A Look at Sharks Goaltending

by Mike Delfino
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One can not undervalue the importance of goaltending come playoff time. Nearly every team to win the Stanley Cup in the last 10 years has all had great goaltending.

Looking past Steve Shields, the Sharks have 3 young goalies who stand to play a prominent role in the future for the Sharks, however, they all remain very much of question marks. All share a very similar motto (as can most goaltending prospects for that matter). All may turn into solid NHL goalies, and all may turn into nothing more than career minor leaguers.

This year saw the first Sharks drafted goaltender step foot on the ice for the San Jose Sharks–Evgeni (aka John, aka Yevgeni) Nabokov. All other goalies to play for the Sharks were either acquired via trade, free agency or other means. Nabokov was drafted in the 9th round, with the 219th overall pick in 1994.

In limited action in San Jose, Nabokov did exactly what was asked of him. In his first start he shutout Colorado in a 0-0 tie. In 11 appearances, he was 2-2-1, a save percentage of .910, with a 2.17 GAA. In only one game did he looked out of place. At the very least, Nabokov may have proved this year that he is a reliable backup. Read more»

Dallas Stars 2000 Draft Preview

by pbadmin
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Drafting Trends:

-Like to select two-way forwards, hulking defenseman, players from the WHL, and recently forwards with plus skating ability.

-Since the Stars have been in Dallas they have not selected a goaltender in the first two rounds, and almost never select Slovakian, Czech, or QMJHL players.

System Needs:

-Goal scoring forwards with size and speed

-Offensive defensemen

-Goaltending depth

Picks held: (as of 6/16/00)

#25, #55, #62 (from Min.), #85, #115, #145, #175, #205, #245, #275

What to expect in this year’s draft:

First four picks
-At least two versatile forwards, with each having plus speed.

-Maybe one goaltender, and at least one defenseman.

-Look for one or more “reaches” by the Stars, as a weak draft and vastly varying opinions could make for some interesting picks.

Late Round Picks

-Look for at least one player 20 or older to be selected.

-Look for a majority of Europeans to be selected here, as they are a
better value late.

-Will select a goaltender here if they pass on one in the earlier rounds.

Potential Trades

-They have traded out of the first round the last two years, and they might again, but anticipate them making a selection this year.

-Could conceivably put together a package of picks and/or players to obtain a veteran goal-scorer on draft day.

Possible picks at #25:

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IHL Rookie Profile – Petr Schastlivy

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL ROOKIE PROFILE


Petr Schastlivy
Born: 4/18/79 in Vikhorevka, Russia
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 205
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Ottawa's 5th choice, 101st overall, in 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Acquired: Assigned by Ottawa Senators, 9/27/99

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
1997-98 Yaroslavl * Russia * 47 15 9 24 34
1997-98 Yaroslavl Russia 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Torpedo Yaroslavl Russia 40 6 1 7 28
1999-00 Grand-Rapids Griffins IHL 46 16 12 28 10
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 2 5 7 2
*-Denotes 2nd Division in Russian Hockey League

Petr finished as the Top rookie scorer in the 1999-2000 IHL playoffs where
he recorded 15 points on 8 goals and 7 assists in 17 games. Finished 5th in
Rookie scoring during the regular season with 28 points on 16 goals and 12
assists in 46 games. During the 1999 World Junior Championships Petr helped
the Russian team to a gold medal.
Petr can play both left and right wing. Petr is a very tenacious player on
the ice. Petr likes to create plays in the neutral zone. Utilizes his speed
to create the plays. Petr is the type of player who knows where his
teammates are at all times. Reads the ice, and plays both ends of the ice
very well. Excellent forechecker/backchecker. Comes to play each and every Read more»

Keith Ballard Future Watch

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This time Keith Ballard is the featured prospect. Ballard is a silky smooth defenseman out of Baudette, Minnesota. Ballard had an impressive year leading all defenseman on the Under 18 team in scoring with 33 points in USHL action. He had a 12-21-33 line with 119 penalty minutes.

Blues Parlay 30th Pick, Inherit Top Prospect

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That would be a nice headline for Blues fans to read on Sunday morning in St. Louis. So what if the “Note” doesn’t
have a high pick in the first round, does it really matter? The Blues have notoriously had bad luck when it comes to
their first selection, whether it is in first round or not. In the past thirteen years there have been forgettable names
such as Stephane Roy, Maxim Bets, Steve Staios, Craig Johnson, defenseman Jason Marshall with the 9th pick in
’89, and Keith Osborne. Not exactly a great track record. However, history has shown that the Blues have a knack
for finding that elusive needle in the haystack when it comes to late round picks. Rookie playoff sensation Jochen
Hecht was taken 49th overall in ’95. Michael Grier, now in Edmonton, was the 219th pick in 1993. Bret Hedican was
chosen 198th in ’88, and Guy Hebert was taken with the 159th pick in ’87. And let’s not forget top prospect Ladislav
Nagy was chosen 177th in the 1997 Draft. So Ted Hampson, Director of Amateur Scouting, has pulled a few rabbits
out of his hat. If only Hampson could pull off some of his magic in the first round, now that would be a trick.

Let’s first take a look at the top 10 players that may be available when the Blues are ready to select. Left winger
Tomas Kurka has great speed and scoring potential, which puts him at the top of the list. Having seen the Blues draft Read more»