It seems as though every year something good happens to the Ottawa 67’s. A team known for assessing talent had brought in several rookies into its lineup for the 2001-2002 season.
From Newmarket of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League (where he had collected 83 points on 33 goals in 49 games), 17-year old sniper Corey Locke joined the lineup. A couple of 16-year-old hopefuls and 2001 draftees Mark Mancari and Layne Moodie have already become everyday contributors for the club.
However, the 67’s crossed their fingers when selecting a couple of Czech imports, Karol Sloboda and Jaroslav Sklenar, 62nd and 72nd overall, respectively, at the 2001 CHL import Draft.
There is no doubt that these two youngsters have tremendous talent — Sklenar was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ sixth round, 183rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft. However predicting the players’ adaptation to the Canadian language and society would have been next to impossible.
So far, the season has been a dream for Sloboda, the league’s plus-minus leader going into last Friday’s game versus the Oshawa Generals, and arguably the 67’s MVP in the first 16 games of the season. Meanwhile, Sklenar — seen by many as a prospect with better potential than Sloboda — returned to the Czech Republic with homesickness. Somewhat of a shock to many that predicted Jaroslav as this year’s version of the departed Vadim Sozinov.
Sloboda, meanwhile, has quietly become a mainstay on the Ottawa blueline, to say the least.
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BRIAN SUTHERBY (C)…After starting in the NHL straight out of training camp, it took seven games for GM George McPhee to return him to his junior club. With Moose Jaw of the WHL, Brian has put up great numbers so far. He has scored 12 goals in 21 games, and is a +8 rating. He was one of three Capitals prospects selected to compete in the recent 2002 World Junior Championships (Silver Medal – Team Canada), where he played on the top checking line scoring 3 goals and 3 assists. Look for Sutherby to continue to impress.
JACUB CUTTA (D)…Began the season for the AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. As a stay-at-home mold defenseman, Jacub’s scoring numbers won’t look that great but continues to log decent ice time as a number 3-4 defenseman for the Pirates. Upon the avalanche of Washington’s injuries , the Caps called up Cutta to add depth to it’s line-up. Cutta played in only 2 games before being sent down, and was unfortunately part of a 5 to 11 demolition display put on by the Ottawa Senators (Oct. 13). Regardless, Jakub continues to impress management and will likely stay in Portland for another year or so before making his full-time Capitals debut.
MATT PETTINGER (LW)…A surprise product running straight from the University of Denver, to the WHL Calgary Hitmen, AHL Portland, and now has been a mainstay in Washington since the first week of the season. With the injury to Steve Konwalchuk, Matt has bee given a long-term shot to develop with Chris Simon, who has been able to clear more space on the ice for him. Matt has 5 g Read more»
Leaf Prospect Rankings 11-20
The age of the prospect is taken into account.
11. Miguel Delisle-RW: Almost an afterthought on day one of the 2000 draft, Delisle has come a long way from the temper tantrums that saw him fall out momentarily with 67’s Coach Brian Kilrea and got back with the program and made himself a player. Already NHL big at 6’1″ and 200 pounds, Delisle has very good wheels and his release has been compared to Mike Bossy’s in the past. He could be a bit more curmudgeony in his physical play, but that aside, the kid has a bright future.
12. Ivan Kolozvary-LW: Although he played the middle in the recent World Junior Championships, the Leafs probably see him as an outside burner ala Milan Hejduk, whom he resembles both physically and in the skating department. Although he’s adept with both passing and finishing at speed, whether he’ll ever approach the level of proficiency demonstrated by the Avs forward and whether he can withstand the rigours of the North American game remains to be seen.
13. Jaroslav Sklenar-RW: Possibly did himself a big disservice by checking out of the Ottawa 67’s earlier in the year for HC Kosice of the Slovakian League but is a tall, lanky 6’1″ 172 pound winger with a knack for getting his stick loose in tight spaces around the net. The is also little question about his skating which is quite good but his defense could use some improvement and he’ll need to fill out more. Then again, at 18 years old, he has plenty of time for both.
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Ottawa – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the rosters of players
who will participate in the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series game
January 16, 2002 at the Ottawa Civic Centre between the Ontario Hockey
League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League’s Lebel Conference All-Stars.
Among the 40 players announced today, were five who participated in the 2002
World Junior Championships that concluded on January 4. Mark Popovic
(Toronto St. Michael’s Majors) and Olivier Michaud (Shawinigan Cataractes)
were members of Canada’s silver medal winning team, while Lukas Krajicek
(Peterborough Petes) and Ales Hemsky (Hull Olympiques) played for the Czech
Republic and Peter Budaj (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors) played for Slovakia.
Brian Kilrea, coach and general manager of the 2001 OHL champion Ottawa
67’s, will coach the OHL Eastern Conference All-Stars. Kilrea is the
winningest coach in Canadian Hockey League history, having compiled 943 wins
during his illustrious 25-year career with the 67’s.
Denis Francoeur, coach of the Lebel Conference leading Shawinigan
Cataractes, will guide the QMJHL Lebel Conference All-Stars, along with
Mario Durocher, coach of the Victoriaville Tigres.
The Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series is a three-game interlocking series
involving the OHL, QMJHL and the Western Hockey League. The Red Deer
(Alberta) Rebels will host the WHL game on Wednesday January 23, 2002
between the OHL’s Western Conference and the WHL’s Eastern Conference. The
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