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The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenseman Martin Grenier to a mulit year contract. Grenier became an unrestricted free agent after he failed to sign with Boston before the June 1st deadline for all 1999 draftees. The 20 year old Grenier, selected in the 2nd round of the 1999 draft by the Colorado Avalanche and dealt to the Bruins in the Ray Bourque deal, just completed his 4th season of junior hockey.
The 6’5 245 pound Grenier played 26 games for the Quebec Ramparts and 28 for the Victoriaville Tigres this past year. He is now one of the biggest players in the Coyotes’ organization, and they are glad to have him. He will likely see time next season in the AHL but it is possible he could crack the Coyotes’ defense during camp.
Other News: As expected the Phoenix Coyotes failed to sign Scott Kelman, the club’s 1st choice in ’99, 15th overall. Since they did not sign him, they will receive the 45th overall pick in this year’s draft as compensation. Also, Preston Mizzi was not signed as well.
It’s always fun to go back and look at a team’s drafts and see if they glaringly over-looked a player or made the right choice.
By no means is this ever a total indictment upon a teams scouting department, since most of the time teams will draft for specific needs, and having a near perfect 20/20 hindsight is another disservice to the pressures of being on the clock during the draft.
Below is an analysis of the Panthers history at the draft table, to see how the team could have been different if the scouts had the amazing clarity that time affords. To keep things somewhat realistic, the analysis will be limited to the 5 picks after the original pick. A player like Adam Deadmarsh went 14th overall in ’93, and if the draft was redone with the hindsight, he probably would have gone in the top 5, but in 93, 13 teams passed over him since he wasn’t rated that high back then.
In this exercise for entertainment purposes only, comment are only made on a pick if it turned out a better player could be had. Another thing to consider is that a passed over player might not have developed unless he was in the right situation as well. There will be instances where the pick was exactly dead-on correct. Again, this is for entertainment purposes mainly and is the total benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
5th – Robbie Neidermayer
Players taken in the next 5 spots are as follows: Kozlov, Arnott, Sundstrom, Harvey and Thibault. While Robbie hasn’t lived up to his expectations to be a scorer, he is a physical and defensive minded pre Read more »
very solid NHL defenseman. Smooth skating and quick passing are Gleason’s top
2 strengths. Yet Gleason is missing something. It might delay his arrival to
the NHL. Gleason doesn’t have the hockey smarts a NHL d-man should. Now there
are varying reports from scouts, but most feel Gleason needs to improve his
hockey smarts in order to be a successful NHL player. Stephen Weiss hands
down is the smartest player in this years draft. If Gleason had the smarts of
Weiss he would probably be a top 5 selection. Yet this will cause him to most
likely be a mid to late first round pick. At 6’0, 200 pounds Gleason is a
two way player. He has above average offensive skills and is very good in his
own zone. Sometimes he gets out of control and starts running around in his
own zone. If he can harness his ability and make quicker and smarter
decisions he can be a very very solid player. Yet between now and draft time
there isn’t any more chances to change his game. It looks like Tim Gleason
will have to develop on the pro level, which is the hardest level of all to
develop your game.
This is the second part in my look back on Red Wings prospects in Europé.
1. Pavel Datsyuk Position: Center Team: AK Bars Kazan Born: 1978 Height: 5.11 Weight: 190 Drafted: 6th round in the 1998 draft (171 overall) Rating: 6.5 / 10 Last season: 40 games 9 goals 17 assists 26 points 6 pim The now 23 -year old late rounder from Sverdlovsk in Russia has emerged as one of the best prospects in the Red Wings organization during the past season. He has had a career season in Russia with 26 points (9 goals and 17 assists) in 40 games. Datsyuk has played an essential role in Kazan (one of the best clubs in Russia), he is playing on powerplay, boxplay, everything. He has played so good that he has been a regular all year long on the National Team. In the first tournaments with the national team he was center on the 3rd and 4th lines, but in the WC in Germany he played so good that he become 1st line center between Valeri Karpov (left) and Alexei Yashin (right). He maid a terrific tournament even dough he didn`t register a goal, he had 4 helpers in 7 games , was +5 (best on team), won 58% of the face-offs (best on team). He played a great two-way game, lots of great passes, moves in high speed, and very good backchecks. He didn`t behave like Russians do, but he played a very good Russian hockey. In my opinion he was the best player on the team. During the year he played in 19 games with the national team and registered 2 goals and 5 assists and 2 pim. Datsyuk is a great talent that has developed into a very good all-round Read more »
pick. But this week they got one right. They signed center Justin Mapletoft
to a three year deal. Yet in typical Islanders fashion, they made everyone
sweat it out. Had the Islanders not been able to reach a deal with Mapletoft, he would have had to re-enter this month’s 2001 Draft. Mapletoft who had 43
goals, 77 assists and 120 points this year lead his Red Deer Rebels to the
CHL Memorial Cup. In addition to that, Mapletoft was named the WHL’s Most
Valuable Player. Mapletoft was a 5th round selection of the Isles, 130th
overall in 1999. I wouldn’t even want to see the faces of Islanders fans if
Mike Milbury couldn’t come to terms with this kid. He is considered by many
to be the steal of the 1999 draft. Smartly the Isles paid him what he wanted
and locked him up for 3 seasons. Hopefully for most Islanders fans, You will
see Mapletoft on the Nassau Coliseum ice for a lot longer then 3 seasons.
With a guy with Mapletoft’s skill and desire it makes you wonder how all the
teams ahead of the Islanders missed Mapletoft?, Mike Milbury credits his WHL
scout Earl Ingarfield for finding this diamond in the rough. The Isles make a
lot of mistakes, and most 5th round picks turn out to be mistakes. But the
Islanders are going to be winners for a long time with this one.
The 11-team league will immediately cease day-to-day activities but six of those teams will continue to play in the American Hockey League.
The governors voted to fold the league during a conference call on Friday.
The IHL was founded at a meeting at the Norton Palmer Hotel in Windsor, Ont., on Dec. 5, 1945. It had just four original teams – two in Detroit and two in Windsor.
The Detroit Auto Club beat Detroit Bright’s Goodyear 2-1 in the final series to win the first Turner Cup the following spring.
After Thomas Berry was named commissioner in 1989, the IHL, which had reached Indianapol Read more »
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