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
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»
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.
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»
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.
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.
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.
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.