WBS Only Two Wins Short Of The Dream Season

by Richard A. Plisco
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The AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (affectionately referred to as
the Baby Pens) fell two victories shy of the league championship and the
Calder Cup trophy this Spring. However, along the way several Pittsburgh
Penguin prospects demonstrated enormous potential and will no doubt
challenge NHL veterans for starting jobs at training camp for the
2001-02 season.

Citing individual season stats in both the AHL and NHL (wherever
appropriate), I will list the Penguins current crop of candidates and on
what roster they can be expected to appear next season.


NOTE – Playoff
stats are the second line


MARIO’S MEN -

These are the players that most likely will crack the Pen’s NHL ranks
and have either demonstrated success in the pros or have attributes that
fill the parent team’s current weaknesses.

C Milan Kraft 6'3" 200lbs. Showed brilliant scoring touch in AHL.
AHL 40gp 21g 23a 44p	NHL 42gp 7g 7a 14p
AHL 14gp 12g   7a 19p	NHL   8gp 0g 0a   0p

C Toby Peterson 5'10" 193lbs. Very effective when called up to the big
club.
AHL 73gp 26g 41a 67p	NHL 12gp 2g 6a 8p
AHL 21gp   7g   6a 13p	NHL   0gp

L Greg Crozier 6'0" 185lbs. Has power forward potential.
AHL 77gp 24g 36a 60p	NHL 1gp 0g 0a 0p
AHL 21gp   6g   5a 11p	NHL 0gp

R Billy Tibbetts 6'2" 215lbs. Gritty and not bad around the net.
AHL 38gp 14g 24a 38p 185pim	NHL 29gp 1g 2a 3p 131pim
AHL 12gp   4g   6a 10p   55pim	NHL  0gp

G Rich Parent 6'3" 215lbs. Was huge factor in AHL championship.
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Rebellious Cup Champs

by Jeff Bromley
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Rebellious Cup Champs
As the Red Deer Rebels were crowned
Memorial Cup champions this past week
in Regina in a thrilling overtime victory
over the Val D’or Foreurs, I was
overcome with mixed emotions. On one
hand, the WHL had won the Memorial
Cup for the first time in three years. On
the other, it was the dreaded Rebels who
were carrying the hardware, and
deservedly so after being ranked the
number one club in the country for the
last eleven weeks of the season, but I
still found it difficult to garner any
feelings of elation for the Rebels. After
the heat I took for not towing the line
and pulling for the league representative
my stance has not wavered. Call me a
poor sport or whatever, but I still
couldn’t bring myself to do it. That
being said, congratulations are in order
for the Red Deer franchise. They are the
best club in the CHL and had the
deepest, most well-rounded roster of
any of the Memorial Cup teams. They
relied on talent, hard work reminiscent
of the Coach, G.M. and owner, Brent
Sutter and the rarely wavered from the
system Sutter instituted from the very
beginning. If there was ever a model to
building a Memorial Cup winner, the
Rebels are the latest example.

I did however have lots to cheer about
the actual tournament itself. From the
casual fans’ point of view who watching
on television and perhaps not as familiar
as the dedicated fan with the junior
game and what it has to offer, the week-
long tournament did the junior game
proud in promoting itself to the masses.
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Lightning to share affiliate with Phoenix

by Megan Sexton
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After two seasons with the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers, the Tampa Bay Lightning has entered into an affiliation with the Springfield Falcon’s of the American Hockey League.

Tampa Bay will share the affiliation with Phoenix Coyotes. Each team will be allowed to send ten players to Springfield.

Phoenix General Manager Cliff Fletcher served as Senior Advisor to Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley last season. The two have maintained a good relationship, which played a part in the affiliation.

“Having Wayne Gretzky and Cliff Fletcher in Phoenix and [President & General Manager] Bruce Landon in Springfield makes us very comfortable with this shared affiliation agreement,” Dudley said in a Press Release issued by the Lightning. “For an arrangement like this to work successfully for everyone involved, it is essential to maintain strong relationships with both your NHL and your AHL partner. It is clear that the relationship we maintain with those in management in Phoenix and Springfield will make this arrangement work successfully for everyone involved.”

Many of Tampa’s prospects suffered on a hapless Detroit Viper team over the past two seasons. The Vipers only posted 45 wins during the time affiliated with Tampa Bay. With the shared affiliation, Tampa prospects will be able to play at a higher level while in the minor leagues. Player’s who should be playing at the ECHL level, will be able to do so, rather than being used to fill an affiliate roster, as we saw frequently in Detroit.

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