2001 NHL Draft Surprises: Rounds 1-3

By Jonathan Litterine

All held true to form for the first 18 picks of the 2001 NHL Entry
Draft.

I mean besides the fact a top center was traded and that some players
ended
up where people didn’t think they would. Then the 19th pick brought the
1st
big surprise. The Boston Bruins selected Kamloops Blazers right wing
Shaone
Morrison. Most if not all experts had Morrison as a second round
selection if
not later. Yet the Bruins made him there pick in the high teens.

At 20
the
Sharks took German center Marcel Goc. Maybe not a reach, yet still
higher
then quite a few people had him ranked.

With pick 26 Dallas really
pulled one
out of there hat. They selected goalie Jason Bacashihua. They selected
Bascashihua even though goalies like Tomas Duba and Andrei Medvedev were
still available. I’m not sure which is odder, the Stars selecting
Bascashihua
with the 26th selection or Bascashihua being taken before those other
goalies.

At pick 28 the Devils made the biggest surprise of the
first
round. They took Saskatoon winger Adrian Foster. Foster played just 5
games
for Saskatoon of the WHL this past season.

Pick 29 brought goaltender
Adam
Munro to the Kings. Again, probably a bit high, espically considering
the
other netminders still left.

Mark Popovic who many considered to be a
mid to
late first rounder was taken with pick 35 by the Ducks. Popovic fell
worse
then any other player on draft day.

Re-Entry’s Mike Zigomanis and Kyle
Wanvig
were also selected in the second round.

Dallas picked Yared Hagos from
Sweden
70th overall. Many , including myself felt he was a great steal in the
early
2nd round. Dallas literally robbed him from all other teams at number
70.

I
also must get a quick note in about Brampton defenseman Jay Harrison.
Harrison went into this season as a top 15 selection in the draft. He
was
terrible all season and dropped all the way to number 82 and the Toronto
Maple Leafs. If the draft was only a year ago.

I’ll be back tomorrow
with the
surprises for the rounds completed Sunday.