I’m sure the Rangers were excited to see two blue-chip prospects unable to come to terms with their respective teams before Friday’s 5:00 PM deadline for 1999 draftees to be signed who were drafted out of major junior (OHL, WHL or QMJHL). Those two players are Kyle Wanvig, a 6’2 220 pound winger who was drafted in the 3rd round (89th overall) of the ’99 draft by the Boston Bruins, and Barrett Heisten, a 6’1 195 pound winger who was drafted in the 1st round (20th overall) in ’99 by the Buffalo Sabres. Kyle Wanvig will re-enter this month’s draft while Barrett Heisten will become an unrestriced free agent.
Kyle Wanvig is a dominating power forward who had an outstanding season this year in the WHL with the Memorial Cup winning Red Deer Rebels, notching 55 goals, 101 points and 202 penalty minutes in 69 games during the regular season. He was awarded as the Memorial Cup MVP after he totaled 2 goals and 6 points in 4 games during the tournament. It appeared as if he was going to be Toronto Maple Leafs’ property after they supposedly acquired the rights to Wanvig for Jonas Hoglund and a 6th round pick, however the NHL nixed the deal at the last minute as they didn’t receive a fax of Wanvig’s signing with the Leafs until 5 minutes after the deadline. Wanvig will now re-enter the draft, and it is anyone’s guess where he could be picked. It is unlikely he will go in the 1st round, but the 2nd round is a definite possibility. Some scouts question whether Wanvig’s skating is NHL-calibre, and many feel that could hold him back from developing into a dominate power forward. Howev Read more»
Stats and short comments about Slovak draftees playing in the European
leagues. As you can see some players belong to top ones in the leagues
but other ones play in curious leagues and cannot even dream about NHL.
(Name, year of birth, position, last team – year of selection, NHL team,
No. of pick)
Ivan Matulik (1968, F, Cardiff - 1986, Edmonton, #147) - skates in U.K.
for several years yet. The NHL is closed chapter for him.
Regular season 48GP 13 - 17 - 30 N/A 48 PIM
Playoffs 6GP 2 - 1 - 3 N/A 33 PIM
Roman Kontsek (1970, F, Havirov - 1990, Washington, #135) - captain of
the team helped to save Extraliga for Havirov but mediocre season.
Regular season 43GP 7 - 13 - 20 +11 24PIM
Playoffs 0GP 0 0 0
Martin Strbak (1975, D, Vsetin - 1993, Los Angeles, #224) - very good
season with Czech champion team. Hey Kings, don't you need solid
Regular season 49GP 2 - 6 - 8 +6 46PIM
World championship 6GP 0 - 1 - 1 +5 6PIM
Jan Lipiansky (1974, F, Vsetin - 1994, Philadelphia, #270) - solid
season but I don't think he will play on NHL ever.
Regular season 49GP 12 - 11 - 23 +19 39PIM
Playoffs 13GP 2 - 2 - 4 N/A
Radovan Somik (1977, F, Zlin - 1995, Philadelphia, #100) - impressive
rookie season on Czech Extraliga.
Regular season 46GP 15 - 10 - 25 +18 22PIM
World championship 6GP 0 - 0 - 0 -1 0PIM
Robert Dome (1979, F, Kladno - 1997, Pittsburgh, #17) - shown some Read more»