Panthers Rookie Report Card – 1999-2000

by Mark Fischel
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The 99-00 season didn’t offer a lot of roster spots to Panthers prospects and rookies because during the 1998-99 season the Panthers had 4 rookies play

complete seasons (Parrish, Worrell, Spacek, and Kvasha), and they all earned full-time roster spots that year. In addition, this

year saw the surprising resurrection of Cam Stewart, and the signing of veteran Ray Sheppard for a bargain basement price.

Add all of these factors together, combined with the AHL Louisville Panthers needing a full roster of prospects, and it didn’t give much chance for a

young player to earn a spot on the big club and make a noticeable contribution, ala Scott Gomez, Maxim Afigenenov, Brad

Stuart, or Michael York.

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Saint Minard

by HF Staff
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Saint Minard

Edmonton Oiler goaltending prospect Mike Minard was named man of the year in the American Hockey League, receiving the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his contributions in the community of Hamilton. This Hamilton Bulldog is an example of the good will and charity that hockey players sometime do not get credit for in this era of high salaries and larger ego’s. Mini Munchkin’s is one of the many programs that Mike is involved in where he has purchased a block of tickets for the childrens hospital so the families can attend the games together.

As well as being a honorary captian and spokesman for the Nike/American Hockey League Streetdogs program that helps children to learn more about the game of hockey, he has help raise $20,000 as a spokesperson and poster player for the Toronto Dominion Bank’s “smiles on ice”. With Bill Ranford retiring this season Mike has a chance at being the back up goaltender to Tommy Salo especially with his performance in the last game of the season against the Calgary Flames in Calgary where he made a strong showing in the second and third period to preserve the victory.

The city of Edmonton will be very fortunate have a player such as Mike Minard with his contributions on and off the ice, if he plays anything like his boyhood hero Grant Fuhr. The Oilers could have another fine goalie to add to their storied history.

I Wanna be like Mike!

Possibly in the near future the Oilers success could be in the hand’s of Mike or the Mike’s. With Michel Riesen, Micheal Henrich, Mike Comrie a Read more»

What should Chicago do with the 10th & 11th pick?

by Bill Placzek
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What does the team in need of help at each position do when they draft at #10
and #11 ? Where the Hawks go at these picks seems a minuscule problem in comparison to
the others this soiled Original Six club has to overcome.
When an NHL club doesn’t have an AHL developmental team, or a head coach, or
a true scouting staff at either the amateur or professional level except for
your new General Manager, or a playoff berth for four years, the draft seems
like a drop into a bucket.
Nonetheless it is a place to start to look for talent to turnaround a 39 year
tailspin away from Lord Stanley’s Cup. I speak here as possibly the biggest
wannabe GM who has been around all of those years. So much of my speculating
will involve what neo GM Mike Smith may do, but mostly what pozer GM Wiz
would do. I have not been silent through the other drafts, letting the
entire Blackhawk family, the radio audiences, and every fan in an earshot
from my seat know exactly who I wanted in each draft.. In 1986, I wanted Adam
Graves. They took Everett Sanipass. In ‘94, I wanted Wanye Primeau. They
took Ethan Moreau. In 97’s second round, I wanted Kristian Huselius; they
took Jeremy Reich. In ‘97, we did agree on Dan Cleary, but I think we all see
he is still far from an NHL top two line player. In 1990, we also agreed on Karl Dykhuis
over Keith Tkachuk, but what do we know, eh?
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Play It Again, Grahame

by pbadmin
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For some hockey players, the postseason brings out the best in them. John Grahame is one of those guys.
The Providence Bruins, defending American Hockey League Champs, suffered their share of adversity this season and barely squeezed into the playoffs after injuries and call-ups took their toll forcing coach Peter Laviolette to play an AHL-record 70 players throughout the course of the year. But this is where the story gets interesting. Enter Grahame.
He is already the answer to several great trivia questions, but “JG” as he likes to be called, has been keeping the puck out of the net all year whether playing for the moribund Boston Bruins, or the in-over-their-heads P-Bruins of the AHL regular season. John has made no bones about the fact that he would rather play in the NHL than on the farm any day of the week and twice on Sunday. After all, who wouldn’t? But when the ’99-’00 Boston Bruins season ended without a postseason berth for the second time in four years
(at no fault of Grahame’s by the way,) the parent club sent him and a large portion of the cast that brought you the 1999 Calder Cup, back down to Rhode Island’s capital city.
You see, John Grahame is rapidly proving that he is one of those rare athletes who actually thrives when the competition is toughest. Last year, he went 15-4 with a 2.38 GAA and .912 save percentage. He out-performed other netminders who were supposedly much Read more»

Washington Capitals End Of Season Prospect Report (Defensemen)

by Jeff Charlesworth
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In the latest installment of my look into the past, present and future of the Capitals’
prospects, I take on the daunting task of dissecting the defensemen.

DEFENSEMEN

Alexei Tezikov – Portland Pirates (AHL)

This was not the season that everyone expected for Alexei after showing so much promise at the
end of last year. He put up good numbers and proved that he can play in the big leagues, but was
blocked at the NHL level by a veteran defense corps. Making things worse was a broken foot that
caused him to miss the playoffs, which could have been a chance to showcase himself. Even though
he is still somewhat inexperienced, he is being counted on to play full time in Washington next
season. The Caps will make room for him as they badly want to establish another young defenseman
in DC.

GP G A PTS PIM +/-
Portland (AHL) 53 6 9 15 65 12
Washington (NHL) 23 1 1 2 2 -2

Ross Lupaschuk – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

This has been an eventful season for Ross, as he has moved around a bit. He was invited to try
out for Canada’s National Junior Team, but was a late cut. He started the season playing in
Prince Albert but was traded to Red Deer mid-season in a blockbuster deal, giving him a chance
to be a number one defenseman. He flourished on the Rebels, finishing third in scoring and Read more»