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7th Round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

by Mark Fischel


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
29. Philadelphia, David Printz, N/A Read more »

Pen’s Day Two Picks

by Richard A. Plisco
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 »

NHL Draft Round 1

by Mark Fischel


1. Atlanta Thrashers

Ilya Kovalchuk, Left Winger
After much deliberation, the Thrashers decided to keep the pick and select the clear consensus #1 pick, Ilja Kovalchuk. Destined to be a franchise player, Kovalchuk possesess all the attributes of a superstar. Blazing speed, the ability to take over a game, nastiness, Scoring touch and elite skills. On the downside, he brings with him the ego and brashness of the superstar, but at a young age.
“I understand it is a young team, but I will do the best I can to make it stronger and I understand and I want to do that.”

2. Ottawa Senators

Jason Spezza, Center
Acquired the #2 pick, Bill Muckalt, and Zdeno Chara from the Islanders for Alexei Yashin. The Sens selected Jason to become the centerman of the future. Until early this year, he was the consensus #1 pick until a combination of over-analysis from scouts and the emergence of Kovalchuk knocked Spezza down to #2. Blessed with an amazing on-ice vision and top notch skill, along with great playmaking and stickhandling skills, Jason will soon become a media and fan favorite all through Canada and the rest of the NHL. But did the Islanders give up too much to get Yashin?
“I’m trying to fill the void (left by Yashin). I’ll go in there and ease my way in and try and do as much as I can. I’m pretty excited. It’s pretty awesome.”

3. Tampa Bay Lightning

Alexander Svitov, Center Read more »

Rangers 2001 Draft Review – Day One

by Brandon LeBourveau

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 »

Rangers Make 2 Draft Day Trades

by Brandon LeBourveau

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 »

Pens 1st Four Selections

by Richard A. Plisco
On Day One of the 2001 Entry Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to stear clear of Europe and selected three Canadians and one American youngster.
The Pens selected Colby Armstrong in round 1, 21 overall. (Many speculated that they would target Czech’s Hemsky or Krajicek, who went 13 and 24 respectively in round one) Armstrong, a native of Lloydminster, Saskatoon played for Red Deer of the WHL in 2000/01. He is 6’1″ 180lbs. and plays the right wing.
Round 2 saw the focus shift to defense. Noah Welch was picked 54 overall. The 6’3″ 212lbs. defender hails from Brighton, Mass. and played for St. Sebastians high school last season.
Round three selections included defenseman Drew Fata, the 86 pick, from Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Fata, at 6’1″ 211lbs. skated for Tor.St. Michaels in the OHL. Picked 96 overall in round three was blue-liner Alexander Rouleau from Mont-Laurier, Quebec. Roleau, at 6’0 180lbs. suited up for Val D’or of the QMJHL this past campaign.
The Penguins confined their first four selections (of nine this year) to North Americans. They made no moves to secure a higher first round slot with a trade and in fact, Jaromir Jagr was allowed to begin his vacation in the Czech Republic. This leads many to believe that the Jagr trade will not materialize this weekend.
The Pens put an early emphasis on restocking their stable of defenseman, leading to speculation that several current prospects may see big league action sooner than later. RW Armstrong is expected to bring a little grit to the forward position.

Draft Day 1 Notes and Observations

by Mark Fischel
Heading into the morning right before the draft, the NCRC was abuzz with many rumors of trades and declarations among pontificating beat writers as to whom their team will be selecting with their picks.
Shane and myself arrived very early in the morning to scope out and claim our spot on the press table, right in the front row! Elation turned to displeasure when we found out our neighbors at the table were all really big men, reducing the space available for us to work. Sitting amongst radio media, Television media, and beat writers for every team, the early morning quickly turned into the rumor pit.
Amongst the rumors that started our day out and quickly got us out of early morning stupor, was the unconfirmed news of Alexie Yashin going to the Islanders, Michael Peca going to Florida for the #4, Doug Weight going to Chicago for Daze, McCarthy, and Mark Bell. Dominik Hasek was rumored to be going to 7 different teams, Valerie Bure going to Chicago and Florida, and finally, Eric Lindros for Federov and Aaron Ward. Of course, most of these never happened, which brings us to……

Official trades of Day 1 of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft

– Ottawa trades C Alexei Yashin to the NY Islanders for the Islanders 1st round pick (2nd overall: Jason Spezza), D Zdeno Chara, and RW Bill Muckalt.

– Toronto trades C Igor Korelev to Chicago for Philadelphia’s 3rd round pick (88th overall: C Nicolas Corbeil)

– Montreal trades it 4th round pick (104th overall) to Chicago for D Stephane Quintal.

– Calgary trades its 1st round pick (11th Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers Wheel and Deal on the First Day of NHL Draft

by Bill Meltzer

On the first day of the 2001 NHL entry draft, the Philadelphia Flyers made a pair of trades, affecting both their first and second round selections.

The Flyers traded their first round pick (#23 overall) to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for three draft picks (#27 overall, #225 overall, and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2nd round pick in 2002). The move caused some raised eyebrows, as the Flyers had at their disposal several of the most prominent defensemen in the draft. By moving down to #27, the Flyers were hoping that one of three defensemen they were eyeing (probably Tim Gleason , Lukas Krajicek and Jeff Woywitka ) would still be there when the 27th pick came up. Gleason and Krajicek were taken with the next two picks, but Woywitka was still there at #27.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Flyers dealt their second round pick (#56 overall) to Florida, in exhange for the rights to unsigned veteran Czech center Jiri Dopita. Dopita, who will turn 33 in December, has long been considered one of the biggest stars in European hockey and is a long-time fixture on the Czech national team.

Over the last nine years, Dopita has rebuffed numerous offers to come to the NHL. His rights were previously been held by Boston and the New York Islanders before they were dealt to Florida, and numerous other teams have inquired about his availability over the years. Until now, the answer was always no.

Why the change now? For one, he is close friends with his former Vsetin teammate Roman Cechmanek, another veteran Czech star who fin Read more »

Oilers Draft Review

by pbadmin
With several players on their list already taken the Oilers scouting staff felt the long term needs of the organization was to acquire a pure goal scorer or a reliable defenseman. Interestingly enough the first three rounds turned out almost exactly as planned. They did not get the goalie they coveted but all in all I felt it was a productive first day in adding dimensions to the farm system. The first three rounds went quickly for the Edmonton Oilers and the players selected are as follows.

1st Round 13th Overall
Ales Hemsky RW Sh: Right 6-0/170 Born: August13/1983

Not all the scouts agree with each other on the assessment of this Czech winger who played in the offensive minded QMJHL but no one deny his skills. At this pick it is exactly one the main needs the Oilers were trying to address, a scoring winger in the Miro Satan mold who can break open games on occasion.

He arguably one of this draft’s most electrifying players with the puck and one of the only reason he was not taken higher is his unwillingness to play in traffic so to speak. Not particularly muscular by any means but that seemed to be of little concern to the Oilers brass since they were looking for pure skill over brawn. Because of the teams current depth of young gritty forwards in the system it was apparently felt that this selection was necessary.

For the most part Ales will provide that elusive swift skating goal scorer whom can make opposing defenseman look foolish. Also noting are his amazing puck skills in the handling and passing departme Read more »

Isles Move Another Prospect

by Jonathan Litterine
The Islanders moved another prospect on Friday when they sent
Mathieu Biron packing to Tampa Bay. Also ‘Mad’ Mike Milbury sent the
2nd round pick for tomorrow to Tampa. In return the Islanders recieved
defenseman Adrian Aucion and forward Alexander Kharitonov. Aucoin has
made a
name for himself the past few years in the NHL , mostly with Vancouver.

Aucoin is known to have a big time shot from the point and would fit
on the power play with either Kenny Jonsson or Roman Hamrlik. In 66
with the Lightning this past season Kharitonov tallied 7 goals and 15
for 22 points. So even the day before the draft Mike Milbury has begun
dealing , this weekend is shaping up to be a big big weekend for the

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