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Habsfan18's "Taking a look back" (Future Watch edition..PART 1..1992-1995)

Sorry ahead of time if this is a long post!

Alright, you guys know the drill by now.

I've just recently completed my collection of THN "Future Watch" issues. I have every single one since the debut edition in 1992. A few year's before they'd do an "In The System" issue, but 1992 was the first year they did FW.

In this thread i'll post little bits of news and notes, and the top 10 (from the top 50)

I hope you guys find this **** as interesting as I do. I'd like some replies please

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1992 Future Watch

- On the cover of the FW insert is Toronto's prospect Felix Potvin.

- According to THN, the Winnipeg Jets have the best prospect pool in the NHL. Keith Tkachuk, Alexei Zhamnov, Teemu Selanne, and Evgeny Davydov lead the pack.

- NJ's Mike Dunham is America's next goaltending phenom.

- Hartford Whalers Mikael Nylander is the latest to be compared to Wayne Gretzky.

- Scott Lachance and Trevor Kidd are 2 big name prospects with a full coloured page/picture dedicated to each.

- LA's Darryl Sydor has all the skills to excel in the NHL. He's a little short on confidence.

- Toronto's "No Panic Yanic"..Yanic Perreault is earning his wings in the AHL.

- Russian Dmitri Khartalnov, the IHL leading scorer has what every expansion team covets..scoring ability. He's sure to be an impact NHL'er.
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1993 Future Watch

- On the cover of the FW insert is NJ's prospect, Brian Rolston.

- Peter "the next great" Forsberg ads up to the perfect package. The 19 year old captivated the world with his spectacular performance at the '93 WJC's.

- THN ranks the Quebec Nordiques as having the best prospect corps in the NHL. Leading the way are Forsberg, Rene Corbet, Todd Warriner and John Tanner.

- Swede Markus Naslund is ready to start firing. THN wonders what adding another star forward like Naslund to the Penguins will do. Pittsburgh already has the most talented offensive team in the game..adding Markus to that will be fun to watch.

- Key leader Martin Lapointe is excited at the thought of making it "big time". Lapointe doesn't expect to be a big scorer for the Wings, but can be a future leader.

- 23 year old Russian goaltender Andrei Trefilov is on the track to the NHL. Trefilov is 18-8-2 with a 2.70 GAA and a .911 SP% for the IHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles.

- SJ's Mike Rathje is pictured on the back page in full colour.
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1994 Future Watch

- On the cover of the FW insert is Anaheim's Paul Kariya.

- This was the year THN began running their "top 50 prospects" Here's the top 10:

1. Peter Forsberg (Quebec)
2. Paul Kariya (Anaheim)
3. Todd Harvey (Dallas)
4. Niklas Sundstrom (NYR)
5. Kenny Jonsson (Toronto)
6. Brendan Witt (Washington)
7. Jason Allison (Washington)
8. Mike Dunham (NJ)
9. Viktor Kozlov (San Jose)
10. Landon Wilson (Toronto)

- For the 2nd year in a row, THN ranks Quebec as having the best prospect pool in the NHL.

- Mike Dunham of team USA, and Corey Hirsch are pictured in full colour. Both goalies may represent their countries on bigger stages in the future.

- Boston's Mariusz Czerkawski is looking to make an immediate impact for the B's.
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1995 Future Watch

- On the insert cover this year is Florida's Ed Jovanovski.

- Thanks to losing Scott Stevens, Washington now has the top prospect pool in the NHL, according to THN. Jim Carey, Brendan Witt, Byron Dafoe and Sergei Gonchar lead the way.

- Smallish Saku Koivu is an NHL star in the making. Saku has come a very long way since being drafted this past summer.

- The top 10 prospects this year were:

1. Ed Jovanovski (Florida)
2. Radek Bonk (Ottawa)
3. Saku Koivu (Montreal)
4. Jeff O'Neill (Hartford)
5. Ryan Smith (Edmonton)
6. Mats Lindgren (Edmonton)
7. Jamie Storr (LA)
8. Brendan Witt (Washington)
9. Corey Hirsch (NYR)
10. Landon Wilson (Quebec)

- According to Windsor coach Mike Kelly, Ed Jovanovski is the best player in he world outside of the NHL.

- NJ Devils Mike Dunham dropped from number 8 last season, to out of the top 50 completely this season.
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I know it's not much info, but I thought you guys might be interested in a little bit of tidbits/notes.

If you guys have any questions about player rankings or anything feel free to ask.

I'd appreciate some comments/discussion as well.

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Thanks for the info as always. Good read.

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Would you mind posting the entire top 50? Obviously it is a bigger task, but I think it would be really interesting to see.

Nice work, it's very interesting to see.

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- NJ's Mike Dunham is America's next goaltending phenom.
If they only knew

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Would you mind posting the entire top 50? Obviously it is a bigger task, but I think it would be really interesting to see.

Nice work, it's very interesting to see.
x2. Although perhaps just some notables (hyped flops and stars) would suffice.

These look backs are great, especially since it takes me back to a time when I was just starting to fall in love with the game.

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Nylander really was called the Swedish Gretzky. For some reason I thought that was something Jaromir Jagr made up.

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Nylander really was called the Swedish Gretzky. For some reason I thought that was something Jaromir Jagr made up.


but seriously, I wonder how many prospects in the last 15 years have been compared to Gretzky.

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great read and a great look back at history...thanks for the effort!

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It's really funny to go back and look at guys who were considered "can't miss" prospects, future superstars, etc. Also good to see how good these "late blooming" Europeans ended up (insert sarcasm here). Good call on Sydor though.

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It's really funny to go back and look at guys who were considered "can't miss" prospects, future superstars, etc. Also good to see how good these "late blooming" Europeans ended up (insert sarcasm here). Good call on Sydor though.
I especially love reading the draft previews. Man, I could probably make 50 threads filled with awesome quotes on complete busts.

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FRIGGIN' DAVYDOV! Ottawa traded my first favourite Senator for that guy.

Yeah, he looked like he had talent, but two years removed from his only good season he was out of the league. Just like Kvartalnov.

The 90s were so weird.

Thanks again, habsfan

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Mike Dunham haha. Poor Mike!!

Little did they know about NJ's prospect goaltenders

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I love how Dunham goes from the next super star to out of the top 50, very fitting way to end your post haha.

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I love how Dunham goes from the next super star to out of the top 50, very fitting way to end your post haha.
I thought it added a nice little touch

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I don't mind posting a top 50..but can that get me in any trouble?

I hope that isn't a stupid question...but can I get in trouble from THN?

Or is the fact that they're old issues kinda make that ok?
From my understanding of it, yes, THN do hold the copyrights, and, hence, we can't reproduce the list in its entirety.

However, sections of the list can be produced, provided that it is part of some discussion. For example, you can produce the next 10 people on the list, with some general comments on where those players are now.

We've had the discussion on THN lists before, and, that's usually the answer. The fact that it's older, shouldn't change the fact that they own the copyrights. I imagine they wouldn't be too upset with it, given that it's not like you're taking away sales, but, that isn't our call to make.

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Good work Habsfan18,

One thing that you really notice is just how hard it is to predict goalies. Dunham, Hirsch, Storr, Potvin, Kidd, etc. were all supposed to be the can't miss guys from that era, but all flamed out.

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Hilarious to see old ******** like Sydor being talked about as rooks.

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Good work Habsfan18,

One thing that you really notice is just how hard it is to predict goalies. Dunham, Hirsch, Storr, Potvin, Kidd, etc. were all supposed to be the can't miss guys from that era, but all flamed out.
Thanks,

Yeah it is pretty hard to predict goalies. Probably the hardest position to predict.

As for Potvin, yeah the hype was pretty damn high (reading through old issues) but I'd say he had a decent career. He was a pretty good goalie for a few years.

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Hilarious to see old ******** like Sydor being talked about as rooks.
Sydor was a very capable top four defenseman on two Stanley Cup winning teams. He very much was a rock for much of his career.

The guy tore ligaments in his left ankle in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals and tried to keep himself in the play after he got injured.

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Sydor was a very capable top four defenseman on two Stanley Cup winning teams. He very much was a rock for much of his career.

The guy tore ligaments in his left ankle in Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals and tried to keep himself in the play after he got injured.
He meant rookies, not rocks.

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TREFILOV!!! I haven't thought about him for years and years...granted why would I

And Dunham. USA goalie of the future... *snort*

But Potvin did have quite a few solid years as a Leaf. Surprisingly it wasn't till AFTER he left that he kinda... blew up

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- Peter "the next great" Forsberg ads up to the perfect package. The 19 year old captivated the world with his spectacular performance at the '93 WJC's.
Well, they got that one right. Peter the great

Oh yeah, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to see following years as I can relate to them a bit better.

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