(CP) -- The Atlanta Thrashers took care of business Friday,
agreeing to terms with five players drafted by the NHL club two years
Players selected in the 1999 NHL entry draft had until 5 p.m. EDT on
Friday to sign with their respective NHL clubs or else re-enter the
NHL draft later this month.
The Thrashers signed forwards Derek MacKenzie and David Kaczowka,
defencemen Luke Sellars and Garnet Exelby and goaltender Rob Zepp.
MacKenzie led the OHL's Sudbury Wolves with 89 points (40 goals, 49
assists) in 62 games this season.
Sellars, 20, had nine goals and 21 assists in 59 games with the
OHL's Ottawa 67's this season, while also adding 136 penalty minutes.
Zepp, 19, led the OHL with 34 wins and registered a career-best 2.26
goals-against average for the Plymouth Whalers this season. He posted
a 34-18-3 record in 55 games.
Exelby, 19, split this season between Regina and Saskatoon of the
WHL, totalling seven goals and 18 assists along with 161 penalty
minutes in 65 games.
Kaczowka led the WHL with a career-high 414 penalty minutes, 131
more than the second-place finisher. The 19-year-old winger also set
career highs with four goals, six assists and 10 points in 63 regular-
season games for Regina.
The Vancouver Canucks signed goaltender Kevin Swanson before the
deadline. He was 27-16-5 with a 3.11 GAA and an .892 save percentage
with Kelowna of the WHL this season.
The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with winger Jerome Marois on
a three-year deal. He had 36 goals and 47 assists with the Rouyn-
Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes signed centre Brett Lysak of the WHL's
Regina Pats. The 20-year-old had 35 goals and 48 assists this season.
Winger Konstantin Panov of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers signed with
the Nashville Predators. The Russian had 44 goals and 56 assists in
69 games this season.
Elsewhere, the New York Islanders signed Western Hockey League MVP
Justin Mapletoft to a three-year deal.
Mapletoft, a member of the Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels
this season, had 43 goals and 77 assists this season -- including a
plus--45 rating in 70 regular-season games. He added two goals and
two assists in four games at the Memorial Cup last week.
The Washington Capitals inked defenceman Nolan Yonkman to a three-
year contract. Yonkman, 20, had six goals, 11 assists and 113 penalty
minutes with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.