Russian Prospects: Calgary Flames’ Andrei Taratukhin

by Eugene Belashchenko

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Talent Analysis:

Andrei Taratukhin will not blow you away with his average and unimpressive 6’0 and 190lb size. He does, however, more then make up for it with his other qualities. Andrei is a type of player who will not stand out with his individual feats but is an irreplaceable component that makes his partners look like super stars. He possesses excellent hockey sense and uses it well as a team player. According to a Finnish observer at the 2001 U18 World Junior Championships, he “seems to be a good (smart) team player, makes those little screens (obstructions) and “holding opponents sticks”, so his teammates could take a good shot or make a move”. Andrei is also an excellent passer. His determination and great work ethic should also be added to his resume. He is a kind of a player who coach’s love to have – is not intimidated by a couple of hits and continues to work hard no matter what. According to the Finnish observer, “Taratuhin is a good, diligent puck digger, and he knows what to do with the puck when he gets it.” Hockey News also added that Andrei is “noticed for willingness to play in traffic…is good down low”. Andrei’s “average” nature in some categories is his main impediment. Andrei Taratukhin has an average shot and is only an average skater. If you consider this along with his average size, he could face possible problems in the more physical North American hockey. 

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2000 Draft review; Report Cards.

by Jake Dole
A total of 8 Russian players were picked in the 1st round of the 2000 draft. After several below-average draft years for Russia, the country had an abundance of rare talent to exhibit. In a draft year that deemed to be unpredictable, trying to foresee the draft positions of the higher touted Russians come June seemed like flipping a coin.
Despite an unquestionably rich flock of players, there was no consensus #1, nor a clear view of the true potential of the players available. The Russian prospects characterized talent, hope, potential, ability but also a great deal of unpredictability. For a whole bundle of the hockey season, the players’ stocks seemed to either rise or fall considerably. The year exemplified certain highly touted names grossly underachieve, while others with lower expectations unexpectedly entered the draft scene.
Alexei Smirnov’s apparent battle with Marian Gaborik for the clear-cut leader of the parade lasted for about half a year. While Gaborik surged, Smirnov’s questionable attitude, lackluster dedication to the sport and inconsistency came up as the draft day loomed. Smirnov wound up going 12th overall, while Gaborik dropped as well to the 3rd position of the podium. Two unexpected names led the way for Russia at the 2000 NHL draft: Going 8th to the Tampa Bay Lightning was Nikita Alexeev, while going 10th to the Chicago Blackhawks was Mikhail Yakubov. These were a couple of names that gradually rose in value during the year and ended up going high for particular reasons that will be discussed later on.
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Looking Forward to the Future

by Brandon LeBourveau

The New York Rangers have some very good forward prospects in their organization. Although the overall depth at forward is not spectacular, it is solid to say the least. Most of the good young forwards in the Rangers’ organization are already playing in the NHL, in players such as Radek Dvorak, Jan Hlavac, Mike York and Manny Malhotra, but there are still the crown jewels in Jamie Lundmark and Pavel Brendl waiting in the wings, and other players with NHL potential.

Whether or not any rookies at forward make the Rangers this season remains to be seen. Everyone who participates in training camp will be given an equal opportunity to make the team. If a certain player steps up and shows that he is ready for the NHL and can contribute to the team, Glen Sather and the New York Rangers staff will not hold that player back. Jamie Lundmark and Pavel Brendl are heading into their 3rd training camp, and hopefully for the Rangers the saying “Three’s a charm” comes true.

Well, with that, I will now take a look at the forward prospects for the New York Rangers. (Note: Excluded from this article are Jay Dardis, Petter Henning, Brandon Dietrich and Alexei Bulatov, simply because I have not seen enough of them to give a fair assessment.)

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On the german way to Salt Lake City

by Oliver Janz

The world championship and the NHL Entry Draft in this year let us say: Germany is back.
Next time to shine: the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in February 2002. The rosters must be named till December, 22nd. The big nations currently named some players, Germany named nobody. And there will be much time go by till german national team coach Hans Zach name the first player. An interesting thing he said regarding the Olympic Games: All players with chances to be named will be watched, including the germans in the north american minor leagues. Read more»

‘Canes 2001 Prospect Wrap-up

by Kirk Pedersen

Rutherford has made a good effort to try and solidify the future of this franchise for years to come. There is still work that must be done. Among other things, they need to bolster their defense, which they have tried to do, and drafting Russian backliner Igor Knyazev has been a giant step in the right direction. They also needed to try and get a decent back-up goaltender, to smooth over that position. They are still in need of a bit of work on the wings, in adding size, and Chris Dingman could possibly be the answer there, but he has been a big disappointment as a pro. The scoring touch he showed as a junior hasn’t been there, although he won’t be expected to score in a ‘Canes uniform, he can be more than a goon.

1. Zepp, Rob
Rob Zepp was in his final season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, which is also owned by ‘Canes owner Peter Karmanos, was a final cut from Canada’s National Junior Team. He put in his best season yet in Plymouth, and with the help of other ‘Cane prospects, including the likes of Damian Surma, Jared Newman and Tomas Kurka, took the Whalers to the OHL finals, only to lose to the Ottawa ’67’s, and a goal by their Captain, Joe Talbot. He failed to come to terms with his original drafting team, the Atlanta Thrashers, so he re-entered, and was selected almost exactly where the Thrashers took him in ’99, but eleven picks lower, at #110. He looks like a very good bet to be a big part of the ‘Canes future.

2000-01 Plymouth OHL 55GP 34W 18L 3T 2.26GAA .916SV%

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