It is truly a sad day for all Rangers fans, as Adam Graves tenure as a New York Rangers has come to an end. Today GM Glen Sather dealt Adam Graves, known to us as “Gravey”, to the San Jose Sharks in return for 24 year old forward Mikael Samuelsson and 24 year old defenseman Christian Gosselin.
From Glen Sather’s standpoint, I’m sure he felt it was the best interest for his hockey club to trade Adam Graves, rather than buy him out and not get anything in return. The San Jose Sharks have been trying to acquire Adam Graves for years, and at least Gravey gets to go someplace where he is wanted. I don’t like this deal as a Rangers fan, as Graves is a great player in the locker room and he is a leader on this team. With the possible additions of a couple of rookies to the lineup this season, Graves could have helped out greatly with the youngsters. Adam Graves always gave whatever he could to charity and he gave up a lot of his time to visit sick and needy kids. Graves’ play tailed off this past season, mostly because he was still trying to get over the death of his baby Jackson, who died soon after being born two months premature. Graves was a big part of our 1994 Stanley Cup Championship team, as he broke the Rangers record by scoring the most goals in the Regular Season by a Ranger with 52, and that record still stands to this day. A lot of fans will be sad over this deal and I am one of them. But sometimes painful decisions have to be made, and unfortunately this was one of them.
Trying to look at things positively, the Rangers may have gotten themselv Read more»
1. New York Islanders, Bryan Perez, Forward
2. Tampa Bay, Vitali Smoyninov, N/A
3. Atlanta, Mario Cartelli, Defenseman
4. Florida, Jan Blanar, Defenseman
5. Anaheim, Pierre Parenteau, Center
6. Dallas, Dale Sullivan, Right Winger
7. Montreal, Viktor Ujcik, Forward
8. Florida, Ivan Majesky, Defenseman
9. Chicago, Jeff Miles, Center
10. New York Rangers, Juris Stals, Center
11. St Louis, Grant Jacobsen, Center
12. Nashville, Mikko Lehtonen, Center
13. Edmonton, Ales Pisa, Defenseman
14. Phoenix, Severin Blindenbacher
15. Carolina, Peter Reynolds, Defenseman
16. Washington, Robert Muller, Goalie
17. Toronto, Mike Knoepfli, Left Winger
18. Los Angeles, Sebastian Laplante, Goalie
19. Edmonton, Shay Stevenson, Left Winger
20. Buffalo, Ryan Jorde, Defenseman
21. New York I., Roman Kuhtinov, Defenseman
22. Tampa Bay, Ilja Solarev, Left Winger
23. Boston, Marcel Rodman, Right Winger
24. St Louis, Simon Skoog, Defenseman
25. Washington, Viktor Hubl, Winger
26. Dallas, Marek Tomica, Winger
27. Ottawa, Tony Dahlman, Right Winger
28. New York Islanders, Juha-Pekaa Ketola, Center
29. Detroit, Francois Senez, Defenseman Read more»
1. New York Islanders, Mike Bray, Forward
2. New Jersey, Aaron Voros, Forward
3. New York Rangewrs, Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman
4. Florida, Kyle Bruce, Forward
5. Anahiem, Martin Gerber, N/A/
6. Calgary, Joe Campbell, Defenseman
7. Buffalo, Calle Aslund, Defenseman
8. Ottawa, Neil Petruic, Defenseman
9. Columbus, Ryan Bowness, Forward
10. Los Angeles, Mike Gabinet, Defenseman
11. New York Rangers, Ryan Holleweg, Forward
12. Minnesota, Jake Riddle, Forward
13. Nashville, Gustav Grasberg, Forward
14. Boston, Milan Juracina, Defenseman
15. Columbus, Andrew Murray, N/A
16. Phoenix, Frank Lukes, Forward
17. Carolina, Carter Trevisani, Defense
18. Vancouver, Konstanin Mihailov, Forward
19. Toronto, Tomas Mojzis, Defenseman
20. Buffalo, Marek Dubec, N/A
21. Edmonton, Kari Haakana, Defenseman
22. Washington, Matt Maglione, Defenseman
23. Pittsburgh, Brandon Crawford-West, N/A
24. Calgary, Ville Hamalainen, Forward
25. Tampa Bay, J.F. Soucy, Forward
26. St. Louis, Petr Cajanek, Forward
27. Washington, Peter Polcik, Forward
28. Dallas, Marco Rosa, Forward
29. Ottawa, Gregg Johnson, Forward
30. New Jersey, Evgeny Gamalej, Defenseman Read more»
The Coyotes headed into the draft in great position to walk away with some top notch talents. Phoenix had a 1st rounder (14th overall), and three 2nd rounders (31st, 41st and 45th). But they did not stay in those exact positions for long.
Right after the Rangers selected Kootenay Ice (WHL) Goaltender Dan Blackburn with the 10th overall pick, Gary Bettman walked up to the podium and said those four famous words “We have a trade”. The trade involved the Phoenix Coyotes and the Calgary Flames. The Coyotes swapped their 1st round pick (14th overall), and a 2nd round pick (41st overall, acquired from Anaheim for Keith Carney) to the Flames for their 1st round pick (11th overall). With the 11th overall pick, Coyotes Owner Wayne Gretzky announced the club selected 6’0 198 pound winger Fredrik Sjostrom (Pronounced Shoe-Strum) from Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.
“To meet Wayne [Gretzky], he was like an idol for me, so that was really great.” Said Fredrik Sjostrom moments after being drafted. When asked about his speed, he replied. “Yea, that’s my biggest asset, so I want to use my speed and my technique, that’s what I’m good at.”
Sjostrom’s style of play has been compared by many to that of Ottawa Senators’ rookie sensation Martin Havlat. Sjostrom, at 6’0 is arguably the best skater in the entire draft, and he can hit top speed in only one or two strides. An exciting player on the ice, he has good vision, hockey sense and playmaking abilities. He has a goal scorer’s touch, and he showed that this past season in many of the tou Read more»
The Pittsburgh Penguins broke with tradition on Draft Day One, selecting only North American players. However, they began Day Two by choosing a Slovak forward and eventually selected a Czech goalie before days end.
The Pens Day Two picks were as follows :
They chose Tomas Surovny in round 4, 120 overall. The 6’0″ 191lbs. forward hails from Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. He played last season in Proprad.
Ben Eaves was also taken in round 4, 131 overall. The Boston College center stands at 5’8″ and 174lbs. The Minneapolis, MN native plans on attending Harvard.
Round 5 pick was spent on Andy Schneider, making him 156 overall. The 6’0″ 220lbs defender was born in Grand Forks, North Dakata and played for Lincoln of the USHL this past season. He is described as a scoring blue-liner that has a mean streak.
The round 7, 217 overall selection was used to capture Czech goalie prospect Tomas Duba. Duba was born in Prague and played for Sparta Jr. He is listed at 6’0″ 176lbs.
The Pens final pick of ’01 was used to secure Brandon Crawford-West in round 7, 250 overall. Also a goalie, the 5’11″185lbs. San Diego, California native played for the NAHL’s Texas in 2000-01.
In conclusion the Pens selected 4 Americans, 3 Canadians, 1 Slovak, and 1 Czech prospect. They chose 4 defenseman, 3 forwards, and 2 goalies. They have addressed the need to find future depth for the rear-guard and net-minder positions, while actively searching for a combination of size and grit.
The average defenseman they picked stood a Read more»