- The Los Angeles' Kings draft, rated among the best by the Sporting News, has given the Kings an influx of new blood in their system. With that, the HF Kings' Page has updated its rankings. Here are some notes:
- At the top is Yanick Lehoux. Lehoux had a solid Prospect Camp and showed some of the skill that lead to his huge point totals in Juniors. Whether or not he cracks the big club this season, Lehoux seems to have more skill and skating ability than the players Kings' fans fear he will become – Pavel Rosa. As a result, Lehoux seems like he will be special.
- Jared Aulin turned alot of heads at Prospects camp and his evolution makes Dave Taylor look like even more of a genius. Now the Kings leave the Blake trade with two major prospects and two top contributors. As someone who was the first to knock the trade, it appears to be a great deal. Aulin may well make this team this season.
- Alexander Frolov still appears to be among the top prospects in the Kings' system, but he was not at the Prospect's camp. Frolov is evolving overseas, but the Kings need to get him to America and see how he plays in the North American leagues.
- Steckel is ahead of Jens Karlsson as a testament to Steckel's potential. Steckel is huge and is still young. His skating and offense are still a ways from NHL level, but he will likely be a top line center for the Kings. At nearly 6'6, that would give the Kings the size in the middle they have coveted for so long.
- Among the movers from last season are Alexey Volkov who has tumbled from the Read more»
J.S Giguere is Anaheims goaltender of the future and current back-up. Steve Shields is the #1 goaltender till Giguere is ready, and Greg Naumenko is the farm hand. The only spot that I think Bryzgalov can take is being the #1 goaltender in Cincy, which is/was Naumenko’s job. Naumenko was signed by the Ducks in 1999 for depth puposes but he impressed a lot of people in the Ducks organization, which is why he stuck around.
We are now in 2001 and a lot of things have changed. The Ducks have excellent depth in goal and Naumenko seems to be the odd man out. If Bryzgalov’s numbers
When Lightning “designated hitter” Ryan Johnson was traded to the Florida Panthers last week, it opened a spot on the roster for a defensive forward. Take out your pencils and write in the name Jimmie Olvestad.
With the off-season additions of Juha Ylonen and Tim Taylor, RJ’s spot as the team’s primary face-off man, penalty killer and checking forward was lost. RJ played some wing last season and could have simply moved over to a checking wing, but it never got a chance to happen. His trade value was as high as his talent ceiling is low, so he was dealt for Vaclav Prospal to fill a hole on a scoring line. Acquiring a capable scoring liner is considerably more difficult than finding a capable checker, so the small hole RJ left can be filled by moving current Bolts up or over.
Or how about up AND over?
On July 16th, Lightning GM Rick Dudley announced the official signing of Swedish prospect Jimmie Olvestad to a three-year rookie contract. A speedy, gritty winger, Olvestad is being brought up from the prospect ranks and over the big frozen pond to North America.
“I think he’s coming over to make the team,” Dudley said. “I don’t believe he would’ve signed a contract unless he thinks he’s got a legitimate chance to play for us.” A few days later, in an interview on WDAE radio in Tampa, Dudley would mention the possibility of a fast checking line consisting of Ylonen, Taylor and Olvestad. Good-bye, RJ; hello, Ollie.
What Johnson took with him to Florida, Olvestad can bring to Tampa Bay. Their games are very similar at thi Read more»
1. Brian Sutherby (C) – A player who is considered by many to be a better prospect than any of the three prospects included in the Jagr trade, Brian in my opinion is an easy choice to be ranked the Caps’ top prospect this time around. He had a great camp and proceeded to make major strides last year, and may be ready to challenge for a roster spot with the big club this fall. His defensive abilities and work ethic could help him stay in Washington, similar to the way that Trent Whitfield last year and Jeff Halpern two years ago were able to stay with the team. He does have another year of junior eligibility, and in the past the Caps have been very conservative with playing prospects in Washington – so if there is any question as to his readiness, he will likely be in juniors another year.
1. Dany Heatley. LW. Birth: 1981-01-21; 6’1, 206. Atlanta Thrashers. Read more»