Position: Left Wing
HF Comments: Big for his age, Kris still has a ways to go with his skating skills.
While his speed isnt bad, he skates with his legs too far apart, which affects his
agility. He has a decent shot, and passes well, but doesnt put up big numbers due
to limited ice time.
Kris’ defense is decent, but he needs to learn to shadow a little
better; he often leaves his man totally alone. Physical game has gotten better as the
season has worn on. He has size, but he doesnt use it to his advantage very often.
Kris needs plenty of ice time to be effective. In games where he gets
this, he plays well. When he doesnt get the ice time, his play suffers, and he
does little but eat up ice time. Also, when he doesnt get his ice time, he doesnt
get “into” the game, and is often a step behind the play. Has come on very well in
the playoffs, and has played a regular shift. He hasnt put up big
numbers, but he has been a physical presence, and shows flashes of
offensive brilliance. Similar to Charlie Stephens, this kid has all the tools, he just lacks polish. I cant wait to see him next
season when he is on a #2 scoring line.
HF Comments: Jared is a defensve defenseman, and reminds me a lot of his teammate,
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Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.
Height/Weight: 6’0 168
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Current stats: 54 points in 51 games in Erie
Member of Ontario U-17 team
Had 77 points in 44 games with Mississauga Bantams
HF Comments: Erie Otter’s young sniper Brad Boyes is currently having a fantastic season with the
Otters as a 16 year old, and has also earned himself a spot on Ontario’s Under 17 team. His
excellent vision and ability to make a play out of anything has made him one of the most
dangerous players in the OHL in the offensive zone. Sounds too good to be true? Boyes has some
weaknesses simply because of his inexperience. His skating will need to improve in order for him
to dominate on both ends of the ice. The native of Mississauga has already been mentioned as a
‘magician with the puck.’
The Plymouth Whalers’ opening preseason game September 6th in Windsor
prompted a couple of related questions:
Are the Plymouth Whalers really that good? Are the Windsor Spitfires
really that bad?
The Whalers dominated from start to finish in hammering Windsor, 8-4.
Plymouth – playing without regulars Harold Druken, Dave Legwand, Scott
Holsinger, Eric Gooldy, Paul Mara and Adam Colagiacomo – led 3-0 after twenty
minutes, 6-1 after two periods. Plymouth received two goals apiece from
Randy Fitzgerald and Rick Smith, singles from Shaun Fisher, Kris Purdy and
rookies Justin Williams and Damian Surma.
Windsor – playing with most of their regulars in the lineup – looked
dazed and confused much of the steamy afternoon.
Yes, the Spits are that bad. So much so that rumors are already flying
that Windsor general manager/head coach Tony Curtale is in trouble.
And – despite the reality that Plymouth could skate this season without
Legwand and Mara – the Whalers scouting staff has come up with some rookies
who look like they can step in and contribute right away. This means the
Whalers will battle Sarnia and London in the top of the OHL West Division.
Plymouth general manager/head coach Pete DeBoer was asked if he
instructed his scouts to come up with players that met specific needs:
“Our scouts have done a fantastic job with this year’s draft class,” Read more»
An early look at the wild, wild OHL West Division. All data in
parenthesis indicate last year’s totals:
SARNIA (32-21-13; third place, OHL West; eliminated in first round of
playoffs by Plymouth in five games). THEY’VE MOVED ON: RW/C Jon Sim (44-50-
90); D Shane Kenny (11-21-32); D Marek Posmyk (8-16-24); Tim Verbeek (17-17-
34). THEY MIGHT BE BACK: G Greg Hewitt (3.10 in 18 games) and G Patrick
DesRochers (3.35 in 56 games). SUMMER DEALS: Acquired C Peter Sarno (33-88-
121) from Windsor for two draft choices; acquired C Peter Cava (30-60-90) and
two conditional 1999 draft choices from Sault Ste. Marie for C Chad Cavanaugh
(17-23-40) and four draft choices. KEY RETURNING PLAYERS: RW Jeff Heerema
(32-40-72), LW/C Robb Palahnuk (7-12), C Darryl Knight (17-34), RW Ivan
Novoseltsev (26-22), D Greg Willers (13-21), D Abe Herbst (1-24-25), D Ryan
VanBuskirk (8-17-25), D Dan Watson (6-15-21).
POSSIBLE OVERAGES: LW Andrew
Proskurnicki (20-33-53, 229 PIM), Michael Hanson (13-22-35, 231 PIM). TOP
FIVE DRAFTS: 1st (14) LC Ryan Hare, Sarnia Jr.B; 2nd (34) RW Tyler Coleman,
Petrolia Jets Jr.B; 4th (74) LW Travis Albers, Nepean Jr.A; 5th (95) RD
Julius Halkenny, North York Jr.A; 5th (100) LD Cory Brekelmans, Strathroy
TWO QUESTIONS PER TEAM: Will Hewitt and DesRochers both return? Will
Sarno (who led the OHL last year in phantom assists) learn how to play a Read more»