OHL Prospects – Final Rankings

by Bob Chery
on
What a difference a year makes. While the 2000 crop of
draft-eligibles had a few good players at the high-end, it did
not match what the 2001 crop has to offer, and the depth this
year is also impressive. From Guelph to the west, Oshawa to the
east, and scenic bread-and-breakfast country along the shores of
Georgian Bay in beautiful Owen Sound, it was a pleasure to watch
this year’s prospects. Expect to see 16-18 OHLers drafted in the
first three rounds of the NHL draft, and some interesting
long-shots in the later rounds.

We’ll start off by having a bit of fun as the make-up of this
year’s group has some things in common with the players taken at
the top of the 1998 Draft. Of course, this isn’t the exact order
in which I would rank the prospects, but it is interesting to
look at the similarities. Included are the numbers that the
players put up in their respective draft-eligible seasons:

1. Vincent Lecavalier – 58GP 44G 71A 115 PTS 117 PIM
1. Jason Spezza ——- 56GP 43G 73A 116 PTS 43 PIM

Both players have good size and a high skill-level with skating
ability, especially with Spezza, being the main concern.

2. David Legwand – 59GP 54G 51A 105 PTS 56PIM Read more»

Swedish Prospects in the World Championships

by pbadmin
on

Goalies


Mikael Tellqvist
, Djurgården – drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs

The highly-touted Toronto prospect was the back-up goalie for Tommy Salo.
Tellqvist did only get to play one game and it was Sweden’s final game against
the USA. He allowed two goals, stopped 30 and had an impressing .938 SVS%.
Mats Sundin was one of those who were really astonished with Tellqvist’s great
play.
But Sundin didn’t seem very anxious to get Tellqvist over the pond considering
the fact that he would most likely see limited ice-time behind Curtis Joseph.
If Tellqvist would have been sent down to the AHL he’d perhaps play 60-70
games, but the question is if he wouldn’t have a better development in the
Swedish Elite League with Djurgården.

Stats: GP: 1, GAA: 2.00, SVS%: .938

Defensemen


Daniel Tjärnqvist
, Djurgården – belongs to the Atlanta Thrashers

Daniel was the best Swedish defenseman along with Kim Johnsson from the NY
Rangers. Tjärnqvist played a first-class two-way game. He was registered for 6
assists and several of those came on the power-play where Tjärnqvist was
terrific. Although he has a good shot he didn’t manage to score a goal
throughout the tournament, but on the other hand several of his shots were
deflected by Swedish forwards who then scored.
It will be a huge sensation if the Atlanta Thrashers won’t try to get Daniel
over to the NHL next season. He was the best defenseman for the duration of
the regular season in the SEL and he was the best defenseman in the SEL
p Read more»

Change of Times for the Oilers at the Draft Table

by John Christie
on
The NHL draft is the livelihood of a lot of NHL teams. Teams like
Calgary, Buffalo and other small market teams have to draft well or even
better then the rest since they cannot compete for high priced NHL
talent.

The Edmonton Oilers will be at the draft table for the 23rd time in
there brief NHL history. Edmonton has had both success and failure at
the draft table over the past 23 years. From 1979-1981, they drafted
players that were integral parts of their dynasty. No NHL team has ever
drafted players like Lowe (1979), Messier (1979), Anderson (1980), Kurri
(1980), Coffey (1980), Moog (1980), Fuhr (1981), Smith (1981) in three
straight drafts.

Last year, the Oilers turned over a new “leaf” in there franchise. Gone
are long time coach and GM Glen Sather and Barry Fraser who was there
chief scout since the Oilers inception into the NHL in 1979. Fraser and
his staff uncovered a lot of jewels in the draft in the early years but
from 1984-1992, no first rounder the Oilers drafted played more then 15
games for the Oilers.

The Oilers have one of the worst drafting records in the NHL. In the
1980’s, they had some excuses as they were continually winning and ended
up with low draft picks but in the 1990’s, they missed the playoffs for
a few years but again they continually came up with bad drafts. In
1993, they drafted Arnott and Nick Stajduhar in the first round. 1994
saw the Oilers draft Jason Bonsignore (4th overall) and Ryan Smyth (6th
overall) . 1995 & 1996 (the last years the Oilers would miss th Read more»

Thrashers Prospects Update

by pbadmin
on


Atlanta Thrashers Junior Prospects Update
Read more»

Moose New Canuck Farm Team

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

IHL NEWS


Vancouver Canucks’ farm team will switch leagues and teams next season.

Canuck assistant general manager Dave Nonis said Thursday the National Hockey League team plans to move its minor-league team from Kansas City to Winnipeg for next season.

The minor-league Canucks will also switch leagues because AHL governors voted unanimously to expand and absorb the money-losing International Hockey League.
Vancouver wanted to use the Moose as its minor-league affiliate last season, but the Manitoba franchise’s insistence that ex-Winnipeg Jet Randy Carlyle remain as coach was a deal-breaker for the Canucks.

The NHL club then signed a one-year operating agreement with Kansas City.

Nonis said the coaching hurdle has been removed and the Canucks will name their own coach, although minor-league bench boss Stan Smyl has yet to sign a new contract with Vancouver.

Nonis cautioned, however, there are other contractual matters to be resolved with the Moose.

“It is likely that it’s going to happen,” Nonis said of the farm’s return to Canada for the first time since 1994, when Canuck minor-leaguers moved to Syracuse, N.Y., from Hamilton. “We were really happy with both leagues. From our standpoint, the 1/8 AHL expansion 3/8 won’t make a difference. If you have your own development team, that’s the best way to go.”

IHL PLAYOFF RECAPP FROM SUNDAY MAY 13, 2001


Manitoba Moose
0 Read more»

Related Articles