Every team has to build somehow. General Manager Brian Burke and Assistant GM David Nonis have done an excellent job in taking the Canucks from doormats to a success story in the money-driven NHL of today is remarkable. Burke and Co have been able to build through the draft, acquiring players such as Bryan Allen, Artem Chubarov, the Sedins, Brandon Reid, and now, R.J. Umberger, and that’s only in three seasons since taking over.
The Canucks have never been a model of draft excellence. Blunders such as Shawn Antoski, Alek Stojanov, Libor Polasek, and others, have been more or less forgotten since Nonis and Burke took over a couple of years back. They have instilled a mode of confidence in the players, management, and most importantly, the fans.
Even though Bryan Allen hasn’t arrived full time, (Which can be excused because of his various injuries) Burke has had a multitude of success in developing players, and drafting the best player available, rather than picking for a need, and that strategy has served him very well, as there is nothing to suggest that the good luck won’t continue.
Burke and Company strolled up on to the Draft podium and announced that their first pick in 2001 was R.J. Umberger. Umberger, who is is power-forward type of player. He slipped to the Canucks which was probably due, in small part, to the Oilers making a reach for Ales Hemsky at number thirteen.
The one problem with Umberger, however, is that he always leaves scouts wanting more. For someone with his size, he should be invo Read more »
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
29. Detroit, Francois Senez, Defenseman Read more »
It is truly a sad day for all Rangers fans, as Adam Graves tenure as a New York Rangers has come to an end. Today GM Glen Sather dealt Adam Graves, known to us as “Gravey”, to the San Jose Sharks in return for 24 year old forward Mikael Samuelsson and 24 year old defenseman Christian Gosselin.
From Glen Sather’s standpoint, I’m sure he felt it was the best interest for his hockey club to trade Adam Graves, rather than buy him out and not get anything in return. The San Jose Sharks have been trying to acquire Adam Graves for years, and at least Gravey gets to go someplace where he is wanted. I don’t like this deal as a Rangers fan, as Graves is a great player in the locker room and he is a leader on this team. With the possible additions of a couple of rookies to the lineup this season, Graves could have helped out greatly with the youngsters. Adam Graves always gave whatever he could to charity and he gave up a lot of his time to visit sick and needy kids. Graves’ play tailed off this past season, mostly because he was still trying to get over the death of his baby Jackson, who died soon after being born two months premature. Graves was a big part of our 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team, as he broke the Rangers record by scoring the most goals in the Regular Season by a Ranger with 52, and that record still stands to this day. A lot of fans will be sad over this deal and I am one of them. But sometimes painful decisions have to be made, and unfortunately this was one of them.
Trying to look at things positively, the Rangers may have gotten themselv Read more »
1st Round (#23 overall): Pick traded to Ottawa for #27 overall pick, #225 overall pick, and Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2002 2nd round pick.
1st Round (#27 overall)
Player: Jeff Woywitka
Birthdate: September 1, 1983
2000-2001 team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Rankings: (#13 North American by CSB, #15 overall by THN) Read more »
I made my feelings clear that if things fell in place, Don Blackburn could
have been taken at #9. I really didn’t think he would be there. Or maybe I
felt Ruutu’s knee surgeries would knock him down a notch. Nonetheless,
Blackburn was higher on my board and I would have taken him.
Even if all the Hawk farm goalies develop, you can never have enough
goalies. Ask San Jose, Buffalo, and New Jersey who take one or two early each
year. That was my thinking …. one of the elite eight.
Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult to quibble when your home team takes a
winner, already in the top Finnish league and the hardest working,
orneriest,solid muscle mass forechecker available.
And when Ruutu gets back on his skates in August after the TWO problems with his knee are healed he may be a better pro than Blackburn.
When Dallas takes the goalie you are going to take as an alternative to
Blackburn, Freeze goalie Jason Bacashihua, two picks before you, you don’t
You either trade out or you go to another position, but you do not REACH!
If you do, to use Mel Kiper’s coined expression, you simply don’t know what
the draft is about.
To take Adam Munro was an insult to each of us, as he was clearly not the
best player available.
Into the 3rd round, Michel Goulet stopped and I asked his interpretation of
this blunder. I said to him, “You KNOW they (Blackhawks) went goalie because
Dallas took the kid they wanted. Honestly, was Munro that high on the
Avalanche board?” He shook his head head Read more »
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Islanders Draft Review
“Mad” Mike Milbury has done it again… Milbury has one again rolled the dice by trading highly regarded Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt for Mike Peca. The basis of the “new” Islanders nucleus has been formed today, and as custom to other Milbury drafts, there have been questions left unanswered.
Yesterday, the Islanders traded Bill Muckalt, Zdeno Chara, and the 2nd selection in the 2001 draft (Jason Spezza) for Alexie Yashin.I am very happy about this deal because it made sure that the Islanders were getting the top line center that they had lacked since the days of Pierre Turgeon. Although it was hard to see the big bruiser Chara go to Ottawa, both teams received what they needed through this deal. Yashin was very excited when he heard the news and is glad to be an Islander; something that Mike Milbury wanted his players to be.
Today, Milbury traded young guns Taylor Pyatt and Tim Connolly to Buffalo for Mike Peca. Peca, who is regarded as one of the top two-way centers in the game, held out last season due to a contract dispute. Peca, who grew up watching the likes of Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, was speechless when he heard the news. Peca also spoke very highly of the Islanders, and said that with the additions of Yashin and himself, this is a new team.
The winner of these deals will depend on three players. Those players being Tim Connolly, Taylor Pyatt, and Jason Spezza. Connolly, who has the moves and the potential to be a top 20 point producer in a matter or year Read more »
For the first time in his three-year history with the Tampa Bay Lightning, General Manager Rick Dudley took the conventional route, selecting Russian Alexander Svitov third overall in the 2001 Entry Draft. In his previous two drafts with the organization, Dudley executed blockbuster draft day deals, shipping off the Lighting s first round choice in exchange for immediate help.
While Dudley entertained offers for this year’s selection, he was not intrigued enough to part with it.
Following the Draft Lottery, when Dudley learned he would have the 3rd overall pick and would likely miss out on Russian sensation Ilya Kovalchuk and CHL star Jassen Spezza, he alluded to a third player he considered equally talented. No names were ever mentioned, but it was assumed Svitov was the player Dudley coveted.
The Omsk, Russia, center is considered to be the most NHL ready player in the draft. His combination of size, skill and grit makes him a perfect fit with the Tampa Bay organization, and the perfect mold of the “Dudley player”.
Svitov is a big (6 3″, 198lbs), physical player who is a strong skater and has decent offensive ability. His biggest attribute is his defensive play. As Tampa Bay Lightning Color Analyst Bobby The Chief Taylor explained, “Defense is the biggest thing with this team. You can’t come in and not be defensively responsible. Svitov is great defensively. Offense can be learned with time.”
Svitov is expected to have an immediate impact on the struggling team. With Tampa’s face-off percentage looming barely above 40%, Svitov
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 »