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May 20, 1994

May 20, 1994

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Russia can wait while Bets prepares for big time

Maxim Bets’ season turned out to be a bit longer than he expected. The 20-year-old forward was planning on going to his off-season home in Russia once the Spokane Chiefs were eliminated from the Western League playoffs. But just before the NHL trading deadline March 21, the St. Louis Blues traded Bets-who was their second-round pick in the 1993 draft-to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for defenseman Alexei Kasatonov and a 1995 sixth-round pick. Ten days later, Bets signed a three-year contract with the Ducks and put on an NHL jersey. By April 8, he was making his NHL debut. “He has to be in awe of what really happened in such a quick fashion,” said David McNab, director of player personnel for the Ducks. “He was going home. Once his season ended, he…

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Powerhouse Storm blows away IceCaps for crown

The Diesel has reason to toot his horn. Mark Deazeley sored the game’s last four “goals to rally Toledo to a wild 7-6 victory over the Raleigh IceCaps and give the Storm the East Coast League championship. The Storm won the best-of-seven final 4-1 to retain the Riley Cup. Toledo beat the Wheeling Thunderbirds in 1993. “This is sweeter,” said Toledo coach Chris McSorley. “Once you win, there is tremendous pressure to repeat. Anything less than another championship would have been a failure.” Toledo left no doubt about its superiority. The Storm won 24 of its last 28 games and was unbeaten (8-0) at home to push its post-season winning streak at the Sports Arena to 15. “I kept telling everyone this was a better club than last year,” McSorley said. “Every player was capable…

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Smyth unseats Friesen as top draft prospect

Ryan Smyth is the top-ranked Western League prospect for the 1994 NHL entry draft. The Moose Jaw Warriors’ left winger was fourth in final rankings of North American-based skaters issued by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. The draft is June 28-29 in Hartford. Regina Pats’ left winger Jeff Friesen was sixth overall. Friesen was the top-ranked WHL prospect in CSB’s mid-term report and was fourth in January-one spot ahead of Smyth. “It’s hard to move up in the top five,” Smyth said. “I’m surprised to move ahead of Jeff. There was a lot of talk about him at the start of the season. I thought he played well throughout the season. He never quit. He got 118 points and he did his job.” Smyth had 50 goals and 105 points in 72 games. Friesen,…

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Expect some changes, but not drastic measures

It would be safe to say some New York Islanders who said goodbye in April won’t being saying hello in September. “We really need to step back before we comment on the performance, or the lack thereof,” said general manager Don Maloney. “The numbness is going to take time to wear off. It would be foolhardy to say that we can go into next season with the same personnel.” The numbness comes from being swept out of the playoffs by the New York Rangers in four games that weren’t remotely competitive. This will be a long and busy off-season for Maloney. First, he must determine whether coach Al Arbour wants to come back for a 20th season. “We’ll sit down after all the emotion of the end of the season has gone and talk…