Coyotes Roll Dice on Kolanos

By pbadmin

The Phoenix Coyotes rolled the dice in the 2000 draft by selecting three forwards with their first three picks. They were attempting to get bigger and more aggressive. Two of the three picks helped accomplish that. Expect the Coyotes to continue their search for big character players; especially at forward.

Coyotes Picks

Name Round Pick

1. Krys Kolanos 1 19
2. Alexander Tatarinov 2 53
3. Ramzi Abid 3 85

The selection of Krys Kolanos raised a few eyebrows at first glance, especially when other highly touted players were still waiting to be selected. Kolanos is a tremendous offensive talent whose strong finish with Boston College of the NCAA drew the attention from Coyotes scouts. Kolanos is a big centerman who has yet to learn how to consistently use his size to his advantage. The upside to this pick? A first or second line center in the mold of Adam Oates. My analysis: I originally was disappointed with this selection. Nothing against Kolanos but I wanted the Coyotes to select one of Frolov, Nikulin, or Samuelsson, all of which were still available. However, upon reflecting upon the offensive upside of the pick I find myself satisfied with the selection. Kolanos has the tools. If he develops the toolbox, he may have a very bright future with the Coyotes.

Coyotes first selection (19th overall) (Hockey News Ranking - 27)

Kris Kolanos 6'2" 196 lbs

Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM

1999-00 Boston College NCAA 42 16 17 33 46
1998-99 Calgary AJHL 58 43 67 110 NA

Alexander Tatarinov is small winger who is best known for his role as captain on the silver medal winning Russian under-18 squad. Central Scouting notes his high skill level and leadership abilities along with his lack of strength. Upside? A second or third line two-way winger. My analysis: I was hoping Endicott would slip another pick to fall into the lap of the Coyotes. Tatarinov is a small forward with character. I’m hoping that character is enough for him to make it to the pro team.

Coyotes second selection (53rd overall) (Hockey News Ranking - 44)

Alexander Tatarinov 5'11" 176lbs

Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM

1999-00 Yaroslavl Rus. 2 - - - - -
Russia WU18 6 3 2 5 4
Russia 5-Nat 4 0 3 3 -
Ramzi Abid is the highly touted former first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche who re-entered the draft after a lengthy contract dispute with that franchise. Ramzi Abid is a power forward who is capable of putting up penalty minutes and points in high numbers. The only knock on Abid is his quickness, which most scouts consider to be below average. Abid should be able to play within two seasons for the Coyotes. Upside? A power forward in the mold of Kevin Stevens. My analysis: They grabbed the best player available at 85, no question about it. The Coyotes will be thankful that Abid decided to re-enter the draft.

Coyotes third selection (85th overall)

Ramzi Abid 6'2" 205lbs

Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM

1999-00 Halifax QMJHL 59 57 80 137 148
Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL 13 10 11 21 61
1998-99 Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL 24 14 22 36 102
Chicoutimi QMJHL 21 11 15 26 97
1997-98 Chicoutimi QMHJL 68 50 85 135 266
1996-97 Chicoutimi QMJHL 65 13 24 37 151

Other Notes: Coyotes traded prospect Rickard Wallin for center Joe Juneau in a deal cultivated in the aftermath of Friday’s expansion draft. This is a move motivated by a search for a quarterback for the Coyotes powerplay that has been pathetic in the last two seasons.