Decision time on 2003 draft picks

By Ryan Garner

With the new collective bargaining agreement ratified, NHL teams have a six-day period to sign 2003 draft picks beginning on Saturday, July 23. Those CHL picks who are unsigned will go back into the 2005 entry draft, to be held on July 30.

Here’s a look at some of the top performances from the 2003 draft class thus far, as well as listing of each club’s 2003 picks and their likelihood of being signed either this week, in the case of CHL players, or later this summer in the case of NCAA or European players.

Ten signed players who have already achieved

Eric Staal, C, Carolina Hurricanes – Eric Staal had an excellent NHL rookie campaign in 2003-04, posting 31 points in 81 games with Carolina. He backed it up in with Lowell in the AHL last season, scoring 77 points in 77 games. Perhaps the most impressive stat of all is that he finished tenth in league scoring while leading the league in plus/minus. Expect him to continue that strong play in the fall, as he takes on an increased role with the Hurricanes.

Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins – Patrice Bergeron was a huge surprise in 2003-04. After being drafted 45th overall in 2003, he made the Boston Bruins squad out of training camp in 2003 and went on to record 39 points in 71 games. Bergeron was a leader on the Providence Bruins last season, posting 61 points in 68 games. The talented center is one of the few sure things in Boston, whose roster is very bare.

Nikolai Zherdev, RW, Columbus Blue Jackets – Nikolai Zherdev entered the NHL facing high expectations, and hasn’t disappointed anyone up to this point. He made an immediate impact when he was inserted in the Blue Jackets lineup, finishing his rookie year with 34 points in 57 games. Proving it was no fluke, Zherdev was one of the top scorers in the Russian Elite League with CSKA Moscow last season, scoring 40 points in 51 games. By comparison, Ilya Kovalchuk scored 41 points in 53 games for Kazan.

Dustin Brown, RW, Los Angeles Kings – A scoring sensation in the OHL, Dustin Brown was having an impressive NHL rookie season before it was cut short due to injury. He emerged last season as one of the premier offensive threats in the AHL. Brown surprised most critics, scoring 74 points in 79 games for a talented Manchester squad, and finished 13th in league scoring. He’s expected to start the season with the Los Angeles Kings, and should be a valuable contributor at the NHL level.

Zach Parise, C, New Jersey Devils – Zach Parise scores no matter where he plays, and that consistency has given him a chance to showcase his skills on international ice. He was named tournament MVP at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Tournament, helping the USA capture gold. In 2005, the youngster was named to the American squad at the 2005 IIHF World Championship. Parise was one of the top scorers on a weak Albany team last season, scoring 58 points in 73 games. The Devils are very excited about his development and he should see playing time in the NHL this season.

Thomas Vanek, LW, Buffalo Sabres – After a short but successful collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, Thomas Vanek was one of the most exciting hockey players in North America last season. The speedy winger registered 68 points in 74 games for the Rochester Americans last year, good enough for 20th in the league. Vanek also kept opposing defensemen on their toes with a dazzling array of moves. Some may question his dedication, but nobody could ever question his talent.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Mighty Ducks – Only Sidney Crosby could overshadow Corey Perry’s performance last season. Perry was unstoppable, leading the OHL in regular season and playoff scoring, and taking the London Knights to a Memorial Cup championship. His 130 points in 60 regular season games eclipsed everyone else, and he took home awards as the OHL player of the year and Memorial Cup MVP. It should be interesting to see Perry’s transition to the pro game next season.

Dion Phaneuf, D, Calgary Flames – The hockey world has been buzzing about Dion Phaneuf since his thunderous open-ice hit on Rostislav Olesz at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Tournament. Phaneuf wrapped up a stellar junior career last season, scoring 56 points in 55 games for the Red Deer Rebels, and also took home some hardware as the WHL defenseman of the year. He should suit up for the Flames next season, and Calgary fans are drooling over Phaneuf and Regehr patrolling the blueline together in the fall.

Braydon Coburn, D, Atlanta Thrashers – Braydon Coburn became one of the WHL’s elite defensemen the moment he entered the league. While his point totals have ranged from 19 to 44 over the past four seasons, Coburn has been dominant defensive presence for the Portland Winter Hawks. Possessing a massive frame, great strength, sound positional skills, and a booming shot, Coburn should make an immediate impact for the Atlanta Thrashers next season. He finished last season with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

Ryan Suter, D, Nashville Predators – Ryan Suter was drafted ahead of both Braydon Coburn and Dion Phaneuf (eighth and ninth, respectively) in the 2003 NHL draft, and because he was drafted out of the NCAA, he was the only one of the trio to spend the entire 2004-05 season in the AHL. Suter played 63 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, posting 23 points and showing gradual improvement as the season went on. A very smart defender, Suter should be the anchor of the Predators blueline for years to come.

Top Ten unsigned players

Jeff Carter, C, Philadelphia Flyers – Jeff Carter had an impressive 2004-05 campaign, winning gold at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and posting 74 points in only 55 games with Sault Ste. Marie. But Carter saved his best hockey for the spring, leading AHL playoff scoring and helping the Philadelphia Phantoms capture the Calder Cup. Philadelphia Flyers GM Bobby Clarke has stated that both Carter and Mike Richards will be signed as soon as the signing period begins.

Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia Flyers – Mike Richards statistics dropped slightly from his spectacular 2003-04 season, but he still managed 58 points in 43 games for the Kitchener Rangers. The talented center also captained Canada’s gold medal winning squad at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship. Richards also saved his best hockey for last, putting in a great effort for Philadelphia in the AHL playoffs, and finished sixth in AHL playoff scoring.

Marc-Antoine Pouliot, C, Edmonton Oilers – Playing alongside phenom Sidney Crosby in Rimouski did amazing things for Pouliot’s point totals. The lanky center scored 114 points in 70 games, a 46-point increase from 2003-04, and finished third in QMJHL scoring. Possessing excellent vision and a natural scoring touch, Pouliot was a pivotal part of the Oceanic run to the Memorial Cup final. He is the Edmonton’s first priority, and will develop his skills in the AHL next season.

Eric Fehr, RW, Washington Capitals – No WHL player was more dominant last season than Eric Fehr. Following an almost eerie pattern, Fehr has increased his point totals by 18, 19, and 17 points respectively over the past three seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The big winger captured the WHL player of the year award, posting 111 points in 71 games to lead the league in scoring. With the youth movement going on in Washington, expect to see Stone fill an NHL roster spot soon.

Ryan Stone, C, Pittsburgh Penguins – The only player who came close to matching Eric Fehr’s performance in the WHL last season was teammate Ryan Stone. Stone has a breakout performance in 2004-05 for Brandon, scoring 99 points in 70 games, good enough for second in WHL scoring. The Pittsburgh Penguins are very high on the talented center because of his gritty play, and excellent playmaking abilities. The Penguins are loaded with young talent, so Stone will have to earn playing time at the NHL level.

Brad Richardson, C, Colorado Avalanche – Nobody in the OHL made a more dramatic comeback in 2004-05 than Brad Richardson. After appearing in only 15 games during the 2003-04 season because of a serious shoulder injury, Richardson lit it up last year, scoring 97 points in 68 games for the Owen Sound Attack. Finishing third in OHL scoring, the talented center erased any doubt that he could return form injury and be a valuable contributor. The Avalanche prospect system is short on offensive talent, and Richardson should see action in the AHL next season.

Patrick O’Sullivan, C, Minnesota Wild – No one fell further during the 2003 NHL Draft than Patrick O’Sullivan’s. Considered a potential top 15 pick, he went deep into the second round, eventually scooped up by Minnesota at 56th overall. Possessing amazing offensive talent, O’Sullivan posted between 81 and 92 points during each of his four seasons with the Mississauga Ice Dogs. Slightly undersized, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the pro game.

Dany Roussin, LW, Florida Panthers – It’s not very often you see a seventh-round pick score 100-plus points in consecutive seasons, but that’s the case with Dany Roussin. Of course, the winger has benefited from playing on a line with Sidney Crosby. Roussin finished second in QMJHL scoring last season, with 116 points in 69 games for Rimouski, and it will be interesting to see how much he scores on a team without Crosby. He’s expected to start in the AHL next season.

Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago Blackhawks – Brent Seabrook is a huge piece of Chicago’s future, both literally and figuratively. Seabrook post a very impressive 41 points in 61 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2003-04, and then backed it up with an outstanding 54 points in 63 games last season. The big rearguard is chomping at the bit to contribute at the pro level, and the Blackhawks should give him every opportunity to succeed.

Matt Carle, D, San Jose Sharks – The name Matt Carle might not mean much to most hockey fans, but after helping the University of Denver to consecutive NCAA championships, Carle is getting some well-deserved recognition. The offensive defenseman registered 40 points in 41 games last season, and was named to the 2005 Frozen Four all-tournament team. Carle is seriously underrated, but that should change over the next couple years. He is more than likely to forego his junior and senior years and turn pro.

Team by team breakdown

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
19Ryan Getzlaf, CSigned
28Corey Perry, RWSigned
86Shane Hynes, RWUnsigned – Hynes will be a senior with Cornell this season.
90Juha Alen, DUnsigned – Europe
119Nathan Saunders, DUnsigned – Saunders will likely be signed. He was the top defender in Moncton last year and has been one of the best in the QMJHL since the draft.
186Andrew Miller, LWUnsigned – NCAA
218Dirk Southern, CUnsigned – NCAA
250Shane O’Brien, DSigned
280Ville Mantymaa, DUnsigned – Europe

Atlanta Thrashers
8Braydon Coburn, DSigned
110Jim Sharrow, DUnsigned – Sharrow put up big numbers for Halifax last season and will almost certainly be signed. He should line up along the Chicago Wolves blueline in the fall.
116Guillaume Desbiens, RWUnsigned – Desbiens is a tough winger and will almost certainly be signed as well. He will play in either Chicago or Gwinnett of the ECHL next season.
136Michael Vannelli, DUnsigned – NCAA
145Brett Sterling, LWUnsigned – Sterling had an amazing season for Colorado College, finishing second in NCAA scoring. He has one more year of school, and the Thrashers will likely want him to finish.
175Mike Hamilton, FUnsigned – NCAA
203Denis Loginov, CUnsigned – Europe
239Tobias Enstrom, DUnsigned – Europe
269Rylan Kaip, CUnsigned – NCAA

Boston Bruins
21Mark Stuart, DUnsigned – Stuart will likely be signed after anchoring the Colorado College blueline the past three seasons.
45Patrice Bergeron, CSigned
66Masi Marjamaki, LWUnsigned – Marjamaki might be signed after solid outing with Moose Jaw last season. The big Finn should find a spot in the minors next year.
107Byron Bitz, RWUnsigned – NCAA
118Frank Rediker, DUnsigned – It’s unlikely Rediker will be signed. Unfortunately, his junior career has been derailed by injuries.
129Patrik Valcak, WUnsigned – Former CHLer only played four games in the USHL this season.
153Mike Brown, G Unsigned – OHL
183Nate Thompson, CUnsigned – Thompson has put in four solid years with Seattle in the WHL. He will be signed, and should start with the Providence Bruins in the fall.
247Benoit Mondou, CUnsigned – Mondou’s numbers dropped last season and his lack of size will hinder him. Don’t expect the Bruins to sign him.
277Kevin Regan, GUnsigned – NCAA

Buffalo Sabres
5Thomas Vanek, LWSigned
65Branislav Fabry, RWUnsigned – Europe
74Clarke MacArthur, LWUnsigned – MacArthur should be signed. The gritty center demonstrated three years of consistent play with Medicine Hat.
106Jan Hejda, DUnsigned – Europe
114Denis Ezhov, DUnsigned – Europe
150Thomas Morrow, DUnsigned – NCAA
172Pavel Voroshnin, DUnsigned – Europe
202Nathan Paetsch, DSigned
235Jeff Weber, GUnsigned – Played three games in the ECHL in 2004-05.
266Louis-Philippe Martin, RWUnsigned – Martin may be signed after putting up strong numbers with Drummondville.

Calgary Flames
9Dion Phaneuf, DSigned
39Tim Ramholt, DUnsigned – It’s anyone’s guess whether or not Ramholt will be signed, but his move back to Europe last season didn’t help him.
97Ryan Donally, LWUnsigned – OHL
112Jamie Tardif, RWUnsigned – Tardif put up consistent numbers for Peterborough the past four seasons and should be signed.
143Greg Moore, RWUnsigned – NCAA
173Tyler Johnson, CUnsigned – Johnson has his best WHL season last year, but it might not be enough to earn him a contract.
206Thomas Bellemare, DSigned
240Cam Cunning, LWUnsigned – WHL
270Kevin Harvey, LWUnsigned – OHL

Carolina Hurricanes
2Eric Staal, CSigned
31Danny Richmond, DSigned
102Aaron Dawson, DUnsigned – Dawson’s play improved gradually over four seasons with Peterborough. He should be signed.
126Kevin Nastiuk, GUnsigned – Nastiuk should be signed after posting career numbers with Medicine Hat last year, but the Carolina goaltending pipeline is already crowded.
130Matej Trojovsky, DUnsigned – Don’t expect Trojovsky to be signed. The huge Czech has only put up 40 points over the past four seasons.
137Tyson Strachan, DUnsigned – NCAA
198Shay Stephenson, LWUnsigned – WHL
230Jamie Hoffmann, CUnsigned – Out of hockey
262Ryan Rorabeck, CUnsigned – OHL

Chicago Blackhawks
14Brent Seabrook, DUnsigned – Chicago will sign Seabrook, and the big talented defenseman should make his NHL debut in the fall.
52Corey Crawford, GUnsigned – Crawford should be signed after an outstanding year with Moncton. The fiery netminder should make the jump to the AHL next season.
59Michal Barinka, DSigned
151Lasse Kukkonen, DSigned
156Alexei Ivanov, CUnsigned – His play improved last season, but Ivanov is undersized and has a long way to go skill-wise.
181Johan Andersson, CUnsigned – Europe
211Mike Brodeur, GSigned
245Dustin Byfuglien, DUnsigned – Byfuglien should be signed. The huge defenseman is a monster and he’s effective at both ends of the ice.
275Michael Grenzy, DUnsigned – NCAA
282Chris Porter, CUnsigned – NCAA

Colorado Avalanche
131David Svagrovsky, RWUnsigned – CHL
146Mark McCutcheon, CUnsigned – NCAA
163Brad Richardson, CUnsigned – Richardson bounced back from injury last season, posting some great offensive totals for Owen Sound. It’s likely he will be signed.
204Linus Videll, LWUnsigned – Europe
225Brett Hemingway, WUnsigned – Hemingway will be a junior with the University of New Hampshire.
257Darryl Yacboski, DUnsigned – Yacboski is purely an energy player, and he’s good at playing the grinder role, but it might not be enough for him to be signed.
288David Jones, RWUnsigned – NCAA

Columbus Blue Jackets
4Nikolai Zherdev, WSigned
46Dan Fritsche, CSigned
71Dimitri Kosmachev, DUnsigned – Europe
103Kevin Jarman, LWUnsigned – NCAA
104Philippe Dupuis, CUnsigned – Dupuis put up some impressive stats for Rouyn-Noranda last season. He should be signed and make the jump to the AHL this fall.
138Arsi Piispanen, RWUnsigned – Europe
168Marc Methot, D Unsigned – Methot looked impressive for London last season, helping the squad capture the Memorial Cup. He should be signed.
200Alexander Guskov, DUnsigned – Europe
233Mathieu Gravel, LWUnsigned – Gravel was a big surprise last season with Baie-Comeau. His size will give him plenty of chances to succeed at the pro level.
283Trevor Hendrikx, DUnsigned – OHL

Dallas Stars
30Shawn Belle, D Unsigned – Belle will be signed. After a great junior career with Tri-City, he represents the future of the St. Louis defense.
33Loui Eriksson, LWUnsigned – Europe
36Vojtech Polak, WUnsigned – Europe
54B.J. Crombeen, RWUnsigned – Crombeen looks like a steal for the Stars. He plays an effective all-around game and loves to battle. He should be signed.
99Matt Nickerson, DSigned
134Alexander Naurov, WUnsigned – Europe
144Eero Kilpelainen, GUnsigned – Europe
165Gino Guyer, CUnsigned – NCAA
185Francis Wathier, LWUnsigned – Wathier is on the bubble. His play hasn’t been really impressive, but he could fill a checking role in the pros.
195Drew Bagnall, DUnsigned – NCAA
196Elias Granath, DUnsigned – Europe
259Niko Vainio, DUnsigned – OHL

Detroit Red Wings
64James Howard, GUnsigned – Howard is the Red Wings netminder of the future. He’s had a stellar college career at the University of Maine and should forego his senior season to sign.
132Kyle Quincey, DUnsigned – The defensive leader for Mississauga last season, it’s likely that Quincey will be signed.
164Ryan Oulahen, CUnsigned – Oulahen should be signed after an impressive campaign with Brampton. But he’ll need to add some weight to battle at the next level.
170Andreas Sundin, LWUnsigned – Europe
194Stefan Blom, D Unsigned – Europe
226Tomas Kollar, LWUnsigned – Europe
258Vladimir Kutny, LWUnsigned – Kutny probably will not be signed. He hasn’t been able to find consistency in the QMJHL and he plays too soft.
289Mikael Johansson, C/WUnsigned – Europe

Edmonton Oilers
22Marc-Antoine Pouliot, CUnsigned – Pouliot had a remarkable year playing alongside Sidney Crosby in Rimouski last season. The Oilers should sign him and assign him to an AHL squad in the fall.
51Colin McDonald, RWUnsigned – NCAA
68Jean-Francois Jacques, LWUnsigned – Jacques is high on the Oilers priority list after an excellent season with Baie-Comeau. He will be signed.
72Mishail Joukov, C/WUnsigned – Europe
94Zachery Stortini, RWSigned
147Kalle Olsson, WUnsigned – Europe
154David Rohlfs, RWUnsigned – NCAA
184Dragan Umicevic, LWUnsigned – Europe
214Kyle Brodziak, CSigned
215Mathieu Roy, DSigned
248Josef Hrabal, DUnsigned – Europe
278Troy Bodie, RWUnsigned – The Oilers are high on him, and he’s expected to be signed. Bodie will either play in the ECHL or back in junior next season.

Florida Panthers
3Nathan Horton, CSigned
25Anthony Stewart, C/WSigned
38Kamil Kreps, C Signed
55Stefan Meyer, LWUnsigned – Meyer has been very impressive since the draft. After leading Medicine Hat, he should be signed by the Panthers.
105Martin Lojek, D Unsigned – Lojek is huge, and he should be signed. He stepped up and took on a leadership role for Brampton last season.
124James Pemberton, DUnsigned – NCAA
141Dan Travis, RWUnsigned – NCAA
162Martin Tuma, DUnsigned – Tuma will be signed and will start in the AHL next season. He’s proven to be a valuable defender.
171Denis Stasyuk, CUnsigned – Europe
223Dany Roussin, CUnsigned – Roussin has been incredible the past two seasons alongside Sidney Crosby. He will be signed, and has the talent to make it to the NHL level.
234Petr Kadlec, DUnsigned – Europe
264John Hecimovic, RWUnsigned – Signed a contract with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays for 2005-06.
265Tanner Glass, WUnsigned – NCAA

Los Angeles Kings
13Dustin Brown, RWSigned
26Brian Boyle, CUnsigned – Boyle struggled early on with Boston College, but saw his numbers improve last year. He will be signed.
27Jeff Tambellini, LWUnsigned – Tambellini will be signed after a stellar campaign with Michigan last season.
44Konstantin Pushkaryov, WSigned
82Ryan Munce, GUnsigned – Munce will be signed. He’s looked at as the Kings goaltender of the future.
152Brady Murray, CUnsigned – NCAA
174Esa Pirnes, CSigned
231Matt Zaba, GUnsigned – NCAA
244Mike Sullivan, CUnsigned – NCAA
274Martin Guerin, RWUnsigned – NCAA

Minnesota Wild
20Brent Burns, RWSigned
56Patrick O’Sullivan, CUnsigned – O’Sullivan will be signed, and should get the chance to improve his skills with Houston next season.
78Danny Irmen, CUnsigned – NCAA
157Marcin Kolusz, WUnsigned – His play has improved, but it’s still up in the air whether or not Kolusz will be signed.
187Miroslav Kopriva, GUnsigned – Europe
207Grigory Misharin, DUnsigned – Europe
219Adam Courchaine, CUnsigned – The small center has put up good numbers for Vancouver the past three years. Minnesota will likely reward him with a contract.
251Mathieu Melanson, LW Unsigned – QMJHL
281Jean-Michel Bolduc, DUnsigned – QMJHL

Montreal Canadiens
10Andrei Kastsitsyn, WSigned
40Cory Urquhart, CSigned
61Maxim Lapierre, CUnsigned – The big center is expected to sign, and should compete in the AHL next season.
79Ryan O’Byrne, DUnsigned – He will be a junior in 2005-06.
113Corey Locke, CSigned
123Dany Stewart, LWUnsigned – It’s not expected that the Habs will sign Stewart. He failed to put up big numbers last season with Rimouski.
177Chris Heino-Lindberg, GUnsigned – Europe
188Mark Flood, DUnsigned – Should be signed, and will play in either the AHL or ECHL next season.
217Oskari Korpikari, DUnsigned – Europe
241Jimmy Bonneau, LWUnsigned – They don’t get much tougher than Bonneau. He should be signed, after racking up over 700 penalty minutes the past three seasons.
271Jaroslav Halak, GUnsigned – Halak should be signed and play in either the AHL or ECHL in the fall, depending on available roster spots.

Nashville Predators
7Ryan Suter, DSigned
35Konstantin Glazachev, LWUnsigned – Europe
37Kevin Klein, DSigned
49Shea Weber, D Signed – One of only a few prospects who were signed and returned to juniors in 2004-05.
76Richard Stehlik, DUnsigned – Stehlik has proven to be a good all-around defenseman. He should be signed and brought back from Europe.
89Paul Brown, RWSigned
92Alexander Sulzer, DUnsigned – Nashville would like to bring him over from Europe this fall.
98Grigory Shafigulin, CUnsigned – Europe
117Teemu Lassila, GUnsigned – Europe
133Rustam Sidikov, GUnsigned – Europe
210Andrei Mukhachev, DSigned
213Miroslav Hanuljak, GUnsigned – Europe
268Lauris Darzins, FUnsigned – Nashville has already indicated they’d like to sign him and start him in Milwaukee.

New Jersey Devils
17Zach Parise, CSigned
42Petr Vrana, LW Signed
93Ivan Khomutov, C/WSigned
167Zach Tarkir, DUnsigned – NCAA
197Jason Smith, GUnsigned – NCAA
261Joey Tenute, C Unsigned – Won Rookie of the Year in the ECHL in 2004-05.
292Arseny Bondarev, LWUnsigned – Europe

New York Islanders
15Robert Nilsson, C/WUnsigned – It’s expected that Nilsson will be signed, but he’ll need to cross the pond if he wants to develop his game to the NHL level.
48Dmitri Chernykh, RWUnsigned – Europe
53Evgeni Tunik, C/WUnsigned – Europe
58Jeremy Colliton, CUnsigned – Colliton performed well for Prince Albert last year and has benefited from involvement with the Canadian national junior team. He should be signed.
120Stefan Blaho, RWUnsigned – Blaho is on the bubble after an unspectacular season with Sudbury.
182Bruno Gervais, DSigned
212Denis Rehak, DUnsigned – Rehak could emerge as a decent defenseman, but he hasn’t shown too much up to this point.
238Cody Blanshan, DUnsigned – Blanshan has bounced around a lot, but he was a valuable contributor for Medicine Hat last season. He should be signed.
246Igor Volkov, RWUnsigned – Europe

New York Rangers
12Hugh Jessiman, RWUnsigned – Jessiman’s 2004-05 campaign was shortened by injury, but the big forward has offensive talent and should be signed by the Rangers.
50Ivan Baranka, DSigned
63David Liffiton, DSigned
75Ken Roche, CUnsigned – NCAA
122Corey Potter, DUnsigned – NCAA
149Nigel Dawes, LWSigned
176Ivan Dornic, CUnsigned – Europe
179Philippe Furrer, DUnsigned – Europe
180Chris Holt, GUnsigned – NCAA
209Dylan Reese, DUnsigned – NCAA
243Jan Marek, GUnsigned – Europe

Ottawa Senators
29Patrick Eaves, RWUnsigned – Eaves will likely forego his senior season and be signed. He has put together two excellent seasons with Boston College since the draft, and should start in the AHL this fall.
67Igor Mirnov, C/WUnsigned – Europe
100Philippe Seydoux, DUnsigned – Europe
135Mattias Karlsson, DUnsigned – Europe
142Tim Cook, DUnsigned – NCAA
166Sergei Gimayev, DUnsigned – Europe
228William Colbert, DUnsigned – Colbert should be signed out of the OHL. It’s likely that he’ll begin the season with Binghamton in the fall.
260Ossi Louhivaara, WUnsigned – Europe
291Brian Elliott, GUnsigned – NCAA

Philadelphia Flyers
11Jeff Carter, CUnsigned – Carter had a great year, winning gold at the World Junior Championship and leading the AHL playoffs in scoring. He will be signed immediately.
24Mike Richards, CUnsigned – Richards displayed superior skills, finishing sixth in AHL playoff scoring with Philadelphia. He will be signed.
69Colin Fraser, C Unsigned – Fraser is another talented center who should be inked by the Flyers. He can score and doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff.
81Stefan Ruzicka, RWUnsigned – After a great season with Owen Sound, Ruzicka should make the jump to the AHL.
85Alexandre Picard, DUnsigned – He should be signed.
87Ryan Potulny, CUnsigned – NCAA
95Rick Kozak, RWUnsigned – Kozak is a high-energy guy, and could prove to be a diamond in the rough. Expect him to be signed.
108Kevin Romy, WUnsigned – Europe
140David Tremblay, GUnsigned
191Rejean Beauchemin, GUnsigned – Beauchemin is on the bubble after a season where he saw his numbers drop.
193Ville Hostikka, GUnsigned – Europe

Phoenix Coyotes
77Tyler Redenbach, C/LWUnsigned – Expected to be signed after a strong showing with Lethbridge. He hould make the jump to AHL play next season.
80Dimitri Pestunov, CUnsigned – Europe
115Liam Lindstrom, CUnsigned – Europe
178Ryan Gibbons, RWUnsigned – Gibbons will be one of the Coyotes’ top priorities. The huge winger should find an AHL roster spot soon because of his size.
208Randall Gelech, C/RWSigned
242Eduard Lewandowski, WUnsigned – Europe
272Sean Sullivan, DUnsigned – NCAA
290Loic Burkhalter, WUnsigned

Pittsburgh Penguins
1Marc-Andre Fleury, GSigned
32Ryan Stone, CUnsigned – A gritty scorer, Stone will be signed and should be an important part of the Penguins future.
70Jonathan Filewich, RWUnsigned – Filewich will be signed after putting up great numbers with Lethbridge last season.
73Daniel Carcillo, LWUnsigned – He’s undersized, but Carcillo has the talent to take him a long way. He should be signed.
121Paul Bissonnette, DUnsigned – Bissonnette has the size and skill that merits a contract from the Penguins.
161Evgeni Isakov, LWUnsigned – Europe
169Lukas Bolf, DUnsigned – A natural playmaker, Bolf is still adapting to the North American game.
199Andy Chiodo, GSigned
229Stephen Dixon, CUnsigned – Dixon is on the bubble after running into injury trouble the past two seasons.
232Joe Jensen, CUnsigned – NCAA
263Matt Moulson, LWUnsigned – Moulson was a big surprise last season. He put up solid numbers with Cornell, and should be signed.

San Jose Sharks
6Milan Michalek, RWSigned
16Steve Bernier, RWUnsigned – Bernier’s play has dropped of considerably since he was drafted, but the Sharks should sign him.
43Joshua Hennessy, CUnsigned – Expected to be signed. The talented center has been a consistent contributor for Quebec the past three seasons.
47Matthew Carle, DUnsigned – Carle excelled with the University of Denver last season, earning first team All-American honors and helping the team win the NCAA championship. The Sharks would like to sign him.
139Patrick Ehelechner, GUnsigned – The talented German netminder has steadily improved, and should factor into the Sharks future plans.
201Jonathan Tremblay, RWUnsigned – ECHL
205Joe Pavelski, CUnsigned – NCAA
216Kai Hospelt, WUnsigned – Europe
236Alexander Hult, CUnsigned – Europe
267Brian O’Hanley, DUnsigned – NCAA
276Carter Lee, WUnsigned – NCAA

St. Louis Blues
62David Backes, C/RWUnsigned – Backes will likely be signed after two years of college. The big winger has performed well for Minnesota State University.
84Konstantin Barulin, GUnsigned – Europe
88Zack Fitzgerald, DUnsigned – Fitzgerald is a big, tough defenseman, and the Blues are expected to sign him.
101Konstantin Zakharov, WSigned
127Alexandre Bolduc, CUnsigned – Bolduc’s status is up in the air after his numbers slipped last season.
148Lee Stempniak, RWUnsigned – NCAA
159Chris Beckford-Tseu, GSigned
189Jonathan Lehun, CUnsigned – Lehun should be signed. His play really improved with Owen Sound last season.
221Evgeny Skachkov, LWUnsigned – Europe
253Andrei Pervyshin, DUnsigned – Europe
284Tapio Aaltonen, WUnsigned – Europe

Tampa Bay Lightning
34Mike Egener, D Signed
41Matt Smaby, DUnsigned – Smaby should be signed. The huge defenseman is a tough competitor, and helped North Dakota reach the Frozen Four last season.
96Jonathan Boutin, GUnsigned – Boutin was one of the top goalies in the QMJHL last season and should be signed.
192Doug O’Brien, DSigned
224Gerald Coleman, GUnsigned – Coleman will likely be signed out of the OHL.
227Jay Rosehill, D Unsigned – NCAA
255Raimonds Danilics, WUnsigned – Played seven games in the USHL in 2004-05.
256Brady Greco, DUnsigned – NCAA
273Albert Vishnyakov, WUnsigned – Europe
286Zbynek Hrdel, CUnsigned – Hrdel was a key member of the Rimouski squad that went to the Memorial Cup final. He should be signed.
287Nick Tarnasky, CSigned

Toronto Maple Leafs
57John Doherty, DUnsigned – Left the Univ. of New Hampshire for the USHL this season. Could turn pro.
91Martin Sagat, LWUnsigned – Sagat performed well with Kootenay last year. Chances are good that he will be signed.
125Konstantin Volkov, RWUnsigned – Europe
158John Mitchell, CUnsigned – Mitchell is a big center. He should be signed and step into a full-time AHL job
220Jeremy Williams, CSigned
237Shaun Landolt, RWUnsigned – Landolt is on the bubble. He put up decent numbers with Calgary last season.

Vancouver Canucks
23Ryan Kesler, C Signed
60Marc-Andre Bernier, RWUnsigned – Bernier should be signed, despite being unable to match his point totals from the 2002-03 season. His size and strength are impressive attributes.
111Brandon Nolan, C/LWSigned
128Ty Morris, LWUnsigned – Morris starred with Red Deer last season and should be signed by the Canucks.
160Nicklas Danielsson, RWUnsigned – Europe
190Chad Brownlee, DUnsigned – NCAA
222Francois-Pierre Guenette, C/RWUnsigned – Guenette saw his numbers drop dramatically with Halifax last season, reducing his chances of being signed.
252Sergei Topol, WUnsigned – Europe
254Nathan McIver, DUnsigned – McIver played big for Toronto of the OHL last season. He should be signed.
285Matthew Hansen, DUnsigned – Hansen has been a steady and consistent presence along the Seattle blueline the past four seasons, and it should earn him a contract.

Washington Capitals
18Eric Fehr, RWUnsigned – Fehr enjoyed a stellar year, leading the WHL in scoring. The Capitals are expected to sign the lanky forward.
83Stephen Werner, RWUnsigned – NCAA
109Andreas Valdix, LWUnsigned – Europe
155Josh Robertson, CUnsigned – NCAA
249Andrew Joudrey, CUnsigned – NCAA
279Mark Olafson, RWUnsigned – Olafson probably won’t be signed, since he didn’t show very much with Lethbridge last season.

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