Player: Sven Butenschon
Born: March 22, 1976 Itzehoe, Germany
Height: 6′ 5″
YEAR TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM
1993-94 Brandon WHL 70 3 19 22 51
1994-95 Brandon WHL 21 1 5 6 44
1995-96 Brandon WHL 70 4 37 41 99
1996-97 Cleveland IHL 75 3 12 15 68
1997-98 Syracuse AHL 65 14 23 37 66
1997-98 Pittsburgh NHL 8 0 0 0 6
1998-99 Houston IHL 57 1 4 5 81
December 31st, 1998
Well now that the new year is almost upon us and the holidays have taken their toll on myself(and my car, may it rest in peace), I’ve decided that the slacking off is going to stop. The most recent of these updates have been few and far between and I hope to remedy that right now. So enjoy it and the New Year’s celebrations, because a good number of us will be regretting it in the morning(the over-celebration that is).
World Junior Championships: Three Penguins draftees are participating this year, Andrew Ference, Mika Lehto, and Alexander Zevakhin. First round draftee Milan Kraft was left off of the Czech roster for seemingly no reason other than his migration to North America. Ference was medically cleared to play at the last minute and should help bolster a strong Canadian defense. Mika Lehto is seeing little ice time (just under 20 minutes in 3 games) for the Finnish team, playing backup to Mika Noronen. Alexander Zevakhin made the Russian roster by the skin of his teeth (he was considered a longshot to make the team) and has one goal for the offense-minded Russian team.
Well, in a flurry of off-season moves, the Penguins have paved the way for a youth movement. The financial woes of a franchise that has lost close to 20 million dollars in two years has forced it to let their captain and future Hall of Famer, Ron Francis, go to Carolina via free agency. They also stand to lose Frederick Olausson, one of the teams’ most consistent defenseman in the same manner. Unfortunately, it will take the youth in the organization some time to make up for the loss of 120 points of scoring and 29 years of NHL experience.
In June the Penguins started off by signing 1996 draftees, Craig Hillier, Michal Rozsival, and Boris Protsenko while letting Boyd Kane and Peter Bergman go back into the draft. They then dealt injury prone Ken Wregget and Dave Roche to the Calgary Flames for two Left wings, German Titov and Todd Hlushko, adding depth to a weak left side. They then dealt holdout Josef Beranek to the Oilers for Defenseman Bobby Dollas and Center Tony Hrkac, who would eventually be taken in the expansion draft by Nashville. The draft saw the Penguins add to an already long list of centers by selecting six more as well as adding two goaltenders, a left wing and a defenseman. The Penguins went to Europe again selecting Czech Milan Kraft in the first round and Russian Alexander Zevakhin in the second.