Born: August 31, 1975
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
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.
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.
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
#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.
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
9/2/73 Moorhead, MN.
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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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.