Rangers Draft Report Card

By Evan Andriopoulos
The 2000 Entry NHL draft has ended and left the Rangers, now under a new
President and General Manager in basically the same “small” spot as they
were the day before the first round began. Once again the Rangers
“management” decided against size and went with the smallish underweight,
undersized players that they have drafted in greater numbers over the bigger
more physical players needed to compete in the Eastern Conference of the
National Hockey League.

With their highest pick being in the 2nd round, ala all that is left from
the Pavel Brendl spot from Tampa for Niklas Sundstrøm and Daniel Cloutier,
Glen Sather after being thwarted in his bid to acquire ex.Bolt and current
Islander (past-Oiler) Roman Hamrlik a smooth skating defensive project now
making his home on Long Island with the nemesis N.Y.Islanders in a deal that
sent prospects Josh Green and Eric Brewer to the cost conscious Oilers,
Sather packaged the Rangers 2nd rounder to Detroit for their 2nd rounder and
3rd rounder. With these picks, the Rangers selected:

FILIP NOVAK
Country: Czech. Republic
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6 00
Weight: 174
Birthdate: May 7 1982
League: WHL (Canadian Juniors)
Team: Regina Pats

Profile:

CSS final ranking #33 … seventh in team scoring this season … played in
the 2000 NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game … was the WHL’s Rookie of the Month
for February … named Regina’s Rookie of the Year.

Central Scouting Report

A good mobile skater … shows good offensive instincts and overall skills
… likes to join the offensive attack … a very good puckhandler who plays
a solid transition game … uses his defensive partner effectively … has
an accurate, low shot from the point and excellent passing skills … very
effective at containing opponents in the defensive zone.


GP G A TP PIM

47 7 32 39 70

Minus:

Smallish underweight defenseman who will need two things to make it
in the NHL, one…20 pounds which he can attain through a physical fitness
regimen and the other a colossal defensive partner to play with and have
operate as his protector, of course this is one place where the Rangers have
been “not” looking for the past years unless you count Burke Henry and Wes
Jarvis as “physical”.

Projection:

A couple years in juniors, a couple in international tournaments
with the Czech. National team, some weight, some time in Hartford and he may
have a shot at no.5 spot on defense, possible moving up with a strenuous
offseason work out regimen.


DOMINIC MOORE
Country: Canada
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6 00
Weight: 180
Birthdate: Aug 3, 1980
League: ECAC (US Collegiate)
Team: Harvard University

Profile:

CSS final ranking is 48th … selected to the ECAC All-Rookie Team this
season … finished second in team scoring … named Harvard’s Rookie of the
Year … his two older brothers Steve, drafted in 1998 (Colorado, 53rd
overall), and Mark, drafted in 1997 (Pittsburgh, 179th overall), also play
for Harvard … ranked fourth in scoring among ECAC freshman … was twice
named ECAC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 27, March 12) … was Aurora’s MVP last
season and received the OPJHL’s Top Prospect Award and Most Improved Player
honors.

CSB

A shifty skater with a smooth stride and good speed … a smart, patient
playmaker in the offensive zone … plays a focused and controlled finesse
game … very strong on face-offs … a good scorer with a surprising quick
shot and strong dekeing ability … has good hockey sense and effectively
anticipates the play … a feisty player and tenacious backchecker and a
good defensive forward.


GP G A TP PIM

28 12 8 20 28

Minus:

Another smallish forward, although a tenacious back checker his size even if
up to (plus 20 lbs) 200 will not scare away the Eastern Competition.
Although a solid offensive project it is more widely accepted that this 3rd
rounder will see time at the higher levels as a pure defensive forward.

Projection:

After a couple more years of US NCAA hockey Moore can go 2 ways. One, he can
end up like many others on the Canadian National Team touring the world as a
bit prospect or he can work his talents to being a solid no.3/4 center with
his hard work ethic as a top defensive forward in the AHL and a small shot
at the NHL.

RANGERS DRAFT SELECTIONS FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 25th:

4th (112) – Premsyl Dubin, D, Jihlava (SLV)

This player was not even on most managers`lists for top 9 round
selections….

5th (140) – Nathan Martz, C, Chilliwack (BCJHL)

Will see how he develops in the CHL (Canadian Juniors). At 6.03 169 he needs
at least 46 pounds on his frame to compete at the highest level without
sacrificing ability.

5th (143) – Brandon Snee, G, Union College (ECAC)

Another goaltender, seemingly drafted by the Rangers to play as a no.3 in
Hartford (AHL) or ECHL. With Swedes Holmqvist, Asplund, AHLers Labbe,
Hnilinka, Heil and Wandler the Rangers have perhaps the deepest list of
goalies in the NHL. Add Labarbera and Swedish newcomer Lundqvist and the
makings of a major NHL trade are boiling on the pot.

Snee faced a lot of action in the ECAC and his “small school” persona may
just creep him into the AHL sooner or later. Snee appeared in 31 games in
his junior season after a rough but solid freshman season 1 win in 19
contests and a respectable 3.50 gaa. The 6.01 195 pounder out of
Philadelphia will return for another season to guide Union.

6th (175) – Sven Helfenstein, C/RW, Kloten Jr. (SWZ)

Another smallish forward at 5-11 176. He is listed as a gifted skater and
puck handler but his size may make him more apt for a career in the Swiss
Leagues.

7th (205) – Henrik Lundqvist, G, Frolunda (SWE)

Rated as the no.3-6 top Euro Goalie Prospects, Lundqvist played at the
Swedish Elite Level Juniors at Våstra Frolunda. He joins Johan`s Holmqvist
and Asplund as Swedish Ranger draftees and may yet just prove to be the best
pick of the entire Ranger draft. Another prospect find of scout Christer
Rockstrom. Watch out for him…

8th (238) – Dan Eberly, D, Rensselaer (ECAC)

A 6-0 180 defender from Canton, Massachusetts. Another smallish defender
with good skills. He registered 7 points in 21 contests as a freshman at
R.P.I.

9th (269) – Martin Richter, D, Saipa, Czech Republic.

The Czech player played in the highly competitive finnish league in 2000 and
registered 1 goal and 4 points along with 54 penalty minutes. Maybe this
strong skater will be a diamond in the rough.

In the end… the Rangers draft report card reads a D. D for, well not
good…. Of the list both Moore and Novak may get a shot in 2-3 years but
the ones to watch are Richter and Henrik Lundqvist.

In closing… I hope Brendl is good…and good and ready to play next year
to make all these doubts go away.

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