Czech CHL Import Draft – Part 2

by Robert Neuhauser
A total of 18 Czech players were selected at this year’s CHL Import Draft. For information
about the top 11 picks please see Part 1 of this article, now I’ll try to feature the
remaining 7 players.

No. 36 Martin Kuna – Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

Position: defenseman
Team: HC Slavia Praha
Born: March, 7th, 1983
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Shoots: R
NHL draft: 2002 eligible

The Drakkar selected the Slavia Praha defenseman, who played only sparingly for the junior
national teams. Martin played his first season for the Slavia juniors and displayed a tough
defensive play. As a rookie, he didn’t have lots of opportunities to prove his qualities in
important game situations and was overlooked at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Martin is a reliable
stay-at-home defenseman who hasn’t a big offensive upside. His passing and shooting skills
could be improved, but Martin relies on his positional play and defensive skills. Never considered
as a serious prospect, Martin is hoping that he can impress in the QMJHL. He is very likely
to come over, but I doubt that he can turn into a serious NHL prospect.

No. 37 Jakub Klepis – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Position: center
Team: HC Slavia Praha
Born: June, 5th, 1984
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Shoots: R
NHL draft: 2002 eligible Read more»

Hockey’s Future goes 1 on 1 with Vaclav Nedorost

by pbadmin

One of the top prospects in hockey, Vaclav Nedorost talks with Peter Baptista about what it’s like to be part of such a world-class organization, his
experiences during the NHL playoffs this year and what he thinks of Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux .

PB: What does it feel like to be part of such a world-class organization?
VN: Colorado is a great organization. They treat the players great. I was
in Denver for playoffs and really enjoyed the city and the people in the Avalanche organization.

PB: When did the Avalanche talk to you about a contract for this season?
VN: I signed my contract in April. I am very happy with my contract.

PB: Are you playing in North America this season?

VN: Yes. Right now I am training in Edmonton and staying with my agent. I
want to get stronger and get ready for Colorado’s training camp.

PB: Do you think you could make the Avalanche out of camp?
VN: I will try my best.

PB: What is your strongest asset?
VN: I think that a have very good hockey sense and I read the game very well. That is my strongest asset.

PB: What is your weakest asset?
VN: I continually like to improve all aspects of my game. That is my goal.

PB: Who do you think is the best player on the Avalanche roster? Read more»

Top 20 Panther prospects

by Mark Fischel

Hockey’s Future is proud to announce the all new and improved updated Panthers Team Page. After countless debates, several fist-fights, the top 20 Panther prospects for the upcoming 2001-2002 season is listed below for your enjoyment.

Florida Panthers Top 20 Prospects

1.Kristian Huselius, Left Wing
Possibly the best prospect in Europe and the best player in the Swedish Elite League, the emergence of Huselius and his dominant play made it very easy to envision him on the second line of the Panthers. He has come to contract terms and will be counted on to make the adjustment to the NHL as soon as possible and provide a 2nd line scoring option.

2. Denis Shvidki, Right Wing
Quickly adjusted to the AHL and the physical play, Denis broke two AHL All-Star records and scored 24 points in 32 games in Louisville. At a late season call-up, Denis scored 7 points in his last 14 games and improved his play in all 3 zones. He is ready to play in the NHL and may not be hindered by getting reduced ice-time on the 3rd line for the next few years.

3. Stephen Weiss, Center Read more»

Blues Prospect Vikingstad: “No” to Blues

by Evan Andriopoulos

One of Norway`s premier players who has spent the last seasons playing in Sweden for Leksand has decided to pass on the nearly 100.000 USD offer from the Blues as it was a two way offer which did not guarantee a roster spot in the NHL. If Vikingstad was to be demoted he would spend time at Worcester of the AHL and if recalled his salary would increase 5 times.

Vikingstad is now entertaining the thought of playing in Germany with fellow Norwegian Trond Magnussen for a larger one way contract at Dusseldorf. Vikingstad is also looking at his former Swedish club Leksand as well as Fårjestad and a couple Norwegian clubs.

Other News and Notes from Norway: Anders Myrvold of the Springfield Falcons(AHL) and New York Islanders turned down their contract offer and is now an unrestricted free agent. Myrvold played sparingly in New York last season and is said to be entertaining offers from several other NHL clubs.

Toronto’s New Czech Checker

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Most Bud draftniks greeted the selection of Karel Pilar in the second round with a collective ‘huh?’ when his name was called from the podium in late June. Little was known about the defender in the original media dispatches except for his height (6’1″) his weight (201 to 215 pounds depending on who you believe) and the fact that he played with recent Leaf acquisition Robert Reichel for Litvinov in the Czech Extra League. His stats on the year, 12 goals and 38 assists in 52 games (which lead Extra League defenders) came in shortly there after. But there is more to Pilar than simply statistics and measurements.

According to Robert Neuhauser, HF’s hockey correspondent in the Czech Republic, Pilar is actually a thinking player on the ice. He almost always opts for the safe play when there is any risk involved and is positionally very sound in his own zone. While he has the size to compete physically, his corner work and clearing work do need to improve at this stage in his career. His skating easily makes the grade and his lateral movement and pivot are NHL ready.

Offensively, the Czech rearguard again usually opts for the safe play, never forcing a shot or trying to thread the needle when attacking. That said, his right-handed shot from the point, while not in the Modin/MacInnis class in velocity, has an uncanny knack of getting through to the net and is easily deflected by forwards there. This and his hockey smarts should make him valuable on the Leaf powerplay where, all too often last year, the point shot either never came or never reached its int Read more»

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