The Philadelphia Flyers’ list of protected/unprotected players for the annual waiver draft indicates that the team plans to play it safe this year. There are no surprises on the list and – most notably – no projected NHLers exposed by the organization.
The draft will be held at noon on Friday. The event consists of a 14-selection first round (featuring only teams that missed the playoffs last season), followed by an indefinite number of subsequent rounds. The draft simply ends when a round is completed without any team claiming a player.
In accordance with usual drafting standards, all selection positions are determined by the reverse order of 2001-02 team point totals. Thus, the Atlanta Thrashers have the first pick, while the Detroit Red Wings will draft out of the #30 slot. The Flyers hold the #26 selection in rounds following the preliminary round.
No team can lose more than three players in the draft, unless it chooses to expose additional players. Each team’s three-player loss limit will increase by the number of draft claims it makes against other teams.
The Flyers’ complete status list is as follows:
Forwards Donald Brashear, Todd Fedoruk, Simon Gagne, Mark Greig, Michal Handzus, Kirby Law, John LeClair, Marty Murray, Keith Primeau, Paul Ranheim, Mark Recchi, and Jeremy Roenick, defensemen Eric Desjardins, Kim Johnsson, Chris McAllister, Dan McGillis, Chris Therien and Eric Weinrich, and goaltenders Roman Cechmanek and Neil Little
Forwards Tomas Divisek, Ian MacNeil, Andre Savage and Peter Vandermeer and defensemen John Slaney and Brad Tiley
*Note that Pavel Brendl, Robert Esche, Guillaume Lefebvre, Dennis Seidenberg, Radovan Somik, Bruno St. Jacques and Justin Williams are all exempt from the waiver draft. Each of these players falls under league guidelines for immunity for not having played a certain amount of league games in accordance with their respective age.
· Five of the six players left unprotected by the Flyers are minor league veterans ticketed to play for the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms this season. The other – forward Tomas Divisek – isn’t even playing hockey on this continent at the current time. The former prospect signed with Pardubice of the Czech Extraleague in July.
· Notable players left unprotected around the league include: Forwards German Titov (Anaheim), Michal Grosek (Boston), Robert Dome (Calgary), Jeff Shantz (Colorado), Steve Gainey (Dallas), Steve Heinze (Los Angeles), Bill Lindsay (Montreal), Petr Tenkrat (Nashville) Jason Dawe (St. Louis), and Tim Taylor (Tampa Bay), defensemen Jason York (Anaheim), Nikos Tselios (Carolina), Igor Ulanov (Florida), Jere Karalahti (Nashville), Tommy Albelin (New Jersey), Sylvain Lefebvre (NY Rangers), Drake Berehowsky (Phoenix), Rick Berry (Pittsburgh), Rich Pilon (St. Louis), Mathieu Biron (Tampa Bay) and Jyrki Lumme (Toronto), and goaltender Damian Rhodes (Atlanta).
· Notable players left unprotected who were former property of the Flyers (or played in the organization) include: Forwards Francis Belanger (Anaheim), Matt Herr (Boston), Brantt Myhres (Boston), Mike Watt (Carolina), Peter White (Chicago), Jim Montgomery (Dallas), Michel Picard (Detroit), Gino Odjick (Montreal), Greg Koehler (Nashville), Craig Darby (New Jersey), Dennis Bonvie (Ottawa), Paul Healey (Toronto), and Colin Forbes (Washington), defensemen Ryan Bast (Carolina), Greg Hawgood (Dallas), Mike Crowley (Minnesota), Mark Eaton (Nashville), Kevin Haller (NY Islanders), Aris Brimanis (St. Louis), Darren Rumble (Tampa Bay) and Dean Melanson (Washington), and goaltenders Jean-Marc Pelletier (Carolina), Corey Hirsch (Dallas) and Stephane Beauregard (Washington).