The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Top Prospects: The cupboard is no longer bear in the To

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The team is well on its way toward rebuilding itself to the top shelf at the NHL level, and although maybe not quite there yet, management is committed to a youth-oriented built largely through the draft. The Leafs’ prospects are certainly not near the top, but a steady rise has already begun.

1) Nikolai Antropov: C 6-5, 191 Moscow Dynamo: Has slowly, but surely raised his skill-level and has taken some good steps toward the NHL. Montreal writer, Jack Todd , saw Nikolai play 4 games this season and came away impressed with his readiness. He uses his size, strength and hockey instincts to his benefit and has progressed with his skating as well. He scored 4 goals, 3 assists in that 4 game stint. The Moscow Dynamo program is perfect for him at this point as their system teaches and emphasizes skating, passing and skillwork. Todd feels that Antropov is closer to being ready than fellow Moscow Dynamo prospect, Maxim Afinogenov, who has been drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. He is still growing into his body, as many 19 year olds will need to do. He represented Kazakhstan in the World Juniors championship and led his team in scoring with 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 pts. in 6 games. Nikolai has stated that he needs another year in Russia to develop his game. Estimated time of arrival in Toronto: Late in the 2000-2001 season.
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Sharks rookie prospect report

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In this article, we cover the progress of some of the rookies and freshmen on the Sharks roster as we enter the playoffs. Last year, the Sharks had perhaps the best trio of rookies, in Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, and Andrei Zyuzin. This year, the Sharks have had another group of rookies, who may not have been as touted as the above mentioned three, but have done fine jobs as well. Alex Korolyuk and Andy Sutton are the two main factors. Scott Hannan and Shawn Heins each played in five games for the Sharks, but due to limited games played, will not be included.

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Marc Lamothe Profile and the IHL Notebook

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PART 1 PROFILE OF MARC LAMOTHE
Player: Marc Lamothe
Birthdate: Febuary 27, 1974
Hometown: Orleans, Ontario
Born in New Liskeard, Ontario
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210 lbs
Catches: Left
Position: Goalie

SEASON TEAM LGE GP W L T SO AVG SV%
1994-95 Fredricton AHL 9 2 5 0 0 4.48 .873
1994-95 Wheeling ECHL 13 9 2 1 0 3.10 .892
1995-96 Fredricton AHL 23 5 9 3 1 3.76 .894
1996-97 Indianapolis IHL 38 20 14 4 1 2.64 .918
1997-98 Indianapolis IHL 31 18 10 2 3 2.44 .920
1998-99 Indianapolis IHL 32 9 16 9 1 3.78 .881

Marc was Montreals 6th choice (92nd overall) in the 1992 NHL entry draft. Marc is entering his 5th season as a professional and was signed by the Chicago Black Hawks as a free agent on August 1996. He is entering his 3rd season with the Indianapolis Ice. Spent most of the 1997-98 season with a groin injury. Likes to challenge the shooters. Lets the shooters see very little net. Very quick glove hand, and reflexes. Very few rebounds given, quick to get back in position when down. Handles puck well. Though he has a few groin injuries that caused him to miss a few games. Has not let the injuries hamper his style of play, always comes out and gives 100% everynite. With the way Marc plays it won’t be long before he is in a Chicago uniform. Read more»

Swedish Report

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THOUGHTS ON SWEDISH FINALS

After having contributed nothing to Hockey’s Future during the last two months because of a huge amount of work thrown my direction, I now have a couple of hours free to write a column.

The finals in the Swedish Elitserien ended earlier tonight after an exciting best-of-five series where the fifth and deciding game crowned the champions – and it was the underdog team Brynäs that won 4-2 in the end after stellar play by big New York Rangers goalie prospect Johan Holmqvist. Holmqvist proved at the age of 20 that he could handle the pressure extremely well, and that he is capable of coming up with the key save at the key-moment. Hype is now running high on Holmqvist, but I think it’s deserved. Not that it’s saying that much, but Holmqvist will surely become a better goaltender than Tommy Salo. He is in my opinion the best Swedish NHL-prospect currently drafted by an NHL-club.

Through the series it became quite clear that MoDo had superior talent on their team, but Brynäs beat them with a big heart and an excellent goaltender. Brynäs are worthy champions.
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Xavier Delisle profile and the IHL Notebook

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Player: Xavier Delisle
Birthdate: May 24, 1977
Hometown: Sillery, Quebec
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 184 lbs
Position: Centre

SEASON TEAM LGE GP G A PTS PIM
1993-94 Granby QMJHL 46 11 22 33 25
1994-95 Granby QMJHL 72 18 36 54 48
1995-96 Granby QMJHL 67 45 75 120 45
1996-97 Granby QMJHL 59 36 56 92 20
1997-98 Adirondack AHL 76 10 19 29 47
1998-99 Cleveland IHL 73 13 28 41 32

Xavier was Tampa Bay’s 6th round choice (157th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Xavier played for the Adirondack Red Wings in his rookie season and had 10 goals 19 assists for 29 points in 76 games. In Xavier junior career he played for Granby of the QMJHL and helped Granby to the memorial cup championship in 1996, and had 13 goals 27 assists for 40 points in 20 games and was named the QMJHL’s Second Team All-Star and the Memorial Cups All-Star Team in 1996. Xaviers best season in junior hockey came in the 1995-96 season when he scored 45 goals added 75 assists for 120 points.
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