Prospect Capsules..

by Keith Riskey
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Prospect Capsules — 2001 Entry Draft

1: Jason Bacashihua, G, Chicago [NAHL] (26th overall)

Many Stars fans expressed disappointment after Dallas picked a goaltender first, when the need for skilled offensive players

seemed so pressing. Even more disappointing for fans, Bacshihua was not held in high esteem by most draft experts prior to

the draft. Bacshihua was generally regarded as the 15th or so best goaltender in the draft, though other sources ranked him

higher. The Hockey News scouting report called Bacsasihuha a “good cominbation of balance, speed, and good post-to-post

movement”. Red line reports had him ranked as high as 3rd among goaltenders, and their scouting report reads: “He can be

streaky and inconsistent, and has trouble getting up for games of lesser importance, but is always at the top of his game

when when the stakes are highest.”

Regardless, the Stars had him in the top 15 on their draft board from the very beginning, and they believe “Cash” (Jason’s

nickname) is a sleeper pick. Cash was a much sought-after recruit for NCAA power Michigan last year, but — because of grade

problems — he was forced to continue playing with the Chicago Freeze of the North American Hockey League where last year he

was 24-14-0, with a 3.23 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
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Rangers Deal Dessner for Pick

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Jeff Dessner the defenseman with the big shot was dealt on Sunday to Atlanta for their 8th round selection no.230 overall and Sather took LEONID ZHVACHIN of PODOLSK JR. in Russia. The 6-0 185 pounder who shoots left and plays defense will remain in Russia unless he is gobbled up in this weeks Canadian Junior League Draft.

Dessner developed a fan following long before ever wearing a Rangers jersey with his big shot and work ethic. Dessner 6-2 195er out of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin finished his collegiate career with 7 goals and 19 points in 38 games. Dessner will compete for a spot with Atlanta in the coming season.

In another trade to note, the Rangers dealt their 7th round pick in 2002 to the Calgary Flames for their 7th round pick in this year’s draft, in which they select Pontus Petterstrom 226th overall.

For more news and notes and my NHL 2001 Entry Draft Review and Analysis stay tuned….

Tampa Bay Day Two Draft Review

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Last season’s catch phrase, “We’re bigger. We’re faster. We’re younger,” appears to still hold true. Of the fourteen players selected by the
Lightning over the weekend, only one was under 6’3” … he was 6’2”. Included in this group are hulking 6’7” defenseman
Art Femenella and 6’5” forward Dennis Packard.

The average size of the fourteen draftees is 6’3”, 200lbs,
three inches taller and ten pounds heavier than last year’s median.

In the 2000 draft, Rick Dudley chose overage European
players with three of his ten total selections. It was expected he would do the same again this year, but when
all was said and done, Dimitri Bezrukov ended up the only player over the age
of nineteen.

The draftees all fit the prototypical Dudley mold, which
consists of size, speed, grit and youth.
In other words, “Bigger, Younger, Faster.”

While Dudley used his first four selections to take European
players (3 Russians, 1 Swede), the next six were used to take North Americans,
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USHL Update – NHL draft results

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The USHL sent 12 of its finest players to the Professional ranks via the NHL entry draft that took place this weekend. The Des Moines Buccaneers were the big winners sending three players while the Lincoln Stars and Sioux City Musketeers each sent two. Here is the list of all the players who were drafted, what round they were picked, the overall pick number in the draft and who drafted them.

Bryce Lampman D (Omaha Lancers) 4th round, 118 overall by New York Rangers

David Klema F (Des Moines Buccaneers) 5th round, 148 overall by Phoenix Coyotes

Bernd Buckler G (Tri-City Storm) 5th round, 150 overall by Philadelphia Flyers

Andy Schneider D (Lincoln Stars) 5th round, 156 overall by Pittsburgh Penguins

Andrew Alberts D (Waterloo BlackHawks) 6th round, 179 overall by Boston Bruins

Scott Polaski F (Sioux City Musketeers) 6th round, 180 overall by Phoenix Coyotes

Art Femenella D (Sioux City Musketeers) 6th round, 188 overall by Tampa Bay Lightning

James Massen F (Sioux Falls Stampede) 6th round, 194 overall by New Jersey Devils

David Moss F ( Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) 7th round, 220 overall by Calgary Flames

Brandon Bochenski F (Lincoln Stars) 7th round, 223 overall by Ottawa Senators

Joe Campbell D (Des Moines Buccaneers) 8th round, 233 overall by Calgary Flames

Bryan Perez F (Des Moines Buccaneers) 9th round, 260 overall by New York Islanders

Islanders Draft Review

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Islanders Draft Review

“Mad” Mike Milbury has done it again… Milbury has one again rolled the dice by trading highly regarded Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt for Mike Peca. The basis of the “new” Islanders nucleus has been formed today, and as custom to other Milbury drafts, there have been questions left unanswered.
Yesterday, the Islanders traded Bill Muckalt, Zdeno Chara, and the 2nd selection in the 2001 draft (Jason Spezza) for Alexie Yashin.I am very happy about this deal because it made sure that the Islanders were getting the top line center that they had lacked since the days of Pierre Turgeon. Although it was hard to see the big bruiser Chara go to Ottawa, both teams received what they needed through this deal. Yashin was very excited when he heard the news and is glad to be an Islander; something that Mike Milbury wanted his players to be.
Today, Milbury traded young guns Taylor Pyatt and Tim Connolly to Buffalo for Mike Peca. Peca, who is regarded as one of the top two-way centers in the game, held out last season due to a contract dispute. Peca, who grew up watching the likes of Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, was speechless when he heard the news. Peca also spoke very highly of the Islanders, and said that with the additions of Yashin and himself, this is a new team.
The winner of these deals will depend on three players. Those players being Tim Connolly, Taylor Pyatt, and Jason Spezza. Connolly, who has the moves and the potential to be a top 20 point producer in a matter or year Read more»

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