by pbadmin

The ECHL Prospect Update will be used to spotlight players who have a chance to make an impact at the next level, whether it be the AHL, IHL, or the NHL.
All stats as of 3/2/98

David Van Drunen Team: Baton Rouge Kingfish Pos: Defense
Ht: 6′ Wt: 200 Born: Sherwood Park, Alta 1/31/76
Contract: Ottawa Senators ( signed free agent contract on May 2, 1997 )

David has been described by Kingfish Head Coach Dave Schultz ( yes, “The Hammer” himself ) as “a great young talent that has the potential to become a very good professional”. After being assigned to Baton Rouge on November 7th, Van Drunen has been solid on the blueline. He currently leads the team in the plus/minus catagory with a plus-8. While he has been steady in his own end , he has also chipped in some offense , with 7 goals and 15 assists.

Notes: Played entire junior career with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL….earned a spot on this years ECHL All-Star team….5 games with Hershey of the AHL this season.

Kevin Popp Team: Birmingham Bulls Pos: Defense
Ht: 6′ 2″ Wt: 212 Hometown: Surrey, BC Born: 2/26/76
Drafted By: Buffalo Sabres 119th overall 1995
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Oilers’ Midseason Rookie Report

by pbadmin
Mass confusion would be one way to describe the current situation of
the Oilers’ prospects.
Hamilton has been a far cry from hockey paradise as of late but with all
the chaos in Edmonton, it’s only natural. The Bulldogs’s talent,
patience and desire has been severely tested as they continued to play
musical rosters. But with all the bad, there is a lot of good. Swiss
phenom Michel Riesen took the world by storm at the World Junior
Championships earlier this month, comeback kid Steve Passmore is
gaining valuable experience and skills playing in the IHL and the strong
core of talented prospects like Mike Watt and Scott Fraser continue to
impress in Hamilton, leading the Bulldogs to challenge for first overall
in league standings. Here’s a quick overview of the future Oilers:


Up until last week, the Bulldogs had probably the best goaltending
tandem in Jean-François Labbe and Steve Passmore. The goalies were
putting up incredible numbers as both fought for the number one spot, as
well as the next chance at being called up. Now normally, having two hot
goalies would please most teams but it seemed to cause problems for the
Oilers. They didn’t want to stunt the growth of the younger Passmore but
Labbe was playing great, going 15-5-6 and posting a .924 SV% and 2.42
GAA in 26 games, and after his MVP performance last year with Hershey,
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Sabres Prospects Update

by pbadmin

As of Mid-January 1998, here is my current feeling as to the Sabres top

Rank Player Ht. Wt. Age Location (league) +/- from Dec.
1. Erik Rasmussen 6-2 207 21 Rochester (AHL) new
2. Cory Sarich 6-3 182 19 Saskatoon (WHL) -1
3. Mika Norinen 6-1 191 18 Tappara (Finland) new
4. Alexei Tezikov 6-1 198 19 Moncton (QMJHL) -2
5. Maxim Afinogenov 5-11 176 18 Moscow Dynamo (Russia) -2
6. Darren Van Oene 6-3 207 19 Brandon (WHL) ---
7. Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre 6-3 207 20 Rochester (AHL) ---
8. Vaclav Varada 6-0 200 21 Rochester (AHL) -3
9. Luc Theoret 6-2 197 18 Lethbridge (WHL) +3
10. Scott Nichol 5-8 160 22 Rochester (AHL) ---
11. Jeff Martin 6-2 177 18 Windsor (OHL) +5
12. Kamil Piros 6-1 186 18 Litinov (Czech Rep.) new
13. Torrey Diroberto 6-0 186 19 Seattle (WHL) new
14. Jeremy Addouno 5-11 182 18 Sudbury (OHL) -1
15. Henrik Tallinder 6-3 196 18 AIK (Sweden) new
16. Sergei Klimentiev 5-11 200 22 Rochester (AHL) -1
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Sabres center prospects: Mid-season report Card

by pbadmin

Today we will wrap things up by looking at Buffalo’s prospects at the center

Star rating read as follows:

5 stars = Superstar potential

4 stars = A First Rate NHL player. Above average player

3 stars = Good NHL future. An average NHL player.

2 stars = Good minor league player. A below average NHL player.

1 star = Career minor leaguer. Emergency NHL help.



Torrey DiRoberto   5-11    180     19      Seattle (WHL)  2 ½ stars

Acquire: 1997 5th round Draft pick, 128th overall

Stats look: as of 1/15/98

15gm 7g 6a 13 pts +2 17 pim

Torrey was drafted last year as a 19-year-old. He is like Brian
Holzinger, similar size, skill and speed. Though perhaps a better
natural passer.

The 97-98 season has proven a difficult one for Torrey. First, he was injured
during last season playoff run. The result was shoulder surgery, which the
Sabres medical team recommended. This kept him out of the Sabres training
camp, plus most of the first three months of the WHL season. He only began to
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Hurricanes Look to Bright Future

by pbadmin
With playoff contention looking doubtful, the Carolina Hurricanes, nee Hartford Whalers, are starting to focus on the upcoming draft and the future of the club. The team has a chance at a fresh start in front of fans just catching on to the sport of ice hockey and how they perform in the critical years of the near future will dictate the success of the NHL in North Carolina. Fortunately, the Hurricanes have a talented core of prospects that should make their job a whole lot easier. Despite giving up tremendous talent in Hnat Dominechelli and Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the Flames for proven veterans, Carolina has a strong bunch of prospects that are very close to stepping into the big time.
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