Kings Draft Pick goes back to USHL

by Brian Schultz
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Minnesota Gopher sophomore-to-be Dan Welch, who was just drafted by the LA Kings as the 245th pick, will not return to the school next season. In 36 games last year for the Gophers, Welch scored 6 goals and added 8 assists. Welch has been ruled academically ineligible. Welch will attend a junior college in Omaha, Nebraska and will play for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL this season. Welch was suspended last season by head coach Don Lucia because he missed several classes. Welch was also suspended for two games by the school because he failed to turn in his class schedule at the start of the second semester. Welch most recently played in two out of four games with the USA Hockey Under-20 team in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lucia said that if Welch gets eligible after this year, the team would welcome him back.

Michigan Star to make the Jump to Junior

by Jeff Bromley
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When the Kootenay ICE finished their 1999-2000
Memorial Cup finalist season, they lost a good percentage of their offensive output when Captain Mike Green (Florida) and line-mate Jaroslav
Svoboda (Carolina) graduated to the professional ranks. For any club, even as one as deep as the ICE, it is a dent on the stats sheet that would
be a heady task to replace.

Well, if forecasts are accurate, consider it replaced.

The Kootenay ICE announced this past week that Marek Svatos, Kootenay’s 47th overall CHL import draft pick and NCAA Michigan Wolverine
star Mike Comrie, an Edmonton Oiler 1999 NHL Draft pick (91st overall) will both be joining the club for the 2000-01 season. For Svatos, a Kosice,
Slovakia native the move to North America a full two weeks ahead of the beginning of training camp will only benefit him in making the transition
to his new Canadian surroundings. For Comrie however, making the jump to junior from the NCAA is more of a strategic move. The fact that
Comrie will no doubt enhance his professional aspirations by making the transfer if only for the fact that the WHL plays almost double the
amount of regular season games (72 as opposed to 40) and the increased ice time will only be to his benefit in trying to make the jump to the
NHL. Mike Comrie’s arrival to the Kootenays also enhances his contract position with the Edmonton Oilers due to a path carved out by Comrie’s
former Michigan Wolverine teammate Mike Van Ryn.
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Habs’ Prospects Break Camp

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens’ prospects were on the ice for the second time Wednesday morning as André Savard led them through their morning workout. The mood during warm-up was low-key, but that quickly changed as Savard, along with Michel Therrien, Roland Melanson , and Éric Lavigne began the real on-ice workout.
The practice began with a 6-man neutral zone drill. Six players were given pucks and made to skate at medium/high intensity between the two bluelines. The object of the drill was to force the players to handle the puck while keeping their heads up at all times. Marc-André Thinel really excelled during this drill. It allowed him to showcase his speed and puck-handling ability.
Due to the language barrier, Andrei Markov was given some special attention. Markov showed good speed, and a quick first step. His mobility was excellent. He paid especially close attention to the on-ice direction, and seemed to respond well to suggestions.
Mike Ribeiro was definitely the best puck-handler on the ice. He was able to have his way with opposing defensemen during drills. Until they got a hand on him. This tactic would invariably result in Ribeiro being pushed off the puck. The extra 20 pounds of muscle that Ribeiro was reported to have put on during the summer didn’t seem to help in this regard. Read more»

Nate Miller signs with Kings

by Brian Schultz
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Former Minnesota Gopher Nate Miller signed a contract with the LA Kings last week. Miller, who had his most prolific season during his senior year with the Gophers, joins fellow former Wisconsin Badger Steve Reinprecht in joining the Kings since the season ended. According to former pro coach and current Minnsota Wild scout Glen Sonmor, the Kings, “got themselves an outstanding player. He is steady, shows good leadership and it’s great for him to get a chance. He makes contributions all the time, and I don’t see that changing at the pro level.” Terms of the contract were not released.

Career stats:

Freshman-5-9-14

Sophomore-8-6-14

Junior-6-8-14

Senior-16-19-35

Totals-35-42-77

Toronto’s Keys to Success – Part 1

by Randy Nicholson
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This is the first in a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.

This week we’ll examine a group of returning players and next week the spotlight will swing over to several key newcomers.
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