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Pittsburgh Penguins
Team Page | 2000-2001 Schedule | Roster | 1999-2000 Player Stats
On this page: Comings | Goings | Prospect Watch | Get the Highlighter | Quoteworthy

 
1999-2000 Stat Leaders
Stat  Leader  No. 
Goals  Jaromir Jagr  42 
Assists  Jaromir Jagr  54 
Points  Jaromir Jagr  96 
+/-  Jaromir Jagr  25 
Shots  Jaromir Jagr  290 
Ice Time (F)  Martin Straka  23:58 
Ice Time (D)  Jiri Slegr  21:21 
Faceoff Pct.  Jan Hrdina  53.66% 
Hits  Darius Kasparaitis  261 
PP Pts  Jaromir Jagr  29 
SH Pts  Alexei Kovalev 
 

When Herb Brooks was hired 25 games into the 1999-2000 season, he was a short-timer. And he wanted it that way. No matter to the Penguins. Pittsburgh's game opened up and the scoring followed. A dozen games and 47 goals later the Penguins hit the .500 mark for the first time since October 23. It was January 2 and a brand new year. But a second half of ups-and-downs would follow.

Jaromir Jagr couldn't win every game on his own and it seemed the team couldn't win without him. Pittsburgh still roared into the playoffs with 10 wins in the final 15 games of the season, and Jagr's 10-point first-round playoff series would sink the No. 2 seeded Capitals. The Pens took a 2-0 series lead in the Battle of Pennsylvania, but Jagr was held pointless in Games 3 and 4 and went down with a back injury in Game 5 -- all Penguins losses. Philadelphia also won Game 6 and moved on.

The Penguins move on, too, with former Czech national coach Ivan Hlinka behind the bench.

For more on the Penguins, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.

BRIGHT SPOTS   GRAY AREAS
  • Jaromir Jagr is the best hockey player in the world. Last season he embodied the NHL's most valuable player.
  • Jean-Sebastien Aubin is coming off a year in which he went 23-21-3 with a 2.58 GAA.
  • Fleet of big, young defensemen may be ready to crack the lineup.
  • Alexei Kovalev has shown that his peerless practice performances translate to games in the right system.
  • With an international roster and a background in international coaching, Hlinka should be able to keep the Penguins a running and gunning outfit.
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  • Beginning the season in Tokyo is a tough road trip from which to recover.
  • Aubin -- who held out until Sept. 24 -- has played only 68 games in the NHL, and at this time last year was a No. 3 goaltender. Garth Snow signed with Pittsburgh's AHL team on Oct. 3.
  • Jagr's recurring injuries should be of some concern -- even if at 60 percent he's better than 80 percent of the NHL.
  • Pens' 37 wins last season actually represent a regression. Pittsburgh hasn't won so few games in a non-strike year since 1990.
  • Prospect Billy Tibbetts spent two years in jail. We won't bore you with the details, but they aren't pretty.
  • Comings
    Player  Pos.  From  Via 
    Matthew Barnaby  LW  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Josef Beranek  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Dennis Bonvie  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Steve Butenschon  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Rene Corbet  LW  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Trent Cull  Springfield (AHL)  Free agent 
    Chris Kelleher  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Janne Laukkanen  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Mark Moore  Harvard (NCAA)  Free agent 
    Aleksey Morosov  Pittsburgh  Re-signed 
    Toby Petersen  Colorado Coll. (NCAA)  Free agent 
    Billy Tibbetts  Johnstown (ECHL)  Free agent  
     
    Goings
    Player  Pos.  To  Via 
    Pat Falloon  RW  Davos (Swiss)  Free agent 
    Jonas Andersson-Junkka  Columbus  Expansion 
    Tyler Moss  Carolina  Free agent 
    Peter Popovic  Boston  Free agent  
    Dan Trebil  N.Y. Islander  Free agent  
    Ron Tugnutt  Columbus  Free agent 
    Tyler Wright  Columbus  Expansion 
     
    Prospect Watch
    Milan Kraft, C, 6' 3", 200
    Born: Jan. 17, 1980 in Plezn, Czech Republic
    Acquired: 1998 entry draft (No. 23 overall)

    So far so good with the Czech invasion. Seven regulars on the Pens roster hail from the Czech Republic and Kraft may make it eight if, as expected, the top forward at the World Junior Championships (five goals, 12 points in seven games) gets significant ice time in Pittsburgh. Kraft provides the Penguins with some size and touch. Last season he scored 34 goals and 69 points with Prince Albert in the WHL. And how's this for an introduction into the NHL? He may end up on a line with Jagr.

    Get the Highlighter
    Friday, Oct. 6 vs. Nashville and Saturday, Oct. 7 at Nashville. Forget what you just read about where these games are taking place. The Penguins and Predators kick off the season in Japan.
    Wednesday, Nov. 8 vs. Philadelphia. The Penguins were ousted from last year's playoffs by Philadelphia, and will have to wait until early November for their first chance at revenge.

    Quoteworthy
    "Short term, it looks good. Obviously, we still need the total support of the corporate community and all of our fans. That's what's going to keep us in business, to have people come out and buy season tickets and support the team. I think we have a chance to make money this year and go forward. But ... it's going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of support from our fans."
    —Mario Lemieux

    Team-by-team previews compiled by CNNSI.com's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.


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