Devils Look To Replenish System

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With seven picks in the first three rounds of the NHL’s 2000 Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils had a great chance to solidify its future. General Manager Lou Lamoriello and his staff made some surprising picks, some solid picks and some intriguing picks.

New Jersey had the 22nd pick of the draft and surprised no one by choosing a defenseman. What did surprise many was that the pick turned out to be David Hale of Sioux City of the USHL.

Hale, 6-1 and 204 lbs., was rated 25th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Bureau. Since there were so many highly touted Europeans in this year’s draft, many expected Hale to go later in the second round. However, the physical defenseman, who will attend North Dakota this coming year, surely seems like a good fit for the Devils.

In the second round, New Jersey had four picks, picking two forwards and two defensemen. Finnish right wing Teemu Laine was a solid pick while unheralded Russian center Aleksander Suglobov could be classified as a surprise. The Devils then added two American defensemen later in the round. Matt DeMarchi of the University of Minnesota was chosen along with future Golden Gopher Paul Martin of Elk River High School.
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Wild draft review

by Mattias Eriksson
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With needs in every department the Wild drafted what they thought was the best player available to them.
Minnesota in possession of the 3rd overall pick selected Slovakian winger Marian Gaborik. Trades changed the draft picture for Wild, but here are the players chosen:

3. Marian Gaborik, LW from Dukla Trencin (Slovakia)
6-1, 183…born Feb. 14 1982…25 goals in 50 games for Trencin last season.
Comments: Minnesota might have taken Rick Dipietro had he been around. A possible superstar…blessed with dynamic speed and soft hands, much like Slovakian compatriots Miroslav Satan and Zigmund Palffy. Had a “sub-par” WJC, but lead a struggling Slovakia in scoring. He did score 25 goals in a “man’s” league and will be more ready for NHL-play than most 18-year-olds.

33. Nick Schultz, D from Prince Albert (WHL)
6-0, 187…born aAAlbert.
Comments: If Schultz can develop his positional and physical play he will be a great asset to the Wild.

99. Marc Cavosie, LW from RPI (ECAC)
Cavosie, 18 (8/6/81), was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team this year after compiling 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 33 games for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The 6-foot, 173-pound native of Albany, New York, played at RPI with current Minnesota Wild teammate Pete Gardiner.

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Columbus, MacLean Drafts Shrewdly

by Bill Drake
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Klesla, picked 4th overall, has makes a good outlet pass and has a very solid shot form the point. “We really believe this kid can come in now and make our hockey team,” GM Doug MacLean said. “We think he’s the best defenseman in the draft.”

There is no arguing MacLean on the last point. But the notion that he can come in and play right away might just be a case of post-draft hysteria. Sure, Klesla can play he has all the tools to be compete but defensemen are notoriously slow developers and need to refine their game in the minors before setting up shop at the NHL level. Remember current Norris Trophy winner, Chris Pronger, struggled mightly his first year in Hartford.

MacLean’s second round pick was used to procure Marc Denis, a 22 year old goaltender from Colorado, who stands a chance to make a bigger imapct than #1 overall Rick DiPietro.

The third round unearthed a Right Wing that dropped in favor during the draft. Ben Knopp posesses good touch around the net and really found his game towards the end of the season, leading the surpirsing Moose Jaw Warriors into the playoffs. Knopp’s stock dropped, he was ranked 42 NA by the CSB and 52 by THN, because he played on a line centered by Jamie Lundmark much of the season and didn’t finish Lundmark’s passes as frequently as the scouts liked. Still the character and poise Knopp showed towards the end of the season made him a a gem at 69th overall.
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Blues Day Two Selections

by Chris Irvine
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Fourth Round: 129th Pick
Troy Riddle
Team: Des Moines (USHL)
Position: Center
Ht. 5’10”
Wt. 172 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: August 2, 1981, Minneapolis, MN

Fifth Round: 167th Pick
Craig Weller
Team: Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
Position: Defensemen
Ht. 6’3”
Wt. 195 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: March 17, 1981, Calgary, Alberta

Sixth Round: NO PICKS

Seventh Round: 229th Pick
Brett Lutes
Team: Montreal
Position: Left Wing
Ht. 6’0”
Wt. 182 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: February 2, 1982, Moncton, New Brunswick

Eighth Round: 261st Pick
Reinhard Divis
Team: Leksand, Swedish League
Position: Goaltender
Ht. 5’11”
Wt.187 lbs.
Birthdate: April 7, 1975, Austria

Ninth Round: 293rd Pick
Lauri Kinos
Team: Montreal Rockets
Position: Defenseman
Ht. 6’3”
Wt. 195
Birthdate: June 29, 1980

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