No this old adage was not referring to Rome Georgia, but the expansion team Atlanta Thrashers could benefit from this saying and hopefully some luck. The Thrashers would like to be able to draft a future star player and maybe have something to build their marketing around in the media Mecca of the south. This could be a possibility as this years draft assuredly contains 4 or 5 players of great potential.
The Thrashers draft 2nd and with this pick in any draft you are reactionary to the what the team picking first does. Atlanta’s GM Don Waddell seems to be very interested in Sweden’s 6’1″ Left Wing Daniel Sedin. When asked if he thought the Sedin twins would not do as well if they were split apart, Waddell answered that they should both be stars on their own and keeping them together may not be realistic. Waddell also stated that his scouting staff have seen the Sedin twins about 20 times. Pavel Brendl would also be of interest to Atlanta but the feeling seems to be that Tampa will use the first selection to draft him. When asked about Patrick Stefan, Waddell without hesitation expressed doubt about Stefan’s long term health due to multiple concussions. “The team that drafts Stefan must be satisfied through medical tests that Stefan is able to continue to play in the NHL at a high level”.
On June the 25th, the Atlanta Thrashers will load their team with one player of each NHL’s team except for Nashville Predators.
The rules of the expansion draft are simple: Atlanta must draft 3 goalies, 8 defensemen and 13 forwards. They cannot draft more than 6 free agents.
According to the rules the NHL’s teams a) cannot lose a goalie if Nashville drafted one last year, b) can protect one goalie five defensemen and nine fowards exposing one exeperienced d-man and two experienced forwards (under contract for 99-00 with 40 game experience in 98-99 or 70 game experience in the last two years), or c) can protect two goalies, three defensemen and seven fowards .
The best strategy for the Thrashers is:
1. pick the best player available from each team
2. pile up the maximum goalies (5).
3. take players in their prime (25-29 year old)
4. use their 3rd, 4th, and 5th pick in the entry draft to select older European players
5. sign one or two free-agent
6. sign minor league free agent or players with independant teams.
Here is some of the players that will be made available by the NHL’s teams and my pick for each team.
Anaheim ( Anaheim cannot lose a goalie because of Shtalenkov).
Players likely available: Dan Trebil d, Pascal Trépanier d, Pavel Tmka d, Frank Banham f, Stuart Grimson f, Peter Lebouthillier f, Mike Leclerc f, Tomas Sandstrom f, Read more»