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
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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.
When Florida rookie Joey Tetarenko decided to get noticed, he did it in a big way. On Panther home-ice versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tetarenko put the Panthers on the board with his first NHL career goal, an expert two-on-one, top-shelf shot and soon after, former Louisville Panthers teammate, Marcus Nilson, brought the lead to two. Tetarenko not only scored his first NHL goal, he scored his second two periods later, a floater from the right circle to tie the score 5-5 at 6:46 of the third…and then became 3rd Star of the Game. The two goals came on three shots on goal, giving Tetarenko a shooting percentage of 66.7 for the night. Try as he might, he could not stop the Panthers from extending their winless slide to nine.
“It’s especially disappointing for Joey to score the first goal of his career and we can’t win — it’s brutal,” said Panthers right wing Marcus Nilson, who also scored twice in the losing effort for the Panthers.
But, sometimes the taste of scoring that first NHL goal is just what a player needs to get and stay focused on the task at hand. Tetarenko will be very hard at work this summer to obtain his goal of starting and remaining on the Florida Panthers roster for the upcoming season.
In the midst of the Florida Panthers Strength Camp in Miami, Florida last week, right-winger Joey Tetarenko suddenly found himself on his way back home to Louisville, Kentucky to be alongside expectant wife Tina. Don’t worry folks, mom and baby are fine…but the baby has yet to make his debut. Next Wednesday is when mom and da Read more »
Jason Spezza has been talked about in hockey circles for years. Ever since he was 15 years old this kid was tabbed as a future superstar. He has incredible vision and a touch with the puck. He is smooth, great touch with the puck to go with great vision and great hockey sense. He sees the ice exceptionally well and has great size to go with the package. The “Special One” as he has been tabbed, has had a much maligned hockey career since he came on the scene with the Brampton Battalion. He then moved on to the Missisauga IceDogs and possibly hindered his development with ignorant coaches and managers. Don Cherry loved this kid but didn’t make him a better player. Thus, Spezza asked for a trade, got it and with it, much criticism. He led the Windsor Spitfires to the playoffs with a 2 point a game pace almost winning the scoring title playing less games than the winner, Kyle Wellwood. Spezza played pretty well for Canada in the World Juniors, but he didn’t dominate even though he had already been through one tournament. With such a long career in the spotlight tabbed as Canada’s developmental savior, came much criticism. People started to question his work ethic and desire to succeed, as well as his skating. He is 6’3 and over 200 pounds. He is a big man and can skate. His upside is being a “one” the category consisting of only Gretzky, Lemieux and Lindros. And the downside of being a Jason Allison (90+ points a season).
For GM Marshall Johnston to pull of such a deal, getting rid of the fan’s favorite target Alexei Yashin, and receiving a future superstar in Spezz Read more »
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 »
1. New York Islanders, Mike Bray, Forward
2. New Jersey, Aaron Voros, Forward
3. New York Rangewrs, Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman
4. Florida, Kyle Bruce, Forward
5. Anahiem, Martin Gerber, N/A/
6. Calgary, Joe Campbell, Defenseman
7. Buffalo, Calle Aslund, Defenseman
8. Ottawa, Neil Petruic, Defenseman
9. Columbus, Ryan Bowness, Forward
10. Los Angeles, Mike Gabinet, Defenseman
11. New York Rangers, Ryan Holleweg, Forward
12. Minnesota, Jake Riddle, Forward
13. Nashville, Gustav Grasberg, Forward
14. Boston, Milan Juracina, Defenseman
15. Columbus, Andrew Murray, N/A
16. Phoenix, Frank Lukes, Forward
17. Carolina, Carter Trevisani, Defense
18. Vancouver, Konstanin Mihailov, Forward
19. Toronto, Tomas Mojzis, Defenseman
20. Buffalo, Marek Dubec, N/A
21. Edmonton, Kari Haakana, Defenseman
22. Washington, Matt Maglione, Defenseman
23. Pittsburgh, Brandon Crawford-West, N/A
24. Calgary, Ville Hamalainen, Forward
25. Tampa Bay, J.F. Soucy, Forward
26. St. Louis, Petr Cajanek, Forward
27. Washington, Peter Polcik, Forward
28. Dallas, Marco Rosa, Forward
29. Ottawa, Gregg Johnson, Forward
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1. New York Islanders, Bryan Perez, Forward
2. Tampa Bay, Vitali Smoyninov, N/A
3. Atlanta, Mario Cartelli, Defenseman
4. Florida, Jan Blanar, Defenseman
5. Anaheim, Pierre Parenteau, Center
6. Dallas, Dale Sullivan, Right Winger
7. Montreal, Viktor Ujcik, Forward
8. Florida, Ivan Majesky, Defenseman
9. Chicago, Jeff Miles, Center
10. New York Rangers, Juris Stals, Center
11. St Louis, Grant Jacobsen, Center
12. Nashville, Mikko Lehtonen, Center
13. Edmonton, Ales Pisa, Defenseman
14. Phoenix, Severin Blindenbacher
15. Carolina, Peter Reynolds, Defenseman
16. Washington, Robert Muller, Goalie
17. Toronto, Mike Knoepfli, Left Winger
18. Los Angeles, Sebastian Laplante, Goalie
19. Edmonton, Shay Stevenson, Left Winger
20. Buffalo, Ryan Jorde, Defenseman
21. New York I., Roman Kuhtinov, Defenseman
22. Tampa Bay, Ilja Solarev, Left Winger
23. Boston, Marcel Rodman, Right Winger
24. St Louis, Simon Skoog, Defenseman
25. Washington, Viktor Hubl, Winger
26. Dallas, Marek Tomica, Winger
27. Ottawa, Tony Dahlman, Right Winger
28. New York Islanders, Juha-Pekaa Ketola, Center
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