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
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
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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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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.
Craig Conroy C Read more »
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.
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
1: Roman Hamrlik
2: Janni Niinimaa
3: Jason Smith
4: Sean Brown
5: Igor Ulanov
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 »
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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On Monday the Wild started to get a little more active in hockey by making a couple of trades.
Andy Sutton, a third round selection in 2001, and a seventh round pick in this year’s draft from the San Jose Sharks for an eighth round selection in 2001 and
future considerations. Andy Sutton is a 1998 Graduate of Michigan Tech University. He was also named WCHA Co-Defenceman of the Year in 1997-98 and All-WCHA Second Team. The last two years Sutton split time between San Jose and and the Kentucky Thoroughblades
of the AHL. We will have to see in October if Sutton stays in the big show.
Andy Sutton's Career Stats:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
94-95 Michigan Tech WCHA 19 2 1 3 42
95-96 Michigan Tech WCHA 33 2 2 4 58
96-97 Michigan Tech WCHA 32 2 7 9 73
97-98 Michigan Tech WCHA 38 16 24 40 97
Kentucky AHL 7 0 0 0 33
98-99 Kentucky AHL 21 5 10 15 53
San Jose NHL 31 0 3 3 65
99-00 Kentucky AHL 3 0 1 1 0
San Jose NHL 40 1 1 2 80
NHL TOTALS 71 1 4 5 145
Trade number two:
The Wild acquired goalie Manny Fernandez and defenseman
Brad Lukowich from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a
third round selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and Read more »
IHL ROOKIE PROFILE
Andrew "Bubba" Berenzweig
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 8/8/77
Birth Place: Arlington Heights, IL
Season GP G A Pim +/- PTS Teams
1999-00 79 4 23 27 - 49 Milwaukee Admirals
1999-00 2 0 0 0 0 0 Nashville Predators
1998-99 42 7 24 38 0 31 University of Michigan
1997-98 45 8 11 32 0 19 University of Michigan
1996-97 38 7 12 49 0 19 University of Michigan
1995-96 42 4 8 4 0 12 University of Michigan
Bubba was drafted by the New York Islanders as their fifth selection (109th
overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Bubba was captain of the 1996 NCAA
champion Michigan Wolverines and was named to the 1998 CCHA All-Star Second
Team and to the 1998 NCAA championship All-Tournament Team. Bubba is a solid
stay at home type of defenceman, but is known to join the rush occasionally.
He rarely gets caught out of position and is a good skater and a puckhandler.
Has a good hard shot with a quick release. Clears the net well
and sees the ice well when starting a breakout from his own end. Bubba is a
proven winner and with time in Milwaukee to polish his skills he should
see time on the Predators blueline.
Andrew was named IHL’s US-Born Rookie of the Year (McKenzie Trophy) for
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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 »
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 »
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
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 »