for the St. Michael’s Majors’ Mark Popovic. Without a doubt it
made him a better all-around player, although it did not
necessarily provide him with the ideal conditions to best
display his considerable talents.
off-season when he was named team Captain, an honour not often
bestowed on young players who are in their NHL draft-eligible
year. New coach Dave Cameron made it clear that he did not think
a major overhaul of the roster was necessary, but rather the
style of play employed by the club would have to be altered.
Step one in that process was to have Popovic lead the way in
buying into the new system.
league-lead in scoring among OHL defencemen six weeks into the
season, Cameron’s philosophy of defence, defence, and more
defence would make that result impossible to maintain as the
season wore on.
coach had little choice. There were only two NHL draftees on the
roster, forwards Adam DeLeeuw, a 6th-round pick of the Red Wings
in ‘98 and Darryl Bootland, an 8th-round pick of the Avalanche
in 2000. The absence of 1st-round talent like a Spezza/Ott or
Boyes/Alexeev combo would ensure that the Majors would have
trouble scoring goals.
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