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June 1, 2002

June 1, 2002

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Canada again comes in No. 1 in this year’s top-end talent pool

The odds are heavy in Canada’s favor that a native son will be picked No. 1 overall at the NHL’s entry draft June 22-23 in Toronto. Not only is Edmonton native Jay Bouwmeester the No. 1 ranked prospect by both the NHL’s Central Scouting Service and The Hockey News, 23 of the top 60 ranked players by THN are Canadian. That’s down four from last season. If Bouwmeester is picked first, he will be the first Canadian to have that designation since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998. Ilya Kovalchuk, a Russian, was the top pick last year while American Rick DiPietro was selected first over-all in 2000 and Patrik Stefan, a native of the Czech Republic, went first in 1999. Of the top 60 ranked players by THN, 12 are American which is up…



HOW CANES WERE BUILT Carolina drafted 11 of the 23 players that have powered them to the Stanley Cup final. Nine players became Canes via trades and three signed on as free agents. Draft (11): C. Adams, Battaglia, Cole, Kapanen, C. Mac-Donald, Malik, O’Neill, Svoboda, Tanabe, Wallin, Westlund. Trade (9): K. Adams, Bririd’Amour, Gelinas, Hedican, Hill, Langdon, Ward, Weekes, Wesley. Free agency (3): Daniels, Francis, Irbe. HOW MAY CÍÍPS HAVE YOU WON?…. Carolina players have won a total of six Stanley Cups: PLAYOFF HISTORY This is Carolina’s first Stanley Cup final. Since joining the NHL from the World Hockey Association in 1979-as the Hartford Whalers - the franchise was 1-10 in playoff series before this year, last winning a round in 1986. DEPTH CHART Spares: C. Adams, RW; MacDonald, C. Significant Injuries: Langdon, LW, sore shoulder, day-to-day. PLAYOFF PERFORMERS Faceoff Specialist Rod Brind’Amour Best…


Budget woes affect plan

The Buffalo Sabres’s survival for years hinged on how well management made personnel decisions while massaging the budget. It’s one reason the Sabres are a defensive team: playing defense is cheaper than paying for offense. The key for Buffalo is drafting well and developing prospects in the American League. That philosophy will not change. However, the Sabres’s budget figures to become even tighter this year. Buffalo says it has lost between $10 million and $20 million annually since John Rigas and his three sons took control of the organization five years ago. Missing the playoffs this year did not help. Rigas’s company, Adelphia Communications, nosedived early in the new year and drew an SEC investigation after announcing it had at least $2.3 billion in previously unreported debt. The Sabres will feel the pinch. CALLING…


Contender has kids coining

So much was put into Philadelphia’s effort for a Stanley Cup championship in 2001-02 that the Flyers had little time or space to test future talent. Unlike a year ago, when rookies Justin Williams and Ruslan Fedotenko got their feet wet, this season saw very little experimenting. Young forwards Pavel Brendl and Guillaume Lefebvre, plus defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, did get brief looks. But for the most part, the Flyers went with a lineup heavy on 30-somethings. Next year could be different. GM Bob Clarke has made it known he might move a veteran to make room for St. Jacques. And it’s no secret the GM wants Brendl, a key part in the Eric Lindros deal, to get an honest chance. The Flyers claim they can rebound from a disappointing season with the…