A summary of activity in the Maple Leafs’ Camp on the first day of the NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida.
After securing several reinforcements (Reichel, Green and Renberg) for next season’s line-up in the days leading up to the draft, the Maple Leafs finally got around to improving their farm system on the floor of the National Car Rental Center. The Leafs arrived in Florida armed with four picks in the first three rounds and eleven selections overall. After the proceedings began, Quinn and Co. were able to further enhance this stash by sending C/W Igor Korolev to the Black Hawks in exchange for Chicago’s third round pick.
There was clearly a common element in all of the player acquisitions made by the Leafs in recent weeks – speed! This skill was also front and centre at the Entry Draft as each of the five players selected by Toronto on Day 1 possess better than average skating ability.
Here is a thumbnail assessment of the newest Maple Leafs.
Carlo Colaiacovo (D – Erie, OHL) : The Leafs were fairly certain that their first selection of the draft would be a defenseman and so it was. With Knyazev already gone and Gleason, Popovic and Woywitka still on the board, Toronto opted to take Etobicoke native Carlo Colaiacovo from the Erie Otters. Carlo (whose his surname is pronounced Colee-AKA-vo) enhanced his standing with the scouts throughout the stretch run and into the OHL playoffs by displaying lots of savvy, mobility and competitiveness. At 6-1 and 184 pounds, Colaiacova is hardly a bruiser but plays an effec Read more »
1. Anaheim, Jordan Tootoo, Winger
2. Ottawa, Ray Emery, Goalie
3. Atlanta, Brian Sipotz, Defenseman
4. Islanders, Cory Stillman, Center
5. Anaheim, Timo Parssinen, Forward
6. Minnesota, Tony Virta, Rigth Wing
7. Chicago, Brent Maclellan, Defenseman
8. Anaheim, Vladimir Korsunov, Defenseman
9. San Jose, Christian Ehroff, Goalie
10. San Jose, Dimitri Patzold, Goalie
11. Calgary, Tomi Maki, Right Winger
12. Montreal, Martti Jarventie, Defensman
13. Carolina, Rob Zepp, Goalie
14. Boston, Matti Kaltainen, Goalie
15. Atlanta, Milan Gajic, Center
16. NY Rangers, Bryce Lampman, Defenseman
17. Vancouver, Evgeny Gladskikh, Left Winger
18. Chicago, Vladimir Gusev, Defenseman
19. Los Angeles, Richard Petiot, Defenseman
20. Florida, Michael Woodford, Right Winger
21. Anaheim, Brendon Rogers, Defenseman
22. Chicago, Aleksey Zotkin, N/A
23. Pittsburgh, Tomas Surovy, Forward
24. Detroit, Drew MacIntyre, Goalie
25. St Louis, Igor Valeev, Right Winger
26. Tampa Bay, Aaron Lobb, Right Winger
27. Clagary, Egor Shastin, Forward
28. Washington, Jeff Lucky, Right Winger
29. Dallas, Daniel Volrab, Center
30. Ottawa, Christoph Schubert, N/A Read more »
1. Ny Islanders, Duslan Salficky, Goalie,
2. Edmonton, Jussi Markkane, Goalie
3. Toronto, Kyle Wellwood, Center
4. Atlanta, Colin Stuart, Cemter
5. Florida, Billy Thompson, Goalie
6. Anaheim, Joel Perreault, Center
7. Tampa Bay, Paul Lynch, Defenseman
8. NY Rangers, Shawn Collymore, Right Winger
9. San Jose, Tomas Plihal, Forward
10. Columbus, Cole Jarrett, Defenseman
11. Chicago, Tommi Jaminki, Left Wing
12. Colorado, Frantisek Skladany,Left Wing
13. Colorado, C McCormick, C/RW
14. Calgary, J Hakewill, Defenseman
15. Philadelphia, Jussi Timonen, Defenseman
16. Boston, Jiri Jakes, Right Winger
17. Phoenix, David Klema, Center
18. Colorado, Mikko Vitanen, Defenseman
19. Philadelphia, Berend Bruckler, Goalie
20. Vancouver, Kevin Bieska, Defenseman
21. Los Angeles, Terry Denike, Goalie
22. Los Angeles, Tuukka Mantyla, Defenseman
23. Edmonton, Jake Brenk, Center
24. Buffalo, Michal Vondrka, Left Winger
25. Pittsburgh, Andy Schneider, Defenseman
26. Detroit, Andread Jamtin, Right Winger
27. Philadelphia, Roman Malek, Goalie
28. St Louis, Dimitri Semin, Forward
29. Washington, Artem Ternavsky, Defense
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1. New York Islanders, Andy Chiodo, Goalie
2. Dallas, Michal Blazek, Defenseman
3. Toronto, Max Kondratiev, Defenseman
4. Florida, Dustin Johner, Center
5. Anaheim, Jan Tabacek, N/A
6. Montreal, Eric Himelfarb, Center
7. Philadelphia, Dennis Seidenberg, N/A
8. Columbus, Justin Aikins, Center
9. Chicago, Alexander Golvin, Left Winger
10. San Jose, Ryan Clowe, Right Winger
11. New York Rangers, Marek Zidlicky, Defenseman
12. Philadelphia, Andrei Razin, NA
13. Nashville, Anton Lavrentiev, Defenseman
14. Boston, Andrew Alberts, Defenseman
15. Phoenix, Scott Polaski, Right Winger
16. Carolina, Daniel Boisclair, Goalie
17. San Jose, Tom Cavanagh, Right Winger
18. Toronto, Jaroslav Sklenar, Forward
19. Colorado, Scott Horvath, Right Winger
20. Edmonton, Mikael Svensk, Defenseman
21. Chicago, Petr Puncochar, Defenseman
22. Columbus, Artem Vostrikov, N/A
23. Tampa Bay, Art Femenella, Defenseman
24. Atlanta, Pasi Nurminen, Goalie
25. St Louis, Brett Scheffelmaier, Defenseman
26. Washington, Zbynek Novak, Forward
27. Dallas, Jussi Jokinen, Forward
28. Ottawa, Brooks Laich, Center
29. New Jersey, James Massen, Right Winger Read more »
The Rangers headed into the 4th round with the 113th overall selection, courtesy of Carolina in the Sandy McCarthy trade last summer. With players such as Colt King and Egor Shastin on the board, the Rangers selected defenseman Bryce Lampman from Omaha of the USHL. He is a 6’1 193 pound defenseman who shoots left.
Since the Rangers traded down in the 3rd round with Minnesota, they received the Wild’s 5th round pick (139th Overall). With that pick, the Rangers selected Right Wing Shawn Collymore from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Collymore is 5’11 and 185 pounds. According to Hockey’s Future’s QMJHL Writer Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis, he says “Collymore is a crafty right-winger with magical hands and an excellent hockey-sense. He can do almost anything with the puck. Collymore has a really fast release, but his shot isnt particulary hard, however it’s really precise. Collymore’s skating is good, and it could still improve. He “slides” naturally on the ice, but his foot speed could be improved even more. Collymore’s first step is usually slow, and he dont have an explosive acceleration, something he will have to work on in order to perform at the next level. Otherwise, Collymore is a finesse player that is growing into a dedicated leader. He wont back down from physical play, but he wont look for it either.” Collymore more than doubled his production this past season from the previous year, scoring 24 goals and 43 assists in 71 games played. I’m going to be excited about seeing his potential future.
In round 6, the Rangers held the 176th Read more »
1. New York Islanders, Jan Holub, Defenseman
2. Toronto, Ivan Kolozvary, Forward
3. Atlanta, Matt Suderman, Defenseman
4. Florida, Toni Koivisto, Forward
5. Atlanta, Colin Fitzrandolph, Center
6. Minnesota, Derek Boorgard, Forward
7. Montreal, Andrew Archer, Defenseman
8. Columbus, Raffaele Sannitz, Forward
9. Chicago, Teemu Jaasklainen, Defenseman
10. New York Rangers, Petr Preucil, Center
11. Calgary, Garett Bembridge, Right Winger
12. Philadephia, Thierry Douville, Defenseman
13. Boston, Jordan Sigalet, Goalie
14. Phoenix, Steve Belanger, Goalie
15. Carolina, Sean Curry, Defenseman
16. Vancouver, Jason King, Right Winger
17. Toronto, Jan Chovan, Goalie
18. Los Angeles, Cristobal Huet, Goalie
19. Edmonton, Dan Baum, Center/LW
20. Chicago, Oleg Minakov, Forward
21. Pittsburgh, Tomas Duba, Goalie
22. Ottawa, Jan Platil, Defenseman
23. Tampa Bay, Dennis Packard, Forward
24. Calgary, David Moss, Forward
25. Washington, John Oduya, Defenseman
26. Tampa Bay, Jeremy Van Hoof, Defenseman
27. Ottawa, Brandon Bochenski, Forward
28. Anahiem, Tony Martensson, Forward
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The Pittsburgh Penguins broke with tradition on Draft Day One, selecting only North American players. However, they began Day Two by choosing a Slovak forward and eventually selected a Czech goalie before days end.
The Pens Day Two picks were as follows :
They chose Tomas Surovny in round 4, 120 overall. The 6’0″ 191lbs. forward hails from Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. He played last season in Proprad.
Ben Eaves was also taken in round 4, 131 overall. The Boston College center stands at 5’8″ and 174lbs. The Minneapolis, MN native plans on attending Harvard.
Round 5 pick was spent on Andy Schneider, making him 156 overall. The 6’0″ 220lbs defender was born in Grand Forks, North Dakata and played for Lincoln of the USHL this past season. He is described as a scoring blue-liner that has a mean streak.
The round 7, 217 overall selection was used to capture Czech goalie prospect Tomas Duba. Duba was born in Prague and played for Sparta Jr. He is listed at 6’0″ 176lbs.
The Pens final pick of ’01 was used to secure Brandon Crawford-West in round 7, 250 overall. Also a goalie, the 5’11″185lbs. San Diego, California native played for the NAHL’s Texas in 2000-01.
In conclusion the Pens selected 4 Americans, 3 Canadians, 1 Slovak, and 1 Czech prospect. They chose 4 defenseman, 3 forwards, and 2 goalies. They have addressed the need to find future depth for the rear-guard and net-minder positions, while actively searching for a combination of size and grit.
The average defenseman they picked stood a Read more »
The Coyotes headed into the draft in great position to walk away with some top notch talents. Phoenix had a 1st rounder (14th overall), and three 2nd rounders (31st, 41st and 45th). But they did not stay in those exact positions for long.
Right after the Rangers selected Kootenay Ice (WHL) Goaltender Dan Blackburn with the 10th overall pick, Gary Bettman walked up to the podium and said those four famous words “We have a trade”. The trade involved the Phoenix Coyotes and the Calgary Flames. The Coyotes swapped their 1st round pick (14th overall), and a 2nd round pick (41st overall, acquired from Anaheim for Keith Carney) to the Flames for their 1st round pick (11th overall). With the 11th overall pick, Coyotes Owner Wayne Gretzky announced the club selected 6’0 198 pound winger Fredrik Sjostrom (Pronounced Shoe-Strum) from Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.
“To meet Wayne [Gretzky], he was like an idol for me, so that was really great.” Said Fredrik Sjostrom moments after being drafted. When asked about his speed, he replied. “Yea, that’s my biggest asset, so I want to use my speed and my technique, that’s what I’m good at.”
Sjostrom’s style of play has been compared by many to that of Ottawa Senators’ rookie sensation Martin Havlat. Sjostrom, at 6’0 is arguably the best skater in the entire draft, and he can hit top speed in only one or two strides. An exciting player on the ice, he has good vision, hockey sense and playmaking abilities. He has a goal scorer’s touch, and he showed that this past season in many of the tou Read more »
The Rangers headed into the draft looking to take either Dan Blackburn or Pascal Leclaire, two goaltenders labeled as future franchise players, with the 10th overall selection. A lot of people thought that if they did happen to get one of them, it would be Pascal Leclaire. Minnesota was rumored to like Blackburn at 6th overall, and if they didn’t take him, he would be scooped up 9th overall by the Blackhawks. But the Blackhawks opted for Tuomo Ruutu, and it didn’t take long for General Manager Glen Sather and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney to walk up to the podium and select the 6’0 180 pound Dan Blackburn from the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Dan Blackburn at 10th overall is a great selection. He will be a great player down the road. The Rangers filled a desperate need by drafting a goaltender in Blackburn, and they also took the best player available. The Rangers have already said they will not re-sign goaltender Kirk McLean, who is a free agent, and they have told Guy Hebert that he can talk to other teams to try and find a new home. Add in Mike Richter still recovering from a torn ACL in both knees, the goaltending for the Rangers looks shaky. Johan Holmqvist is still developing in Hartford and he could turn out to be a starter some day, and the Rangers have other goaltending prospects in Vitali Yeremeyev, Jason Labarbera, Johan Asplund and Henrik Lundqvist, but the Rangers felt Blackburn was the real deal and they proceded with the selection. Many scouts felt Blackburn was the best goaltender in the draft and would be the first Read more »
The Rangers dealt their 3rd round pick (74th overall) to the Minnesota Wild for their 3rd rounder (79th) and their 5th rounder (139th). The Rangers proceeded to take Regina Pats C/LW Garth Murray with the 79th pick. The 5th rounder is a bonus for the Rangers, who dealt their 5th rounder to Colorado earlier in the season for Alexei Gusarov, who was then traded for Peter Smrek.
The second trade saw the Rangers ship away young defenseman Burke Henry to the Calgary Flames in return for young defenseman Chris St. Croix. St. Croix was drafted in the 4th round by the Flames in 1997. He is labeled as a two-way defenseman who plays physical in his own zone. He is a good skater and makes some good decisions on the ice. Whether he will be able to make the NHL is not known at this time, but he should see a few more years in the minors.
The ESPN2 announcers during the draft announced that it was likely the Rangers would deal Adam Graves to the San Jose Sharks for one or two prospects/minor leaguers. In this proposed deal, the Rangers would be eating about half of Adam Graves’ salary for this upcoming season. Personally, If Graves was to leave this team, I would rather see him traded and get something in return, instead of seeing him bought out and us losing nothing but money. However, either way I don’t want to see Graves traded, as he is an asset to this club in the locker room and he comes up big during the playoffs. Although, dealing him away for marginal prospects with little hope of making the NHL does not help us in any way, shape or form, in my opinion. I believe he c Read more »