After day one of the draft, the St. Louis Blues have landed three forwards and a defenseman.
1st round, 30th overall, Jeff Taffe C
In the first round, the Blues opted for center Jeff Taffe from the University of Minnesota who was ranked 10th among NA Skaters by Central Scouting and was named Minnesota’s Rookie of the Year this season. Taffe was one of the strongest players on the US national junior team this year, recording five points in seven games. At 6’1.5, 180 lbs, Taffe is not a huge center but will remind many of Marty Reasoner. Central Scouting calls Taffe “a smooth skater with good speed and acceleration….a very smart player who understands the game and his positional play…an exceptional puckhandler who excels in one-on-one situations…has a good wrist shot with a quick release…very strong on faceoffs…often used on the power play…an aggressive forechecker.” Taffe was born on February 19, 1981 in Hastings, Minnesota.
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 U of Minnesota WCHA 34 9 10 19 16
1998-99 Hastings H.S. USHSW 25 38 48 86 26
2nd round, 65th overall, David Morrisset RW
With the Blues second round pick, they opted for another forward and
this time around they selected a right winger which they are in desperate
need of. David Morisset is also 6’1.5 but heavier then Taffe at 195 lbs.
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With a smile the cheshire cat would be envious of, Brent Krahn stood in front of a roaring crowd at the Saddle Dome with the confidence of a stanley cup veteran, and absorbed the moment he had been waiting for since he was a child living in the province Manitoba.
Ranked 1st among goaltenders in North America on the Central Scouting Mid-Term Report and he stayed that way until the final rankings. He was named the Hitmen’s Rookie of the year and earned WHL Goaltender of the month honors for the Eastern Conference in October. Brent’s performance in the Top Prospect game was nothing less than spectacular and showed he can raise his level of play in big games and can single handedly take over and dominate a game. With another year with the Hitmen and possibly one season in Saint John he could take the position of the number one guy in the year 2002. His concentration and focus are beyond his experience level and he never seems to get rattled or distracted by the traffic around him or when he has been scored against, he shows a similar demeanor to Grant Fuhr in that respect. Although he is a big kid his lateral movement and agility is exceptionally good, he takes advantage of his size in the crease and can be intimidating when players are in close and Brent should not have a problem at all with players trying to crash the net as they may get a rude awaking when they do.
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No surprise’s in Expansion
There was very little doubt about who was going to be chosen off the Oilers roster in this years Expansion Draft. Centerman Jim Dowd went to the Minnesota Wild and Swede defenseman Bert Robertsson was picked up by Columbus.
With the loss of these two players someone will have too fill the void as a checking line center and pesky number six defenseman. However, there are a few prospects that could come up and fill the void, and the possibility is still there to pick up a free agent that does not hurt the pocket book. Although Jimmy Dowd had success on the fourth line this season ,with his linemates Boyd Devereaux and George Laraque, that would have changed due to the injury to Boyd at the end of the season that might end his playing career.
On defense their is a few young defensemen ready to take Bert’s spot and leaving one or both of them in the farm team again for another year may not be healthy for the development and confidence of the players. But the loss of two character players is still too bad and I wish them both success with their new teams just not at the expense of Edmonton.
Draft Day Craziness
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With Calgary staying put in the ninth overall position, Mckenzie and the crew select Hitmen goaltender Brent Krahn. To the delight of the hometown crowd Krahn will be an integral part of the Flames franchise for years to come. Krahn had an outstanding season for the Hitmen recording 33 wins 6 losses 4 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.38 in 39 games. He’s a big man at 6’4″ 200lbs, somewhat a stand-up goaltender with an unbelievable glove hand. With his size he’s become a very good positional player, one thing he may need to work on his speed outside of the crease.
When asked about moving across the hallway to the Flames room Krahn replied, “Its really exciting. Calgary is a great city. I love the people here. I was extremely ecstatic when I got chosen. I can’t wait till training camp. Its unbelievable. Words can’t describe it.”
With Brathwaite and newly acquired Mike Vernon in the crease for Calgary, Krahn will learn and grow into a top goaltender in the NHL for years to come. Good job Mr. Mckenzie.
Calgary’s second round pick, 40th overall, nabbed a huge defenceman from the Peterborough Petes, Kurtis Foster. At 6’5″ 205 lbs, Foster boasts an excellent shot and great puck handling skills, as well as an excellent hockey sense on the ice. An upright skater with adequate mobility… a very steady and reliable defenseman. His size gives him the ability to utilize a very effective poke check. Foster is an excellent choice, lets hope his tenacity compares to his size.
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With no first round pick or third round pick coming into the NHL draft, the Rangers had all of their draft day eggs in one basket within the second round. They traded that pick to the Detroit Red Wings for their second and third round choices. With wingers Ben Knopp and David Morriset waiting to be called, the Rangers pulled a little bit of a surprise and chose Regina Pats Defenseman Filip Novak. In a case stated in the Draft preview it was was simply the Rangers drafting whom they felt was the best player at that time.
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The Phoenix Coyotes rolled the dice in the 2000 draft by selecting three forwards with their first three picks. They were attempting to get bigger and more aggressive. Two of the three picks helped accomplish that. Expect the Coyotes to continue their search for big character players; especially at forward.
The selection of Krys Kolanos raised a few eyebrows at first glance, especially when other highly touted players were still waiting to be selected. Kolanos is a tremendous offensive talent whose strong finish with Boston College of the NCAA drew the attention from Coyotes scouts. Kolanos is a big centerman who has yet to learn how to consistently use his size to his advantage. The upside to this pick? A first or second line center in the mold of Adam Oates. My analysis: I originally was disappointed with this selection. Nothing against Kolanos but I wanted the Coyotes to select one of Frolov, Nikulin, or Samuelsson, all of which were still available. However, upon reflecting upon the offensive upside of the pick I find myself satisfied with the selection. Kolanos has the tools. If he develops the toolbox, he may have a very bright future with the Coyotes.
Name Round Pick
1. Krys Kolanos 1 19
2. Alexander Tatarinov 2 53
3. Ramzi Abid 3 85
Coyotes first selection (19th overall) (Hockey News Ranking - 27)
Kris Kolanos 6'2" 196 lbs
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Bolts lose Bierk, may replace him in Weekes
Just hours after the Lightning lost goalie of the future Zac Bierk, the
Bolts have reportedly replaced him and added a defenseman in the process.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting that a deal has been completed between the Lightning and Islanders. The Lightning would give the Islanders the number 5
selection in today’s draft, while the Islanders would send goaltender Kevin
Weekes and a prospect (reportedly monster 6’9” 255lbs. defenseman Zdeno
Weekes played outstanding following his trade to the Islanders from
the Canucks a season ago, posting a .902 save percentage on the island.
Coach Steve Ludzik is very familiar with Weekes after coaching him with the
Detroit Vipers in the 1998-99 season where he posted 19 victories. Chara
brings the Lightning what they severely lack on defense, size. However it
also just creates a larger logjam on the Bolts blueline. This will lead to
trade speculation involving some of the younger defensemen in the Lightning
cupboard, especially if they add a veteran D-man.
The deal will also leave the Bolts with the number 8 selection,
which they should use, on a scoring forward. Alexei Smirnov, Martin
Samuelsson, and Nikita Alexeev are just a few of the prospects that should be
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Need for a Goalie
There is not a lot of hype to look forward to for Draft Day 2000 as there was last year. We all knew Pavel Brendl, Patrik Stefan, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin would go tops in the draft. We had no idea that it would be the Canucks drafting them 2nd and 3rd overall.
Draft Day 2000 could be interesting as well, the Canucks have a young talent pool, and management wants a young goalie. Could it be us that lands DiPietro? Or Brent Krahn? Maybe even a young sniper such as Gaborik or Hartnell.
Vancouver’s needs are pretty simple, goalies. It takes many years to become a solid backup. Dipietro has credentials, but likely not even Vancouver would have plans of him starting next year. Krahn has great potential.
Here is a look at the Top 4 Goalies
1.Rick Dipietro Boston University, USA WJC, great puck handler, no. 1 goalie
2.Brent Krahn Calgary Hitmen WHL. 6 foot 4 no. 1 goalie.
3.J-F Racine Drummondville QMJHL, 6 Foot 3 no.1 goalie.
4.Peter Hamerlik Skalica Slovakia, Slovakia WU18, Struggling Prospect.
Only Racine, Krahn, and Hamerlik shall be available after the 23rd pick.
When Vancouver drafts
23, 42, 70, 92, 143, 207, 240, 271.
The Detroit Red Wings enter this weekend’s 2000 Entry Draft not having drafted an NHL scorer since 1990, when they took Keith Primeau and Slava Kozlov with their 1st and 2nd Round selections. Yuri Butsayev, Detroit’s 2nd Round pick in 1997, has emerged as more of a Tomas Holmstrom type grinder than a scorer, and with a decent core of defensemen, led by Jiri Fischer, the Wings will definitely look to draft a goal scorer in 2000.
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After trade speculation all week long the Ottawa Senators took a conservative stance and decided to wait for their first round pick; 21st overall. Anton Volchenkov, the 6′ 210lbs defenseman from the Central Red Army farm is an imposing physical specimen and was ranked as the second best defenseman available in Europe by CSB and was 6th our own hockeysfuture.com list. There are major weaknesses on the Senators blueline that Volchenkov will help to alleviate a year or two from now. At first 6′ appears too small for a NHL defenseman but rest assured that Volchenkov makes up for this with a thick 210 frame; think Kasparaitis of Pittsburgh. A note of interest is that hockey runs in Anton’s blood, as his father was a regular with Red Army in the seventies. Senators GM Marshal Johnstone said he was very pleased Volchenkov was still available so late in the first round, and so it appears the Senators’ draft luck continues.
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