Draftee of the Year 2002
The award is presented by Hockey’s Future Germany. HF visitors, German hockey fans and several hockey insiders voted for the Draftee of the Year. Every German player, who was drafted, is eligible for this award.
Winner: Dennis Seidenberg (Age: 20, Team: Mannheim – Drafted By Philadelphia)
20 years old and a member of DEL championship runners-up, Adler Mannheim. He had another strong year after his impressive breakthru season 2000/2001. After this season we can finally say: one of the biggest steals of the NHL Entry Draft 2001. Regards to Flyers’ european chef scout, Inge Hammarström, to agree with Hockey’s Future Germany about Seidenberg – several other scouts didn’t it.
2nd place: Christian Ehrhoff (20, Krefeld – San Jose)
The man who could possible prefer a move to San Jose’s farmteam, Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League for the next season. 20 years old, he’s ready for the hard way through the minor league, he said. However, another year with Krefeld isn’t impossible, too. Ehrhoff was placed on position two – without his eye injury, he suffered during the season, he could be closer to Seidenberg. Please check out Chapin’s interview with Christian Ehrhoff..
3rd place: Robert Francz (23, Frankfurt – Phoenix)
Francz was an average AHL performer and a good ECHL player, but that wasn’t enough to get a chance at the NHL level with Phoenix, which drafted him in 1997. After five seasons in North America, Francz went back to his native country and played for Frankfurt Lions. Unfortunately, the team had a poor season. Not the whole team, especially Francz was getting better from game to game and became a fan and coach favourite during the season. An impressing comeback in Germany.
Received the most votes behind the top three: Christoph Schubert, Marcel Goc and Robert Müller
Prospect of the Year 2002
The award is presented by Hockey’s Future Germany. HF visitors, German hockey fans and several hockey insiders voted for the Prospect of the Year. Every German player, who wasn’t drafted until the start of the season, was eligible to win this award. The race wasn’t as close as the Draftee award race.
Winner: Yannic Seidenberg (18, Mannheim)
The second award goes to the second Seidenberg. Dennis’ younger brother Yannic was voted the Top Prospect. As a 84 born forward, he had to opt-in for the NHL Entry Draft 2002, but he didn’t. We will most likely see him in the first five rounds in 2003 – alongside some other Germans like Alex Sulzer who also didn’t opt-in.
2nd place: Thomas Greilinger (20, Nürnberg)
Greilinger had a season with some ‘small’ injuries during the whole season. The main reason for the fact, the he wasn’t in Germany’s line up during the olympics and the world championships. However, the last three months of the season were the months of Greilinger. He became the undisputed Team MVP in these games and finished his second DEL season with a new record in points scored.
3rd place: Andreas Morczinietz (24, Augsburg)
Voted as the DEL Rookie of the season by the German hockey newspaper EishockeyNews. The 24 year old wing had some good minor league years before moving to the highest level. 50 points in 60 games, a strong season, which promoted him straight into the national team.
Received the most votes behind the top three: Dimitrij Kochnev, Eduard Lewandowski and Felix Petermann.
The German NHL and CHL Draft review will be published in the next days, an interview with Yannic Seidenberg will follow.
An official press release by Oliver Janz for the German Hockey Federation about the NHL Entry Draft can be found at www.deb-online.de and www.hockeyweb.de. The headline is “NHL-Talentziehung 2002: Alexander Sulzer und Yannic Seidenberg meldeten sich nicht an.”
An article by Oliver Janz about the situation of the best talents in Germany can be found in the July issue of the German hockey print magazine “EishockeyWorld”, which can also be visited at www.eishockeyworld.com. The headline of the article is “Deutscher EishockeyNachwuchs: Der Wille entscheided” , site 54 – 57.