NHL DRAFT 2001: Ilja Kovalchuk’s Draft Manual

by Eugene Belashchenko
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Whose play was so amazing during the 1999 Canada Cup Challenge Under-17 that his stick was demanded so it could be placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto for the first time in the history of international hockey? Ilya Kovalchuk, that’s who! Ilya is one of the most exciting prospects, or more likely the most exciting prospect in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

(for more information, interviews, articles, photographs and etc. please
visit http://www.russianprospects.com)


Talent Analysis:

At 6’2 and 205 pounds, Ilya Kovalchuk already has the size to be a force in the NHL. As many Russian players, he will probably add more bulk after crossing over to North America. This young star has the skills to complement his great athleticism. As one scout put it “He’s big, tough and he’s got the puck all night,”. His explosive skating has been compared to that of the likes of Bure and is able to maneuver through heavy traffic. Besides being a powerful goal scorer, Ilya is also a great playmaker, possessing great puckhandling skills. Ilya’s great size would not have been as an effective asset without his great intensity. Ilya uses his size to fight for the puck and does not hesitate to get his hands dirty in a physical game, leading this season Spartak Moscow with 78 penalty minutes. Ilya is also a very feisty player, constantly getting into fights with his opponents. In an interview with the Sport Express Newspaper that is available in a link below, he explained hi Read more»

Red Wings draft preview

by Zoran Manojlovic
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This years draft looks to be the best ever. There are tons of players that looks like future NHLers. It`s not only the regular draft guys that are interesting, there are also guys that re-enter the draft that are good and could be good investments. But unfortunately Red Wings don`t have the so important 1st round pick, they miss the 3rd round pick to. 1st round pick was traded to Chicago in a deal for Chris Chelios, and the 3rd round pick belongs to Nashville because Detroit made a trade for a 4th round pick in the 2000 draft to pick goalie Stefan Liv.

Detroit will start the draft in the second round.

Here are some players that I think would fit good in the Detroit Red Wings organization.

1. Yered Hagos

Country: Sweden
Club: AIK J20
Position: Center
Height: 6.1
Weight: 201
Shoots: Left

First player I would draft but unfortunately I don`t think he will be available when Red Wings make there first pick, is Yered Hagos. This guy has it all, nice size, very good leadership, great skater, a lot of toughness, EVERYTHING! He has already made his debut in the Swedish Elite leagues playoffs! This IS a future Nhl player. He is ranked 24th overall in Europe, but I think he should be Top 30 in the draft!

2. Jay McClement

Country: Canada
Club: Brampton OHL
Position: Center
Height: 6.2
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

Unfortunately I don`t think he`ll either be there when Detroit draft, but you can always hope. Jay is a very good all-round player, good size, scoring touch, great skater, very responsible defensiv Read more»

Turner Cup Champions Orlando Solar Bears Cease Operations and Detroit Vipers Cea

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

The Orlando Solar Bears has ceased business operations, RDV Sports COO John Weisbrod announced today.

The Solar Bears became a member of the International Hockey League in December of 1994. Since beginning play in 1995-96, Orlando compiled an all-time regular season record of 286-162-44 (.626), the best mark in the IHL during that time frame.

In six seasons, the Solar Bears captured one division title (1995-96 Central Division), three Eastern Conference crowns (1996, 1999, 2001) and the 2001 Turner Cup championship. Orlando also advanced to the IHL Playoffs every year. The International Hockey League, which was founded in 1945, ceased operations on June 4, 2001.

The Solar Bears completed a historic 2000-01 season by defeating Chicago, 4-1, to capture its first Turner Cup championship. Orlando picked up numerous postseason accolades along the way. Goaltender Norm Maracle was named IHL Most Valuable Player during the regular season and playoffs, defenseman Brian Pothier earned both the IHL’s Rookie of the Year and U.S.-born Rookie of the Year awards, while Peter Horachek picked up the IHL Coach of the Year.

Other Solar Bears highlights have included: becoming the first Eastern Conference expansion team to reach the Turner Cup Finals (1996), posting a 16-game winning streak in 1996-97 (the third-longest winning streak in professional hockey history), and becoming the first and only team in IHL history to win a seven-game playoff series after overcoming a 3-0 deficit (1999 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit).

Followin Read more»

Give 67’s GM some credit for the team’s consistent success

by Jared Hall
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Lost amidst the accolades honouring Brian Kilrea’s illustrious coaching
career is his brilliant record as the team’s general manager. Yes,
Kilrea’s coaching has inspired some pretty grand achievements but it’s
his knack for procuring and developing talented hockey players that
keeps the 67’s contending among the league’s elite. Consider these
achievements since 1995-96:

· 1999 Memorial Cup

· 2001 OHL Championship

· 3 trips to the OHL finals

· 5 consecutive Eastern division regular season crowns
  (95-96 through 99-00)

· Overall record:
  GP	W	L	T	OTL	PCT
  356	252	104	41	5	.708

· 16 players drafted to the NHL including 4 first-rounders.
  (Nick Boynton only counted once)
So how does he manage to keep the 67’s on top while most teams go
through cycles of peaking and rebuilding?

First of all, the foundation for Ottawa’s success starts at the draft
table. Kilrea realizes that defence wins championships and he drafts
accordingly. From 1994 to 2001, six of Ottawa’s eight first rounders
have been defencemen. And with credit to top-notch scouting led by Joe
Rowley, the 67’s have produced these blue-chip defenders:


Luke Sellars	2nd round draft choice, Atlanta
Jeremy Van Hoof	2nd round draft choice, Pittsburgh
Jonathan Zion	4th round draft choice, Toronto
Nick Boynton	1st round draft choice, Washington and Boston
                MVP 1999 Memorial Cup
Brian Campbell	6th round draft choice, Buffalo
                1998-99 CHL Player of the Ye Read more»

The 20/20 Hindsight Panther Draft History Analysis

by Mark Fischel
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It’s always fun to go back and look at a team’s drafts and see if they glaringly over-looked a player or made the right choice.

By no means is this ever a total indictment upon a teams scouting department, since most of the time teams will draft for specific needs, and having a near perfect 20/20 hindsight is another disservice to the pressures of being on the clock during the draft.

Below is an analysis of the Panthers history at the draft table, to see how the team could have been different if the scouts had the amazing clarity that time affords. To keep things somewhat realistic, the analysis will be limited to the 5 picks after the original pick. A player like Adam Deadmarsh went 14th overall in ’93, and if the draft was redone with the hindsight, he probably would have gone in the top 5, but in 93, 13 teams passed over him since he wasn’t rated that high back then.

In this exercise for entertainment purposes only, comment are only made on a pick if it turned out a better player could be had. Another thing to consider is that a passed over player might not have developed unless he was in the right situation as well. There will be instances where the pick was exactly dead-on correct. Again, this is for entertainment purposes mainly and is the total benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

1993 Draft

5th – Robbie Neidermayer

Players taken in the next 5 spots are as follows: Kozlov, Arnott, Sundstrom, Harvey and Thibault. While Robbie hasn’t lived up to his expectations to be a scorer, he is a physical and defensive minded pre Read more»

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