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GRADING THE LEAFS DRAFT
While your columnist would have preferred to see the Toronto club grab a
An overaged player at 23, Pilar played with recent Leaf acquisition
A very solid pick here. Bell was the best talent on the board at this
They may have thought it a wise move when they made it.
When San Jose was offering two #2 picks?
With their own #2 they reached at Jeff Paul, knowing their farm ‘system” was woefully bare at defense.
Geoff Peters along with Remi Royer were the two players drafted with the Marco Sturm first rounder trade.
Sturm plays in San Jose and all three of these players will be looking elsewhere this summer. Royer was all offense and just didn’t play defense well.
Paul just didn’t skate well enough for the new NHL.
Though Tretiak marveled at Larouque and continued to heap praise on him, he is gone. (Or is this one of the Hall of Famer’s character chararcter flaws: always falling in love with the back-up?)
Mike Leighton will grauate and get ample chances to develop in Norfolk and Craig Andersson will not be far behind him.
select defensemen Dan Hamhuisâ€¦the often goal-less Predators used the 12th
pick in the draft to select a defensemen.
draft, the Preds do not have a blue chip defensemen in their system, and
finally all the top 10 forwards were all taken â€¦ in the top 10. So the Preds
grabbed the next best thing â€¦ Dan Hamhuis.
and should be a force in the near future (but not next fall near future).
Hamhuis was eight in the WHL in scoring last season scoring 13 goals and 46
assists in 62 games. Hamhuis is known as a quarterback on the power play,
with above average speed, and solid leadership skills. I would say Dan
Hamhuis could be on the Predators Pro Roster as early as 2002, but as always
the Preds won’t rush him.
Timofei Shiskanov (Russia), Tomas Slovak (Slovakia), Denis Platonov (Russia),
and Oliver Setzinger (Finland). The Preds then made an interesting move in
trading their 4th, 5th and 7th round draft choices to the Flyers for their
4th round selection. They used that pick to grab 5’8 Jordan Tootoo
(TOO-too), the 17 year old had 20 goals and 28 assists last season for
Brandon Wheat Kings. He also won the hardest shot contest at this year’s Top
Prospects Evaluation (96 MPH). Nashville had been sc Read more»
Last year was slim pickings for the Ducks; this year, they hit the
Looking at Patrik Stefan after two years, it’s understandable why the