Leafs’ Rookie Week Kick-off

by Randy Nicholson
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The annual Maple Leafs Rookie Camp and Tournament will start soon in Kitchener. This is an incredibly significant event, as it is the ultimate realization of Ken Dryden’s stated promise to build a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup every season.

The best thing about Cliff Fletcher’s time as the Maple Leafs’ boss was that the club became so startlingly successful in such a relatively short period of time. But in many respects, this was also the worst thing about Fletcher’s reign in Toronto. Sudden play-off success encouraged the club to take a “win now” approach and make several trades involving the young players/picks who should have been there to take over when Gilmour, Clark, Ellett, Andreychuk and the other core veterans collectively ran out of steam. As a result, the club that Dryden inherited following the 1996-1997 season had one of the thinnest collection of prospects in the entire league.

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Scary Possibilities for the Sharks

by Mike Delfino
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As the 2000/01 approaches, the Sharks have question marks ranging from who will make it, who will be signed, and who will be thrust into action sooner than expected.
With the number of potential holdouts, it would not be inconceivable to see faces like Jim Montgomery, Shawn Heins, Robert Jindrich and Jarrett Deuling to see action, where otherwise, they would almost assuredly be in Kentucky of the AHL. They are combined with the possible debuts of Mark Smith and Matt Bradley, which adds up to some very interesting, and frightening possibilities for the Sharks.
The first hurdle the Sharks are faced with is signing many of their young players. There are still eight players who are restricted free agents, including the team’s identity, Owen Nolan, their goaltender, Steve Shields, and their possible future in Patrick Marleau. Also on the list are Yevgeni Nabokov, Marcus Ragnarsson, Marco Sturm, Todd Harvey and Alex Korolyuk. Read more»

The Blue and White Report Magazine is here!

by pbadmin
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To All of you at Hockeysfuture,

I want to thank all of you at hockeysfuture, particularly Bryan and Eric Taylor, for your support and generous comments on my
writing for this great website over the past 2 1/2 years. Thank you Bryan, for giving me the latitude as the Maple Leafs’ editor.
From time to time, we must venture out and take a chance and that is what I’ve decided to do. Over the past year, I have closely
followed the Maple Leafs across a good portion of North America. I have interviewed most of their European and North
American prospects and spent countless hours conversing with each Maple Leafs’ player and reviewing every Maple Leafs
game over the 99-00 season. I have had the great opportunity to see, speak with or talk with a Leafs’ official or scout in
reference to almost every player in the Toronto organization. I have been able to obtain a behind the scenes viewpoint of the
team in action. I have been able to touch upon the underlying philosophy which permeates the organization on largely a firsthand
basis.
This work has resulted in the formation of a yearbook style magazine called “The Blue and White Report”. This hockey annual is
now available for the “serious Maple Leafs fan”. It will provide you, as the reader, with a unique look at all of the Toronto
players, often delving into their own analysis, goals and philosophies of play. Each Leafs’ player has an extensive scouting
report/profile and seasonal projections which you just might enjoy. Read more»

Saint John Flames Opening Day Roster

by pbadmin
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When I saw someone had written an opening day roster
prediction
for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates I
just couldn’t
resist wondering what the Saint John Flames would look
like
on paper come early October. Now I work for the team,
I know
many of the players’ attitudes and work ethics, so
these are
all taken into account when I try to decide who will
and who
won’t make the big team. So here it goes…
The Flames will be coached this season by IHL veteran
head coach
Jim Playfair, formerly of the Michigan K-Wings.
Calgary Flames
GM Craig Button and Playfair are believed to have a
close
relationship having worked for the same organization
(Dallas
Stars) for many seasons. Mr. Playfair has already
been quoted
as saying Button is very understanding as to the needs
of what
a prospect needs to develop and that’s veterans to
learn from.
Therefore you can expect a few names that have kicked
around
the fringe of the NHL for quite awhile to play under
Playfair
and his assistant coach, former St.Louis Blue Ron
Wilson.
At forward, the Calgary Flames already have 10
sure-fire
starters and they all have one-way contacts; therefore
they
cannot be demoted without clearing waivers first.

They are:


Cory Stillman (LW)
Bill Lindsay (LW)
Dave Lowry (LW)
Andrei Nazarov (LW)
Jason Weimer (C/LW) Read more»

Soo Greyhounds Bantam Camp Wraps Up

by Brad Coccimiglio
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The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held their first ever Bantam mini-camp on Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th. The camp was for all players selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft or in the 2000 OHL Priority draft who were of Bantam age. In total 23 players attended the 2 day camp.
10 players from the Bantam camp are eligible to attend the Greyhounds main camp and compete for a spot on the Greyhounds roster when the team opens up the full camp on August 30th. Those 10 players include defensemen Chris Martin, Dustin Van Ballegooie, Tyler Campbell, and Jeremy Swanson, centres Brent Crawford, Cliff Miller and Craig Meredith as well as wingers Mike Melinko, Tyler Barath and Brett Trudell. Swanson and Trudell were the Greyhounds top 2 selections in the 2000 OHL draft. Swanson was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) while Trudell was selected in the 2nd round (36th overall). The other 8 players were selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft.
By the looks of things the Greyhounds may be in for another successful season. Four players in particular, all defensemen, used this 2 day mini-camp to showcase themselves to Greyhounds management. They include Dustin Van Ballegooie, Jeremy Swanson, Chris Martin and Tyler Campbell. Read more»