I’m back again with another installment of Future Watch, featuring the top prospects in the USA. Today Travis Weber is the featured prospect. Weber is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota who spent last season playing for the Under 17 and 18 teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Weber is a hybrid goalie, who basically does anything to stop the puck which is the goaltenders job. He also likes to play the puck and control the play as much as possible. Having started out the year for the Under 17 team, Weber was playing solid between the pipes and was moved up to the Under 18 squad. Weber also made the trip to Switzerland for the Under 18 World Championships and he played extremely well in 2 and a half games and had the best goals against average in the tournament as well as finishing second in save percentage. With the coaching change in Ann Arbor, he feels as most of the players do, they liked the old coaches but will be happy to start out with a clean slate. The top colleges on his list include Minnesota, Harvard, North Dakota, and Notre Dame. He will be making an unofficial visit to the Minnesota Campus soon. Over the summer Weber plans on working out on his strength training program and probably won’t play too much hockey.
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Dmitri started his junior career with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey
Hockey’s Future: You’ve just finished up what can be termed both a very successful season (finishing first overall) and a disappointing one (losing to Barrie in the playoffs). What are your thoughts on the year just passed?
Peter DeBoer: It was a special season. We were predicted to be in a fight just for a playoff position and ended up a game away from a championship.
HF: What kind of feeling did you have going into the Barrie series, putting your comparably inexperienced club up against a veteran club with as many offensive weapons as they had this year?
PD: We knew it would be a test. We were going to have to rely on our team play and discipline to overcome our obvious talent and experience deficiencies.
HF: What were some of the things you set out to do against the Colts and how did your strategies pan out?
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Vlad is a very exciting hockey to watch. An excellent skater who uses his
speed to create things in the neutral zone. Vlad has dynamic talent. Sees
all the ice well and uses it to his advantage to create plays. Excellent
puck handler and is good on the one on one. Has a lot of shifty moves which
keeps the opposition guessing on what he will do with the puck. Uses
teammates well to create happenings. Has a lot of natural talent. A very
smart player who comes to play every night and gives 100% every shift. Late
in the 99-00 season Vlad was sent to the Flint Generals of the UHL where he
collected 15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points in 17 games, but later was Read more»