Hockeysfuture.com is proud to introduce our newest Editor for the Panthers page, Mark Fischel. He will be a great asset to hockeysfuture.com with his knowledge of the game and scouting reports of all Panthers prospects.
With the new addition to our writing staff comes all new rankings. Some Panthers prospects had a great season and boosted their stock, while some other prospects had horrible seasons, and look like they may never make the big time now. Dwayne Hay, Filip Kuba, and Dwayne Hay were all dealt at the NHL trade deadline, while Kristian Huselius and Dwayne Duerden have had the breakout years expected of them.
When asked who has had the most influence in his career so far, Curtis replied, “I think that the biggest help that I have gotten is from my Junior Coach. I wasn’t expected to play my first year in juniors and everybody was asking him why he kept me here. He gave me a chance to play and he said just wait, he’ll prosper and be effective. He kept playing me and giving me that opportunity. He always helped by giving me extra things after practice. His name is Kevin Dickie and he is now coaching out in the Maritimes at Arcadia University. He’s probably been the biggest reason for my career going as far as it has actually. Coach Dickie helped me along the way to be a better person on and off the ice.”
Coach Dickie’s impression of Curtis: “I’ve coached some great kids over the last 13 years, but none greater than Curtis in terms of a pleasure to be around and an athlete. If there is one guy who’s got to where he is, both because he deserves it, and because he has scraped and clawed and worked so hard to be the player that he is, it is Curtis. He exemplifies a lot of the positive characteristics that you look for in a player. He’s a great kid and I’m real happy for him.”
A purely statistical look at all of the Top 21 Panthers prospects. These stats will be updated on a regular basis so that you can keep track on how each prospect is progressing.
1. Denis Shvidki
Position:RW Height:6’0″ Weight:195 Age:19
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
99-00 Barrie (OHL) 27 16 32 48 27 +19
98-99 Barrie (OHL) 61 35 59 94 8
Russia (WJC) 7 1 4 5 -
97-98 Yaroslavl Jr. (Rus) 15 1 1 2 2
Russia (WJC) 7 0 1 1 6
Russia (EuroJC) 6 2 9 11 31
2. Ivan Novoseltsev
Position:LW Height:6’1″ Weight:183 Age:20
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM +/-
99-00 FLORIDA PANTHERS 11 2 1 3 8 -2
Louisville (AHL) 9 2 5 7 0
98-99 Sarnia (OHL) 63 54 36 90 41
97-98 Sarnia (OHL) 51 23 22 45 41
3. Brad Ference
Position:D Height:6’3″ Weight:196 Age:20
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
99-00 Louisville (AHL) 29 1 2 3 117 Read more»
In Part 1 of the Class of ’99 series, I profiled the graduates of the 1998-99 season: Mark Parrish, Peter Worrell, Jaroslav Spacek, and Oleg Kvasha. With a new season underway, and many of the overpaid veterans (such as Kirk Muller) bought out or traded, there are more rookies making an impact on the Panthers this season, and other hopefuls looking to make an impact on the Panthers in the coming months. This article will look at the prospects who have made the Panthers early in the season.
Ivan Novoseltsev – RW [1998/99: 63 Games, 54g-36a-90pts 41pim - Sarnia (OHL)]
After a mediocre start to his OHL career (45 points in 51 games) in 1997/98, Ivan turned it up to score 54 goals in 63 games with the Sarnia Sting (owned by ex-Panther Dino Ciccarelli) in 1998/99. He had a great training camp in Florida and would have made the big club if not for the depth of skilled forwards on the team. Panthers GM Bryan Murray wanted Novoseltsev to get the prime-time ice time he needed, to develop his offensive and defensive games. Playing on the 3rd or 4th line in Florida wouldn’t be too beneficial to an offensive-minded player like Novoseltsev.
His 1999/2000 season has been a success so far. After a good showing in the pre-season, “Supernova” has lit up the AHL with 2 goals and 4 assists in just 5 games for the expansion Louisville Panthers. In addition to his AHL exploits, the injury to sniper Pavel Bure meant a call-up for Novo…it was time for the big show!
While other teams, mainly the Canucks, Islanders, and Rangers, were stealing the show with blockbuster deals, the Florida Panthers had an active day of their own, completing 2 trades and drafting a solid group of prospects.
Unlike past drafts, the Florida Panthers managed to draft a bit of everything, including 3 goaltenders. The only position that wasn’t cared for was the center position. The Panthers did take more skilled players than in previous drafts, and also picked up a few project players.
A recap of the Panthers draft picks and trades:
1: Denis Shvidki, RW/LW – (1st Round, 12th overall)
Vitals: 6’0″ 195lbs 18 years old.
Stats: Barrie (OHL) 61 Games, 35G-59A-94PTS 8PIM.
This kid out of the Ukraine was projected to be Top 8, but luckily dropped to #12 for the Panthers to grab. After playing 2 years in the Russian Junior League, Denis lit up the OHL, Racking up 94 points and a +57 rating in his rookie OHL season. Amazingly, some saw Shvidki’s season in the OHL as a dissapointment. They thought a young man like him, with his experiences, would do even more damage.
He could likely make the NHL right away, but with the Panthers getting their own AHL team next season, Shvidki could and should be developing one year in the AHL with super-sniper Ivan Novoseltsev.