The names of recent Kootenay ICE
European members of their club read
somewhat like a whose who of able
scorers, deft puck-handlers and flashy
offensive moves, Stanislav Gron,
Jaroslav Svoboda, Zdenek Blatny and
most recently, Marek Svatos. Needless
to say, the Kootenay ICE’ first pick
(16th overall) in Wednesday’s CHL’s
Import Draft is going to have some very
big shoes to fill.
The pick, the result of
compensation from the Tri-Cities
Americans luring former ICE G.M. Bob
Tory to fill the same position in
Kennewick, was used to select Thomas
Plihal, a 6′ 1″, 180lb, seventeen-yr-old
left-winger from the Czech Republic.
Roy Stasiuk, Director of Player
Personnel for the ICE says that the club
has known about the lanky winger for
some time. “We’ve known about him for
two years,” said Stasiuk on the phone
from his Edmonton home. “He played
with the Czech under-17 team in
Timmins, Ontario (host of the ’99 World
Under-17 Tournament) two years ago,
playing against two of our young players
at the time, Dan Blackburn and Tyler
Stasiuk figures that the Czech Republic
native could come in and make an
impact with the ICE right away. “He’s
got pretty good size, he’s got excellent
stick skills and he’s a good skater, not in
the pure speed aspect but Plihall is very
strong on his skates with great balance
and someone who can handle the puck
very well coupled with a very good
shot,” said Stasiuk. The club’s head
scout also offered a glimpse of where
the lanky import would fit in a
somewhat revamped ICE line-up tha Read more »
In the 2001 draft, the Ducks took a potential top line star, a player who will fight for a forward position this year, and adding some much needed depth at the blue line. They also drafted small with 7 players measuring 6’0″ and under, 4 Canadians, 2 Russians, and one of each from Finland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. They also drafted very skilled. The following is the list of players the Ducks selected.
First Round – 5th Overall
Stanislav Chistov (Omsk/Russia) – Right Wing (18) 5’9″ 169lbs Shoots: Right
Central Scouting Report
“An excellent skater with impressive speed and agility … and outstanding offensive-minded player who is a scoring threat every time he is on the ice … a creative playmaker with very strong puck handling skills … has the ability to control the puck and maneuver very well at top speed … has good vision and strong hockey instincts … a very good competitor and a hard worker who plays with a lot of intensity.”
The best available player at #5 and arguably the most skilled player in the draft, Chistov is expected to return to Russia next season but commented that he would attend the Ducks camp this season if invited. He has also played center. Compared to both Kariya and Sergei Samsonov, though it’s been said his skating isn’t as powerful as Kariya’s.
Here’s a capsule look at the current status of Toronto’s top 10 prospects based upon their respective performances during the 2000/2001 season:
Mikael Tellqvist (G) – Tellqvist’s outstanding season in the SEL has been well documented here at Hockey’s Future. While leading his club team to a second consecutive Swedish championship and also showing well in several international competitions, Mikael has firmly cemented his place at the top of Toronto’s prospect list. What’s Next: Having already accomplished just about everything that he possibly can at home, Tellqvist is poised to try the North American scene next season. Although there is a outside chance that he might win the back-up job in Toronto, his long term development would probably be better served by starting 40-50 games in St. John’s.SEASON GRADE: A
Brad Boyes (C) – Boyes, Toronto’s first round selection at last June’s draft, was another prospect who saw his rating soar during the course of 2000/2001. Brad led the Erie Otters with 45 goals and 45 assists for 90 points in only 59 games. He was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding player in recognition of a truly dominant season. What’s Next: Brad has one year of eligibility remaining in junior hockey and will almost certainly return to Erie next fall. He will be asked to improve his defensive positioning, skating and upper body strength in order to better prepare for a pro debut in 2002/2003.SEASON GRADE: A
At the draft of 2001, Craig Button finally put his stamp on the team. He had been ridiculed for not making moves, and now that he did at this year’s draft, there is a lot more talk going on about player moves rather
than the draft picks themselves.
Going into the weekend, the team had a gaping hole at center, nearly
adequate goaltending, decent scoring on the wings, and an up-and-coming defensive corps. They had the eleventh overall pick, and then nothing until the 101st pick in the fourth round. All of this changed thanks to
Button…for better or for worse. Analysis of all the moves is required to create an informed opinion.
The first trade Calgary made was sending their eleventh overall pick to Phoenix in exchange for the 17th overall pick, and a second rounder. This was wise as the Flames needed picks in the second and third rounds where they were completely devoid of picks.
The Calgary Flames sent RW Val Bure, and F Jason Weimer to Florida for C Rob Neidermayer and a second round draft choice this year. Doubters claimed that although Bure caused problems in the dressing room and alienated himself from Flames fans, his goal scoring, albeit inconsistent, will be missed and wasn’t replaced on draft day. They also claim that Weimer was Calgary’s only true rugged forward, and he earned many points with Flames fans by sticking up for his smaller teammates when taking on some of the better enforcers in the league, like Georges Laraque of Edmonton, and Donald Br Read more »
The Boston Bruins spent the entire NHL Entry Draft adding skill, size, and toughness to their system, all 3 of which were absolutely necessary. They also added two little-known goaltenders who both appear to have some potential for the future.
The Draft Preview Article stated the Bruins needed to increase depth in goal, improve defensive prospects, and add wings to the organization. The Bruins met all those goals despite not meeting the goals with the best players available.
The Bruins used their 19th overall pick on defenseman Shaone Morrisonn. Many consider Morrisonn’s selection the first surprise pick of the draft. The CSB had Morrisonn ranked 41st among North American Skaters. Even Shaone thought he was a second round pick, “I was rated, 41st, I think, and I expected to go in the second round.”
The Bruins felt otherwise about the 6’ 3” 185 lbs. defenseman from Vancouver, BC and made him their top choice.
“He was high on our list, and made our top ten. We were waiting to see if he was still there, and fortunately he was,” said Bruins Director of Scouting, Scott Bradley.
The 18-year old reportedly made huge improvements as the Western Hockey League season reached its mid-point and Morrisonn, the Kamloops Blazers, and even the Bruins hope he can build on those improvements to become even better. Shaone climbed 17 spots from his mid-season ranking of 58 to his final ranking of 41 on the CSB list.
“It was a surprise that Morrisonn was taken so early in the draft, but I can see where Boston was coming fr Read more »
By Panthers Editor Mark Fischel with commentary from Jes Golbez
Going into the draft, the Panthers had 4 of the top 50 picks, and it wasn’t an issue of if they were going to make a deal, but rather what kind of deal will they pull off? Needless to say, the Panthers didn’t disappoint the 8000 fans in attendance. Pulling one major deal to acquire Valeri Bure, and another in which they traded up to the first round, the Panthers ended up the draft with making 2 first-round selections and ensuring next season will be an easy one for the marketing department.
Going into this draft, areas of attention were as follows: Defense, Defense, and more Defense; Center of Attention,; Tending the Nets; and Speedy Defensive Forwards with Heart. It is a comforting that the Panthers scouting department on draft day fulfilled 75% of those needs, with some smart picks heavy on skilled players, tough players, a overage Euro-veteran, and a Elite level prospect.
Before the draft, all differing opinions had the Panthers trading up, trading down, trading the pick for defensive help, or having a fire sale of players to rid themselves of high priced players like Pavel Bure and Trevor Kidd. But the Panthers mainly stayed the course and got what they wanted. Tim Murray, the Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting, felt the day was a successful one “We actually got guys a full round later, 2 rounds later than we thought we were going to get them”
Going into the 2001 Draft the needs were on the table plain and simple, toughness and size up front. The Rangers picked a goaltender in the by the name of Don Blackburn out of Kootenay of the WHL. Although Blackburn is and was rated as one of the top overall players in the draft the nets in NY have greater “short” term problems and than long term. With Johan Holmqvist, Jason Labarbera, Henrik Lundqvist, Johan Asplund and Vitali Yeremeyev in the pipeline one has to wonder why add another? Regardless of whether he is better than those, the Rangers needs in the nets are immediate. Mike Richter will be unavailable for sometime and Kirk McLean is not the answer. Guy Hebert has been given his walking papers so who is available in the short term?
The Rangers next pick was 6-3 200 pound defender out of St. Petersburg in the Russian Elite League. While the second round pick, he could turn out to be a nice addition to this club in 3 years or so. While the likes of Mottau & Aufiero and now a slew of free agent / traded defenders St.Croix, Kinch join up… there are question marks about what to do with the excess baggage on defense.
The Rangers did not find a “need player” until the 3rd round when they selected Garth Murray. The 6-1 205 pounder tallied 44 points on 28 goals in 2000-01 and amassed 183 penalty minutes for his hard work.
The Los Angeles Kings were poised to add some quality players to their system last weekend, and that is exactly what they did. The Kings pulled some suprises, but left Florida with exactly what they wanted- a combination of size, speed, skill and goaltending- some that can contribute right away.
The Kings used the 18th selection on 18 year-old Swedish right winger Jens Karlsson. Karlsson had slipped down the draftboard on many teams’ lists because of a somewhat “off” season last year. Two years ago, Jens was listed among the top potential Euro’s in the 2001 draft and this potential is what lead the Kings to nab him in the first round. Many feel Karlsson has the protoypical NHL game and can give the Kings the power forward they have coveted for so long, Karlsson has a nasty streak as evidenced by his 185 penalty minutes in the Swedish Junior league last season.
The 30th selection was used to draft Ohio State freshman David Steckel. The hulking center from West Bend, Wisconsin had 35 points in 32 games for OSU in his freshman season. Steckel is a worker and a potentially powerful player. At 6-5, 200 pounds, Steckel is another piece of the puzzle that the Kings have yearned for- a big, playmaking, nasty center.
After seeing what Adam Deadmarsh’s style did for the team this season, the King’s mission seems clear. They want gritty forwards, preferably with size. If you look at the last two drafts, you could potentially see a line of 6-3 Frolov, 6-3 Karlsson and 6-5 Steckel. While you never know when these players will arrive, the potential of somet Read more »
Many teams were busy making moves on day one, but the Caps remained fairly complacent. They choose Nathan Paetsch with their fifty first pick overall, traded the sixty first overall pick to Tampa bay for the New York Islanders’ second pick in the 2002 draft, and picked up Owen Fussey with the ninetieth pick overall.
The trade the Caps made was a fairly minor one, basically swapping a low second pick this year for what should be a high one next year. They could pick as high as thirty-five or forty next year with the Islanders’ second rounder. The trade is a relatively minor one, and most likely does not do anything significant to help or hinder the Caps in the immediate future.
58 overall – Nathan Paetsch – D – Moose Jaw (WHL)
Size: 6’0, 195
Last Year’s Stats: 70 games, 8 goals, 54 assists, 62 points, 118 PIM
Washington’s highest draftee of 2001 was ranked fifty first overall by the Hockey News, and is a player who probably could have gone a lot earlier. He is known as an offensive defenseman whose primary asset is his outstanding passing and decision making ability. He should be a solid NHL defenseman someday, probably a 3, 4, or 5 type guy on a good team. His offensive abilities will make him a power play quarterback. Because of the Capitals’ depth at defense, Nathan will likely finish his junior career before getting a real chance to make the Caps.