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Hawks need the draft and their picks to yield players

by Bill Placzek
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With SIX picks in the first 4 rounds there is ample opportunity to fortify
the team at all positions.
Unfortunately, the draftable players no longer are hidden by an Iron Curtain
or left unscouted, so the gems the Wings unearthed in the days where Euros
and Russians were an afterthought are past.

This draft may have a large second tier of talent, picks #5-12. The Hawks
will possibly be picking twice there. The ample number of six picks in four
rounds will allow them to get several chances at rebuilding.
Unfortunately Dale Tallon ( the guy who sold Bob Murray on Michal Sykora as
the main piece of the Ed Belfour trade) is the guy they sent to Europe.
You trust his judgement? I don’t.
So GM Smith is working on whatever he has put together in a short time, with
friendly assessments from non-Hawk staff, and the “expert” opinions of the
“organEYEzation.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade picks # 10 & 11 to an
expansion team for the chance to pick goalie DiPietro. Expansion teams want
quantity, and still would get quality with this draft’s even playing field.
That is of course if DiPietro lasts until pick #3.

Martin Samuelsson is getting an unwarranted rap from The Hockey News draft
issue and other places. He is very quick and crafty for a big man and fills
a need with the Hawks initially as a third line player who has major upside Read more »

Phoenix Coyotes 2000 Draft Preview

by HF Staff
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When Wayne Gretzky joined the Phoenix Coyote franchise it was supposed to serve as notice for the entire NHL that the Coyotes organization was to be taken seriously; that they were serious about making a run at becoming one of the NHL elite. If the Coyotes are indeed serious about making a run at the Cup, the changes are slated to start at the NHL entry draft.

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Blues Sign Two Defensemen, Release Protected List

by pbadmin
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The St. Louis Blues announced yesterday that they have signed defenseman Alexander Khavanov, a 1999 8th round draft pick. Khavanov
is 28 years old, stands 6ft. 2in. tall and weighs 190 pounds. He played last season for a Dynamo Moscow team that won their first ever
Russian Elite League Championship. Khavanov recorded 5 goals and 12 assists, good for 17 points, in the regular season.

The Blues also signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Vladimir Chebaturkin. He has good size at 6-2, 226 pounds, and is 25 years
old. Chebaturkin played in the AHL last season for the Lowell Lock Monsters and racked up 1 goal and 8 assists while adding 113 penalty
minutes. He was voted the teams most valuable defensive player of the year. Vladimir also has played in the NHL for the New York Islanders.
He played in 17 games this past season and recorded 1 goal and 1 assist with 8 penalty minutes.

No doubt these two moves are an effort to shore up the depth in the organization as the Blues will lose a defenseman in the expansion draft.
The Blues decided to protect both goaltender Brent Johnson and defenseman Bryce Salvador. In another surprise defenseman Jeff Finley was
left unprotected. Some other interesting names that were left off of the protected list were Scott Pellerin, Tyson Nash, and Reed Low. Here is
a complete look at the both protected players and unprotected.

Protected:

Craig Conroy C Read more »

Expansion protected list

by pbadmin
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There was very few surprises when Edmonton released the expansion protected and unprotected list today. With having to protect only Tommy Salo it allowed the team to retain the core players from this season. Nine forwards and five defensemen along with the lone goaltender will survive but one or two players may be protected by deals made this week by management.

PROTECTED LIST

Forwards

1: RW Mike Grier

2: RW Bill Guerin

3: RW Georges Laraque

4: C Todd Marchant

5: LW Ethan Moreau

6: LW Rem Murray

7: LW Ryan Smyth

8: C Chad Kilger

9: C Doug Weight

Defensemen

1: Roman Hamrlik

2: Janni Niinimaa

3: Jason Smith

4: Sean Brown

5: Igor Ulanov

Goaltender

1: Tommy Salo

Note: LW Dan Cleary and D Tom Poti are ineligible since both are only second year pros.

Notable unprotected players:

1: LW Boyd Deveraux – Unfortunately Boyd is considering retirement due to the concussion he sustained at the end of the Read more »

Button named GM

by pbadmin
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The choice of Craig Button as the new general manager was one of the most well thought out decisions made by the Flames organization in a long time. His strong player personnel abilities are what Calgary needs because of their inability to spend copious amounts of money in the free agent market. Words have been chosen carefully by this man when he speaks to the public. He refuses to use words such as small market and financial restraint while saying that his team will be competitive through attention to detail and a positive attitude toward their future endeavors.
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Sens News and Notes

by Nathan Estabrooks
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The expansion draft is approaching quickly and it is yet to be determined what the Senators will do. Yesterday a roster freeze fell into place and teams won’t be permitted to make any further moves until later in the week. Players with fewer than two years of
experience are exempt. If two goalies are protected the team can protect three defensemen, and seven forwards. Otherwise the more common formula is one goalie, five defensemen and nine forwards. What makes this draft very important, is that with both Columbus and Minnesota entering the league, all teams will lose two players instead of just one. The Senators have recently made two moves that effect this ratio. Rich Parent was
acquired from Tampa for a 7th round pick and today Patrick Traverse was sent to Anaheim for Joel Kwiatkowski. The Traverse move lends more heed to the possibility the Sens will protect two goalies. Johnstone loves Lalime and he will be protected. Hurme’s late season play in the IHL playoffs will buy himself a few more years to prove himself as well. Each expansion team is allowed to pick 6 goalies each; three is probably the practical limit.

Traverse is a big loss. The lanky rear guard cultivated a reputation for being very reliable both defensively and offensively. The hole left on the blueline is a big one and Kwiatkowski won’t be the answer. An 8th rounder in the ’96 draft, he was originally taken by Dallas. For the past two years Kwiatkowski had been playing for Cincinnati in the Read more »

Bruins 2000 Draft Preview: Eyes On A Prize

by pbadmin
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There are few benefits to a losing season, but one of them happens to be a high draft position. Clearly, Boston’s strong teams hurt many of the Bruins’ drafts in the 1980s and early 1990s. Other than Glen Wesley (#3 in 1987), Joe Thornton, and the Hartford trifecta
of choices(Kyle McLaren 9/95, John Aitken 8/96, Sergei Samsonov 8/97) acquired for,ironically enough, Wesley, Boston has not had many opportunities to select a player in the top 10 of any given draft year. As a result, bombs such as Dave Pasin, Rob Cimetta,
Shayne Stevenson, Kevyn Adams and Evgeni Ryabchikov hurt Boston’s chances of developing an outstanding crop of younger players to augment its aging superstars. As for this season, don’t be fooled. Despite the Bruins’ no-show in the 1999-2000, they have some excellent prospects in the system and with the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft , they could land a superb player. This year promises to be intriguing because of the large amount of European influence predicted. What does this mean? Well, for starters the field could be wide open with some big surprises in the early going come draft day. Of course, with this season’s pool being labeled as weak by many in the scouting business, a top 10 selection is never a guarantee of landing an impact player, but the Bruins will gladly take their chances. Read more »

IHL News & Wolves Playoff Statistics

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

WOLVES TREFILOV WINS IHL PLAYOFF MVP.

Andrei Trefilov of the Chicago Wolves earned IHL MVP honors in the 2000
Turner Cup Playoffs and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile
Trophy. Trefilov and his teammates also won the Turner Cup defeating the
Grand Rapids Griffins four games to two.

Trefilov led all goaltenders in the post-season with a 1.35 GAA and a .950
save percentage in nine games. He was instrumental in his team’s playoff
success, finishing with a 7-1 record while allowing just ten goals on 191
shots. He also earned a shutout in Game Two of the Turner Cup Finals, when
he stopped all 32 Grand Rapids’ shots. He also had a shutout in the Western
Conference Finals when the Wolves blanked the Houston Aeros 2-0 in game
four.

In the Wolves’ earlier playoff wins over the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the
Houston Aeros, Trefilov battled against fellow netminders and the
International Hockey League’s regular season co-MVP’s Nikolai Khabibulin and
Frederic Chabot. Trefilov was undefeated in his three appearances in the
Finals, and allowed a total of just six goals.

Since it’s inception during the 1988-89 season, Trefilov is just the third
goaltender to be named the Playoffs MVP, sharing this honor with Pokey
Reddick (Fort Wayne, 1992-93) and Tommy Salo (Utah, 1995-96). The Read more »

Barry Tallackson Future Watch

by Erik Freeman
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It’s time yet again for another Future Watch. This time it’s Barry Tallackson, a Minnesota native, who spent last season with the Under 17 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tallackson is a finesse player with size at 6-3 176lb, who also doesn’t mind playing the physical game. “The program has been great for me, it’s great competition, and I’m excited about Coach Eaves taking over,” Tallackson said. He thinks that the new coaches will have a huge effect on the system they use as compared to Jackson and Mancini. “It will benefit us greatly, I think,” Tallackson explained. The schools he is interested in include Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado College, and Wisconsin.

Tallackson will spend one more year at the NTDP and then likely move on to the college level. What ever school lands Tallackson will get a physical forward with a scoring touch.

1998 NHL Draft Progress Report

by Paul MacDonald
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Statistics are updated through Sunday’s games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections


1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Tampa Bay NHL 80 25 42 67 -25 43


Season over.


2. Nashville Predators - David Legwand, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Nashville NHL 71 13 15 28 -6 30


United States WHC 6 1 1 2 -- 4


Season over.


3. San Jose Sharks - Brad Stuart, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 82 10 26 36 +3 32


Playoffs NHL 11 1 0 1 -10 6


Season over.


4. Vancouver Canucks - Bryan Allen, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Syracuse AHL 9 1 1 2 even 11 Read more »