Sharks update – Defensive Analysis

by Mike Delfino
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For the last several years, the staple of the Sharks future has been with their defensive prowess. Even though names such as Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, and Jonathan Cheechoo give Shark fans reason for hope up front, there are many players that give reason for being ecstatic on defense.

This year saw the emergence of two players on defense with the Sharks. The first of course is Brad Stuart who was nothing short of incredible. While he had down times throughout the year like any rookie, his year as a whole was spectacular.

Throughout the year, Stuart made his presence known. His offensive abilities are proven by the fact that all season long, he only had two times when he was held scoreless 5 games or more in a row (7 and 13 game stretches). As the year progressed, it was clear that Stuart was becoming more and more comfortable with his role not only on defense, but also as part of the offense. Next year, expect to see further strides from Stuart, as he ventures a little further into the offensive zone.

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NTDP Future Watch, Justin Maiser

by Erik Freeman
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Welcome to a new series here at Hockeys Future. We will take a look at some of the top high school, prep, and top players out in Ann Arbor at the National Development Program. The first player of the series is Justin Maiser.

Maiser is one of the top players for his age in the country. He spent the majority of the season with the U-17 team. He was second on the team in scoring with a 11-20-31 line. Maiser also played 13 games with the U-18 team, netting 8 points. Maiser has recently committed to Boston University. The other schools he was looking at where Michigan, Minnesota, Boston College, and Wisconsin. He was sold on Boston University though. He will be playing with his buddies Brian McConnel and Ryan Whitney. They have one of the top recruiting classes for 2001 with those three. As for the firings that recently happened, Maiser said, “I was shocked, I’ve learned a lot from both of them especially Mancini.” He thinks that Mike Eaves will be a strong addition to the program and he is looking forward to next season. Right now he and fellow teammates are strength training three times a week and playing other sports such as football or basketball on other days. Maiser said, “I get chills and it feels great knowing that you are representing the USA.” All and all Maiser is a top notch hockey player with NHL potential. He is a gritty forward who isn’t afraid to muck it up in the corners and has great offensive skills. Maiser will be expected to be a top scorer for the U-18 team. Keep an eye out for him, as he’s one of the top young players in the USA.

Washington Capitals End Of Season Prospect Report (Goaltenders)

by Jeff Charlesworth
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Welcome to the fifth and final edition of my positional reviews of the Washington Capitals
prospects. Today I will give you all the info you need on the goaltenders.

GOALTENDERS

Rastislav Stana – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Stana turned some heads with his performance this season. He had done well last year, but
showed the potential to be a number one goalie down the line in the second half of this year. He
started the season playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors, but was dealt to the number-one ranked
Hitmen at the trading deadline. As good as the numbers he put up in the regular season were, he
absolutely shone in the playoffs. Rastislav must be signed in the off-season or he will re-enter
this year’s draft. The Capitals might take the rarely used route of signing him and returning
him to junior.

GP GAA W-L-T SV% SO
MooseJaw/Calgary (WHL) 30 3.00 17-11-1 .908 1
WHL PLAYOFFS 9 2.40 7-2-0 .911 1

Martin Brochu – Portland Pirates (AHL)

The only things Martin didn’t do this year were: solve world hunger and bring peace to the
Middle East. In one of the most spectacular seasons in recent memory, Brochu won: AHL All-Star
Game MVP, AHL Top Goaltender, AHL MVP and Portland MVP. The only down note of the season was an
injury late in the year that kept him out during the stretch drive and seriously affected his Read more»

Panthers Rookie Report Card – 1999-2000

by Mark Fischel
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The 99-00 season didn’t offer a lot of roster spots to Panthers prospects and rookies because during the 1998-99 season the Panthers had 4 rookies play

complete seasons (Parrish, Worrell, Spacek, and Kvasha), and they all earned full-time roster spots that year. In addition, this

year saw the surprising resurrection of Cam Stewart, and the signing of veteran Ray Sheppard for a bargain basement price.

Add all of these factors together, combined with the AHL Louisville Panthers needing a full roster of prospects, and it didn’t give much chance for a

young player to earn a spot on the big club and make a noticeable contribution, ala Scott Gomez, Maxim Afigenenov, Brad

Stuart, or Michael York.

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Saint Minard

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Saint Minard

Edmonton Oiler goaltending prospect Mike Minard was named man of the year in the American Hockey League, receiving the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for his contributions in the community of Hamilton. This Hamilton Bulldog is an example of the good will and charity that hockey players sometime do not get credit for in this era of high salaries and larger ego’s. Mini Munchkin’s is one of the many programs that Mike is involved in where he has purchased a block of tickets for the childrens hospital so the families can attend the games together.

As well as being a honorary captian and spokesman for the Nike/American Hockey League Streetdogs program that helps children to learn more about the game of hockey, he has help raise $20,000 as a spokesperson and poster player for the Toronto Dominion Bank’s “smiles on ice”. With Bill Ranford retiring this season Mike has a chance at being the back up goaltender to Tommy Salo especially with his performance in the last game of the season against the Calgary Flames in Calgary where he made a strong showing in the second and third period to preserve the victory.

The city of Edmonton will be very fortunate have a player such as Mike Minard with his contributions on and off the ice, if he plays anything like his boyhood hero Grant Fuhr. The Oilers could have another fine goalie to add to their storied history.

I Wanna be like Mike!

Possibly in the near future the Oilers success could be in the hand’s of Mike or the Mike’s. With Michel Riesen, Micheal Henrich, Mike Comrie a Read more»