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
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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 »
1. Ny Islanders, Duslan Salficky, Goalie,
2. Edmonton, Jussi Markkane, Goalie
3. Toronto, Kyle Wellwood, Center
4. Atlanta, Colin Stuart, Cemter
5. Florida, Billy Thompson, Goalie
6. Anaheim, Joel Perreault, Center
7. Tampa Bay, Paul Lynch, Defenseman
8. NY Rangers, Shawn Collymore, Right Winger
9. San Jose, Tomas Plihal, Forward
10. Columbus, Cole Jarrett, Defenseman
11. Chicago, Tommi Jaminki, Left Wing
12. Colorado, Frantisek Skladany,Left Wing
13. Colorado, C McCormick, C/RW
14. Calgary, J Hakewill, Defenseman
15. Philadelphia, Jussi Timonen, Defenseman
16. Boston, Jiri Jakes, Right Winger
17. Phoenix, David Klema, Center
18. Colorado, Mikko Vitanen, Defenseman
19. Philadelphia, Berend Bruckler, Goalie
20. Vancouver, Kevin Bieska, Defenseman
21. Los Angeles, Terry Denike, Goalie
22. Los Angeles, Tuukka Mantyla, Defenseman
23. Edmonton, Jake Brenk, Center
24. Buffalo, Michal Vondrka, Left Winger
25. Pittsburgh, Andy Schneider, Defenseman
26. Detroit, Andread Jamtin, Right Winger
27. Philadelphia, Roman Malek, Goalie
28. St Louis, Dimitri Semin, Forward
29. Washington, Artem Ternavsky, Defense
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1. New York Islanders, Andy Chiodo, Goalie
2. Dallas, Michal Blazek, Defenseman
3. Toronto, Max Kondratiev, Defenseman
4. Florida, Dustin Johner, Center
5. Anaheim, Jan Tabacek, N/A
6. Montreal, Eric Himelfarb, Center
7. Philadelphia, Dennis Seidenberg, N/A
8. Columbus, Justin Aikins, Center
9. Chicago, Alexander Golvin, Left Winger
10. San Jose, Ryan Clowe, Right Winger
11. New York Rangers, Marek Zidlicky, Defenseman
12. Philadelphia, Andrei Razin, NA
13. Nashville, Anton Lavrentiev, Defenseman
14. Boston, Andrew Alberts, Defenseman
15. Phoenix, Scott Polaski, Right Winger
16. Carolina, Daniel Boisclair, Goalie
17. San Jose, Tom Cavanagh, Right Winger
18. Toronto, Jaroslav Sklenar, Forward
19. Colorado, Scott Horvath, Right Winger
20. Edmonton, Mikael Svensk, Defenseman
21. Chicago, Petr Puncochar, Defenseman
22. Columbus, Artem Vostrikov, N/A
23. Tampa Bay, Art Femenella, Defenseman
24. Atlanta, Pasi Nurminen, Goalie
25. St Louis, Brett Scheffelmaier, Defenseman
26. Washington, Zbynek Novak, Forward
27. Dallas, Jussi Jokinen, Forward
28. Ottawa, Brooks Laich, Center
29. New Jersey, James Massen, Right Winger Read more »
Alexander Perezhogin is a speedy winger who possesses size and abilities to earn a spot in the NHL. Alexander skates very well and uses his strong acceleration to create scoring chances. Though Alexander is considered a natural scorer by many experts, he is also a solid playmaker, able to create opportunities not only for himself but also for his teammates. If he can’t get past the defense with his good puck handling abilities, he can make a solid pass to one of his teammates. Another great upside of Alexander is his constant determination and his work ethic. Vladimir Plyuschev, head coach of the gold winning 2001 U18 World Junior Championships Russian Team (and now head coach of the Russian U20 Junior program) describes Alexander Perezhogin’s game as such:
“Usefullness, an amazing determination and a all out effort. It is unfortunate that not always his efforts turn into goals, he is not always lucky in finishing. Though he was amongst our best in his contribution. I am very happy with Sash [Alex –EB], he is a great guy”.
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The Maple Leafs and Coyotes have, at long last, completed perhaps the slowest trade announcement in NHL history. The deal, which began almost two weeks ago, was finally completed yesterday and now looks like this: Markov and Berezin for Reichel, Renberg, Green and Mills. Let’s take a closer look at the back-end of this swap.
It’s Draft Day!
I rolled out of bed at 6:00 AM and quickly grabbed the paper. Turning to the Sports section, I fell back in horror. Suddenly I was once again a disillusioned kid trying hard to justify the sudden departure of my favorite Maple Leafs’ player (Lanny McDonald). What gives here? This deal was said to be deader than Stock Day’s political career yesterday afternoon.
Does a Berezin for Renberg exchange make sense for the Maple Leafs? Age is clearly not a factor here as both players are now 29 years-old. Salary is possibly a small consideration, with the Maple Leafs paring roughly 1 million dollars from next year’s payroll in anticipation of chasing (and hopefully landing) one or two more big ticket items when the free agency auction opens in July. After some additional time to carefully consider this move, I believe that it amounts to an exchange of electrifying skill for improved cohesiveness. A swap of one player with world class talent for another with a world class pedigree.
It’s true that Mikael Renberg played in Sweden last season and that his last 4 NHL campaigns have been fraught with injuries and disappointing results. However, when last on a contending NHL team, relatively healthy a Read more »