Size: 6’0, 195
Last Year’s Stats: 70 games, 8 goals, 54 assists, 62 points, 118 PIM
Washington’s highest draftee of 2001 was ranked fifty first overall by the Hockey News, and is a player who probably could have gone a lot earlier. He is known as an offensive defenseman whose primary asset is his outstanding passing and decision making ability. He should be a solid NHL defenseman someday, probably a 3, 4, or 5 type guy on a good team. His offensive abilities will make him a power play quarterback. Because of the Capitals’ depth at defense, Nathan will likely finish his junior career before getting a real chance to make the Caps.
Size: 6’0, 185
Last Year’s Stats: 48 games, 15 goals, 10 assists, 25 points, 33 PIM
Fussey was ranked a hundred and forty first among North American skaters by the CSB and so it was a bit of a shock to see him go at ninetieth overall to the Caps. Owen is a very fast skater who likes to hit. He probably would have been rated higher, except that he had his spleen removed after a freak accident when he collided with one of his teammates in practice, and he missed quite a few games because of it. He should be able to score more than thirty goals in the WHL next year, and will have to take more of a leadership role on the Hitmen. If and when he makes it to the NHL, I would project him to fill a third or fourth line type checking role, with an upside of maybe 20 or 25 goals.
Size: 6’1, 193
Stats: 53 games, 20 goals, 21 assists, 41 points, 26 PIM
Jeff was ranked fourty fourth among North American skaters by the CSB. When I talked to 107, the HF WHL Editor, following the first day of drafting, he pointed out that he was amazed nobody had taken Jeff Lucky. I agreed. Lucky is known for his blazing speed, and he has very good stickhandling ability and a good shot. He anticipates the play well and has good awareness in the offensive zone. He will have to improve his strength and defensive game if he is going to make it to the NHL, but if and when he does he will be a second line type scoring winger.
Size: 6’2, 208
Last Year’s Stats: 65 games, 3 goals, 15 assists, 18 points, 143 PIM
Ternavski was ranked forty fifth among North American skaters by the CSB. Artem, who was born in Russia, was a rookie in the QMJHL last season and it took him a while to adapt to the North American style of hockey. He is described as a defensive defenseman who plays a solid positional game and is not afraid to get into the physical side of the game. His skating and on ice-awareness are both good enough for him to be able to reach the NHL someday, but he will likely have at least one or two more years of junior before he gets his shot in the pros. When he gets there, he will probably be a solid 4-6 defenseman who can kill penalties and could see power play time.
Size: 6’2, 192
Last Year’s Stats: 34 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points, 0 PIM
Size: 5’11, 200
Last Year’s Stats: 68 games, 14 goals, 54 assists, 68 points, 259 PIM
Oduya was ranked one hundred and second among North American skaters by the CSB. John, who was born in 1981 in Sweden, is a large offensive defenseman who put up a lot of points and a lot of PIM’s last year in the Q. He was averaging over a point per game last year at one point, but was traded during the season and his production tailed off due to the defensive depth of the team he was traded to. John is not afraid to fight, and this may have been one of the main reasons the Caps picked him up.
Size: 6’1, 185
Last Year’s Stats: 30 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points, 12 PIM
Size: 6’4, 187
Last Year’s Stats: 42 games, 8 goals, 10 assists, 18 points, 32 PIM
Size: 5’7, 163
Last Year’s Stats: 23 games, 1195 minutes, 2.46 goals-against average, 1 shutout
Size: 6’0, 183
Last Year’s Stats: 50 games, 16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points, 24 PIM
I would like to thank the following people (in no particular order) for helping me acquire information on some of these prospects: 107 (the HF WHL Editor), Alan Caldwell, Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupris (HF QMJHL Editor), Ian Hamilton (HF QMJHL Writer), Robert Neuhauser (HF Czech League Editor), Jan Raz (HF Czech League Writer) and the Washington Capitals organization.
I still have a lot of info to gather, but rest assured I will do everything I can think of to get complete profiles on these guys as soon as I can. If anyone who is reading this has information that they think I or other Caps fans would find interesting or useful in the evaluation of these prospects, please do not hesitate to send me an email at [email protected] or reply at the bottom of this article. Thanks.