Red Wings 2000 and Beyond

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With the Red Wings early exit in the playoffs this spring, it leaves one to wonder what is next for the team of the 90′s. The future does not look that much brighter than Detroit’s hockey plans for the remainder of the summer. The team is likely to have several new faces at the start of training camp in the fall. Name tags may even be required for a team that has not seen a great deal of change for several years save for some deadline deals.

This spring the Wings traded much of their future to ensure success this playoff season. After trading a top forward prospect ( Petr Sykora ) and a 3rd round pick for the return of Doug Brown last fall, the Wings parted with what little future they had left in March. Anders Eriksson and TWO first round picks ( 1999 and 2001 ) were sent to Chicago for Chris Chelios. A 2nd and 3rd rounder were sent to the Rangers for Ulf Sameulsson, while a 2nd rounder and prospect goaltender Kevin Hodson were moved to Tampa Bay for Wendel Clark. That leaves the Wings with no pick sooner than the 4th round in the 1999 draft and no 1st rounder in 2001. As a result of the 1997 Brendan Shanahan deal that sent their 1997 pick to Carolina , the Wings will have two 1st rounds pick in a span of five years. Not the things that champions are made from.
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USHL: Team by Team Recruits

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Mike Chin-RC Des Moines 6’3 200 9-24-80 NOTRE DAME
Noah Clarke-LC Des Moines 5’9 165 6-11-79 COLORADO
Garrett Stafford-RD Des Moines 5’11 170 1-28-80 U.NEW HAMPSHIRE
Erik Jensen-RW Des Moines 6’2 185 9-4-79 WISCONSIN
Peter Fregoe-RW Des Moines 5’10 180 7-17-78 PROVIDENCE
Jim Jackson-LD Des Moines 5’11 175 4-22-80 NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Nick Field-RC Des Moines 5’10 170 11-6-79 FERRIS ST.
Kevin Caudill-LW Des Moines 6’3 170 4-17-79 FERRIS ST.
Matt Shasby-D Des Moines 6’2 180 7-2-80 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Patrick Sharp-RW Thunder Bay 6′ 165 12-27-81 VERMONT(2000-01)
Bryson Busniuk-LW Thunder Bay 6’2 170 11-12-79 VERMONT
Aaron MacKenzie-LD Thunder Bay 6′ 180 3-7-81 DENVER
Cory McEachran-G Thunder Bay 6’2 195 10-13-78 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Jesse Unklesbay-LC Fargo/S.City 5’10 170 11-24-78 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE

Drew Otten-RW Lincoln 5’11 180 6-27-78 UNDECIDED
Matt Shasby-LD Lin-DM 6’2 175 7-2-80 ALASKA-ANCHORAGE
Brendon Hodge-RW Lincoln 6’3 200 8-29-78 U-MASS AMHERST
Chris Liechtfield-LC Lincoln 5’10 180 1-28-80 FERRIS ST.
Ed Cassin-RD Lincoln 5’11 187 3-22-78 NEBRASKA-OMA

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Rochester Mustangs Name Craig Norwich Head Coach

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(Rochester, MN) – The Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League have announced the hiring of Mr. Craig Norwich as the new Head Coach and General Manager.

Norwich is a former Minnesota High School hockey star from Edina, MN, who brings with him extensive knowledge of the sport and several years of coaching experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin before playing professionally. His first professional game was with the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). From there he graduated on to the Winnipeg Jets, the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Rockies and then the Springfield Indians (AHL). After spending five years playing pros in the United States, he went over to Europe and played eight years in the European Professional Hockey League.

Norwich was also a member of several World Ice Hockey Championship teams – 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He is the recipient of several individual hockey awards: two time All-American in the WCHA, 1976-77 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 1978-79 WHA Top Scoring Defenseman and WHA All-Star, was a member of the NHL’s Top Ten in Plus/Minus in 1980 and a member of the 1983 World Ice Hockey All-World Team. He acquired his Elite Level Coaching Certification in 1998 with the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.
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One Big Step Forward

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When you look at the list of prospects in the Philadelphia Flyers system, it is hard to miss the long list of potential future NHL defensemen. That old axiom “there is strength in numbers” may very well describe the situation as far as youngsters climbing the depth charts in Philadelphia is concerned. As detailed in an earlier edition of Hockey’s Future, the Flyers have a big stable of defensemen that would turn any NHL general manager green with envy. So with all of these young blueliners about to make the jump up to the bigs, why is the only name that anybody in the hockey world talks about when they speak of the Flyers’ prospects is that of a forward?

Two words.

Simon Gagne.

Not only is that the name of the hottest prospect to be drafted by the Flyers since Russ Farwell made a reach and tabbed a quiet kid named Peter Forsberg as his top choice in 1991, but it is also basically the complete list of NHL-caliber forward prospects in the Flyers’ coffers. There are a few names like Wesenberg and Fedoruk that may have what it takes to crack the NHL roster but this update on the Flyers forward prospects was so close to being entitled “The Simon Gagne Report” because Gagne is buffered from the other forwards on the prospect chart by a herd of defensemen.
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Dallas Stars Update

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The following article includes an updated top 15 list,
an evaluation of the
system’s strengths and weaknesses, and my grades for
each player
position.

Updated Top 15

1. Brenden Morrow-LW Had a great year with Potland. The
classic
Dallas type forward, and has good skill and speed to go along with his
great
leadership qualities. With this combination of talents Brenden is the
most
intriguing Dallas prospect, and is the eventual coveted 2nd line
left-winger
of the future. I love this guy!!!!

2. Richard Jackman-D Richard is very talented, and had a good
year
with the K-Wings. Still needs to mature a little more, but he’s on his
way to
the NHL soon, maybe even during the upcoming season.

3. Marty Turco-G Is the second most talented
prospect
behind only Jackman, but Marty has the intangibles of a winner to go
with
that. Will probably receive more seasoning in the minors next year, and
could
be the heir apparent in Dallas when Belfour is replaced. Was just named
as
the IHL Rookie of the Year, great job Marty!

4. Brad Lukowich-D Has probably played his way into
a
permanent position with the big club. Shows excellent poise and decision
making in his own zone, and displays a solid array of skills. He is not
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