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Rangers Deal Dessner for Pick

by Evan Andriopoulos

Jeff Dessner the defenseman with the big shot was dealt on Sunday to Atlanta for their 8th round selection no.230 overall and Sather took LEONID ZHVACHIN of PODOLSK JR. in Russia. The 6-0 185 pounder who shoots left and plays defense will remain in Russia unless he is gobbled up in this weeks Canadian Junior League Draft.

Dessner developed a fan following long before ever wearing a Rangers jersey with his big shot and work ethic. Dessner 6-2 195er out of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin finished his collegiate career with 7 goals and 19 points in 38 games. Dessner will compete for a spot with Atlanta in the coming season.

In another trade to note, the Rangers dealt their 7th round pick in 2002 to the Calgary Flames for their 7th round pick in this year’s draft, in which they select Pontus Petterstrom 226th overall.

For more news and notes and my NHL 2001 Entry Draft Review and Analysis stay tuned….

Prospect Capsules..

by Keith Riskey

Prospect Capsules — 2001 Entry Draft

1: Jason Bacashihua, G, Chicago [NAHL] (26th overall)

Many Stars fans expressed disappointment after Dallas picked a goaltender first, when the need for skilled offensive players

seemed so pressing. Even more disappointing for fans, Bacshihua was not held in high esteem by most draft experts prior to

the draft. Bacshihua was generally regarded as the 15th or so best goaltender in the draft, though other sources ranked him

higher. The Hockey News scouting report called Bacsasihuha a “good cominbation of balance, speed, and good post-to-post

movement”. Red line reports had him ranked as high as 3rd among goaltenders, and their scouting report reads: “He can be

streaky and inconsistent, and has trouble getting up for games of lesser importance, but is always at the top of his game

when when the stakes are highest.”

Regardless, the Stars had him in the top 15 on their draft board from the very beginning, and they believe “Cash” (Jason’s

nickname) is a sleeper pick. Cash was a much sought-after recruit for NCAA power Michigan last year, but — because of grade

problems — he was forced to continue playing with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League where last year he

was 24-14-0, with a 3.23 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
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2001 NHL Draft Surprises: Rounds 1-3

by Jonathan Litterine

All held true to form for the first 18 picks of the 2001 NHL Entry

I mean besides the fact a top center was traded and that some players
up where people didn’t think they would. Then the 19th pick brought the
big surprise. The Boston Bruins selected Kamloops Blazers right wing
Morrison. Most if not all experts had Morrison as a second round
selection if
not later. Yet the Bruins made him there pick in the high teens.

At 20
Sharks took German center Marcel Goc. Maybe not a reach, yet still
then quite a few people had him ranked.

With pick 26 Dallas really
pulled one
out of there hat. They selected goalie Jason Bacashihua. They selected
Bascashihua even though goalies like Tomas Duba and Andrei Medvedev were
still available. I’m not sure which is odder, the Stars selecting
with the 26th selection or Bascashihua being taken before those other

At pick 28 the Devils made the biggest surprise of the
round. They took Saskatoon winger Adrian Foster. Foster played just 5
for Saskatoon of the WHL this past season.

Pick 29 brought goaltender
Munro to the Kings. Again, probably a bit high, espically considering
other netminders still left.

Mark Popovic who many considered to be a
mid to
late first rounder was taken with pick 35 by the Ducks. Popovic fell
then any other player on draft day.

Re-Entry’s Mike Zigomanis and Kyle
were also selected in the second round.

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Hockey’s Future Interview with Joey Tetarenko

by jennifer-mccarty
When Florida rookie Joey Tetarenko decided to get noticed, he did it in a big way. On Panther home-ice versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tetarenko put the Panthers on the board with his first NHL career goal, an expert two-on-one, top-shelf shot and soon after, former Louisville Panthers teammate, Marcus Nilson, brought the lead to two. Tetarenko not only scored his first NHL goal, he scored his second two periods later, a floater from the right circle to tie the score 5-5 at 6:46 of the third…and then became 3rd Star of the Game. The two goals came on three shots on goal, giving Tetarenko a shooting percentage of 66.7 for the night. Try as he might, he could not stop the Panthers from extending their winless slide to nine.
“It’s especially disappointing for Joey to score the first goal of his career and we can’t win — it’s brutal,” said Panthers right wing Marcus Nilson, who also scored twice in the losing effort for the Panthers.
But, sometimes the taste of scoring that first NHL goal is just what a player needs to get and stay focused on the task at hand. Tetarenko will be very hard at work this summer to obtain his goal of starting and remaining on the Florida Panthers roster for the upcoming season.
In the midst of the Florida Panthers Strength Camp in Miami, Florida last week, right-winger Joey Tetarenko suddenly found himself on his way back home to Louisville, Kentucky to be alongside expectant wife Tina. Don’t worry folks, mom and baby are fine…but the baby has yet to make his debut. Next Wednesday is when mom and da Read more »

Sens Draft Review

by Richard Polonsky

Jason Spezza has been talked about in hockey circles for years. Ever since he was 15 years old this kid was tabbed as a future superstar. He has incredible vision and a touch with the puck. He is smooth, great touch with the puck to go with great vision and great hockey sense. He sees the ice exceptionally well and has great size to go with the package. The “Special One” as he has been tabbed, has had a much maligned hockey career since he came on the scene with the Brampton Battalion. He then moved on to the Missisauga IceDogs and possibly hindered his development with ignorant coaches and managers. Don Cherry loved this kid but didn’t make him a better player. Thus, Spezza asked for a trade, got it and with it, much criticism. He led the Windsor Spitfires to the playoffs with a 2 point a game pace almost winning the scoring title playing less games than the winner, Kyle Wellwood. Spezza played pretty well for Canada in the World Juniors, but he didn’t dominate even though he had already been through one tournament. With such a long career in the spotlight tabbed as Canada’s developmental savior, came much criticism. People started to question his work ethic and desire to succeed, as well as his skating. He is 6’3 and over 200 pounds. He is a big man and can skate. His upside is being a “one” the category consisting of only Gretzky, Lemieux and Lindros. And the downside of being a Jason Allison (90+ points a season).

For GM Marshall Johnston to pull of such a deal, getting rid of the fan’s favorite target Alexei Yashin, and receiving a future superstar in Spezz Read more »

Leafs’ Entry Draft Review (Day 2)

by Randy Nicholson

A summary of activity in the Maple Leafs’ Camp on the second day of the NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida.

The names, generally, are not as well known as the ones called in the earlier rounds. In many ways, however, it is the second day of the draft that really separates the successful franchises from the pretenders. The truest gauge of any organization’s scouting prowess is the ability to unearth hidden gems in rounds 5 through 9 (long after many observers have essentially lost interest in the proceedings).

Here is a thumbnail assessment of the players selected by the Maple Leafs on Day Two.

Kyle Wellwood (C – Belleville, OHL) : The 2000/2001 OHL scoring champion wouldn’t have been there for the Maple Leafs in round five if there weren’t some serious reservations about his long term pro potential. At 5-10 and 190 pounds, Wellwood certainly doesn’t have ideal NHL size and his skating is average at best. Many scouts give much of the credit for Kyle’s scoring title to line mates Randy Rowe and Branko Radivojevic, both of whom also finished in the top five. To be fair, Wellwood has a wide range of offensive skills (especially puckhandling and playmaking) and was superlative for the Bulls this season. Though drafting is largely a matter of judging a player’s potential, there should always be room to recognize outstanding performance as well.

Max Kondratiev (D – Togliatti, Russia) : Kondratiev is a swift rearguard who represented his country at the Under-18 Tournament this year. Maxim is 6-1 but u Read more »

Canucks 2001 Draft Review

by Kirk Pedersen

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 »

Day One: Hawks Make Zhamnov Happy – Will the Fans Be Next?

by Bill Placzek
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 »

Islanders Draft Review

by Drew Bennett

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 »

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