As the 2000/01 approaches, the Sharks have question marks ranging from who will make it, who will be signed, and who will be thrust into action sooner than expected.
With the number of potential holdouts, it would not be inconceivable to see faces like Jim Montgomery, Shawn Heins, Robert Jindrich and Jarrett Deuling to see action, where otherwise, they would almost assuredly be in Kentucky of the AHL. They are combined with the possible debuts of Mark Smith and Matt Bradley, which adds up to some very interesting, and frightening possibilities for the Sharks.
The first hurdle the Sharks are faced with is signing many of their young players. There are still eight players who are restricted free agents, including the team’s identity, Owen Nolan, their goaltender, Steve Shields, and their possible future in Patrick Marleau. Also on the list are Yevgeni Nabokov, Marcus Ragnarsson, Marco Sturm, Todd Harvey and Alex Korolyuk. Read more»
To All of you at Hockeysfuture,
I want to thank all of you at hockeysfuture, particularly Bryan and Eric Taylor, for your support and generous comments on my
writing for this great website over the past 2 1/2 years. Thank you Bryan, for giving me the latitude as the Maple Leafs’ editor.
From time to time, we must venture out and take a chance and that is what I’ve decided to do. Over the past year, I have closely
followed the Maple Leafs across a good portion of North America. I have interviewed most of their European and North
American prospects and spent countless hours conversing with each Maple Leafs’ player and reviewing every Maple Leafs
game over the 99-00 season. I have had the great opportunity to see, speak with or talk with a Leafs’ official or scout in
reference to almost every player in the Toronto organization. I have been able to obtain a behind the scenes viewpoint of the
team in action. I have been able to touch upon the underlying philosophy which permeates the organization on largely a firsthand
This work has resulted in the formation of a yearbook style magazine called “The Blue and White Report”. This hockey annual is
now available for the “serious Maple Leafs fan”. It will provide you, as the reader, with a unique look at all of the Toronto
players, often delving into their own analysis, goals and philosophies of play. Each Leafs’ player has an extensive scouting
report/profile and seasonal projections which you just might enjoy. Read more»
When I saw someone had written an opening day roster
for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates I
resist wondering what the Saint John Flames would look
on paper come early October. Now I work for the team,
many of the players’ attitudes and work ethics, so
all taken into account when I try to decide who will
won’t make the big team. So here it goes…
The Flames will be coached this season by IHL veteran
Jim Playfair, formerly of the Michigan K-Wings.
GM Craig Button and Playfair are believed to have a
relationship having worked for the same organization
Stars) for many seasons. Mr. Playfair has already
as saying Button is very understanding as to the needs
a prospect needs to develop and that’s veterans to
Therefore you can expect a few names that have kicked
the fringe of the NHL for quite awhile to play under
and his assistant coach, former St.Louis Blue Ron
At forward, the Calgary Flames already have 10
starters and they all have one-way contacts; therefore
cannot be demoted without clearing waivers first.
Cory Stillman (LW)
Bill Lindsay (LW)
Dave Lowry (LW)
Andrei Nazarov (LW)
Jason Weimer (C/LW) Read more»
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held their first ever Bantam mini-camp on Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th. The camp was for all players selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft or in the 2000 OHL Priority draft who were of Bantam age. In total 23 players attended the 2 day camp.
10 players from the Bantam camp are eligible to attend the Greyhounds main camp and compete for a spot on the Greyhounds roster when the team opens up the full camp on August 30th. Those 10 players include defensemen Chris Martin, Dustin Van Ballegooie, Tyler Campbell, and Jeremy Swanson, centres Brent Crawford, Cliff Miller and Craig Meredith as well as wingers Mike Melinko, Tyler Barath and Brett Trudell. Swanson and Trudell were the Greyhounds top 2 selections in the 2000 OHL draft. Swanson was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) while Trudell was selected in the 2nd round (36th overall). The other 8 players were selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft.
By the looks of things the Greyhounds may be in for another successful season. Four players in particular, all defensemen, used this 2 day mini-camp to showcase themselves to Greyhounds management. They include Dustin Van Ballegooie, Jeremy Swanson, Chris Martin and Tyler Campbell. Read more»
The Nashville Predators have released their roster for the upcoming rookie camp and tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, Sept. 2-5. There are several top propsects on the roster this year, including Denis Arkhipov, who recently signed a contract has finally come to North America. Arkhipov is one of the top prospects in the organization and an excellent goal scorer. He has an outside chance to make the Predators this season and his initial performance at the rookie tournament could be the first step toward the NHL.
Other strong prospects include Jonas Andersson, who was the most impressive rookie in last year’s camp. Andersson also has a chance to make the Predators this season, especially after spending an entire season in North America with the North Bay Centennials of the OHL. Martin Bartek has completed his QMJHL career and could also be a candidate to play in the NHL this season, but he will likely spend the year in Milwaukee of the IHL.
Scott Hartnell is perhaps the biggest name among this group of prospects, after he was selected sixth overall by the Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Hartnell will look to impress the Nashville staff and show the team that he is closer to the NHL than the scouts believe, but it is almost certain that he will be back with Prince Albert of the WHL this season.