1998 NHL Draft Progress Report

By Paul MacDonald

Statistics are updated through Sunday’s games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections

1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Tampa Bay NHL 80 25 42 67 -25 43

Season over.

2. Nashville Predators - David Legwand, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Nashville NHL 71 13 15 28 -6 30

United States WHC 6 1 1 2 -- 4

Season over.

3. San Jose Sharks - Brad Stuart, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 82 10 26 36 +3 32

Playoffs NHL 11 1 0 1 -10 6

Season over.

4. Vancouver Canucks - Bryan Allen, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Syracuse AHL 9 1 1 2 even 11

Playoffs AHL 2 0 0 0 -1 2

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Oshawa OHL 3 0 2 2 +1 12

Playoffs OHL 3 0 0 0 -1 13

The Hockey News gives Allen a four-star rating as a projected above-average
player.

Season over.

5. Anaheim Mighty Ducks - Vitali Vishnevsky, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Anaheim NHL 31 1 1 2 even 26

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Cincinnati AHL 35 1 3 4 -6 45

The Hockey News gives Vishnevski a four-star rating as a projected
above-average player.

Season over.

6. Calgary Flames - Rico Fata, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Saint John AHL 76 29 29 58 -11 65

Playoffs AHL 3 0 0 0 -4 4

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Calgary NHL 2 0 0 0 -1 0

The Hockey News gives Fata a three-star rating as a projected average player.

Season over.

7. New York Rangers - Manny Malhotra, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Hartford AHL 12 1 4 5 even 2

Playoffs AHL 23 1 2 3 -2 10
Update AHL 3 0 1 1 +1 0

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Guelph OHL 5 2 2 4 -4 41

Playoffs OHL 6 0 2 2 -6 4

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Rangers NHL 27 0 0 0 -6 4

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 +1 8

Final: Hartford defeated Rochester four games to two.

8. Chicago Blackhawks - Mark Bell, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Ottawa OHL 48 34 38 72 +11 95

Playoffs OHL 2 0 1 1 even 0

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Canada WJC 7 2 0 2 +1 8

The Hockey News gives Bell a three-star rating as a projected average player.

Season over.

9. New York Islanders - Michael Rupp, LW

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Erie OHL 58 32 21 53 +4 134

Playoffs OHL 13 5 5 10 -1 22

The Hockey News downgrades Rupp from two to one star as a projected longshot
prospect.

Rupp and the New York Islanders did not reach an agreement. He will re-enter
the 2000 entry draft. The Islanders will receive a compensatory pick in the
second round at the same position they picked last year (37th overall). This
is based upon the theory presented in the latest edition of The Hockey News.

Season over.

10. Toronto Maple Leafs - Nikolai Antropov, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Toronto NHL 66 12 18 30 +15 41

Playoffs NHL 3 0 0 0 +1 4

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
St.John's AHL 2 0 0 0 __ 4

Season over.

11. Carolina Hurricanes - Jeff Heerema, RW

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Sarnia OHL 67 36 41 77 +11 62

Playoffs OHL 7 4 2 6 +2 10

Jeff Heerema reached a multi-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. No
details were available.

The Hockey News gives Heerema a three-star rating as a projected average
player.

Season over.

12. Colorado Avalanche - Alex Tanguay, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Colorado NHL 76 17 34 51 +5 22

Playoffs NHL 17 2 1 3 -2 2

Round Three: Dallas defeated Colorado four games to three.

13. Edmonton Oilers - Michael Henrich, RW

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Barrie OHL 66 38 48 86 +42 69

Playoffs OHL 24 10 18 28 +6 30

Barrie MEM 5 1 3 4 -1 4
Update MEM 4 1 2 3 -2 4

The Hockey News gives Henrich a three-star rating as a projected average
player.

Michael Henrich and the Edmonton Oliers reached three-year contract worth
$975,000 a season.

Season over.

14. Phoenix Coyotes - Patrick Desrochers, G

TEAM LGE GP MIN GAA W L T EN SO GA SV SP
Springfield AHL 52 2710 3.03 21 17 7 3 1 137 1338 .907

Playoffs AHL 2 120 3.50 1 1 0 0 1 7 45 .865

The Hockey News upgrades Desrochers' rating from two to three stars as a
projected average player.

Season over.

15. Ottawa Senators - Mathieu Chouinard, G

TEAM LGE GP MIN AVG W L T EN SO GA SA SP
Shawinigan QMJHL 59 3338 3.34 32 20 5 0 4 186 1804 .897

Playoffs QMJHL 13 769 3.20 7 6 0 0 0 41 372 .890

The Hockey News gives Mathieu Chouinard a three-star rating as a projected
average player.

Mathieu Chouinard and the Ottawa Senators did not reach an agreement. He will
re-enter the 2000 entry draft. The Senators will receive a second round
compensatory pick (58 overall).

Season over.

16. Montreal Canadiens - Eric Chouinard, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Quebec QMJHL 50 57 47 104 +23 105

Playoffs QMJHL 11 14 4 18 +6 8

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Canada WJC 7 3 0 3 -3 0

The Hockey News gives Eric Chouinard a three-star rating as a projected
average player.

Season over.

17. Colorado Avalanche - Martin Skoula, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Colorado NHL 80 3 12 15 +7 20

Playoffs NHL 17 0 2 2 -3 4
Update NHL 3 0 0 0 -1 0

Round Three: Dallas defeated Colorado four games to three.

18. Buffalo Sabres - Dimitri Kalinin, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Rochester AHL 75 2 19 21 +15 52

Playoffs AHL 21 2 9 11 even 8
Update AHL 3 0 1 1 -3 0

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Buffalo NHL 2 0 0 0 +1 2

The Hockey News upgrades Kalinin's rating from three to four stars as a
projected above-average player.

Final: Hartford defeated Rochester four games to two.

19. Calgary Flames - Robyn Regehr, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Calgary NHL 57 5 7 12 -5 46

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Saint John AHL 5 0 0 0 -- 0

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Canada WHC 6 0 0 0 +6 2

Season over.

20. Colorado Avalanche - Scott Parker, RW

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Hershey AHL 68 12 7 19 -5 206

Playoffs AHL 11 1 1 2 even 56

The Hockey News downgrades Parker's rating from two to one star as a projected
longshot prospect.

Season over.

21. New York Islanders - Mathieu Biron, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Islanders NHL 60 4 4 8 -13 38

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 +2 8

Season over.

22. Philadelphia Flyers - Simon Gagne, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Philadelphia NHL 80 20 28 48 +12 22

Playoffs NHL 17 5 5 10 even 2

Season over.

23. Pittsburgh Penguins - Milan Kraft, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Prince Albert WHL 56 34 35 69 -5 42

Playoffs WHL 6 4 1 5 -2 4

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Czech Rep. WJC 7 5 7 12 +8 0

The Hockey News gives Kraft a three-star rating as a projected average player.

Season over.

24. St.Louis Blues - Christian Backman, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Frolunda SWE 27 1 0 1 +2 14

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Sweden WJC 7 1 1 2 +8 6

The Hockey News gives Backman a three-star rating as a projected average
player.

Season over.

25. Detroit Red Wings - Jiri Fischer, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Detroit NHL 54 0 8 8 +1 45

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Cincinnati AHL 7 0 2 2 -- 10

Season over.

26. New Jersey Devils - Mike_Van_Ryn, D

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Sarnia OHL 61 6 35 41 -2 34

Playoffs OHL 7 0 5 5 even 4

The Hockey News gives Van Ryn a three-star rating as a projected average
player.

Mike Van Ryn and the New Jersey Devils failed to reach an agreement.

Season over.

27. New Jersey Devils - Scott Gomez, C

TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
New Jersey NHL 82 19 51 70 +14 78

Playoffs NHL 23 4 6 10 +1 4
Update NHL 3 0 0 0 even 0

Final: New Jersey defeated Dallas four games to two.