Washington Capitals Off-Season Preview

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The Capitals have already had a busy off-season, but the biggest moves are yet to come. Many of the changes so far have affected the minor league system, leaving the NHL roster intact. However, with six big-name Restricted Free Agents and the potential for some blockbuster trades very soon – the Caps could have a different look for 2000-01.

As with the rest of the league, the Capitals had to sign their 1998 draft picks by June 1st or lose the rights to them. George McPhee got things started early by signing collegiate defenseman Michael Farrell in March. Then, right at the deadline, the Caps came to terms with Krys Barch, Nathan Forster and Rastislav Stana. They are all expected to play minor pro next season, and the Caps have high hopes for all of them. This meant that the remaining 1998 draft picks: Goaltender Jomar Cruz, Forwards Blake Evans and Todd Hornung re-entered the 2000 draft. None of them were selected, and they will look for Free Agent deals during the summer.
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Stars 2000 Draft Review

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The Dallas Stars 2000 draft consisted of ten picks, with eight of the ten being European. Dallas selected an overage prospect later in the draft. Below is a detailed look at the Stars’ 2000 draft day.

#25 Steve Ott, C
6-0 168lbs 10-19-82 Windsor (OHL)

Must gain weight to be effective in the NHL, but already has the necessary skills. Has speed, good puck control, and good passing ability, while also maintaining a distinct edge to his game. Proof of his skills lie in the fact that he led his team in scoring as a rookie, and was MVP for Team Cherry in the ’00 CHL Prospect Game.

Solid pick with good upside, and should develop into a nice two-way player

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playoffs gp-12 g-3 a-5 pts-8 pim-21


#60
Dan Ellis
, G
6-0 180lbs 6-19-80 Omaha (USHL)

A butterfly goalie that played last season in the weaker USHL, and will attend college next season. Possesses good quickness, rebound control, and focus, but must translate his game to the higher levels of competition.

A reach made because of need, but his progress has been encouraging.

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#68
Joel Lundqvist
, C
6-0 182lbs 4-2-82 Vasta Frolunda Jrs. (Sweden)

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Thrashers Draft Report

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The Man they call “Trader Don” may have earned a new nickname in Calgary, You may soon hear
other General managers referring to the Thrasher GM as “Drafting Don”. In the weeks before the
2000 NHL Draft, Waddell told everyone that he felt the Thrashers would trade their pick for some
veteran talent. Looking back, Waddell must now be one of the happiest men in the NHL. Trading
the Thrashers number one pick may have been beneficial for the short term, but acquiring a
player of the caliber of Dany Heatley was a big plus for this club.

Heatley has been a bonafide scorer (with Size) at every level. He successfully made a
smooth transition to US collegiate hockey last year, continuing his development with the
Wisconsin Badgers. He was the man the Waddell wanted all along, after hearing no astounding
offers from any other clubs, and should be a perfect fit on a future Thrasher line centered by
last years #1 pick Patrick Stefan. The Number 1 North American in the Final CSB Rankings, as
well as number one THN draft eligible, Dany lists at 6’1″ but is more like 6’3″. He plays
agressive attacking Hockey which led to 28 Goals in 38 Games last year. His season-long growth
at Wisconsin earned him a big jump from the 20 or so mid-season CSB Rank. Scouts Liked the
scoring pop, as well as his work ethic, and think this guy can’t miss. The Thrashers do not
expect Dany to jump in Right away, but could give him a shot in Training camp. Either way, he Read more»

An Interview With Panthers Prospect Kyle Rossiter

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For all of you fans who frequently check in with HockeysFuture.com This
is a really great time to be a fan. As an offseason special, I got a chance
to conduct an interview with Spokane Chiefs defenseman Kyle Rossiter. Kyle
was drafted 30th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL draft. To
this date, he has currently played 4 season’s for Spokane of the WHL.

Hockey’s Future: How old were you when you started playing hockey?

Kyle Rossiter: I was 5 when I started playing hockey in Edmonton.

HF: What did it feel like to be drafted into the NHL?

KR: It was a big relief because it just seemed like the pressure had been
building all season and everyone speculates as to when and where you’ll be
drafted you really feel like you are under the microscope.

HF: Was there any special team(s) you wanted to be drafted by?

KR: Any team was fine by me, at this point you just want to get your foot in the
door.

HF: Why did you decide to play Major Junior instead of perhaps going to a U.S.
college?

KR: I, like most hockey people, viewed major junior as the faster track to the
NHL. I knew that I could always go back to school if things in Junior
didn’t work out and with the CHL scholarship plan I knew that if things
didn’t go my way that Spokane would foot the bill for four years of
university.

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