Here are the fowards who played on the team this year, except Pascal Dupuis and Christian Matte.
Matt Johnson 6-5 230 LW, The team gave up to much to get him (a 3rd rounder) but he played much better than expected. On most nights he didn’t hurt the Wild defensively when he was on the ice, he led the team in PIM’s, He was needed because the wild forwards are to small. He is a true heavyweight. He had 1g 1a 2p and 137pim’s in 50 games.
Sylvain Boulin 6-2 207 LW, Another enforcer, was picked up in the waiver draft. Was not expected to do much other then fight, he performed well when given the chance. He even scored in 3 straight games. A poor man’s Shane Churla. He had 3g 2a 5p 117pims in 41games.
Roman Simicek 6-3 210 C, a great trade for the wild, even if he doesn’t produce in the NHL, because he was traded for a big nothing named Steve mMckenna. Simicek is big but looks awful when skating, if he can improve on his first year in the NHL he should be a good 3rd liner, and see time on the power play. He will even fight if he as to. He scored 5g 10a 15p PIMs in 51 games with Pittsburgh and the wild.
Wes Walz 5-10 180 C, As the season went on, he was the Wild’s best forward, he never stopped, every play 100 percent. He scored the most short handed goal for an expansion team. He had 18g 22a 30p 37pims in 82 games.
Darby Hendrickson 6-1 195 C, A Minnesota boy who picked up his game this year with the added ice time, some nights he played like a first line center some other nights he looked like his old 3rd li Read more»
A Change in Strategy
Last year, the Pens took a North American born skater in the first round for the first time since 1996. Thsi year, they went even further. Not only did they take another North American in the first round (Canadian Colby Anderson), but they spent the majority of their picks this year on players from North America.
When the Pens pick came up at 21, they had numerous options available to them. A number of quality players with varing skillsets were ripe for the picking, whether it being a hard hitting defenseman (Jeff Woywitka), a large number of solid 2-way defensemen (Gleason, Popovic), and skilled European or North American forwards (Perezhogin, Polushin, Milroy). The Pens went a different direction, selecting Red Deer forward Colby “Cheese” Armstrong, a gritty 2-way forward who is an excellent skater with a nice scoring touch.
Armstrong is an admitted pest, saying “If you talk to most guys, they probably hate me here. But that’s probably a compliment.” His game is compared to current Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker or former NHL player Brent Sutter (who is also his current coach at Red Deer).
Armstrong scored 36 goals and 42 assists in 72 games with 152 PIM for the Memorial Cup winning Rebels this past season. He also scored 6 goals and 12 points in 21 WHL playoff games and a goal in 4 games in the Memorial Cup playoffs.
Capsules for the 2001 Draftees:
Colby Armstrong, RW
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The Detroit Red Wings had a very tough time to pick an impact player since thay didn`t have a first round pick, and only having 7 picks in the whole draft. That is a big loss since this draft was probably the deepest and the best ever. Let`s take a look at the picks that Detroit had.
1. Igor Grigorenko
Position: Right Wing
Team: CSK VVS Samara (Rus-2)
Drafted: 2nd round (62nd overall)
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Like every other NHL team, the Minnesota Wild went into the 2001 NHL Entry Draft claiming that, regardless of organizational need, they would be picking the best available talent. However, when it came time to make their picks, it became apparent that the skills of those the Wild scouts tabbed the “best player available” correlated nicely with what most deemed to be the biggest weaknesses in the team’s system. The Wild needed to add size and skill up front, and they were able to do just that, especially with their first two picks.
Whether the team drafted for need or not, Wild fans should be fairly pleased with the team’s drafting over the weekend. Without reaching for marginal picks, the club were able to address their biggest organizational weaknesses and bring substantial talent into their system. The Wild made only one minor trade, dealing away their 5th round pick in order to move up from #79 overall to #74 and select defender Chris Heid. Here’s a quick look, in order, at the team’s selections in the 2001 draft :
6. Mikko Koivu C, TPS Turku (Finland) 6’2″ 183 lbs. Born March 12, 1983.
2000-01 TPS 21 GP 0- 1- 1 2 PIM
2000-01 TPS jr. 30 GP 11-38-49 34 PIM