1998 Top Prospects

By pbadmin
With the mid-point of the junior season rapidly approaching, following is an
updated ranking of the players projected to be drafted in the first three
rounds. Our next update will come in early-January, following the World
Junior Championships. The 1998 NHL Draft is June 27, 1998 at Buffalo’s Marine
Midland Arena.

1. Vincent Lecavalier-C-Rimouski--6-3--177
2. Brad Stuart-D-Regina--6-1--200
3. David Legwand-C-Plymouth--6-2--175
4. Manny Malhotra-C-Guelph--6-2--205
5. Patrick DesRochers-G-Sarnia--6-3--200
6. Mathieu Biron-D-Shawinigan--6-2--215
7. Bryan Allen-D-Oshawa--6-3--200
8. Scott Gomez-C-Tri City--5-11--175
9. Michael Henrich-RW-Barrie--6-3--195
10.Dmitri Kalinin-D-Russia--6-0--180
11.Rico Fata-C-London--5-11--200
12.Mikko Jokela-D-Finland--6-1--205
13.Mike Van Ryn-D-Michigan--6-2--185
14.Norm Milley-RW-Sudbury--6-0--190
15.Mark Bell-LW-Ottawa--6-3--175
16.Alex Tanguay-C-Halifax--6-0--175
17.Brent Gauvreau-C-Oshawa--6-2--210
18.Jonathan Cheechoo-RW-Belleville--6-0--190
19.Robyn Regehr-D-Kamloops--6-3--215
20.Kevin Holdridge-D-Plymouth--6-3--200
21.Michael Rupp-LW-Windsor--6-5--215
22.Justin Papineau-C-Belleville--5-11--170
23.Stephen Peat-D-Red Deer--6-3--195
24.Jonathan Girard-D-Laval--5-11--185
25.Bobby Allen-D-Boston College--6-1--205
26.Mathieu Chouinard-G-Shawinigan--6-3--185
27.Milan Kraft-C-Czech.--6-3--180
28.Jake McCracken-G-SS Marie--5-11--160
29.Geoff Koch-LW-Michigan--6-1--180
30.Petr Svoboda-D-Czech.--6-1--170
31.Max Linnix-D-St. Thomas--6-5--195
32.Eric Laplante-LW-Halifax--6-0--190
33.Chris Neilson-C-Calgary--6-1--175
34.Brett DeCecco-RW-Seattle--5-11--170
35.Maxim Kraev-RW-Russia--6-0--180
36.Eric Chuuinard-LW-Quebec--6-2--185
37.Paul Manning-D-Colorado--6-3--195
38.Philippe Sauve-G-Rimouski--6-0--175
39.Joe DiPenta-D-Boston U.--6-2--205
40.Ramzi Abid-LW-Chicoutimi--6-1--185
41.Francois Beauchemin-D-Laval--6-0--180
42.Mattias Trattnig-C-Maine--6-2--200
43.Frederic Brindamour-G-Sherbrooke--5-10--188
44.Josef Vasicek-C-Czech.--6-4--175
45.Shawn Horcoff-C-Michigan State--6-0--190
46.Jiri Fischer-D-Hull--6-5--190
47.Brett Allen-C-Swift Current--6-3--170
48.Abe Herbst-D-Sarnia--6-2--195
49.Ryan Van Buskirk-D-Sarnia--6-1--185
50.Curtis Valentine-LW-Bowling Green--6-5--200
51.Jason Beckett-D-Seattle--6-3--200
52.Jason LaBarbera-G-Portland--6-1--200
53.John Erskine-D-London--6-4--190
54.Kip Brennn-D-Windsor--6-2--195
55.Martin Bartek-LW-Rouyn Noranda--6-0--195
56.Randy Copley-C-Cape Breton--6-1--190
57.Joey Bartley-D-Guelph--6-2--197
58.Blair Betts-C-Prince George--6-1--170
59.Pasi Kuusisto-D-Finland--6-0--170
60.Jeff Heerema-RW-Sarnia--6-1--175
61.Tyler Bouck-C-Prince George--6-0--185
62.Paul Elliott-D-Lethbridge--6-1--190
63.Anton But-LW-Russia--6-0--187
64.Jason Williams-C-Peterborough--5-11--170
65.David Cameron-C-Prince Albert--6-1--170
66.Dustin Kuk-C-Wisconsin--6-1--185
67.Nathan Forster-D-Seattle--6-1--180
68.Jomar Cruz-G-Brandon--6-1--165
69.Niklas Hagman-LW-Finland--5-10--165
70.Zoltan Batovsky-LW-Drummondville--5-11--180
71.Martin Galik-LW-SS Marie--6-0--175
72.Nick Robinson-D-SS Marie--6-2--185
73.Garrett Prosofsky-C-Saskatoon--5-11--180
74.Todd Hornung-C-Portland--6-1--190
75.Tomas Kloucek-D-Czech.--6-2--185
76.Alex Ryazantseev-D-Russia--6-0--180
77.Maxim Potapov-RW-Sherbrooke--5-10--170
78.Scott Page-RW-Sudbury--6-2--198
79.Trent Hunter-C-Prince George--6-3--197
80.Curtis Rich-D-Calgary--6-4--200
81.Miroslav Zalesak-RW-Slovakia--6-0--180

Draft Notes:

Vincent Lecavalier has been as good as advertised. He continues to show that
he is capable of being a franchise player…David Legwand has taken the
Ontario Hockey League by storm. It’s not likely he’ll challenge Lecavalier,
but by draft time, he could be a close second…Mathieu Biron, the youner
brother of Buffalo Sabres goaltending prospect Martin Biron, has the scouting
world buzzing. He has emerged as a possible Top 5 pick after beginning the
season as a fringe pro prospect at best. His development has been
tremendous…Prior to being sidelined by a shoulder unjury, Scott Gomez was
one of the Western Hockey League’s top rookies. He should be at full strength
for the US squad at the World Juniors…On the downside, Rico Fata, Robyn
Regehr and Stephen Peat have struggled. Each was considered a lock for the
Top 10, but not anymore. Fata still hasn’t raised his game to the next level
like everyone believes he can, while Regehr and Peat need to work on mobility
and consistency…Dmitri Kalinin and Mikko Jokela are Europe’s top prospects
and legitimate North American-style blueliners. They headline an improving
crop of Europeans…While most players in the US National Under-18 program are
commiting to the NCAA for next season, several may join the Canadian Hockey
League and opt into the 1998 Draft. Names to look for include Barret Heisten,
Matt Doman and Mike Lee…This is usually the point in the year when prospects
suddenly appear out of nowhere and rocket up the ranking boards.
Unfortunately, scouts are looking everywhere and nothing seems to be on the