The Detroit Red Wings had a very tough time to pick an impact player since thay didn`t have a first round pick, and only having 7 picks in the whole draft. That is a big loss since this draft was probably the deepest and the best ever. Let`s take a look at the picks that Detroit had.
1. Igor Grigorenko
Position: Right Wing
Team: CSK VVS Samara (Rus-2)
Drafted: 2nd round (62nd overall)
Rating: 6.5 / 10 Read more »
A Change in Strategy
Last year, the Pens took a North American born skater in the first round for the first time since 1996. Thsi year, they went even further. Not only did they take another North American in the first round (Canadian Colby Anderson), but they spent the majority of their picks this year on players from North America.
When the Pens pick came up at 21, they had numerous options available to them. A number of quality players with varing skillsets were ripe for the picking, whether it being a hard hitting defenseman (Jeff Woywitka), a large number of solid 2-way defensemen (Gleason, Popovic), and skilled European or North American forwards (Perezhogin, Polushin, Milroy). The Pens went a different direction, selecting Red Deer forward Colby “Cheese” Armstrong, a gritty 2-way forward who is an excellent skater with a nice scoring touch.
Armstrong is an admitted pest, saying “If you talk to most guys, they probably hate me here. But that’s probably a compliment.” His game is compared to current Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker or former NHL player Brent Sutter (who is also his current coach at Red Deer).
Armstrong scored 36 goals and 42 assists in 72 games with 152 PIM for the Memorial Cup winning Rebels this past season. He also scored 6 goals and 12 points in 21 WHL playoff games and a goal in 4 games in the Memorial Cup playoffs.
Capsules for the 2001 Draftees:
Colby Armstrong, RW
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Here are the fowards who played on the team this year, except Pascal Dupuis and Christian Matte.
Matt Johnson 6-5 230 LW, The team gave up to much to get him (a 3rd rounder) but he played much better than expected. On most nights he didn’t hurt the Wild defensively when he was on the ice, he led the team in PIM’s, He was needed because the wild forwards are to small. He is a true heavyweight. He had 1g 1a 2p and 137pim’s in 50 games.
Sylvain Boulin 6-2 207 LW, Another enforcer, was picked up in the waiver draft. Was not expected to do much other then fight, he performed well when given the chance. He even scored in 3 straight games. A poor man’s Shane Churla. He had 3g 2a 5p 117pims in 41games.
Roman Simicek 6-3 210 C, a great trade for the wild, even if he doesn’t produce in the NHL, because he was traded for a big nothing named Steve mMckenna. Simicek is big but looks awful when skating, if he can improve on his first year in the NHL he should be a good 3rd liner, and see time on the power play. He will even fight if he as to. He scored 5g 10a 15p PIMs in 51 games with Pittsburgh and the wild.
Wes Walz 5-10 180 C, As the season went on, he was the Wild’s best forward, he never stopped, every play 100 percent. He scored the most short handed goal for an expansion team. He had 18g 22a 30p 37pims in 82 games.
Darby Hendrickson 6-1 195 C, A Minnesota boy who picked up his game this year with the added ice time, some nights he played like a first line center some other nights he looked like his old 3rd li Read more »
The first day of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft could have been sub-titled “Darcy’s Lost Weekend”, but by the close of the NHL’s annual Prospectpalooza, there was more evidence provided that Buffalo GM Darcy Regier is one of the top GMs in all of hockey, if not the best.
Heading into the draft, there were high hopes amongst Buffalo fans that the weekend’s activities might yield a plethora of good, young prospects, with those players being acquired either through the draft, or through the departure of stars Dominik Hasek and Michael Peca via trades. As the first day of the draft wound down, however, the Sabres had little to show for all the rumors that had been associated with their prized trade bait, and they instead went about the business of making their first 4 choices.
Sunday was a new day, with Buffalo quickly consummating a trade with the San Jose Sharks, which sent Buffalo’s 5th round choice (formerly Montreal’s) to the Sharks in exchange for San Jose’s 5th (155th), 8th (234th), and 9th (279th) round selections. This trade allowed Buffalo to draft 4 more players over the final 6 rounds, leaving Buffalo with a total of 8 new prospects.
Darcy Regier’s day wasn’t finished, though, as he finally dealt Michael Peca to the New York Islanders for two promising young players, C Tim Connolly and LW Taylor Pyatt. Of the two players acquired, Connolly would seem to have the greater upside potential, as he is being touted by many to be a future offensive sta Read more »
New Jersey Devils 2001 Draft Review
Every NHL Draft seems to follow a similar pattern for Lou Lamerillo and David Conte and this year was no different. The Devils went in with a substantial amount of draft picks, added to their deep pool of young talent, and threw in a few surprises as well. Here is a brief summary of what the Devils did and who they picked at this years’ draft.
New Jersey trades this pick to the Florida Panthers for two 2001 2nd rounders(#44 and #48)
Analysis: I think that if Marcel Goc had fallen to this slot, the Devils would have grabbed him. I was a little surprised they didn’t select Krajicek, because I thought he would have been a perfect pick for the Devils, but I also wasn’t surprised the pick was traded. Anytime Lamoriello gets a chance to gain an extra pick, he’ll do it.
1st Round(#28): Adrian Foster, C/LW, 6’1″, 200, Saskatoon(WHL)
Player Notes: Has played only 12 games the last two seasons for Saskatoon as a result of an abdominal injury from the junior A ranks in his hometown of Calgary. Played in only 5 games last season, recording 5 assists. Played midget hockey with Thrashers top prospect Dany Heatley. Described as a smooth skater that can accelerate well. Good puck-handling skills, compared to Doug Weight. Will play physical.
Analysis: As per usual, the Devils pulled of a draft day surprise. The CSB didn’t even have Foster ranked. This pick will be high-risk, high reward, and if the Devils did their homework on this guy(which I’m sure they did) he Read more »
The USHL sent 12 of its finest players to the Professional ranks via the NHL entry draft that took place this weekend. The Des Moines Buccaneers were the big winners sending three players while the Lincoln Stars and Sioux City Musketeers each sent two. Here is the list of all the players who were drafted, what round they were picked, the overall pick number in the draft and who drafted them.
Bryce Lampman D (Omaha Lancers) 4th round, 118 overall by New York Rangers
David Klema F (Des Moines Buccaneers) 5th round, 148 overall by Phoenix Coyotes
Bernd Buckler G (Tri-City Storm) 5th round, 150 overall by Philadelphia Flyers
Andy Schneider D (Lincoln Stars) 5th round, 156 overall by Pittsburgh Penguins
Andrew Alberts D (Waterloo BlackHawks) 6th round, 179 overall by Boston Bruins
Scott Polaski F (Sioux City Musketeers) 6th round, 180 overall by Phoenix Coyotes
Art Femenella D (Sioux City Musketeers) 6th round, 188 overall by Tampa Bay Lightning
James Massen F (Sioux Falls Stampede) 6th round, 194 overall by New Jersey Devils
David Moss F ( Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) 7th round, 220 overall by Calgary Flames
Brandon Bochenski F (Lincoln Stars) 7th round, 223 overall by Ottawa Senators
Joe Campbell D (Des Moines Buccaneers) 8th round, 233 overall by Calgary Flames
Bryan Perez F (Des Moines Buccaneers) 9th round, 260 overall by New York Islanders
Last season’s catch phrase, “We’re bigger. We’re faster. We’re younger,” appears to still hold true. Of the fourteen players selected by the
Lightning over the weekend, only one was under 6’3” … he was 6’2”. Included in this group are hulking 6’7” defenseman
Art Femenella and 6’5” forward Dennis Packard.
The average size of the fourteen draftees is 6’3”, 200lbs,
three inches taller and ten pounds heavier than last year’s median.
In the 2000 draft, Rick Dudley chose overage European
players with three of his ten total selections. It was expected he would do the same again this year, but when
all was said and done, Dimitri Bezrukov ended up the only player over the age
The draftees all fit the prototypical Dudley mold, which
consists of size, speed, grit and youth.
In other words, “Bigger, Younger, Faster.”
While Dudley used his first four selections to take European
players (3 Russians, 1 Swede), the next six were used to take North Americans,
a bit out of character for Dudley, who is known to have a liking for
Europeans. Du Read more »
Jeff Dessner the defenseman with the big shot was dealt on Sunday to Atlanta for their 8th round selection no.230 overall and Sather took LEONID ZHVACHIN of PODOLSK JR. in Russia. The 6-0 185 pounder who shoots left and plays defense will remain in Russia unless he is gobbled up in this weeks Canadian Junior League Draft.
Dessner developed a fan following long before ever wearing a Rangers jersey with his big shot and work ethic. Dessner 6-2 195er out of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin finished his collegiate career with 7 goals and 19 points in 38 games. Dessner will compete for a spot with Atlanta in the coming season.
In another trade to note, the Rangers dealt their 7th round pick in 2002 to the Calgary Flames for their 7th round pick in this year’s draft, in which they select Pontus Petterstrom 226th overall.
For more news and notes and my NHL 2001 Entry Draft Review and Analysis stay tuned….
Prospect Capsules — 2001 Entry Draft
1: Jason Bacashihua, G, Chicago [NAHL] (26th overall)
Many Stars fans expressed disappointment after Dallas picked a goaltender first, when the need for skilled offensive players
seemed so pressing. Even more disappointing for fans, Bacshihua was not held in high esteem by most draft experts prior to
the draft. Bacshihua was generally regarded as the 15th or so best goaltender in the draft, though other sources ranked him
higher. The Hockey News scouting report called Bacsasihuha a “good cominbation of balance, speed, and good post-to-post
movement”. Red line reports had him ranked as high as 3rd among goaltenders, and their scouting report reads: “He can be
streaky and inconsistent, and has trouble getting up for games of lesser importance, but is always at the top of his game
when when the stakes are highest.”
Regardless, the Stars had him in the top 15 on their draft board from the very beginning, and they believe “Cash” (Jason’s
nickname) is a sleeper pick. Cash was a much sought-after recruit for NCAA power Michigan last year, but — because of grade
problems — he was forced to continue playing with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League where last year he
was 24-14-0, with a 3.23 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
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All held true to form for the first 18 picks of the 2001 NHL Entry
I mean besides the fact a top center was traded and that some players
up where people didn’t think they would. Then the 19th pick brought the
big surprise. The Boston Bruins selected Kamloops Blazers right wing
Morrison. Most if not all experts had Morrison as a second round
not later. Yet the Bruins made him there pick in the high teens.
Sharks took German center Marcel Goc. Maybe not a reach, yet still
then quite a few people had him ranked.
With pick 26 Dallas really
out of there hat. They selected goalie Jason Bacashihua. They selected
Bascashihua even though goalies like Tomas Duba and Andrei Medvedev were
still available. I’m not sure which is odder, the Stars selecting
with the 26th selection or Bascashihua being taken before those other
At pick 28 the Devils made the biggest surprise of the
round. They took Saskatoon winger Adrian Foster. Foster played just 5
for Saskatoon of the WHL this past season.
Pick 29 brought goaltender
Munro to the Kings. Again, probably a bit high, espically considering
other netminders still left.
Mark Popovic who many considered to be a
late first rounder was taken with pick 35 by the Ducks. Popovic fell
then any other player on draft day.
Re-Entry’s Mike Zigomanis and Kyle
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were also selected in the second round.