Jagr traded for prospects

by Richard A. Plisco
The Pittsburgh Penguins shocked the media and fans, dealing scoring champ Jagr to frequent playoff matchup Washington Capitals. Many critics speculated that Jagr was headed for New York or Los Angeles this week. Pens GM Craig Patrick surprised all by moving Jagr to the Caps for three prospects and future considerations.

Frantisek Kucera was also included in the package as obvious salary relief. The little used defenseman was a late pickup last season and hardly saw the ice.

The Pens get in exchange three top 35 1999 draft picks from Washington :

1. Kris Beech 20 6’3″ 200lbs. C Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Scoring centerman.

2. Ross Lupaschuk 20 6’1″ 215lbs. D Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – Physical blueliner.

3. Michal Sivek 20 6’3″ 209lbs. C Sparta Praha (Czech Rep.) – Two-way center.

Future Considerations are expected to include cash.

Young Blueliners May Be a Strength of Flyers System

by Mike Castor

Overall view of the Philadelphia Flyers defensive prospects

Although critics may say otherwise, the blueline is now one of the Flyers organizational strengths. The difference was the 2001 draft. I think the current draft yielded at least 3 rearguards that may make the NHL with in 4 years. Before the draft, I thought the Flyers had average defensive talent, but now they have seem to have above-average talent system-wide.

In the system, Philadelphia has plenty of big defensive blue liners. At the draft, they added more rearguards that can skate and handle the puck. Bruno St. Jacques will be probably the first one of the prospects to make the Flyers. A lot of that, however, depends on what the Flyers get in return for Eric Lindros. Flyer fans can rest assured that defense will soon not be a problem any longer. While most of the regulars on the Flyers blueline are getting up there in age, the kids in the system should be ready to step up and play well by the time the current veterans are gone.
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Tampa Bay Lightning Update

by Megan Sexton

Tough-Guy &
All-Star Traded in for Experienced Face-Off Man

Kyle Freadrich and Nils Ekman seem to have lost their place in the
organization, as they were traded to the New York Rangers on June 30th
for experienced centerman Tim Taylor. 

seemed to be caught in a numbers game, but appeared to have proved his worth in
his 43 games with the Lightning throughout the 2000-01 season.  A two-time IHL All-Star, Ekman tallied 9
goals and 11 assist while with Tampa and another 22 goals and 14 assists in 33
games with the Detroit Vipers (IHL).

only appeared in 13 games with the big club and suffered through an
injury-plagued season while in Detroit. 
His notorious battle with Chicago heavyweight Ryan VandenBussche game
him a name late in the 1999-00 season, but he failed to keep the intimidation
factor going.  He squared off when given
the opportunity, but never put on much of a show.  With the acquisition of Matthew Barnaby and Gordie Dwyer still in
the ranks, Freadrich was quickly ousted from the tough-guy r Read more»

Evseev heads list of Russian 2002 draft eligible prospects.

by Jake Dole
As the final picks were decided for the 2001 draft, it was evident that the event embodied an outstanding depth of skilled prospects, arguably the best since the 1991 draft. Russian prospects lead the way with Ilya Kovalchuk going 1st overall, followed by Alexander Svitov at # 3 and Stanislav Chistov at #5. Kovalchuk became the first Russian prospect ever to go first overall, as he had become the clear-cut #1 choice in the minds of General Managers and the media.
A large variety of Russian youngsters were drafted. In fact, Russia represented the highest percentage of European prospects as expected. However, not since the early nineties was it that Russia showcased not only such skill but undeniably a large amount of youth. The country has visibly recovered from the recession of prospect depth through the mid-nineties.
In 2002, Russia will be represented with a new row of eligible players. Although the choice is not as deep as in 2001, the talent level is visible, no doubt about it. As expected, the variety is based on skill, speed and skating, the factors which ideally epitomized Russian hockey for decades. However, as of now there is a touch of grit, size and intensity, the words which before were not associated with the Russian style of the game. With prospects such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Svitov, Pavel Vorobiev and Alexei Semenov, it is becoming clear that over the years the North American influence has largely impacted the game of hockey not only in Russia, but in Europe as a whole. The 2002 class is represented by several bigg Read more»

Slovak Gets One More Shot…

by Richard A. Plisco

Former first round selection (1997), Robert Dome has agreed to a one year contract to play for the Penguins. Dome, who was touted as a talented prospect but never materialized, will get one last opportunity.
The 22 year old Slovak has made a habit of reporting to camp out of shape and has yet to produce at the level the Pens hoped he could. After a dispute with management a year ago, Dome chose to play for Kladno of the Czech Elite League. He posted 9 goals and 12 assists with 57 PIM in 29 appearances.
The 6’0″ 210lbs. Dome will have one last chance to make a positive impression on Penguins officials this fall.

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