B’s have little time to sign Memorial Cup MVP

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The time is quickly ticking away for the Boston Bruins to come to terms with Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player and top prospect Kyle Wanvig. The Bruins have until May 31st at midnight to sign Wanvig to a contract before he can re-enter the 2001 NHL entry draft.

Wanvig, 6’ 2”, 220-lbs., had 2-4-6 totals in the Memorial Cup en route to being named the Stafford Smythe trophy winner as the tournament’s most valuable player. Both of his goals came on the power play during the championship game against the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL.

Kyle, who was drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, had a career season for the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) this past season. In 69 games for the Rebels Wanvig scored 55 goals while adding 46 assists for 101 points while spending 202 minutes in the penalty box.

Many say Kyle could potentially skate alongside Joe Thornton on the Bruins second line next season if he signs. This would be great for the Bruins if Wanvig could step right into the NHL on the second line and play like he did this past season in the Western Hockey League. Wanvig is close to the NHL but to put that type of pressure on a rookie isn’t a good recipe for success.

While Kyle is an excellent power forward he will definitely not let Boston fans forget about Cam Neely who many say invented the power forward position. The Bruins tried Landon Wilson to help fill Neely’s shoes but didn’t work out and Wilson has since moved onto the Phoenix Coyotes where he has found a regular shift and next u Read more»

Profile on Christoph Schubert

by Oliver Janz
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Coming from Munich

Christoph Schubert, a 19 year old defenseman, who was born in the bavarian capital München (Munich). He is a eligible draft prospect for the upcoming Draft and maybe a NHL-team picked him up. Is he talented enough? Yes, Schubert are always in the first line of every bantam, midget and junior team he played for. The coaches saw his big potential and gave him many ice-time. They know, that they could have a great defender talent on their roster.

His junior days

His first junior season where he appeared the full length of the season in a junior team was 1998-99. He played for the EV Landshut junior team; their pro team spent the season in the DEL and the best juniors maybe get a shot there. Marco Sturm for example was in the same situation, but Sturm make the team in the pre-season and there wasn’t so much foreign players in the pro team. The terrific number of 18 players haven’t a german passport, so the young prospects had no chance to play. Also, Landshut had eight defenders on their roster, to hard to get a shot to play in th DEL for Schubert.

But he played a solid season in their junior team, appearing in 28 games, scoring 10 goals and recording 35 points. A good number for a def Read more»

Capitals 2000-01 Roster Comments

by Rick Davis
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Thank you to the people who corrected the information that I had on Danius Zubrus’s contract.

Craig Billington

2000-01 regular season numbers – 12 games, 660 minutes, 2.45 GAA, 3 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties, .915 save %
Contract Status – signed through 2002-2003 season
Comments – Although Craig doesn’t get a lot of playing time with the Capitals, he plays very well when he is in. All signs point to him being happy as Kolzig’s backup and the Capitals being happy with him. One of the benefits of having Billington as a backup is that as a veteran, he can and does help Kolzig with positioning and confidence. I would be extremely surprised if he does not return.

James Black

2000-01 regular season numbers – 42 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points, -3, 4 PIM
Contract Status – Capitals have option on 2001-2002 season
Comments – James came into last season still trying to recover from a broken leg sustained the year before, and it seemed that missing camp hurt his conditioning which in turn hurt his position with the team. Primarily a role-player and penalty-killer, James was a healthy scratch for all six Capitals playoff games. It has been reported in the Washington Post that the Capitals are leaning towards not exercising the option on James’s contract, thus making him an Unrestricted Free Agent after July 1.

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Deadline to Sign ’99 Picks Fast Approaching

by Chris Boucher
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The Montreal Canadiens have until June 1st to sign their 1999 Draft picks who have played Major Junior hockey. Six players fall into this category. They are Alexander Buturlin, Matt Carkner, Dusty Jamieson, Marc-André Thinel, Sean Dixon, and Jerome Marois. If last year is any indication, the prospective signings will only be announced at the eleventh hour. In fact, last year’s signings of Francois Beauchemin and Michael Ryder were only announced on June 2nd.

Alexander Buturlin -RW (Drafted-99(2/39))

The Sarnia Sting’s Alexander Buturlin began the season quietly, but broke out with 5 points in his ninth game. His was incredibly consistent, going no more than 2 games without a point at any time during the season. He averaged 1.14 PPG, but his greatest accomplishment was his plus/minus. He finished +14, on a team where the next highest total was +4. Seventeen of Sarnia’s players finished the season in the minus, while only 4 (including Buturlin) finished with a plus/minus above zero.
The 6’0″, 187 lbs. Buturlin played 58 games. He had 65 points (28-37-65), and was a team-leading +14, with 27 minutes in penalties. Seven of his goals were scored on the powerplay, while 1 was scored short-handed. He had point scoring streaks of 4 games on three different occasions, along with one streak of 5 games between November 12th, and November 22nd.
Alexander had a relatively strong World Junior Tournament. He scored 4 goals and added 1 assist in 7 games, including 2 goals in the game against Canada. He finished with a +1 rating, but did not handle the p Read more»

U.S. Born Phenom Ready For the OHL

by Scott Hamburger
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On May 5th, the Mississauga Ice Dogs made 16 year old Patrick O’Sullivan
the first overall pick in this years OHL priority draft. Making him only the
second USA born player to be selected 1st overall. “This O’Sullivan kid is
gonna be something, we watched him play one night in his junior A league and
he was the most dominant player on the ice scoring 2 goals and 2 assists, we
decided right then that he was the best player available in the 1985 draft.”
said Ice Dogs GM Don Cherry. While only 16, he’s shown that he has the
talent and the heart to make the jump into the Ontario Hockey League, and his
competitive attitude should make the transition easy on him.

Playing with guys a lot older than him will be nothing new to Patrick.
This past season O’Sullivan was the youngest on his U.S.A. Development Team
(Under-17). In league and international play O’Sullivan lead his team,
scoring 33 goals with 51 assists in just 63 games this season. Which was
good enough to earn him spots on both the NAHL All Star Game and the All
rookie team. “He’s got a great hockey sense and always knows where everyone
is on the ice.” says team mate Greg Goodnough. Although he shows a lot of
maturity and confidence on the ice, he won’t let his early success get to his
head.
“I had an alright year, I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. I
would have liked to make the playoffs in the NAHL but winning the gold at
Christmas was the best moment of my life.” said O’Sullivan. “Pat has great
hands, and can stick handle and ma Read more»

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