42
Does all the little things well. Was the Bulldogs most consistent defenceman this season. Probably not big or strong enough to get a serious look at the NHL.
Bowen, Jason #28 Age: 25 Defense
58-3-3-6-178
He is the most physical of Hamilton’s defencemen. He loves the hip check on rushing forwards trying to beat him on the boards. He is a bit slow afoot, and is beaten on the outside by faster forwards. He will fight, but he hasn’t been too successful in his scraps.

Church, Brad #14 Age:22 Wing
19-1-5-6-22 (with Portland and Hamilton)
Plays a decent 2 way game, and hits well. His scoring touch is suspect, as is his speed. He should find a spot with the Bulldogs next season.

Cleary, Daniel #39 Age: 20 Wing
39-9-18-27-81 (with Portland and Hamilton)
Daniel should probably be back in the AHL next year. He has the speed to play in the NHL but didn’t seem to have much hockey sense here. He never seemed to fit in, and was a healthy scratch for most of the playoffs. He’ll need to have a big year in Hamilton next year to stay on track (especially with Comrie and Riesen expected to improve immensely next year).

Comrie, Paul #8 Age: 22 Center
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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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PLAYER |HT |WT |P|S|DOB |ACQUIRED |LAST KNOWN LOCATION | Read more »

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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