LARGE FORWARD LIST UPDATED 12/14/2009
I will edit to add players and more information about the players as information becomes available.
1. Bryan Bickell -- Chicago Left Wing - CHI Number: 29 Height: 6' 4" Weight: 223 Shoots: Left Born: Mar 9, 1986 (Age 23) Birthplace: Bowmanville, ON, Canada Drafted: CHI / 2004 NHL Entry Draft Round: 2nd (41st overall) Salary $500,000 RFA 2010-2011 SCOUTING REPORT: Assets • Has great size and strength for the wing position. Is already defensively responsible in his own zone, and can dominate along the boards. Flaws • May never meet offensive expectations because of a lack of coordination. Must use his 6-4 frame better in order to become an effective NHL winger. Career Potential • Potential power forward.
2. Evgeny Grachev nhl -- Rangers Rangers Center - NYR Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220 Shoots: Right Born: Feb 21, 1990 (Age 19) Birthplace: Khabarovsk, Russia Drafted: NYR / 2008 NHL Entry Draft Round: 3rd (75th overall) PROSPECT BIO
3. Andrew Ladd Chicago Blackhawks Salary $1,650,000.00; RFA 2010-2011 Andrew Ladd Chicago Blackhawks #16 - Left Wing Born: 1985/12/12 Age: 24 Height: 6-2 Weight: 198 Place of birth: Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada Seasons: 4 Drafted by: the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 (1st round) SCOUTING REPORT: Assets • Has great size for the NHL game and a little scoring upside. Is physically mature and capable of dishing out big hits. Possesses all-around qualities on the port side. Flaws • His scoring prowess lacks consistency, which can reduce him to more of a checking role. Must avoid taking shifts off. Could use more bulk in order to maximize his NHL potential. Career Potential • Power forward.
4. Taylor Pyatt Phoenix Coyotes Salary $600,000 UFA 2010-2011 SCOUTING REPORT: Assets • Has a good combination of size and skating ability. Is a sound body checker. Defensively aware, he also displays flashes of offensive ability. Flaws • He lacks the consistency needed to play a top-six forward role in the NHL. Struggles in the hockey sense department and doesn't use his size enough. Career Potential • Big-bodied, underachieving winger.
6. Frazer McLaren #68 - LW San Jose Frazer McLaren San Jose DOB: Oct 29, 1987 Age: 21 Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Man., Canada HT: 6-5 WT: 230 Shoots: L NHL Seasons: 0 Drafted by San Jose in 2007 (7/203). Salary $535,000; RFA 2011-2012
7. Mike Rupp --Pittsburgh Center - PIT NUMBER: 17 HEIGHT: 6' 5" WEIGHT: 230 Shoots: Left BIRTHDATE: Jan 13, 1980 (AGE 29) BIRTHPLACE: Cleveland, OH, United States DRAFTED: NJD / 2000 NHL Entry Draft ROUND: 3rd (76th overall) Salary: $800,000; UFA 2011-2012 SCOUTING REPORT: • Has excellent size. NHL upside is that of a poor man's version of a power forward. Can play either wing or center. Displays sound all-around ability. Flaws • Doesn't always use his size enough. Must prove capable of maintaining a certain standard of play over long stretches. Lacks offensive instincts Career Potential • Fourth line forward.
8. Kyle Greentree -- Chicago Chicago Blackhawks #47 - Left Wing Born: 1983/11/15 Age: 25 Height: 6-3 Weight: 212 Place of birth: Victoria, B.C., Canada Seasons: 2
10. Jordan LaVallee -- Columbus Left Wing - CBJ Number: 50 Height: 6' 3" Weight: 225 Shoots: Left Born: May 11, 1986 (Age 23) Birthplace: Corvallis, OR, United States Drafted: ATL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft Round: 4th (116th overall)
11.Kamil Kreps - Florida Panthers Florida Panthers #28 - Center Born: 1984/11/18 Age: 24 Height: 6-2 Weight: 194 Place of birth: Litomerice, Czech. (now Czech Republic) Seasons: 3 Drafted by: the Florida Panthers in 2003 (2nd round)
12. Michael Frolik - Florida Panthers Left Wing Born Feb 17 1988 -- Kladno, Czech Rep. Height 6.01 -- Weight 194 -- Shoots L Selected by Florida Panthers round 1 #10 overall 2006 NHL Entry Draft
13. Shawn Matthias - Florida Panthers Florida Panthers #41 - Center Born: 1988/02/19 Age: 21 Height: 6-3 Weight: 211 Place of birth: Mississauga, Ont., Canada Seasons: 2 Drafted by: the Detroit Red Wings in 2006 (2nd round)
14. Nick Tarnasky - Florida Panthers Florida Panthers #74 - Left Wing Born: 1984/11/25 Age: 24 Height: 6-2 Weight: 224 Place of birth: Rocky Mtn. House, Alta., Canada Seasons: 4 Drafted by: the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003 (9th round)
15. Petteri Nokelainen - Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks #17 - Center Born: 1986/01/16 Age: 23 Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Place of birth: Imatra, Finland Seasons: 2 Drafted by: the New York Islanders in 2004 (1st round)
17. Alexandre Bolduc Vancouver Center Born Jun 26 1985 -- Montreal, PQ Height 6.03 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots L
18. Dustin Byfuglien | 33 | RW - Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks Height: 6-3 Born: 3/27/1985 Weight: 246 Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota Draft: 245th pick by Blackhawks (2003), 8th Round
20. Brandon Mashinter San Jose Left Wing - SJS Number: 72 Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230 Shoots: Left Born: Sep 20, 1988 (Age 21) Birthplace: Newmarket, ON, Canada 21.
23. Craig Weller -- Boston Right Wing - Boston VIDEO > NUMBER: 12 HEIGHT: 6' 4" WEIGHT: 220 Shoots: Right BIRTHDATE: Mar 17, 1981 (AGE 28) BIRTHPLACE: Calgary, AB, Canada DRAFTED: STL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft ROUND: 5th (167th overall)
24. RW Drew Stafford Buffalo Age: 23 Date of birth: October 30, 1985 Place of birth: Milwaukee, WI, USA Ht: 6-2 Wt: 213 Shoots: R Salary: $984,200 NHL Seasons: 3 Drafted by Buffalo in 2004 (1/13).
25. Ryan Donally -- Anaheim Left Wing - ANA Height: 6' 4" Weight: 210 Shoots: Left Born: Feb 4, 1985 (Age 24) Birthplace: Tecumseh, ON, Canada Drafted: CGY / 2003 NHL Entry Draft Round: 3rd (97th overall)
26. Josh Brittain Anaheim Ducks Prospect Left Wing - ANA Height: 6' 4" Weight: 210 Shoots: Left Born: Jan 3, 1990 (Age 19) Birthplace: Milton, ON, Canada Drafted: ANA / 2008 NHL Entry Draft Round: 3rd (71st overall) PROSPECT BIO
27. Alexander Frolov - L.A.Kings * #24 * Left Wing * Los Angeles Kings * Height: 6-2 * Weight: 204 * Shoots: Right * Born: Jun 19, 1982 - Moscow, USSR * Draft: 2000 - 1st round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings Salary $4,000,000 UFA 2010-2011
28. Chris Stewart --Colorado Avalance --Large Forwards * Chris Stewart * #25 * Right Wing * Colorado Avalanche * Height: 6-2 * Weight: 228 * Shoots: Right * Born: Oct 30, 1987 - Toronto, Ontario * Draft: 2006 - 1st round (18th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche
29. 58 Francis Wathier Dallas Stars - LW Francis Wathier Dallas Stars Age: 24 Date of birth: December 07, 1984 Place of birth: St Isidore, Ont., Canada Ht: 6-3 Wt: 198 Shoots: L Salary: $ 500,000 NHL Seasons: 0-R Drafted by Dallas in 2003 (6/185).
30. Bobby Bolt Anaheim Ducks LW Bobby Bolt-- Anaheim Ducks Age: 22 Date of birth: April 29, 1987 Place of birth: Thunder Bay, Ont., Canada Ht: 6-4 Wt: 228 Shoots: L Salary: $ 500,000 NHL Seasons: 0-R Drafted by Anaheim in 2005 (5/127).
31. Juiri Tlusty CAROLINA HURRICANES TRADED BY Toronto Maple Leafs Jiri Tlusty 11 - LW/RW Age: 21 Date of birth: March 16, 1988 Place of birth: Slany, Czech. (now Czech Republic) Ht: 6-0 Wt: 209 Shoots: L Salary: $ 765,000 NHL Seasons: 2 Drafted by Toronto in 2006 (1/13).
32. Dane Byers NY Rangers * Dane Byers-- NY Rangers * #36 * Left Wing * New York Rangers * Height: 6-3 * Weight: 190 * Shoots: Left * Born: Feb 21, 1986 - Nipawin, Saskatchewan * Draft: 2004 - 2nd round (48th overall) by the New York Rangers
34. 35. Mikko Lehtonen -- Boston Bruins Boston Bruins #68 - Right Wing Born: 1987/04/01 Age: 22 Height: 6-5 Weight: 203 Place of birth: Espoo, Finland Seasons: 1 Drafted by: the Boston Bruins in 2005 (3rd round)
36. Patrik Berglund -- St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues #21 - Center Born: 1988/06/02 Age: 21 Height: 6-3 Weight: 211 Place of birth: Vasteras, Sweden Seasons: 1 Drafted by: the St. Louis Blues in 2006 (1st round) Salary $765,000; RFA 2010-2011 SCOUTING REPORT: Assets • Has a very projectable frame, outstanding offensive instincts and game-changing ability. Is a wizard with the puck. Flaws • Needs to add more bulk to better defend himself against big-league defenders. Could stand to shoot the puck a lot more. Career Potential • Slick scoring center.
37. Jean-Francois Jacques -- Edmonton Oilers 22 - LW Age: 24 Date of birth: April 29, 1985 Place of birth: Montreal, Que., Canada Ht: 6-4 Wt: 217 Shoots: L Salary: $ 550,000 NHL Seasons: 4 Drafted by Edmonton in 2003 (2/68). ASSETS: Owns imposing size and strength, and does his best work in the corners. Is very aggressive and never backs down from a challenge. Can drop the gloves. Goes to the net with authority. FLAWS: Must work on his play without the puck and in the defensive zone in order to maximize his potential in the NHL. Is limited in terms of hockey sense. CAREER POTENTIAL: Power forward.
38. Colin Wilson Nashville Predators Nashville Predators #33 - Center Born: 1989/10/20 Age: 20 Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 Place of birth: Greenwich, CT, USA Seasons: 0 Drafted by: the Nashville Predators in 2008 (1st round)
39. Ilkka Pikkarainen NJ Devils 17 - RW Age: 28 Date of birth: April 19, 1981 Place of birth: Sonkajarvi, Finland Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Shoots: R Salary: $ 500,000 NHL Seasons: 0 Drafted by New Jersey in 2002 (7/218). #19. RW, Ilkka Pikkarainen – Pikkarainen was a relative unknown when he was drafted last year by the Devils, but he made enough of an impact in Finland this year to merit a spot on the Top 20 list. Pikkarainen plays a crash and bang style and also has a decent set of hands around the net. He signed a pro contract this summer and will bring his game to North American waters. He will likely spend most of 2003-04 in Albany but could see a handful of games with the big club.
40. Peter Mueller -- Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes #88 - W Born: 1988/04/14 Age: 21 Height: 6-2 Weight: 205 Place of birth: Bloomington, MN, USA Seasons: 2
41. Fabian Brunnstrom -- Dallas Stars Fabian Brunnstrom Dallas Stars #96 - Right Wing Born: 1985/02/06 Age: 24 Height: 6-2 Weight: 203 Place of birth: Jonstorp, Sweden Scouting Report Assets • Has good NHL size and blazing speed. Can put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses with his skill and can also score highlight-reel goals. Flaws • Lacks consistency, especially in terms of his commitment to playing defense. Needs to shoot the puck more and keep his game simple. Career Potential • Flashy scoring winger. shoots Left; Age:24 Cap Hit $2,250,000 salary $875,000; bonus in 2009/2010 $1,350,000; RFA 2010-2011;
43. Zach Budish Nashville Predators Zach Budish Right Wing - NSH (ZAK BOO-dihsh) Height: 6' 3" Weight: 223 Shoots: Right Born: May 9, 1991 (Age 18) Birthplace: Edina, MN, United States Drafted: NSH / 2009 NHL Entry Draft Round: 2nd (41st overall) PROSPECT BIO
44. Jesse Joensuu NY Islanders 58 - LW/RW -- NY Islanders Jesse Joensuu Age: 22 Date of birth: October 05, 1987 Place of birth: Pori, Finland Ht: 6-4 Wt: 207 Shoots: L Salary: $ 635,000 NHL Seasons: 1-R Drafted by NY Islanders in 2006 (2/60).
45. Chris Durno Colorado Avalanche 45 - C/LW Chris Durno Age: 29 Date of birth: October 31, 1980 Place of birth: Scarborough, Ont., Canada Ht: 6-4 Wt: 205 Shoots: L Salary: $ 500,000 NHL Seasons: 1 Signed by Chicago in 2006. Acquired as a free agent in 2008. CURRENT STATUS: In the minors GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG Shots PtsPG 2009-10 COLORADO 9 0 2 2 2 8 0 0 0 6 0.22 ON PACE 59 0 13 13 13 52 0 0 0 39 0.22 • Profile • Player News • Game by Game • Performance Highs ASSETS: Displays plenty of physical toughness and intimidation. Can play a sound up-and-down game, either at wing or center. FLAWS: Needs to work on his skating in order to see regular ice time at the highest level. Must also become more consistent from game to game. CAREER POTENTIAL: Physical depth forward.
46. Blair Jones Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning #49 - Center Born: 1986/09/27 Age: 23 Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 Place of birth: Central Butte, Sask., Canada Seasons: 2 Drafted by: the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2005 (4th round) Year Team GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG 2009 Lightning 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Full Career Stats " rss Posts about Blair Jones last updated Dec 7, 2009 6:31 AM EST Photo Lightning between The Rock and a hard place; Tampa Bay at New Jersey Devils preview by John Fontana from Raw Charge on Dec 4, 2009 1:39 PM EST The Lightning are in Newark tonight to square off against the New Jersey Devils, but there are problems around the team that few people are focusing on. While lack of offensive production seems to be a oncern, it's the team's defense that is causing problems. Top Contributors To this Jones page * New-avatar-163307_tiny John Fontana (6) Lightning prospects and Lethbridge Hurricanes wing Carter Ashton -- via www.whl.ca Former Lightning campers -- Prospect / system update by John Fontana from Raw Charge on Nov 3, 2009 2:25 PM EST Just a quick table rundown (no commentary) of how certain prospects are performing in different leagues around the globe. Photo 2 Tampa Bay Lightning reduce preseason roster to 29 by John Fontana from Raw Charge on Sep 26, 2009 3:59 PM EDT The Lightning have trimmed their roster by 11 players and are now down to 29. Scouting Report Assets * Has a very good combination of size and playmaking skills for the center position. Is an intelligent hockey player with scoring upside. Flaws * Must adapt to the speed of the NHL game in order to maximize his scoring potential. Needs to use his size more to his advantage. Career Potential * Second line center.
47. Jakub Voracek Columbus Blue Jackets Jakub Voracek – Columbus Blue Jackets Right Wing - CBJ (YAH-kub VOHR-uh-chehk) Video › Number: 93 Height: 6' 2" Weight: 213 Shoots: Left Born: Aug 15, 1989 (Age 20) Birthplace: Kladno, Czech Republic Drafted: CBJ / 2007 NHL Entry Draft Round: 1st (7th overall