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02-13-2008, 09:35 AM
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The Regina Potholes select as a top-pairing defenseman, Bryan McCabe.

McCabe currently has 408 points in 892 career NHL games. Today he is considered erratic defensively, and by that I mean he is sometimes excellent, sometimes poor. It wasn't always that way. Earlier on, McCabe was a fairly solid defenseman with modest offensive ability. Even in his first few years with the Leafs if you watch some classic series, you will see him perform quite admirably in his own zone.

In 2003-04 McCabe performed well enough to earn a berth on the second All-Star team. In 2005-06, McCabe really broke out offensively, scoring 67 points in 73 games and earned a spot on team Canada's Olympic squad.

McCabe's playoff history is somewhat brief, but excellent. He has a substantially improved career GPG average, with APG being the same. His PIM go down considerably in the playoffs as well, from 1.71 to 1.37. His teams have won 4 series while losing 4, and he was a major part of the gutsy squad that emerged from the brink of elimination against the Ottawa Senators in 2002, with up to 7 other regulars injured. To top it off, he has scored a goal in each of the past two game 7's that the Leafs have won against Ottawa. The single worst game of McCabe's career happened in the playoffs, but many of his best ones did as well.

McCabe was named captain of the New York Islanders at a very young age, and has been an assistant captain on the Leafs for five years. He is well-liked by his teammates, and the Leafs like him so much they gave him a contract that ensures he will never play anywhere but Toronto!
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Current Roster:
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Forwards:

Alexei Yashin: Powerful offensive force. Ability to make his teammates better. A franchise player for a few NHL seasons. 1998-99 2nd team all-star and Hart trophy runner-up. Six 30-goal seasons.

Alexei Zhamnov: Point-Per-Game in each of first four NHL seasons. 719 NHL points. 9 20-goal seasons. Excellent playmaker and competitor. 1994-95 2nd team all-star and 3rd in NHL scoring race.

Len Thornson: IHL's all-time scoring leader, in considerably fewer games than anyone near him. Six-time IHL MVP. Three-time IHL leading scorer. Twice approached 2 points-per-game. Excellent playoff record, 88 pts in 64 games.

Don Metz: Forgotten Leaf was brother of checking ace Nick Metz. Played similar relentless checking game. Won two cups as a Leaf including the infamous come from behind win against Detroit, in which he had 7 points in the 4 wins after Hap Day inserted him into the lineup on a hunch.

Jimmy Ward: Twice top-10 in NHL assists, once top-10 in points. Rarely missed a game. 10+ goals in 10 of 12 seasons in days of 40-48 game schedules. Very dependable and likeable scorer.

Vladimir Ruzicka: 39 goals with Boston in 1991-92. Represented the Czechs in countless international competitions at all levels. 15-straight seasons over a point per game in the Czech league, and in 9 of 15 international competitions. Led the Czech league in goals once, points twice, and two-time MVP.


Defensemen:

Bryan McCabe: 410 Career points, 26 in the playoffs. For most of his career, a tough and gritty defenseman with ability at both ends of the ice. Became a power play specialist in his 30's. 4-time 15-goal scorer. Career high of 67 points. 2003-04 2nd team all-star. 2006 Olympic participant. Two Game-7 goals.

Dale Tallon: 336 Career NHL points in just 642 games. Scored 13+ goals five times in NHL career. 62 points in 1975-76.

Bob Rouse: Triple-tough stay at home crease-clearing defender. Six straight seasons in the final four with Toronto and Detroit. Two Stanley cups. 106 playoff games in six-season period. A fearless warrior. Modest PIM totals for a player of his ilk.

Sylvain Lefebvre: Another stay at home defensive warrior. One of the top shutdown defensemen of the 90's. Twice went to the final four with Toronto. Won a cup with Colorado in 1996. Stabilixed every defensive corps he ever joined.


Goalie:

Don Simmons: Two-time Stanley cup finalist with Boston during Montreal's dynasty seasons. 20 shutouts in just 249 NHL games. 13-11 in playoffs with 3 SO, 10% lower GAA than regular season average. Long, distinguished, and successful minor league career at a time where only 6 goalies could be in the NHL. 221-207-33, 16 SO.


Coach:

John Brophy. Only coach besides Scotty Bowman with 1000 professional hockey wins, and one of just four with 1000 wins in all of North America, at any level. Leads ECHL in all-time wins, playoff wins. Had 11 straight winning seasons in the ECHL and won 3 championships in that time. Fiery, intense, and unpredictable.


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