Hawks need the draft and their picks to yield players

by Bill Placzek
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With SIX picks in the first 4 rounds there is ample opportunity to fortify
the team at all positions.
Unfortunately, the draftable players no longer are hidden by an Iron Curtain
or left unscouted, so the gems the Wings unearthed in the days where Euros
and Russians were an afterthought are past.

This draft may have a large second tier of talent, picks #5-12. The Hawks
will possibly be picking twice there. The ample number of six picks in four
rounds will allow them to get several chances at rebuilding.
Unfortunately Dale Tallon ( the guy who sold Bob Murray on Michal Sykora as
the main piece of the Ed Belfour trade) is the guy they sent to Europe.
You trust his judgement? I don’t.
So GM Smith is working on whatever he has put together in a short time, with
friendly assessments from non-Hawk staff, and the “expert” opinions of the
“organEYEzation.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to trade picks # 10 & 11 to an
expansion team for the chance to pick goalie DiPietro. Expansion teams want
quantity, and still would get quality with this draft’s even playing field.
That is of course if DiPietro lasts until pick #3.

Martin Samuelsson is getting an unwarranted rap from The Hockey News draft
issue and other places. He is very quick and crafty for a big man and fills
a need with the Hawks initially as a third line player who has major upside Read more»

Final 1997 NHL Draft Progress Report

by Paul MacDonald
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Statistics are updated through Saturday’s Games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections


1. Boston Bruins - Joe Thornton, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Boston NHL 81 23 37 60 -6 87


Season over.


2. San Jose Sharks - Patrick Marleau, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 81 17 23 40 -10 36


Playoffs NHL 4 0 1 1 -2 2


Season over.


3. New York Islanders - Olli Jokinen, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Islanders NHL 82 11 10 21 even 80


Finland WHC 9 1 3 4 -- 6


Season over.


4. New York Islanders - Roberto Luongo, G


TEAM LGE GP MIN GAA W L T EN SO GA SV SP
Lowell AHL 26 1517 2.93 10 12 4 1 1 74 733 .908

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1998 NHL Draft Progress Report

by Paul MacDonald
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Statistics are updated through Sunday’s games. The season is finally over.

First Round Selections


1. Tampa Bay Lightning - Vincent Lecavalier, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Tampa Bay NHL 80 25 42 67 -25 43


Season over.


2. Nashville Predators - David Legwand, C


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Nashville NHL 71 13 15 28 -6 30


United States WHC 6 1 1 2 -- 4


Season over.


3. San Jose Sharks - Brad Stuart, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
San Jose NHL 82 10 26 36 +3 32


Playoffs NHL 11 1 0 1 -10 6


Season over.


4. Vancouver Canucks - Bryan Allen, D


TEAM LGE GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Syracuse AHL 9 1 1 2 even 11 Read more»

Barry Tallackson Future Watch

by Erik Freeman
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It’s time yet again for another Future Watch. This time it’s Barry Tallackson, a Minnesota native, who spent last season with the Under 17 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tallackson is a finesse player with size at 6-3 176lb, who also doesn’t mind playing the physical game. “The program has been great for me, it’s great competition, and I’m excited about Coach Eaves taking over,” Tallackson said. He thinks that the new coaches will have a huge effect on the system they use as compared to Jackson and Mancini. “It will benefit us greatly, I think,” Tallackson explained. The schools he is interested in include Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado College, and Wisconsin.

Tallackson will spend one more year at the NTDP and then likely move on to the college level. What ever school lands Tallackson will get a physical forward with a scoring touch.

IHL News & Wolves Playoff Statistics

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

WOLVES TREFILOV WINS IHL PLAYOFF MVP.

Andrei Trefilov of the Chicago Wolves earned IHL MVP honors in the 2000
Turner Cup Playoffs and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile
Trophy. Trefilov and his teammates also won the Turner Cup defeating the
Grand Rapids Griffins four games to two.

Trefilov led all goaltenders in the post-season with a 1.35 GAA and a .950
save percentage in nine games. He was instrumental in his team’s playoff
success, finishing with a 7-1 record while allowing just ten goals on 191
shots. He also earned a shutout in Game Two of the Turner Cup Finals, when
he stopped all 32 Grand Rapids’ shots. He also had a shutout in the Western
Conference Finals when the Wolves blanked the Houston Aeros 2-0 in game
four.

In the Wolves’ earlier playoff wins over the Long Beach Ice Dogs and the
Houston Aeros, Trefilov battled against fellow netminders and the
International Hockey League’s regular season co-MVP’s Nikolai Khabibulin and
Frederic Chabot. Trefilov was undefeated in his three appearances in the
Finals, and allowed a total of just six goals.

Since it’s inception during the 1988-89 season, Trefilov is just the third
goaltender to be named the Playoffs MVP, sharing this honor with Pokey
Reddick (Fort Wayne, 1992-93) and Tommy Salo (Utah, 1995-96). The Read more»