The first and most basic decision would be to hang on to the 13th pick and draft the best player available at that spot or a draft for need depending on player still on the board. With the extra pick in the second round they will be able to fill their stable for the future and have the problem of depth. With this particular choice they might be able to fill all the organizations needs on the farm team since the lack of depth at the goaltending and center positions are apparent, with offensive defenseman rounding out the three.
the last game against Germany and this surprise caused them this trouble. They wanted to face
the third placed team of the Group A, but with a third place they had to play against the
second best team of the Group A. And this team was the USA squad. As usual, the Americans play
an aggresive in-your-face style of game, with lots of shooting and hitting. The Czech team,
used to the style of passing and passing, could have problems with the American style. But
the guys were motivated enough to beat the US guys and advance to the fight for a medal, which
would mean a great success.
future NHLers. The names of Eric Nystrom, Jason Ryznar, Brian McConnell or smallish Dwight Helminen will be
soon the names to remember. The most outstanding star is Ryan Whitney, a player who could be
a top 10 pick if he opts in either in 2001 or 2002.
And the USA team stormed on the Czechs. They were very good in front
of Miroslav Kopriva in the net for the Czech Republic, where they tried to deflect and rebound
the shots. This led to two quick goals after five minutes played, Gionta and Brian McConnell
scored those goals while standing in front of Kopriva. After that was Kopriva replaced by
Martin Laska, who started playing well. And in the 15th minute Frantisek Bakrlik was able
to bring the puck behind the back of Travis Weber after passes from Lukas Chmelir and Petr
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CSS Rankings Provided Courtesy of NHL.com
Central Scouting Service Final Rankings North American Forwards and Defensemen First Round Rank Player (Previous Rank) Team Birthdate HT WT Pos Shot 1 Spezza, Jason (1) Windsor 13-Jun-83 6'2 214 C R 2 Hamhuis, Dan (3) Prince George 13-Dec-82 6'0 ½ 195 D L 3 Weiss, Stephen (2) Plymouth 03-Apr-83 5'11 ½ 178 C L 4 Komisarek, Mike (9) U of Michigan 19-Jan-82 6'4 225 D R 5 Umberger, R.J. (4) Ohio State 03-May-82 6'2 200 C L 6 Krajicek, Lukas (16) Peterborough 11-Mar-83 6'1 ½ 183 D L 7 Milroy, Duncan (5) Swift Current 08-Feb-83 6'0 180 RW R 8 Armstrong, Colby (15) Red Deer 23-Nov-82 6'1 ½ 180 RW R 9 Hemsky, Ales (11) Hull 13-Aug-83 6'0 170 RW R 10 Colaiacovo, Carlo (12) Erie 27-Jan-83 6'1 184 D L 11 Popovic, Mark (8) Toronto-St. Mike's 11-Oct-82 6'1 ½ 194 D L 12 Gleason, Tim (10) Windsor 29-Jan-83 6'0 ½ 199 D L 13 Woywitka, Jeff (17) Red Deer 01-Sep-83 6'2 ½ 197 D L 14 Watson, Greg (14) Prince Albert 02-Mar-83 6'1 ½ 177 C L 15 Bell, Brendan (19) Ottawa 31-Mar-83 6'1 198 Read more»