NHL Draft Preview- Slovak Prospects

by Daniel Kysel
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Short preview of Slovak players mentioned in CSB ranking:


North America - players
#33  Tomas Malec        13/05/1982  6'1"   185  D   Rimouski      QMJHL
#36  Igor Pohanka       05/07/1983  6'3"   185  C   Prince Albert WHL
#73  Marek Svatos       17/07/1982  5'9"   170  RW  Kootenay      WHL
#103 Frantisek Skladany 22/04/1982  5'11"  180  LW  Boston Univ.  HE
#117 Milan Jurcina      07/06/1983  6'4"   190  D   Halifax       QMJHL

North America - goalies
#8   Peter Budaj        18/09/1982  6'0"   200  G   Toronto       OHL
#14  Jan Chovan         07/09/1983  5'11"  178  G   Belleville    OHL

Europe - players
#21  Tomas Slovak       05/04/1983  6'1"   191  D   Kosice        Extraliga
#48  Tomas Surovy       24/09/1981  6'0"   191  C/W Poprad        Extraliga
#60  Ivan Kolozvary     16/02/1983  6'0"   169  W   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#73  Peter Polcik       23/07/1983  6'4"   187  LW  Nitra Jr.     Juniors
#83  Michal Kolarik     08/10/1982  6'3"   196  C   Trinec Jr.    Czech Jrs.
#87  Peter Macek        13/05/1983  6'1"   165  D   B.Bystrica    Division I
#96  Lukas Srnka        25/02/1982  6'3"   176  W   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#108 Rene Jarolin       16/09/1981  6'3"   191  C   S.N.Ves       Division I
#109 Dominik Granak     11/06/1983  5'11"  163  D   Trencin Jr.   Juniors
#113 Martin Zajac       25/10/1981  6'2"   212  D   Trencin       Extraliga
#121 Tomas Frolo        26/01/1982  6'1"   194  D   Vsetin Jr.    Czech Jrs.
#122 Karol Sloboda      16/05/1983  6'0"   172  D   Trencin Jr.   Juniors

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Canucks draft situation

by Scott McFarlane
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The Vancouver Canucks are selecting 16th in the 2001 NHL entry draft.

With this pick they don’t have much of a chance at getting a goalie that will help them in the long run. Dan Blackburn and Pascal Leclaire are two goalies that are highly rated and have been highly scouted. They both have promising careers in the NHL. With the Canucks selecting 16th this year, the chances of either one of them getting drafted by Brian Burke and the Canucks very unlikely.

The only way that the Canucks would have a chance at getting either one of them was if a team like the New York Rangers made a deal. Since the Rangers are in need of a young goalie in their system, this is very unlikely. The Canucks need a team that does not need a goalie to make a deal with a team that needs a young goalie. Rumors are already swirling about the possibility of Jagr going to the Rangers, but there also is the possibility that Mike Peca or one of the Sabres many good young goalies to be dealt. Anything is possible. But the chances of the Canucks getting either Blackburn or Leclaire are very unlikely.

I also think that the possibility or the Canucks trading their pick if a goalie is not available a very likely situation. The Canucks obviously lack penalty killing strength, and a point man on the power play. With the pick they have this year it is possible that the Canucks could deal it for a power forward type right winger. Someone like a Brad Isbister.

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2001 Rangers Draft Preview

by Evan Andriopoulos
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With the Rangers holding the 10th overall pick, the needs are clear, first a banging, physical forward with size and skill. In order to show what the Rangers really need one has to analyze what they have as of draft day.

The prospect roster is stocked with goaltending with Johan Holmqvist, Vitali Yeremeyev, Johan Asplund and Jason Labarbera leading the list. This is an area that does not need any tinkering and any one of these can step in as back up to a “healthy” Mike Richter or whomever G.M. Sather crowns as No.1 in 2001-02.

DEFENSE: The defense has some solid prospects in Mike Mottau, Pat Aufiero, Filip Novak and recovering Tomas Kloucek but this area is not as deep as one would like either. As we wait for Wes Jarvis and Burke Henry to develop one knows that with each passing month they are not with the big club, chances are they will not make a steady contribution to the Rangers in the “show”.

Forward: The Rangers forward stock is thin at best. An active off season will have to me made via free agency and trade and not less important via the draft to fill the cabinets not only in NY but for their AHL affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut. The past year’s drafts of smallish players like Christian Dube (Switzerland) and Marc Savard (traded to Calgary) must shift to a higher gear, one that looks for bigger players that CAN contribute at the NHL level.

Penguins Covet Two Czechs At Draft

by Richard A. Plisco
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The Pittsburgh Penguins draft time strategy has been announced by General Mannager Craig Patrick and as usual it remains cliche. Patrick has said that the team will select the best player available regardless of position or team needs. However, insiders have a different notion as to which direction Patrick may lean.

Seven of Pittsburgh’s last eleven first round selections have been Europeans. Four of that group have been Czech. That is why many believe that with a Czech head coach and definitive pattern for picking Euro bred talent, the Pens will be seeking one of the following prospects.

A glaring lack of offense from the blue line lead some to speculate that the Pens will be looking at mobile defenseman Lukas Krojicek. Lukas, a 6’1″ 180lbs. rear guard, hails from Prostajov in the Czech Republic. The 18 year old spent the 00-01 season with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes where he compiled 8 goals and 27 assists in 61 matches. He posted 27 points in 53 games for his junior club in 99-00.

If Lukas is unavailable at the time of Pittsburgh’s pick, look for them to chase Pardubice, Czech Republic native Ales Hemsky. The 5’11” 173lbs. right wing notched 36 goals for the QMJHL’s Hull Olympiques last season. He also managed 64 assists in his 68 appearances. Scouts have noted that the winger is not that tough, but he possesses lots of scoring prowess. Some go as far as saying that he exhibits several traits similar to his NHL idol, Jaromir Jagr.

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Will You See Brendl or Lundmark in the Igloo?

by Jonathan Litterine
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Neither Pavel Brendl or Jamie Lundmark have ever played in a regular
season NHL game. Yet that might not matter. One of them might be the reason
Jaromir Jagr becomes a New York Ranger. Many sources sight the Rangers have
already offered Mike York and Tomas Kloucek for Jagr. Pens GM Craig Patrick
is said to be holding out for either Lundmark or Brendl to be added to the
deal. The decision then falls on Rangers GM Glen Sather.

With the recent signings of Barrett Heisten and Matt Kinch and the
possible addition of Layne Ulmer, the Rangers could mortgage either Brendl or
Lundmark. In my opinion I would hand away Lundmark first. The Rangers who
never score much , could use the instant offense Brendl is known for. Yet
with all those prospects just signed, a deep crop to begin with and the 10th
overall pick in the 2001 Entry Draft, this deal seems like a no brainer to
me.

Pens fans should be very happy if this deal goes through. Your getting a
great young two way player in York, a injured , yet solid 6’3 defenseman in
Kloucek and one of the best prospects in all of the NHL. All this for a guy
your team can’t sign anyway. Both teams are winners if this deal happens.
Keyword, IF this deal happens.

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