Morozov and Dome: Two Rookies, Two Problems

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In Pittsburgh, the two top prospects in the organization have made their
NHL debuts. Morozov scored a goal in the season opener and Dome has yet
to score. But the situation is this, neither will play entire games for
some time.

The Penguins took great pains in signing the Russian winger Morozov, and
now it seems as if he may not be ready quite yet. Morozov speaks very
little English and has only Darius Kasparaitis to translate for him.
Because of that he has not been getting playing time late in games. He
has been playing on a line with two of the best players in the NHL, Jagr
and Francis, in hopes that their experience will help him to develop. He
is full of talent, but with the lack of playing time, can he be a
frontrunner in the Calder race? Hopefully Morozov will get a tutor to
teach him English, as he probably should have done much earlier.

Dome is an entirely different problem, he isn’t getting any playing time.
He was a healthy scratch in the last two games, since the acquisition of
Chris and Peter Ferraro. But what good is it doing Dome to sit out, it
should be obvious to the Penguins that it surely didn’t help him in the
IHL. He went from being a top 5 player when he was 16 to being ranked
27th by the Central Scouting Bureau previous to the June 21st draft. In
my opinion, the Penguins need to either play him or send him to Syracuse.

Comparisons:

Alexei Morozov, RW, 6'1", 174 lbs. Read more»

Tracking a Future NHL Superstar: Vincent Lecavalier

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Position: Center

Born: April 21, 1980

Height: 6-3″

Weight: 177 lbs.

Team: Rimouski Oceanic

League: QMJHL

Notes: The #1 pick in the NHL Draft by Tampa Bay

Hockey 2000 has decided to keep a track on the current #1 prospect of the 1998 entry draft,
Vincent Lecavalier. He is still young, but looks to be a dominant force in the future.
This section will be continously updated by senior writer Nicole Weiss, and will keep you up to
date on all of Lecavaliers doings.

Added update: July 16

Well, no big surprise that Lecavalier went first overall to the Tampa
Bay Lightning and already he’s being saddled with tremendous
expectations. Here’s what Lightning officials in the know had to say
about the French phenom that now carries the hopes of hockey in Tampa
Bay:

“We expect him to lead us to a Stanley Cup championship… He’s been
described to us as the Michael Jordan of the NHL… There’s no Read more»

Marc Savard

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Marc Savard 19 years old, 5’10 177lbs, Rangers 3rd pick 91st overall 1995.

When Marc Savard was drafted by the Oshawa Generals in 1993, the scouts said
“he’s too small”. That was a line, like many other hockey players who are
5’10 180lbs are told. Savard had a successful first OHL season compiling 64
points. But still Savard didn’t get much recognition. In his second OHL
season Marc Savard led the OHL in scoring with 139 points. Not bad eh? But
remember he is still 5’10 180lbs..too small. Despite leading the OHL in
scoring in his draft year Savard didn’t get selected until the 3rd round by
the New York Rangers. During his third OHL season Savvy (nickname) was well
on his way to a second consecutive OHL scoring crown until he broke his
ankle. Still Savard finished the season with 87 points in just 47 games. Of
course the scouts dwelled that Marc’s injury was a result of his size, he
“will never cut it at the next level”. After three fantastic junior
season’s, a NHL training camp under his belt, Savard wasn’t even considered
for Canada’s World Junior team or a prospect for the NHL, which bitterly
disappointed him. One of the biggest negatives about Savard was his
reputation as selfish player. Despite always having more assists than goals,
and always looking to pass rather than shoot, the word on Savard was he is
more interested in Marc Savard than the Oshawa Generals. Entering 1996-97 Read more»

Pre-Season Update on the Montreal Canadiens

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Sep 24/97

Jose Theodore has indeed been sent down to Fredricton, along with Matt
Higgins and Brad Brown. Jason Ward has been returned to his junior club,
the OHL Erie Otters.

Sep 23/97

Saku Koivu, Mark Recchi, Benoit Brunet, and Sebastien Bordeleau have all
been very impressive this pre-season. I gotta tell you, I love Benoit
Brunet. He leads the team in scoring while being a sparkplug for the
Canadiens every night. He is so good. He doesn’t get top billing like
Koivu, Recchi, or Damphousse, but he’s at least as important as they are to
the team. Kinda like Martin Gelinas in Vancouver, except he’s a little less
blue-collar and grinding. Too bad he always gets injured! (He’s played only
65 games the past two years) Sebastien Bordeleau has been very impressive
this pre-season. He played 28 games last year, scoring 11 points. He was
pretty good last year for a rookie, but this year he has really come into
his own. He really looks like he belongs in the NHL. He could be the 2nd
line center if the Habs didn’t have so many of them. If and when Damphousse
leaves, Bordeleau would fit in nicely on that 2nd line playing with Benoit
Brunet, his current linemate. If Bordeleau gets sent down to the “A”, there
will be outrage here in Montreal because the fans just love him!

As for prospects that don’t have a roster spot locked down… Darcy
Tucker was Mario Tremblay’s pet last year, but Alain Vigneault is behind Read more»

Pre-season Update on the Boston Bruins

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Sep 24/97

Joe Thornton is out for 6-8 weeks after getting slashed by Pittsburgh
forward Stu Barnes last night. At least Boston won the game.

Sep 23/97

After having seen Thornton and Samsonov in person on Sunday, I can now
assure everybody that Thornton looks like he could cut it after all. Before
the game against Montreal, however, Thornton was said to be disappointing
and lost on the ice — not NHL material. At least we now know he can cut
it. He made several “almost nice” passes — he was making the right passes,
he just couldn’t put it on the tape all the time. In fairness to Joe, the
Bruin forwards he was working with have hands of stone, but if you want to
compare him to Gretzky (who is his idol), Wayne feathers it right onto your
blade so all you have to do is hold your stick out. In the warmups, Joe
looked kinda out of place, being tentative while everyone else was firing
away on the goalie. It seemed like he never got the puck (when the Bruins
were taking turns firing shots on the goalie), and when he finally did, the
whole team would start skating around doing warmup laps, and the goalie
left the net. While skating in the 2 on 1 and 3 on 1 drills, Samsonov
showed lightining quick hands, stickhandling beautifully. In the game,
however, he had trouble handling a nice pass from Thornton. Sergei made up
for it on a 2 on 1 play later. He held the puck while the other Bruin Read more»