2002 Draft Winners and Losers: Day 2
You saw and read who the winners and losers were on the first day of the draft. Now it’s time to find out what teams hold the special honors after the final day of the draft, rounds 4-9. These rankings are based on my opinions only and do not reflect the overall view of Hockey’s Future.
(Daniel Fernholm, Andrew Sertich, Cam Paddock, Bobby Goepfert, Patrik Bartschi, Maxime Talbot, Ryan Lannon, Dwight LaBrosse)
After having a superb first day to the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the Penguins back it up with another solid day of selections. Swedish defenseman Daniel Fernholm was an abolsute steal in the 4th round. Fernholm was touted as a potential top 10 pick just a year and a half ago before he was hit with the injury bug. He has missed a lot of time over the past two years thanks to two serious knee injuries. He’s healthy now and will be looking to prove a lot of NHL teams wrong for passing him over 100 times in this draft. He’s a huge defenseman and could be one of the biggest steals of this draft, provided that he can stay healthy throughout the remainder of his career. Patrik Bartschi was a very good pick at the 202nd overall pick. Bartschi is a creative offensive player he loves to shoot and score goals. He could be one of the first Swiss forwards to have a real impact in the NHL. The others who have tried, such as Michel Riesen and Reto Von Arx, wound up failing. We’ll see how Bartschi does when he’s given a chance in a few more years. Cam Paddock, Bobby Goepfert and Maxime Talbot all were interesting selections and could turn out to be sleepers. Overall, a good draft by GM Craig Patrick and the rest of the Penguins’ scouting staff.
(Jakub Hulva, Marty Magers, Maxim Sheviev, Radoslav Hecl, Dennis Wideman, Martin Cizek)
Marty Magers was a solid pick by the Sabres at 121st overall in the fourth round. Magers was one of the top goaltenders in the USHL this past season and will head to Michigan Tech at the start of next season to begin his collegiate career. The Sabres have a knack for selecting solid young goaltenders (see Martin Biron, Mika Noronen and Ryan Miller) and in four years Magers could possibly join that group. Like Miller, Magers was a mid round pick from the USHL. Whether Magers can have the same impact in college that Miller has remains to be seen, but he has the potential to be a good one down the road. In the fifth round the Sabres picked up speedy Russian center Maxim Sheviev. At 6’1 and 176 lbs, Sheviev will need to bulk up to be an effective player in the NHL. He’s a sniper and could turn out to be a steal, a la Maxim Afinogenov. He’s a few years away but the Sabres feel he’s going to be worth the wait. Radoslav Hecl is a 27 year old Slovak defenseman who was a member of the gold-medal winning team at the 2002 World Championships. Hecl is a close friend of current Sabre Miroslav Satan and could make an impact on the blue line for Buffalo as early as next season. 9th Round pick Martin Cizek is a steady, stay-at-home defenseman who, in my opinion, will one day definitely play in the NHL. Although it will only likely be as a 6th defenseman, Cizek will bring a sound defensive game to whatever team he plays on. Buffalo should be very pleased with their selections in this draft.
(Jan Kubista, Peter Hamerlik, Dmitri Utkin, Yan Stastny, Pavel Frolov)
Jan Kubista was an excellent selection by the Bruins with their 4th round selection, 130th overall. Kubista doesn’t have great size but he is a great skater who sees the ice well and has the ability to put fear into opposing goaltenders. He has a knack for scoring goals and is an exciting player to watch. He’ll need a few years to bulk up and develop but he could turn out to be a big steal three or four years from now. The Bruins further solidified their organizational depth at the goaltending position with the selection of re-entry Peter Hamerlik. Although the Bruins lack a true number one goaltender with the likely departure of Byron Dafoe through free agency, they have some good young goaltenders in their system, which includes the likes of Andrew Raycroft, 2002 1st round pick Hannu Toivonen and now Hamerlik. Hamerlik was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round of the 2000 draft, and re-entered this year’s draft after two solid seasons with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. Hamerlik is a big goaltender who takes up a lot of net and cuts off the angles well. He’s still raw and will need time in the minors to develop but could see time as a starter in the NHL some day. Yan Stastny, son of former NHL great Peter Stastny, doesn’t have the same breath-taking skills that his father once had, but he too could wind up being a sleeper with a few more years of development. The Bruins had a solid second day of selections to add to day 1 picks Hannu Toivonen and Vladislav Evseev.
(Brandon Segal, Patrick Jarrett, Mike McKenna, Josh Morrow, Kaleb Betts, Matt Davis, Steven Spencer)
The Nashville Predators love speedy players with tons of grit and right wing Brandon Segal fits that bill. Segal went undrafted in all 9 rounds last season but bounced back this year with a 43 goal and 83 point campaign for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. The pay off? Being selected in the 4th round (102nd overall) by the Predators. Segal isn’t overally big but is still a respectable 6’2 and 205 lbs. He is an excellent skater and is an intense, gritty and physical forward. The offensive production likely will not follow him to the NHL but expect a 15 goal, 100 PIM crash-and-bang third line forward who plays well at both ends of the rink. Patrick Jarret was a 1st round pick in the OHL priorirt selection a few years ago but injuries and a holdout have hindered his development the past two years. He has the talent and the potential to one day play in the NHL, although the verdict is still out on him. He still has time on his hands to bounce back and prove to people why he was such a hot commodity just two years ago. Mike McKenna, Josh Morrow, Kaleb Betts, Matt Davis and Steven Spencer round out a good draft for the Predators.
|1||New York Rangers|
(Nathan Guenin, Mike Walsh, Jake Taylor, Kim Hirschovits, Joseph Crabb, Petr Prucha, Rob Flynn)
I think the majority of these guys were big reaches at the spots that they were selected. Of the seven picks they had on day 2, 5 of them were used to draft Americans. Did the success of team USA at the 2002 Olympics have a huge impact on the thinking of the Rangers’ scouting staff? Three of these players (Nathan Guenin, Jake Taylor and Joey Crabb) all came from Green Bay of the USHL. What did the Rangers see in that team that 29 other NHL teams obviously didn’t? Europeans Kim Hirschovits and Petr Prucha add some flavor to the Rangers draft.
|2||San Jose Sharks|
(Kris Newbury, Tom Walsh, Tim Conboy, Michael Hutchins)
Just like the New York Rangers, the San Jose Sharks went the American route with the majority of their picks in this draft. Five out of seven (including day 1 picks), to be exact. Out of those five, three of them were drafted out of high school. Since when have high school players been such hot commodities?