Hockey’s Future: You’ve just finished up what can be termed both a very successful season (finishing first overall) and a disappointing one (losing to Barrie in the playoffs). What are your thoughts on the year just passed?
Peter DeBoer: It was a special season. We were predicted to be in a fight just for a playoff position and ended up a game away from a championship.
HF: What kind of feeling did you have going into the Barrie series, putting your comparably inexperienced club up against a veteran club with as many offensive weapons as they had this year?
PD: We knew it would be a test. We were going to have to rely on our team play and discipline to overcome our obvious talent and experience deficiencies.
HF: What were some of the things you set out to do against the Colts and how did your strategies pan out?
IHL ROOKIE PROFILE
Vlad is a very exciting hockey to watch. An excellent skater who uses his
speed to create things in the neutral zone. Vlad has dynamic talent. Sees
all the ice well and uses it to his advantage to create plays. Excellent
puck handler and is good on the one on one. Has a lot of shifty moves which
keeps the opposition guessing on what he will do with the puck. Uses
teammates well to create happenings. Has a lot of natural talent. A very
smart player who comes to play every night and gives 100% every shift. Late
in the 99-00 season Vlad was sent to the Flint Generals of the UHL where he
collected 15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points in 17 games, but later was Read more»
IHL ROOKIE PROFILE
overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Bubba was captain of the 1996 NCAA
champion Michigan Wolverines and was named to the 1998 CCHA All-Star Second
Team and to the 1998 NCAA championship All-Tournament Team. Bubba is a solid
stay at home type of defenceman, but is known to join the rush occasionally.
He rarely gets caught out of position and is a good skater and a puckhandler.
Has a good hard shot with a quick release. Clears the net well
and sees the ice well when starting a breakout from his own end. Bubba is a
proven winner and with time in Milwaukee to polish his skills he should
see time on the Predators blueline.
Andrew was named IHL’s US-Born Rookie of the Year (McKenzie Trophy) for